Ben Hill (Charter Mason) claimed a solo victory in the third stage of the Jayco Adelaide Tour, holding on to deny the Avanti-led peloton by a mere two seconds.
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Cycling Central

13 Apr 2015 - 4:03 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 4:06 PM

The last time I hit it on the KOM and just went hard on the descent. On the descent I looked around and I thought if I could have five seconds at the bottom, I could hold on and just sprint for the last five hundred metres. - Ben Hill.

 Neil Van Der Ploeg (Avanti Racing) won the bunch sprint, ahead of race leader and team-mate Patrick Bevin.

“I saw a couple of the other guys suffering so I thought if I want to keep this gap, I’ve got to go myself,” said Hill.

“It was just full on, a hard day. I think we had about 58 seconds when we got a gap at the top of the KOM the second last time, but we mucked around a bit on the way down and all of a sudden it was down to 30 seconds.

“The last time I hit it on the KOM and just went hard on the descent. On the descent I looked around and I thought if I could have five seconds at the bottom, I could hold on and just sprint for the last five hundred metres,” said Hill, who’s team won three stages at the previous Subaru National Road Series event, the Woodside Tour de Perth.

The second day of racing at McLaren Vale saw extremely aggressive racing from the gun, and it wasn’t until 30km into the race that a break was allowed more than a hundred metres of breathing space.

Eventually four riders were allowed to get away, including Hill who was joined by Alder Martz (health.com.au Search2Retain), Alexander Morgan (Jayco John West) and Jeremy Cameron (African Wildlife Safaris).

With Avanti riding at the front of the peloton and seemingly content with the break, the gap was quickly allowed to stabilise at 50 seconds.

The break reached a maximum advantage of 58 seconds as they hit the main climb of the day for the second last time, but as they descended towards McLaren Vale, the time gap started to come tumbling down.

Bevin continues to lead the tour, 43 seconds ahead of team-mate Matthew Clark, and 51 ahead of Van der Ploeg. Pat Lane (African Wildlife Safaris) is the new leader in the Onkaparinga KOM Classification, on equal points with Clark, whilst Michael Schweizer (African Wildlife Safaris) remains the leader of the Rezz Hotel Points Classification with one day remaining.

The tour concludes on Sunday with a 82 kilometre kermesse in Newtown.

Wells wins women's stage

National Criterium Champion Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) sprinted to victory on stage three of the Jayco Adelaide Tour, part of the Subaru National Road Series. Wells beat points leader and track world champion Annette Edmondson (Wiggle Honda) and Georgia Baker (TIS) in the dash to the line.

“With 500 metres to go I was sixth wheel and then I staked my claim following Nettie Edmondson. Georgia Baker went quite early and Georgia and Nettie had me boxed in, so I scooted off to the left and managed to get Nettie by a wheel,” said Wells.

“All the girls on the team there worked so well today which allowed me to do what I do well and have a crack.”

Edmondson was active throughout the race, timing her ride to win all three intermediate sprints.

“It’s a shame to miss the most important sprint of the day and I’ve got lots of things to improve on, but it’s not too bad to come second to the national criterium champion,” said Edmondson.

“I was just going to play it by ear and it turned out I was in a good position for every intermediate so I managed to extend my lead in the sprint jersey,” she said.

Race leader from stage one, Michaela Parsons, and her team Specialised Securitor, kept watch at the front of the race all day in order to keep the race together.

“Every team really put the pressure on us today but the Specialised girls really worked well together as a team. I’ve never been a part of anything like that,” said Parsons.

Although a lot of riders were active in trying to get away, including Rebecca Wiasak (High5 Dream Team) and Shannon Malseed (Holden Women’s Cycling), no moves were able to stick, setting up the race for a reduced bunch finish.

Parsons maintains her four second lead over Rebecca Mackey (Wormall CCS) whilst her team-mate Elizabeth Doueal sits third overall at seven seconds coming into the final day of racing.

Thanks to her dominant performance in the intermediate sprints, Edmondson has built an unassailable 21 point lead in the Rezz Hotel Sprint Classification, whilst Ruth Corset (Total Rush Hyster) is set to maintain her lead in the Onkaparinga KOM Classification.

The tour concludes on Sunday with a 60 kilometre kermesse in Newtown.

Women's Stage 3: 50km
1 Kimberley Wells (High5 Dream Team) 1hr 12min     
2 Annette Edmondson          
3 Georgia Baker          
4 Jessica Huston (Wormall CCS Cycling Team)          
5 Ruth Corset (Total Rush Hyster)          
6 Kristy Glover (Bicycle Superstore)          
7 Elizabeth Doueal (Specialized Securitor)          
8 Nicole Moerig (Boss Racing Team)          
9 Rebecca Wiasak (High5 Dream Team)          
10 Jenelle Crooks (Specialized Securitor)     

General Classification
1 Michaele Parsons (Specialized Securitor) 5hr 28min 43sec
2 Rebecca Mackey (Wormall Civil) 0:00:04     
3 Elizabeth Doueal (Specialized Securitor) 0:00:07     
4 Kristy Glover (Bicycle Superstore) 0:00:12     
5 Rebecca Wiasak (High5 Dream Team)          
6 Ruth Corset (Total Rush Hyster) 0:00:14     
7 Allison Rice (CBR Women's Cycling Team)          
8 Taryn Heather (Bicycle Superstore)          
9 Lucy Coldwell (Holden Women's Cycling Team)          
10 Victoria Veitch (EMBA - Ozone Cleaning Specialists 0:19:00

Men Stage 3: 70km
1 Ben Hill (AUS) CharterMason Giant 1hr 30min 27sec     
2 Neil Van Der Ploeg (AUS) Avanti 0:00:02     
3 Patrick Bevin (NZL) Avanti          
4 Patrick Shaw (AUS) Avanti          
5 Sam Welsford (AUS) Navitas Satalyst Racing          
6 Angus Tobin (AUS) health.com.au-search2retain          
7 Michael Schweizer (GER) African Wildlife Safaris     
8 Alder Martz (USA) health.com.au-search2retain          
9 Harrison Bailey (AUS) GPM Stulz          
10 Raphael Freienstein (GER) CharterMason Giant

General Classification
1 Patrick Bevin (NZL) Avanti 5hr 27min 56sec     
2 Matthew Clark (AUS) Avanti 0:00:43     
3 Neil Van Der Ploeg (AUS) Avanti 0:00:51     
4 Raphael Freienstein (GER) CharterMason Giant          
5 Patrick Shaw (AUS) Avanti          
6 Adam Bull (NZL) Subaru Albion          
7 Jack Bobridge (AUS) Budget Forklifts          
8 Guy Kalma (AUS) Otoc Vault          
9 Brodie Talbot (AUS) Budget Forklifts 0:00:53     
10 Michael Storer (AUS) Otoc Vault 0:01:15