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the mountains of Victoria comprising 2 stages totalling 250ks with a 30k
climb on the first day, ouch. For those that don't know, Suzanne is the
daughter of Dot and Ken Fuller and she and her husband Mike Ridding live
in Brighton, a suburb of Adelaide. Both are ex De Laune members which is
where they met.


Saturday, the really decisive stage. We went as usual to Willunga which is
a lovely little town surrounded by vineyards, watched the riders coming
through the town 3 times. It's good because they come past where we were
and then do a U turn and come back past us again. We then wander about
200 yards up the hill where there is a big screen and plonked ourselves
there for the next 90 hour or so. The race comes past us and heads up a
4k tough climb to the prime. Then a 21K loop, past us again to finish this
time at the top of the climb. Most people were shouting for Cadel Evans
but Richie Porte took out the stage and Simon Gerrans regained the leaders
jersey by just 1 second from Cadel.


Sunday, the last day and the race is over really in that Simon Gerrans has
a 1 second lead over Cadel and the very strong Orica Green Edge team are
not going to allow that to be changed. It was around 34 degrees and not
a cloud in the sky in the park near Adelaide plus the race went throughout
the City centre and past theTour Village. We grabbed ourselves a spot 100
metres from the finish with a T/V screen behind us so that we could watch
the action all around the 4.75km course to be covered 18 times. An early
break was allowed to soak up the intermediate sprint bonuses to keep
Gerrans safe and then it went down to a massive bunch sprint won by
Greipel from Mark Renshaw and Andrew Fenn who is British. This year Mark
Renshaw and Andrew Fenn will be leading out Mark Cavendish, very
interesting.


Among the people I spotted were Christian Prudhomme, the boss man of
the Tour de France and Brian Cookson the boss of the UCI. Also around
was Sir Chris Hoy and his wife Lady Sarah.





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