Day 2 -Tour Great South Coast
The team set out on today’s 136 km stage around the beautiful Limestone Coast with instructions to be aggressive and do what it takes to get in the break. As expected the first 20 km was very aggressive with repeated attacks with many of the 20 teams trying to get a team member in the break. After 25 km and 30 minutes the day’s break was established with five riders including PhysioHealth Swift Carbon’s Sam Fuhrmeister amongst them.
This allowed the peloton to take, as Phil Liggett would say ‘nature break’
, allowing the break to quickly establish a 3.30 minute gap. Once back on their bikes the big teams of African Wildlife, Budget Forklifts and Avanti brought the break back to 3 minutes and kept that gap for the next 80 km. The five rider break shared the four sprint premiums and one king of the Mountain premium. Sam collected 11 points out of 15 available, the first collected by the team in the National Road Series in its second outing. As the youngest team in the series this is a fantastic achievement that establishes the riders as a serious second level team to be taken seriously.
The five man break were finally reeled in with five kilometres to go, resulting in the full field contesting the final sprint. 1st
went to Budget Forklift’s Scott Sunderland for the second stage straight, 2nd
to Avanti’s Pat Bevan and 3rd
to Charter Mason’s Daniel Fitter.
Michael Schweizer from African Wildlife retained the race lead and Oliver’s Ryan Christiansen was awarded the most aggressive rider.
Jason Lean, Callum Gordon, Mitchell Dedman and Aidan Bowe retained their general classification positions a few seconds down from the leaders.