Joe Cooper wins the 2016 Tour of Gippsland

Joe Cooper has won the 2016 Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland and back to back National Road Series rounds leading home an incredible clean sweep of the top four general classification positions by Avanti Isowhey Sports team with Pat Shaw, Patrick Lane and Sam Crome finishing behind Cooper.

Cooper set up the Tour of Gippsland win with a solo break on toughest and penultimate stage of the tour winning stage 4 by over a minute with only the final stage criterium remaining.

Scott Law (Subaru NSWIS & MS) and Cyrus Monk (Pat’s Veg Cycling) stood out from the rest of the field with Law winning the opening stage, and then won the final stage yesterday to win the overall sprint classification. Cyrus Monk had a strong tour for fifth place splitting the top five Avanti Isowhey Sports riders.

Thursday and Friday’s stages saw the tour lead change twice as Pat Shaw won the Paynesville to Metung stage 2 and take over the lead, then Patrick Lane won the Sale to Port Albert stage 3 to take the leaders jersey from teammate, Shaw.

Avanti Isowhey Sports won the team classification from Pat’s Veg Cycling then State of Matter Maap. Avanti Isowhey Sports have all but wrapped up the overall 2016 teams title.

In the race for the overall 2016 National Road Series title Pat Shaw still leads with three rounds remaining, Joseph Cooper has closed the gap after the Tour of Gippsland win and behind sit teammates Crome and Lane.

Results of the 2016 Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland

Result Rider (Team) Result
1 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) 10h32:24
2 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +1:05
3 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +1:10
4 Sam CROME (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +1:22
5 Cyrus MONK (Pat’s Veg Cycling) +1:29
6 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +1:30
7 Mathew ROSS (Pat’s Veg Cycling) +1:30
8 Angus LYONS (Jayco/John West VIS) +1:30
9 Harry CARPENTER (SASI/Callidus Cycling Team) +1:31
10 Alex WEST (mobius Future Racing) +1:31

Team Results of the 2016 Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland

Place Team Result
1 Avanti IsoWhey Sports 31h40:26
2 Pat’s Veg Cycling +1:22
3 State of Matter / Maap +6:07
4 mobius Future Racing +6:14
5 Subaru NSWIS & MS +18:08
6 SASI/Callidus Cycling Team +22:38
7 Oliver’s Real Food Racing +27:01
8 Jayco/John West VIS +33:24
9 GPM Stulz +36:39
10 JML Racing +37:13
11 Satalyst Verve Racing +49:07
12 SwissWellness Cycling Team +1h04:28
13 TIS Racing Team +1h19:02

The next round of the men’s 2016 Subaru National Road Series is the 4 stage National Capital Tour from the 16th to 18th September, the Women’s National Road series resumes this weekend with the Amy’s Otway Tour.

Race report by TBL – The Bike Lane

Main image via Andrew Gooding/GTR Events and Cycling Australia.

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