Sunderland Grabs Stage 3; Schweizer Retains Overall Lead

NEWS | Sunderland grabs stage 3; Schweizer retains overall lead at Lakes Oil-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast
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Credit: Con Chronis / Cycling Australia
Team Budget Forklifts rider Scott Sunderland continued his outstanding form in the Lakes Oil-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast, part of the Subaru National Road Series, with a second straight stage victory today.
Sunderland, 27, won the 137km race from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell beating home Avanti Racing team’s Patrick Bevin, with Charter Mason Giant Racing Team’s Daniel Fitter third.
Sunderland made it back to back stage wins after also taking out yesterday afternoon’s 65km Blue Lake circuit stage in Mount Gambier.
“I am very happy to win two stages of the Great South Coast Tour because it’s good for our Budget Forklifts sponsor and my team-mates,” Sunderland said.
“Unfortunately, I had a pretty ordinary first stage in the Mount Gambier criterium yesterday morning when I was troubled by asthma. I don’t think I can win the tour but I will be chasing more stage wins.”
Sunderland was in 42nd place after the opening three stages, 25 seconds in arrears of the African Wildlife Safari’s rider Michael Schweizer who clung to a one second advantage over Bevin, with Raphael Freienstein in third place at eight seconds.
The third stage, backed by the District Council of Grant, was highlighted by a five-man break-away of young riders Jackson Carman, Samuel Volkers, Sam Fuhrmeister, Ryan Christensen and Ben Comfort. The quintet held a 3-minute 30 second advantage half way through the stage, but the African Wildlife Safaris squad were determined to keep the leaders jersey for another day.
The breakaway was reeled in with 20kms remaining, but Christensen earned the MGA Insurance Brokers Most Aggressive Rider Award and also leads the CFMEU Rising Star Category.
The tour moves to Victoria tomorrow for two stages. Stage 4 will feature a 40km criterium on Portland’s waterfront in the Glenelg Shire, starting at 10.30am, followed by a 93km afternoon road race from Heywood to Casterton.
ABOUT THE TOUR
Straddling two states, eight stages, double stagedays, four criteriums and four road races, the Tour of the Great South Coast runs August 12-16. Event information
Stage 4 will feature a 40km criterium on Portland’s waterfront in the Glenelg Shire, starting at 10.30am, followed by a traditional 93km afternoon road race from Heywood to Casterton.
The Tour of the Great South Coast is the fifth event on Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series calendar.
Highlights from the Tour of the Great South Coast will be broadcast on the Nine Network’s GEM channel on Sunday 23 August at 12noon AEST and on Fox Sports 3on Tuesday 25 Augustat 6:00pm AEST (check local guides). Broadcast schedule