Joseph Cooper (Avanti Isowhey Sports) won this weekends Sam Miranda 2016 Tour of the King Valley leading from Fridays individual time trial through to the event finish yesterday. Alexander Porter (SASI/Callidus Cycling Team) finished second with Ben Hill third.

The Sam Miranda 2016 Tour of the King Valley was the third round of the men’s 2016 Subaru National Road Series and opened with a 9km individual time trial on Friday that was to be followed by an afternoon criterium at Wangarata, on Saturday riders tackled the 112km Strade Nero stage followed by the final 96km stage on Sunday afternoon.

Joe Cooper powered through the opening 9km out and back individual time trial taking a 24 second lead over Alexander Porter with Liam Magennis (Subaru NSWIS & MS) third at 31 seconds. Series leader after the Tour of the Great South Coast, Sam Crome finished in 47th at 1 minute and 17 seconds. With wild weather and flood warnings issued for Friday afternoon the stage 2 criterium was cancelled.

Saturday saw the riders take on the gravel and dirt roads of the 112km Strade Nero Road Race and there was plenty of action with several riders puncturing including race leader Joe Cooper who punctured twice, with the race in several groups it was Pat Shaw who took the Whitefield category 1 KOM. Heading to the finish the groups came back together leaving a bunch of 50 riders to contest the sprint finish, Jesse Kerrison (State of Matter / MAAP) led into the final corner but it was Patrick Shaw who picked the right line to come underneath Kerrison and sprint to the stage win, Kerrison was second with Ryan Christensen (Oliver’s Real Food Racing) third.

Coming into the finish it was a block head wind, which made everyone nervous. With a right-left combination with 150 metres to go it was always going to be important to be first to that left hander.

I picked the wrong side coming in and ended up on the grass with 150 to go and I chased Pat into the finish but didn’t quite have enough room – Jesse Kerrison

Joe Cooper finished in the bunch to retain the GC lead from Porter by 24 seconds with Chris Harper (SwissWellness Cycling Team) third.

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Sunday’s final stage was the 96km Ryan’s Taminick loop featuring three categorized climbs. Even with the tough climbs and strong winds the stage came down to a sprint finish with Scott Law (Subaru NSWIS & MS) taking the win, with Pat Shaw and Jesse Kerrison on the podium again in second and third.

Joe Cooper finished on the same time as the leaders to wrap up the 2016 Tour of the King Valley from Alexander Porter and Ben Hill. Avanti IsoWhey Sports are proving unstoppable in the teams classification winning from mobius Future Racing with State of Matter / MAAP third.

Pat Shaw takes over the lead of the 2016 Subaru National Road Series with 25 points, Joe Cooper moves into second after this win with 17 points and previous series leader Sam Crome and Alexander Porter are third on 15 points..

Lisen Hockings (Holden Women’s Cycling Team) won the women’s Tour of the King Valley leading from start to finish ahead of Ruth Corset (Rush Women’s Cycling Team), Lucy Kennedy (High5 Dream Team) was third. High5 Dream Team won the teams classification from Holden Women’s Cycling Team and Specialized Women’s Racing.

After five rounds of the women’s National Road Series Lisen Hockings leads with 29 points, Kate Perry is next on 23 points and Lucy Kennedy rounds out the top three on 18 points.

Results of the 2016 Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley

Place Rider (Team) Result
1 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 5h17:18
2 Alexander PORTER (SASI/Callidus Cycling Team) +25
3 Benjamin HILL +29
4 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +31
5 Chris HARPER (SwissWellness Cycling Team) +39
6 Samuel BURSTON (mobius Future Racing) +48
7 Ayden TOOVEY (Subaru NSWIS & MS) +49
8 Tom KAESLER (SASI/Callidus Cycling Team) +49
9 Jason LEA (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +53
10 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +54

Team Results of the 2016 Sam Miranda Tour of the King Valley

Place Team Result
1 Avanti IsoWhey Sports 15h53:53
2 mobius Future Racing +59
3 State of Matter / MAAP +1:29
4 Pat’s Veg Cycling +1:43
5 Oliver’s Real Food Racing +1:51
6 Subaru NSWIS & MS +3:23
7 SwissWellness Cycling Team +4:08
8 GPM Stulz +5:30
9 JML Racing Team +5:42
10 SASI/Callidus Cycling Team +5:54
11 Kenyan Riders Downunder +8:26
12 Pitcher Partners / KCC +18:45
13 Van D’am Racing p/b Butterfields +18:49
14 AMR Renault Racing +20:10
15 Phoenix Cycling Collective +21:53
16 Satalyst Verve Racing +29:14
17 TIS Racing Team +29:37
18 Subaru Albion Development Team +30:35
19 Anchor Point South Coast +1h08:58

The next round of the men’s 2016 Subaru National Road Series is the 5 stage Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland starting on Wednesday 31 August and finishing on Sunday 4 September.

Race report by TBL – The Bike Lane

Main image via Avanti IsoWhey Sports

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