Southbank Criterium Report
Appearing relaxed before the start, a tanned looking Allan Davis (Liberty Seguros) played down his chances of success. "Ah, I've only been back on the bike for 3 weeks. Ask me in 30 minutes how my legs are!" Around him the creme de la creme of Australian road cycling was assembled for one of their few opportunities to show their appreciation for the support that the Australian public offer them whilst they're in
With a little over a quarter of the race distance gone, the winning break formed. First to attack was local rider Jayson Austin. Rapidly joining him were Kiwi Jaaron Poad, Allan Davis, last year's winner Mark Roland and Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Davitamon) looking resplendent in his Green Tour de France livery. This cinquette rapidly established a healthy lead as the FDJeux.com led bunch seemed to lose all interest in the chase.
By half distance the race was effectively over as the break led by half a lap. Still leading the chasers were Brad McGee, Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson. Sitting just behind were fellow pro's Matt Wilson (Cofidis), Nick Gates and Henk Vogels (Lotto-Davitamon). Further back in the field and looking rather uncomfortable in the slippery conditions was Cadel Evans in one of his final appearances for the German T-Mobile squad.
With just two laps to go, the leading break had the remnants of the bunch in their sights. First to attack was Poad, recent leader of the Tour of Queensland. This move was quickly covered by
After a series of eventful years riding for the Navigators team in the
The two-race series moves down to Surfers Paradise for the second race on 12th December. For more information log on to www.usmevents.com.au.
Watch out for up coming interviews with both Allan Davis and Henk Vogels exclusively on Roadcycling.com.
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