• Urs Huber dominated the field at the Crocodile Trophy (Regins Stanger) (Crocodile Trophy)Source: Crocodile Trophy
The Crocodile Trophy settled into a familiar pattern at the halfway mark with Urs Huber and Sarah White increasing their respective race leads.
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Cycling Central
21 Oct 2015 - 8:14 AM 

Huber (SUI) scored a third consecutive stage win, finishing the classic 80km marathon from Atherton over the Great Dividing Range, and covering more than 2200 metres of elevation in a time of 3hr 9min 34sec to finish ahead of Nicholas Pettina (ITA) and Sören Nissen (DEN).

“Today my plan was to ride defensively, because I have a good lead overall by now," Huber said. "There was three of us quickly from the start and then just Nicholas (Pettina) and I.

"He attacked twice or three times quite hard and I stayed on his wheel. Towards the end he fatigued and suggested to ride across the finish together, but I said, 'if you attack me that hard, I’ll finish my own race'.

"I was able to break away and make up a bit more time."

Finishing fifth on the stage was Australia's Brendan Johnston who retained his status as the fastest Australian. He sits 19min 34sec behind Huber on the overall classification.

"That was the toughest day so far, there was a hard climb right at the start and it took us a good 45 minutes to get over that," Johnston said.

"I was with the break-away group in the beginning (Huber/Pettina) and raced the remaining race with the chasers. I lost some time today, but want to reserve my energy for the remaining days. This is my first time at such a long stage race and it's all still very new for me."

White, from Cairns, again got the best of German Regina Genser in their two-woman battle. She finished her ride in a time of 5hr 5min 45sec to hold an almost unassailable overall lead of one hour.

“Today was a long day, it was tough, but it was fun, I loved it," White said. “I didn’t mind the muddy conditions and actually just glad that it wasn’t hot and humid.”