By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001
Austrian cyclist Peter Wrolich will set his sights on the 2002 Tour de France after winning Australia’s Herald Sun Tour Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. Wrolich, 27, secured his first win in the 11-day race around the state of Victoria with a 15th place in Sunday’s 44-kilometer street event on the Geelong waterfront.
American Dave McCook won the 44km criterium.
Wrolich said his regular European employer, German squad Gerolsteiner, is re-organizing over the northern winter and will try to gain a start in next year’s Tour, where Wrolich aims to be a competitor.
Wrolich took over the yellow jersey as overall leader last Sunday on the hardest stage of the tour, the 180.6km race from Lakes Entrance to the summit of Mount Hotham. He and his teammates then held off a succession of challenges from Echuca-Moama, easily the strongest squad in the race.
Wrolich finished a minute and 11 seconds ahead of Poland’s Zbigniew Piatek. Lithuania’s Remigius Lupeikis was third overall.
Copyright AFP 2001
HERALD SUN TOUR, MELBOURNE, Australia. Oct 28; Stage 15 (Geelong criterium 44km); 1. Dave McCook (USA), 1:07:07; 2. Eugen Wacker (Kaz); 3. Sean Sullivan (Aus), both s.t.; Final overall; 1. Peter Wrolich (Aut), 32:59:26; 2. Zbigniew Piatek (Pol), at 1:11; 3. Remigius Lupeikis (Lit), at 4:33