Raphael Freienstein Wins Stage 5, Takes Lead at Tour of Gippsland

Peloton Cafe || 2014 Tour of Gippsland - Stage 5 - Raphael Freienstein

Peloton Cafe || 2014 Tour of Gippsland – Stage 5 – Raphael Freienstein

Germany?s Raphael Freienstein (CharterMason) has stolen the show on the penultimate stage of the?2014 Tour of Gippsland, part of the Subaru National Road Series. Freienstein now leads the Tour after taking advantage of a late crash in the peloton to steal line honours in Metung ahead of Alex Smyth (Satalyst Giant) and Ryan Macanally (Wormall Civil). ?We knew it was going to be a really fast finish and with the speed humps on the road, there was a crash and I just got through it. ?I was lucky because Brenton Jones, one of best sprinters here in Australia, got a mechanical after the crash and Jesse Kerrison was stuck behind the crash as well, so it was an easy sprint for me in the end,? said Freinstein who found the overall podium at the recent Tour of the Murray River and Tour of the Great South Coast. After being a part of the winning breakaway on stage four, Freinstein began the day seven seconds behind overnight Tour leader Joe Cooper (Avanti Racing) while Tim Roe (Budget Forklifts) was second by a single second. After 72 kilometres of racing, Roe showed he is in the best form of 2014 by winning the intermediate King of the Mountain time bonus, ripping the Tour lead from Cooper?s grasp mid-stage. However it was 23-year-old Freinstein who stole the show, dodging a fall inside the final kilometre to pick up the maximum amount of bonus time, enough to clinch the yellow jersey. ?I managed to take some time bonus? in the first intermediate sprint which moved me closer to the podium, and then the top three on the general classification got time on the King of the Mountain so I told the boys that the only chance I had to move into the lead was if I won the stage. They did a fantastic job,? said Freinstein. Freinstein leads the Tour by two seconds to Roe and three seconds ahead of Cooper with one stage remaining. ?I have good form and the team are really motivated. A two second lead is not much, but we?ll do everything to keep the yellow.? New Zealand?s Patrick Bevan (Health.com.au/search2retain) was awarded the Crossco Most Aggressive jersey after riding 15 kilometres solo during the stage. Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) holds the Lakes Oil sprinters jersey, Cameron Bayly leads the Subaru King of the Mountain classification, while Ayden Toovey (Subaru NSWIS) moves into the Oliver?s Young Rider jersey. The Tour concludes in Traralgon on Sunday, September 7 with a 45 kilometre criterium. 2014 Tour of Gippsland: Stage 5 Photo Gallery?

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