Joe Cooper wins Tour of Gippsland – Subaru National Road Series

By Cycling Australia

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Scott Law overcome a chaotic final lap on the final stage of the 2016 Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland, part of Cycling Australia’s Subaru National Road Series to claim his second stage win of the tour. His Subaru NSWIS & MS teammate Cameron Scott was second, with Oliver’s Real Food Racing’s Nicholas White third.
Avanti IsoWhey Sports’ Joe Cooper finished safely in the peloton to win the yellow jersey ahead of teammates Pat Shaw, Pat Lane, and Sam Crome.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic, the Subaru boys rode really well today. We had a few cards to play out there on the road which was good,” said Law.
“We all rode really well and got together towards the end and came away with a great victory. We couldn’t be happier!
“Two stage wins in a tour, I don’t think I’ve ever done that before, so I’m really stoked with that and it’s definitely up there with one of my highest achievements on the bike.
“I knew if you were first into the roundabout at the end you pretty much had the stage win pretty much sewn up, so I used the momentum from the hill and pushed as hard as I could to get a gap before the roundabout.
“I kicked with about 150m to go and was able to cross the line with my hands in the air,” added Law, a multiple national champion on the track.
Sprint leader Pat Shaw lead the peloton off the line in front of a joyous Father’s Day crowd in Kay Street, Traralgon. From the opening lap the peloton was strung out with the mobius Future Racing squad controlling the tempo early.
Harry Carpenter took out the first sprint of the day, with Chris Hamilton second and Mathew Ross third. The trio pushed on and tried to open a gap, however the peloton deemed the make up too dangerous and quickly closed them down.
Rylee Field of GPM Stulz was the next rider to get away, opening up a seven second gap at the halfway point of the race. He was soon joined by Shaw, young rider classification leader Cyrus Monk, and Jake Oliver of TIS Racing. Try as they might, they couldn’t get away, however Field was rewarded for his efforts with the most aggressive jersey for his stage.
As the laps ticked down the pace stayed high, making it impossible for anyone to get away. Although there were no bonus seconds up for grabs on the second sprint, it was still hotly contested, with SASI/Callidus Cycling Team’s Harry Carpenter making it two from two.
With seven laps to go, Avanti IsoWhey Sports moved their train to the front, controlling the peloton for the final laps. With all seven riders controlling the tempo for the final three laps, Subaru NSWIS slotted onto the back for Law who came through and take the stage win.
For tour winner Joe Cooper, the win was a moment to savour after a complete team effort all week.
“Without Andrew Christie-Johnson, Neil Walker and the team, I wouldn’t be up here. Big ups to the boys over the last five days, we’ve been in everything and if we weren’t, we were on the front chasing it back. I can’t do it all by myself, they do 99% of the work while I sit there and wave to the crowd,” Cooper said.
The 2016 Subaru National Road Series continues with Amy’s Otway Tour on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road from September 10.

By Cycling Australia

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