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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Short stage, long wait

Bright future: Launceston rider Harrison Musgrave in full flight. Pictures: Scott GelstonHe spent considerably longer waiting for the result than delivering it, but Anthony Giacoppo was still delighted to begin the Tour of Tasmania with a win.
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Summit meeting: Launceston rider James Robinson.

The 30-year-old West Australian was tenth of the 97 starters in the individual time trialprologueand after conquering Launceston’s670-metreBrisbane Street West course in 1:42.28 had to wait another two hours at the top as the rest of the field collectively failed to match him.

“I’m relieved,” Giacoppo said as the final rider, runaway National Road Series leader and Avanti Isowhey teammate Joseph Cooper, was the last rider to finish.

“I’ve sat here for a long time so I’m pretty happy to win.There were a few challengers so it was very close which is always the way it is in short stages.

“This is the second time I’ve been leading a Tour of Tasmania but I know it’ll be hard to hold on so I’ll see how long I can.”

The uphill slog may not sound ideally suited for a former national criterium champion but Giacoppo edged it despite fellow podium placegetters Cameron Ivory (GPM Stulz) and Peter Livingstone (Mobius Future) both coming within half a second.

Livingstone completed a successful evening by claiming the lead in the young rider classification.

“The word steep comes to mind,” said Giacoppo, who won the NRS’s Tour of the Great South Coast in 2012.

“It was windy and hard and the corners were wet so you couldn’t go too hard and it was all about using energy where you could.

“You can go full max for about a minute but once you go over that you do start to die. I definitely faded in the last 20 seconds.

“I’ve done some short flat prologues in Japan but nothing on such a technical climb. It’sa great way to start the tour and really brings the race into the town.”

Giacoppo is contesting his fifth Tour of Tasmania,won the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic last yearand Andrew-Christie-Johnston’s training camps are often held in Launceston so he said he is very familiar with the local roads.

“This definitely suited meand Andrew said if I did not do well I’d have to ride back to Hobart.”

Despite windandshowers, a crowd of cycling fans positioned themselves on the 10zigzagcorners to hear the riders panting past.

The 365.4-kilometre tour continues withThursday’s 115.9kmstage from George Town,to Grindelwald.

Prologue top 5:1.Anthony GIACOPPO (AIW) 1:42.28,2. Cameron IVORY (GPM) 1:42.44 +0,3.Peter LIVINGSTONE (MBS) 1:42.69 +0,4.Alex WEST (MBS) 1:43.68 +1,5.Alex WOHLER (SOM) 1:43.84 +1

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