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Stage 5 of the Tour of Geelong ranks up there with one of the toughest courses I’ve experienced in Australia. A lumpy 143km with 6 little pincher hills per lap (18 in total) that sapped the life out of the riders today. Climb #7 in the profile below was the one where I went KABOOM! Only 52 out of the 145 riders finished the difficult circuit today. The short but sharp hills and crosswinds blew the peloton to bits after the first of three laps and the remaining riders came past the finish line in dribs and drabs.
I’m very sorry but I wasn’t there for the women’s race this morning. I got there just in time to see Jo Hogan smash the feild today and ride across the line solo to become the 2010 Victoria State Champion. High five Jo! If any women are out there reading and want to send me an account of what happened feel free to email me and I’ll post it.