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Sulzberger conquers the Corkscrew for Adelaide Tour lead
logodrapac Drapac Professional Cycling has opened its account at the Adelaide Tour with Wes Sulzberger taking the opening stage victory along with the overall lead while teammate Jonathan Cantwell round out the podium in third place.

Thursday’s win for Sulzberger puts the team in excellent stead for the four-day National Road Series event, the 27-year-old earning a three-second advantage on breakaway companion Cameron Peterson (Peloton Sports – Turramurra Cyclery) and 39 seconds on group of eight riders lead in by Cantwell. The bulk of the peloton was scattered by the pace of the chase on the short 85 kilometre stage.

“I’m really happy to be up there with Jonny,” said Sulzberger following his win. “He was riding for me into the final climb.

“It was good to get away with Cam Peterson, he’s a strong rider and we worked well together to the finish and held everyone off.”

The 11-man breakaway formed around the 20km mark with Drapac one of three teams to have two representatives up front. According to Directeur Sportif Agostino Giramondo, it was a case of Sulzberger and Cantwell picking their moment.

“The plan today was that we wouldn’t go on the attack, but we would follow the moves,” he explained with Drapac taking advantage of the fact that rivals Avanti and Budget Forklifts were missing from the break.

With 50km of racing the complete, the breakaway had earned a maximum advantage of 2:20 on the peloton. At the base of the Corkscrew Road climb 20kms later, the gap had shrunk to 1:55 and Sulzberger decided it was time to make his move.

Sulzberger was able to hold off Peterson following the greasy descent after some light rain fell, with three seconds the difference on the finish line. Unfortunately, Jai Crawford fell on the descent and was unable to finish the stage. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

“I think we’ve got a pretty strong team here to try and control the race,” said Sulzberger with a tough 156km stage to be raced tomorrow. “Hopefully the team can keep me in the leader’s jersey, I’ve got the bit of a buffer.”

Giramondo was also confident that Drapac can finish the job with the second stage likely to prove decisive.

“We’ve definitely got the team here to back it up,” he said.

Sulzberger also earned classification leads in the Sprint and KOM competitions while Drapac takes a four second advantage in the team classification over Avanti.

Drapac results snapshot:

Stage 1 –

1. Wes Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:53:56
2. Cameron Peterson (Aus) Peloton Sports – Turramurra Cyclery +0:00:03
3. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:00:39
13. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:01:14
22. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:01:33
26. Jack Anderson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:01:38
34. Ben Johnson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
35. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
DNF. Jai Crawford (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling

General Classification after Stage 1 –

1. Wes Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:53:56
2. Cameron Peterson (Aus) Peloton Sports – Turramurra Cyclery +0:00:03
3. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:00:39
13. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:01:14
22. Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:01:33
26. Jack Anderson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling +0:01:38
34. Ben Johnson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
35. Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling

Sprint Classification –

1. Wes Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 5
2. Cameron Peterson (Aus) Peloton Sports – Turramurra Cyclery 3
3. Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 2
4. Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing 1

King of the Mountain Classification –

1. Wes Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 5
2. Cameron Peterson (Aus) Peloton Sports – Turramurra Cyclery 3
3. Mitchell Cooper (Aus) Satalyst Giant 2
4. Jackson Mawby (Aus) Satalyst Giant 1

Team Classification –

1. Drapac Professional Cycling 5:43:41
2. Avanti Racing +0:00:04
3. Satalyst Giant Racing +0:01:12

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Wes Sulzberger celebrates as he takes the win. © Chameleonphotography


 

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