InForm MAKE’s Raphael Freienstein takes final stage honours with Bennelong Swiss Wellness’s Ayden Toovey claiming the overall honours at the Visit Victoria-Campolina Tour of the Great South Coast, part of the 2018 Cycling Australia National Road Series.
With just 20 seconds separating Raphael Freienstein in second and Cameron Scott in fifth place on the general classification, the 48-kilometre Criterium in Portland – comprising of 30 1.6-kilometre laps – set the stage for a fascinating final day.
While Bennelong Swiss Wellness’ main objective was to protect Ayden Toovey’s tour lead, their eyes turned to the stage victory which ended in a title bout between some of the country’s best sprinters in Sam Welsford, Cameron Scott (both Australian Cycling Academy-Ride Sun), Michael Freiberg, Anthony Giacoppo (both Bennelong Swiss Wellness) and Kelland O’Brien (Australian Cycling Academy-Ride Sun).
In what looked to be a Giacoppo victory, Freienstein rolled over the top for the victory in the final few metres with Giacoppo and O’Brien filling the podium.
Toovey claimed the overall Tour by just 16 seconds over Freienstein, with Nicholas White (Oliver’s Real Food Racing) continuing his strong recent form – which saw him finish fifth overall and win the KOM jersey at last month’s Battle Recharge – claiming the King of the Mountain jersey and third overall. Scott took out the Young Rider’s jersey.
In other results, an impressive solo attack on the second last lap and a few time bonuses under his belt, Carter Turnbull (InForm MAKE) proved that he is tracking nicely for his upcoming Australian team debut at the 2018 UCI World Road Championships in Austria.