The overall race leader Urs Huber wins again today, claiming his sixth stage victory at the 21st Crocodile Trophy at Wetherby Station ahead of Denmark’s Soren Nissen, Nicholas Pettina (ITA), Brendan Johnston (AUS) and Ondrej Fojtik (CZE).
Elite female Sarah White (AUS) and amateur woman Kristin Endres (GER) ride together, still in the overall lead of their respective categories.
The penultimate stage of the Crocodile Trophy dished up a 101km marathon for the international rider field in Tropical North Queensland. It took the riders from the Skybury Coffee Plantation via undulating terrain to Wetherby Cattle Station, just up on the escarpment from tomorrow’s final stage destination in Port Douglas.
The overall race leader from Switzerland, Urs Huber, had said yesterday that he felt he had worked up quite a secure lead but today didn’t leave anything to chance.
Again a lead group formed with the so familiar, colourful jerseys of the top elites and Huber was able to break away from them on a fast descent ahead of the last feed zone with about 15km to go.
In 3h24:59.7 he took out stage eight with a gap of 49.9 seconds to overall runner-up Soren Nissen (DEN) and the Italian Nicholas Pettina (+2:29.2 min). Brendan Johnston (AUS) came in fourth (+7:52.7 min) and the Czech rider Ondrej Fojtik in fifth (+9:01.5 min).
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