Pat Shaw takes out FK Gardiner Tour of Toowoomba
Press Release – by Chris White
Toowoomba, QLD – Pat Shaw took third place and a four second time bonus in the final stage to take a hard fought win against world junior record holder, Dale Parker (Australian National Team).
After three days, four stages, nearly 400 kilometres, three different race leaders and always aggressive racing it was Shaw who landed the killer blow to take the final Yellow Jersey of an enthralling FKG Tour of Toowoomba.
In a fitting final to a great race that had been animated from the beginning the race was decided by bonus seconds on the final sprint.
The scene had been set in stage 3 where Cameron Peterson (Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans) had taken a dramatic solo win on the Queen stage that descended Murphy’s Creek and later finished atop Ballard Hill atop ‘Murphy’s’. Although Cameron put in a heroic ride he finished 19 seconds shy of the coveted yellow jersey. It was Cameron’s teammate, Shaw who went into the final stage within striking distance of the overall result, trailing Dale Parker by a meagre 2 seconds.
Stage 1 and 2 of the Tour had been hard fought and although missing the top step of the podium team Virgin Blue RBS Morgans were well positioned to make a charge for the Yellow jersey.
With Shaw taking second in the first sprint of the final stage 5 not only were Virgin Blue-RBS Morgans team tactics there for all to see but he managed to draw level with Parker.
The second sprint went in favour of Parker taking him to a 1 second advantage with the finish and final sprint to decide the tour.
With Ben Grenda (Genesys wealth management) making a solo charge for glory there were some nervous times in the bunch as the valuable bonus seconds were disappearing up the road with Grenda. Thanks to some solid chasing the peloton rounded the final corner together. In a desperate bid for the top step of the podium, Shaw finished 3rd to secure a much deserved win for the Team.
The next stop in the National Series is the Tour of Gippsland in late July.
Final general classification;
1 Pat Shaw (Virgin Blue - RBS Morgans)
2 Dale Parker (Australian National Team)
3 Cameron Peterson (Virgin Blue - RBS Morgans)
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