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by Shane Stokes

November 10, 2017

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Whelan leading Tour of Tasmania

by Shane Stokes

After three stages of the Tour of Tasmania, 21-year-old Melbourne rider James Whelan has moved into the lead of the race with one day left. He finished fourth on stage three, crossing the line 24 seconds behind Ryan Cavanagh (NSWIS), eight adrift of Nicholas White (Olivers’s Real Food Racing) and seven behind Dylan Sunderland (NSWIS).

All were part of a six-rider break which went clear on the 108.9-kilometre third stage from Ulverstone to Penguin. Whelan picked up sprint bonuses along the way, ensuring he would take over in the yellow jersey. He ended the day 17 seconds ahead of Lionel Mawditt (Inform Tineli) and a further 12 up on Angus Lyons (Mobius Future Racing).

Whelan also took the most aggressive rider award for the stage and, in winning the two KOM primes, moved to the top of that classification. “It’s a bit surreal to be honest,” the former track runner said, according to the Examiner. “I knew I had good legs but, being an individual rider, did not think I would be able to out-ride those with teams.

“But I knew if I rode smart and took a few risks it could pay off. I had done my homework last night and knew I could be one second ahead if I got the right points.”

Previously, Cameron Ivory (GPM Stulz) took the prologue while Pete Livingstone (Mobius Future Racing) won the opening road stage to Grindelwald. Alexander Evans (AMR Racing / Bendigo District CC) was best on stage two to Poatina. The race ends on Friday with a 54km criterium in Devonport.

Click through to read more here at the Examiner, and here for full results.

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