|Wesley Sulzberger claims victory in the Derwent Valley|
stage of the Tour of Tasmania today.
Sulzberger outpaced 18-year-old Ben O’Connor on the ride into New Norfolk at the end of a challenging 119.9km course from the banks of Lake Pedder. Ahead of his home town stage tomorrow (Wednesday), Sulzberger was pleased with the victory, alongside a fifth-place finish for brother Bernard.
“I was actually hoping to go up the road tomorrow because my mum and dad and sister and mother-in-law will be there watching,” Sulzberger said after the race. “So a day early, but I’m really happy with the win!” The finishing line was in central New Norfolk, in Pioneer Avenue alongside Arthur Square.
|The start at Strathgordon this morning.|
While Davies and Ellerm-Norton dropped back to the peloton on the descent into New Norfolk, Sulzberger and O’Connor held off the chasing pack to finish almost a minute ahead of the third-placed Raphael Freinstein. “I thought once we hit over 2.00 minutes, and if we could keep increasing the gap, then hopefully I could come away at the end with at least 1.50, and with the time bonuses I could be in the leader’s jersey,” Sulzberger said.
|The peloton pedaling past Pedder.|
“I started racing in January at the start of this year, so it’s been a pretty big progression since then,” the West Australian rider said. “I used to be a cross-country runner, but I always watched Tour de France on television and found it fascinating – so I just gave it a go!”
After two trying stages in arduous Tasmanian conditions, the riders will turn their attention to a 93km road race from Launceston to Grindewald on Wednesday.
Interesting statistics from the day include:
- Average speed of the winner: 39.9 km/h
- Number of starters: 103
- Riders finishing out of time limits: 2
- Riders abandoning the race: 2
|The Tour of Tasmania making its way out of Maydena today.|