Wes Sulzberger sprints to second in Burnie
Drapac Professional Cycling claimed its fourth podium in as many days on Saturday with Wes Sulzberger runner-up on Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour of Tasmania.
Sulzberger, who earlier in the week won Stage 2, finished second in the bunch sprint which decided the 82km road race which looped around Burnie on Tasmania’s north-west coast. Race leader Search2Retain’s Patrick Bevin, won his second consecutive stage with Alexander Edmondson (SASI) in third place.
It was a dominant showing from Drapac on Saturday, the tour’s penultimate stage, with Travis Meyer in 5th place along with Bernard Sulzberger also in the top-10 in either place across the finish line – the latter spending over 50km in the day’s breakaway.
“It was an aggressive start to the stage,” said Wes Sulzberger. “We only caught Bernie in the last 500 metres. He managed to slot in behind myself and Travis and finish in the top 10.
“I was on Bevin’s wheel opening the sprint but he was too fast and I was sprinting for second place.”
Drapac’s Lachlan Norris remains the best-placed of the team for the General Classification in fourth place, 1:14 behind Bevin, with Wes Sulzberger sixth a further 11seconds in arrears.
“Tomorrow we will all ride aggressively to form a breakaway and have Bernie for back-up for a sprint finish if it comes back together in the final,” said Wes Sulzberger.
The 2014 Tour of Tasmania concludes on Sunday with the 30-lap Devonport criterium, raced over 54km.
Tasmania’s Stage 5 podium: Alex Edmondson, Patrick Bevin and Wes Sulzberger © DPC