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Victorian Open Road Time Trial Championship / Tour of Geelong ITT
Media Report: The first day of the 2009 Victorian Open Road Championships and third of the GMHBA Tour of Geelong was a little more relaxing for riders following yesterday’s day of carnage.
The tour field, reduced to 79 riders, was bolstered to 133 for the men’s elite individual time trials and 39 for the elite women’s, held between Gnarwarre and Ceres, just outside Geelong.
Port Adelaide’s Carly Light laid down the gauntlet, winning the gold medal for the individual time trials in a time of 41:27:55, over a minute ahead of Louise Kerr (42:30:20) . Bronwyn Ryan from the ACT claimed the bronze in 42:54:94.
Not long after the women completed their ride for the day, and just as the near perfect weather conditions settled in, the men hit the spectacular 28.2 kilometre course through the Barrabool hills.
Former National Time Trial Champion, Peter Milostic held the number one position after an impressive time of 37:38:71, however the team Praties’ boys were on the hunt. Tasmania’s William Clarke, who fell in the peloton yesterday, crossed the line to take the lead position in a time of 36:56:16, 23 seconds ahead of team mate Dylan Newell, and 28 seconds ahead of David Kemp (Fly V Australia).
“The course was outstanding, I was a little sore from my fall yesterday but I managed to pull up well this morning”, Clarke stated after receiving his 2009 Victorian Open Road Championship Time Trial gold medal.
Queenslander Darren Rolfe (Fly V Australia) remains the Yellow Jersey holder, opening the gap to 2nd place holder and fellow Fly V Australia team mate David Kemp by over 2 minutes.
Distance 28.2 Km Avg, Speed 45.81 Km/Hr
1 CLARKE, William Praties 00:36:56.16
2 NEWELL, Dylan Praties 00:37:19.16 00:00:23.00
3 KEMP, David Fly V Australia 00:37:24.45 00:00:28.29
4 ROLFE, Darren Fly V Australia 00:37:26.43 00:00:30.27 0
5 MILOSTIC, Peter Penrith Panthers Cc 00:37:38.71 00:00:42.55
6 DICKESON, William Savings & Loans 00:37:44.62 00:00:48.46
7 LANG, Richard Titans – Race 00:38:07.56 00:01:11.40
8 CANTWELL, Jonathan Fly V Australia 00:38:18.08 00:01:21.92
9 DENNIS, Peter Hawthorn Citizens Youth Cl 00:38:21.81 00:01:25.65
10 PALMER, Thomas City Of Greater Geelong 00:38:29.95 00:01:33.79
General Classification After Stage 4
1 ROLFE, Darren Fly V Australia 07:16:55.43 00:00:00.00
2 KEMP, David Fly V Australia 07:19:01.45 00:02:06.02
3 CLARKE, William Praties 07:19:12.16 00:02:16.73
4 GRENDA, Ben Praties 07:19:38.64 00:02:43.21
5 RUDOLPH, Malcolm Budget Forklifts 07:19:47.24 00:02:51.81
6 CANTWELL, Jonathan Fly V Australia 07:20:00.08 00:03:04.65
7 LANG, Richard Titans – Race 07:20:04.56 00:03:09.13
8 NEWELL, Dylan Praties 07:20:16.16 00:03:20.73
9 ENGLAND, Michael Budget Forklifts 07:20:40.34 00:03:44.91
10 JENNINGS, Cameron Budget Forklifts 07:20:52.67 00:03:57.24
Women Victorian Time Trial Championships Results
1 LIGHT, Carly 41:27.55
2 KERR, Louise 42:30.20
3 RYAN, Bronwyn 42:54.94
4 ROY, Sarah 43:09.03
5 MACPHERSON, Jenny 43:46.48
6 FRAWLEY, Stephanie 43:53.96
7 BARWICK, Rebecca 43:55.06
8 WATT, Kathryn 43:55.55
9 SUMMERS, Davina 44:06.55
10 GROUNDS, Simone 44:13.08