HOBART cyclist Campbell Flakemore lived up to the hype when he claimed yesterday’s Burnie to West Mooreville road race in the 2012 Tour of Tasmania.
The Genesys Wealth Advisers young gun was touted as a leading contender before the six-day tour.
“I knew people thought I might be up there in the general classification but it’s such a hard tour,” he said.
“I had a bad day on the second stage.
“You have one bad day here and you can lose 10 minutes.”
While the 20-year-old today broke through for his first stage victory of the tour, Drapac Professional Cycling defended the leader’s jersey, with Lachlan Norris holding a 14-second advantage over Mark O’Brien (Team Budget Forklifts) heading into the final day today.
Flakemore was pleased to be able to tick off the goal of standing on top of the podium in his home state’s renowned tour.
“Being from Hobart, winning a stage in the Tour of Tassie is pretty huge,” he said.
“This was the first proper race I did in 2010 and this is my third one now.
“To win a stage here is pretty cool.”
Flakemore was in the leading group of eight riders during the undulating 77.9-kilometre trek from Burnie to West Mooreville.
The group established a decisive two-minute gap almost 50 kilometres into the race, which they extended by 30 seconds before the last of six hill climbs.
Flakemore then attacked with about six kilometres to go, and was followed by Plan B Racing’s Bradley Linfield, with the duo battling for line honours.
Rounding out the podium was Team Polygon Australia’s Sam McCallum.
Team Polygon Australia rider Ben Grenda consolidated the Derrico Cycles criterium jersey yesterday morning by taking out the Burnie criterium.
It was the second successive criterium triumph for the Tasmanian, who again mastered a familiar course.
“The Burnie club has been running crits here since I was a junior,” Grenda said before explaining he was pleased that his friends and family could watch him race first-hand, rather than have to follow online as they do when he is racing overseas.
Search2Retain’s Neil Van Der Ploeg was awarded the sprint jersey in both of yesterday’s stages.
The tour wraps up today with a Devonport road race, with riders to complete 12 laps of a 4.3km circuit which takes in Coles Beach.
It starts in Bluff Road-Victoria Parade at 12.30pm.
Tour leader Norris, who also retained the Norske Skog King of the Mountains jersey, again heaped praise on his Drapac teammates and said he was confident of holding on to the yellow jersey.
1. 74 Ben GRENDA (PGN) 32:09 12
2. 81 Alex WOHLER (TDU) +0 8
3. 46 Scott LAW (STR) +0 6
4. 1 Anthony GIACOPPO (GEN) +0 4
5. 23 John WALKER (DPC) +0 3
6. 138 Jay MCCARTHY (VIS) +0 4
7. 107 Samuel WOOD (DCR) +0
8. 122 Benjamin HILL (SZT) +0
9. 6 Brenton JONES (GEN) +0 3
10. 52 Caleb JONES (GWR) +0 1
1. 3 Campbell FLAKEMORE (GEN) 2h06:16 em20
2. 93 Bradley LINFIELD (PLB) +0 13
3. 72 Sam MCCALLUM (PGN) +10 13
4. 41 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (STR) +10 9
5. 31 Harry CARPENTER (SAS) +10 2
6. 83 Jay BOURKE (TDU) +10 16
7. 203 Brodie TALBOT (CNC) +1:02 18
8. 17 Peter HERZIG (BFL) +1:02 1
9. 122 Benjamin HILL (SZT) +3:01
10. 147 James WILLIAMSON (PBR) +3:01
1. 25 Lachlan NORRIS (DPC) 13h36:02
2. 11 Mark O’BRIEN (BFL) +14
3. 4 Nathan EARLE (GEN) +51
4. 138 Jay MCCARTHY (VIS) +3:28
5. 21 Darren LAPTHORNE (DPC) +3:57
6. 17 Peter HERZIG (BFL) +4:03
7. 2 Jai CRAWFORD (GEN) +4:05
8. 7 Ben DYBALL (GEN) +4:17
9. 71 Alex CLEMENTS (PGN) +5:02
10. 93 Bradley LINFIELD (PLB) +5:51
Cyclists climb Wilmot Street during the Burnie Criterium yesterday. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS
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