2019 Tour de Tweed
Queenslanders Emily Herfoss (nee Roper) (Roxsolt Attaquer) and Ryan Thomas (Drapac Cycling) have claimed the overall honours at the 2019 Tour de Tweed which wrapped up with two stages in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, on Sunday.
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Women’s Tour Recap
Queensland’s Emily Herfoss (nee Roper) extended her lead in the National Road Series (NRS) overall individual standings after claiming the overall honours at the 2019 Tour de Tweed in Murwillumbah, New South Wales, on Sunday.
Herfoss opened her Tour with a third place behind Alexandra Martin-Wallace (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) in Friday’s opening 97km road stage in Tyalgum. The 25-year-old then took a one second lead on Tour’s general classification (GC) after finishing second behind Jenelle Crooks in a sprint to end the challenging 75km second stage on Saturday.
Herfoss turned the screws on the field on Sunday morning with a strong individual time trial along the Tweed River on Sunday morning which sent her ten seconds clear on GC over Jaime Gunning (Specialized Women’s Racing) heading into the final stage criterium.
In an attempt to secure Gunning valuable sprint points and time bonuses that come with, Specialized Women’s Racing drove the pace in an animated criterium won in a sprint finish by Martin-Wallace (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast).
“It was quite windy out there today, made it exciting, a few girls trying to get off the front, but our team did really well to close those gaps down,” said Herfoss. “I was just keeping an eye on Jaime, just making sure she wasn’t getting too many sprint points and some extra time.
“I was happy to get fourth on the stage and hold onto the lead overall.”
The win was Herfoss’ second for the 2019 NRS season after she took line honours in April’s Tour de Brisbane and came just days after she married fellow cyclist Troy Herfoss in a ceremony. Troy contested the men’s Tour where he finished sixth overall.
“It was a good honeymoon because I won, but maybe we will go on another honeymoon later,” Herfoss joked.
Jaime Gunning (Specialized Women’s Racing) and reigning road national champion Sarah Gigante (Roxsolt Attaquer) rounded out the Tour’s general classification podium.
Specialized Women's Racing were crowned Tour team champions ahead of Roxsolt Attaquer and Pro Racing Sunshine Coast.
Men’s Tour Recap
Drapac Cycling’s Ryan Thomas celebrated his maiden National Road Series (NRS) crown after taking the honours in the 2019 Tour de Tweed on Sunday.
Sunday’s final dual-stage day opened with Jarrad Drizners (InForm TM Insight MAKE) claiming the honours in the individual time trial held in windy conditions along the Tweed River.
The Tour’s three GC contenders in Thomas, Jay Vine (Team Nero Bianchi) and Sam Hill (Team Nero Bianchi) all finished inside the top ten, however despite finishing ahead of Thomas, Vine and Hill were unable to claw back enough time ahead of the final stage criterium into which Thomas took an unassailable 32 second lead.
In the afternoon’s Stran Brims criterium, held around a new fast and furious course in a Murwillumbah industrial estate, the Drapac Cycling and InForm TM Insight MAKE outfits drove the pace, with the boys in red taking the win after Jensen Plowright (Drapac Cycling) surged to a maiden stage win.
“Super happy, it has been a pretty big goal of mine to get a stage win in the NRS this year, to get the stage win and take the Tour overall, and then for Jensen to get the win in the crit, it is pretty awesome,” said Thomas after securing the Tour victory.
Thomas, who finished second behind Angus Lyons (Oliver’s Real Food Racing) in Friday’s opening road stage before roaring to a stunning victory in Saturday’s gruelling 140-kilometre race, lauded his teammates.
“We only had five riders here for the whole Tour, so we had a pretty hard task in comparison to other teams who had seven. But we are really good mates and we were happy to do anything for each other.”
Hill and Vine rounded out the Tour’s individual standings, while in the Tour’s teams standings, Team Nero Bianchi claimed their second straight NRS Tour win over InForm TM Insight MAKE and Team Bridgelane.
In the National Road Series individual standings, Team Nero Bianchi’s Jay Vine sensationally catapulted over Drizners, into the Series lead.
Results - www.nationalroadseries.com/results