2014 Tour of Tasmania: Dyball Motors To Mt Wellington Victory

Avanti Racing has retained their Mount Wellington crown after Sydney’s?Ben Dyball?edged?Patrick Bevin?(Search2Retain Cycling) and?Timothy Roe?(Team Budget Forklifts) in challenging conditions during stage one of the?Tour of Tasmania. With the race switching from a team to individual time trial format for the 2014 edition of the Tour, Dyball capitalised on his experience from last year to power up the mountain in just over 46 minutes. Battling wind, rain and fog on the 17km ascent, Dyball managed to gain a 10 second advantage on recent National Capital Tour victor Bevin heading into?Wednesday’s?stage two. ?It?s one of, or probably even the hardest first stage I?ve ever had in a tour,? the yellow jersey holder admitted post-race. ?It wasn?t too bad until the last six or seven kilometres when it started to get a little windy, but then the last four kilometres were very windy and cold.? Early leader Bevin spent?most of his day in the hot seat after posting a solid time of?46 minutes?22.43 seconds,?before?an impressive race from Dyball (46:12.72)?saw him shave a narrow ten seconds off the New Zealander’s time. ?The team set up a schedule that we were riding to, and I knew I was a bit up on what we?d done as a team last year. I think at the 4km to go mark I knew I was roughly with Bevin, so I was obviously on a good time,? Dyball added. After a strong showing recently in Canberra, Bevin was determined to continue his form on day one of the six stage Tasmanian epic. ?It was a very good ride ? we?d pre-rode the course, and I thought that maybe I might surprise a few people,? Bevin commented. ?Second is a good place to be with the week ahead.? ?I was off early hoping to miss as much of the weather as we could, but I was wet from 10 kilometres to go. It was just about getting up and holding an even tempo the whole way, because if you blow on a climb like that you?re going to go backwards really badly,? said Bevin. With Australia?s only Professional Continental Team, Drapac Pro Cycling, in Tasmania alongside current Subaru National Road Series leaders Avanti Racing, Bevin?s Search2Retain team will face a significant challenge to repeat their recent win in Canberra. However Bevin insisted his team are confident in their ability to challenge the bigger teams. ?We are here to race. We won?t be happy just to sit back and race for second, we?ve got a team of guys here ready to go.? Stage two will present a challenge for tired legs as the peloton race through dramatic Tasmanian scenery from the banks of Lake Pedder to New Norfolk. The Tour of Tasmania is a six day, six staged Tour beginning in Hobart and concluding in Devonport on?Sunday, October 5.

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