Avanti IsoWhey Sports Pat Lane took a great win this past weekend taking victory in the Grafton To Inverell Classic. Lanes win was the result of a tactical master stroke after the squad put both Lane and teammate Pat Shaw in the early break while the contenders were closely marking pre-race favorite and two time winner Sean Lake. That was their first mistake!
Their second mistake was allowing the gap to balloon to over nine minutes before the race had even reached the Gibralter Range. Despite some hard riding in the peloton with the gap reduced to around 3 minutes at the summit the ease at which the break rode the climb meant they had plenty in the tank for the business end of the race.
The team looked comfortable in the main field and were given an arm chair ride courtesy of the strong team representation in the break. At the head of affairs the two Pats decided to stretch their legs and jettisoned 3 riders reducing the break down to a more manageable 8. At the 50km to go mark a series of attacks saw Pat Lane get an advantage with training partner Nathan Elliot (Kenyan Riders) joining him. The two slowly build a lead of 1 minute over the chasers with Pat Shaw doing his best policeman impersonation ensuring that no one else escaped. At Wire Gully a strong attack by Pat tore the chase to pieces with only Aiden Toovey (NSWIS) able to respond. Behind them the rest of the team had been given the order to start hostilities with Joe Cooper and Neil Van Der Ploeg first to go clear.
Joe and Neil quickly built an advantage and were soon out of sight and quickly making ground on the remains of the early break. Sean Lake then went away solo leaving Robbie Hucker and Sam Crome to control the now tiny peloton. Despite trying to shake his breakaway companion numerous times Pat was unable to build any sort of advantage with the plucky Elliot fighting back time after time. Pat then switched to sprint mode and put all his eggs in winning the kick to the line. Despite leaving it very late Pat was able to get a small gap with 200m to go which he managed to hold to the line and take a great win.
Pat Shaw beat Toovey for third place with Joe and Neil coming in 5th and 6th after catching and passing the remenants of the break. Sean finished a strong 8th while Robbie lead home the peloton to win the bunch sprint in 10th. The boys collected the teams classification while Pat Shaw capped a solid days work winning both the KOM and the Sprint Jerseys.
|1.||5||Patrick LANE (AIW)||5h57:55|
|2.||32||Nathan ELLIOTT (KRD)||+0|
|3.||3||Patrick SHAW (AIW)||+26|
|4.||94||Ayden TOOVEY (SNS)||+26|
|5.||2||Joseph COOPER (AIW)||+2:07|
|6.||7||Neil VAN DER PLOEG (AIW)||+2:16|
|7.||51||Samuel BURSTON (MBS)||+2:44|
|8.||1||Sean LAKE (AIW)||+3:11|
|9.||71||Jason LEA (PHF)||+3:29|
|10.||6||Robbie HUCKER (AIW)||+3:43|