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this weekend. He is one classy rider and has a world team pursuit gold to his name
and won gold in the Commonwealth Games etc etc etc.this weekend. He is one
classy rider and has a world team pursuit gold to his name and won gold in the
Commonwealth Games etc etc etc.this weekend. He is one classy rider and has a
world team pursuit gold to his name and won gold in the Commonwealth Games
etc etc etc.


The next day, stage 2, Dot and Eileen and I went off to see the rage finish in
Stirling in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. This is a great stage to attend because
the riders come through twice and then finish at the end of the 3rd trip. It's a
small world, we were sitting outside the Stirling Hotel having some food and drink.
A couple sat down opposite us and looked at my De Laune polo shirt and asked
if it was from the De Laune CC in South London as he used to be a cyclist in
South London. What club were you in I asked, the De Laune he said, he joined he
thinks in 1958 or probably 1959, the year I joined, but I don't remember him. He
did emigrate to Australia with his parents under the old £10 scheme, his name
is John Shorten, does anybody remember him, he lived somewhere in the Dulwich
area? The stage was won by Lobato with Jack Bobridge retaining the jersey and
KOM jersey. Again we watch the last 10 miles on a large T/V screen at the back
of the presentation stage, it really adds to the race being able to see the riders
before they get to where we are.

The bad news this day was that Campbell Flakemore who we met at the University
of South Australia team presentation when I won a competition last year was
riding back to the Hilton after the race with Cadel and the rest of the BMC team,
crashed on a descent and broke his collar bone. Such a shame as he is the current
world under 23 time trial champion and has a big future, he remembered us from
the team presentation which was good.

Day 3 we watched them go by 4 times in the small town of Lobathal and then
went into the local micro brewery for "lunch" and watched the last dozen miles on
the very large T/V screen. This day had a very steep uphill finish with either Ritchie
Porte or Cadel Evans expected to win and take over the jersey but Rohan Dennis
beat them all for the stage and Ochre jersey of the leader.


The 4th stage started in Glenelg, about 100 yards from where Dot lives and 200
yards from our hotel, the night before the area had been closed for a street party
so the locals certainly can get involved in race celebrations if they want to. We
just watched the start, the riders have to negotiate Jetty road with it's tram
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