Devonport, Ben Dyball has won the 2016 Tour of Tasmania for the mobius Future Racing team after a convincing solo win on yesterday’s stage 3 to Poatina. The Tour of Tasmania finished today with the Devonport criterium with Dyball finishing safely in the bunch to cement his win by 41 seconds over Chris Hamilton of Avanti IsoWhey Sports team.

The win by Ben Dyball gave mobius Future Racing its first National Road Series win breaking a five race winning streak by the Avanti IsoWhey Sports that stretched back to the first round Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic win by Pat Lane. Avanti IsoWhey Sports proved it was the strongest team though winning the team’s general classification for the sixth successive round.

The race for the overall 2016 Subaru National Road Series champion will be decided at next weekends Melbourne to Warrnambool as neither series leader Joseph Cooper, or Patrick Shaw added to their points tally at the Tour of Tasmania. Cooper currently leads the series by 4 points meaning Patrick Shaw will need to win or finish second at the Melbourne to Warrnambool race to overtake Cooper.

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The 2016 Tour of Tasmania got underway on Wednesday with a late afternoon prologue on a steep and wet 670 metre course at the Zig Zag Reserve, Launceston. Anthony Giacoppo blasted up the course winning from Cameron Ivory and Peter Livingstone. Thursday’s stage 1 was raced over 116km from George Town to Grindelwald and Anthony Giacoppo made it two from two winning from Dan Fitter and Bernard Sulzberger.

Stage 2 from Devonport to Penguin included the Gunns Plains climb and it was here the lead group of 11 riders was formed with nearly the entire Avanti IsoWhey Sports team present, near the finish Chris Harper attacked and Chris Hamilton followed then outsprinted Harper to win the stage and take over the overall Tour of Tasmania lead.

Stage 3 from Launceston to Poatina was the toughest stage of the tour finishing on the 10.2km Poatina Road climb with an average gradient of 8%. Ben Dyball put in a race winning performance to win by 1 minute and 27 seconds from Angus Lyons, with Dylan Sunderland third. With only the final stage criterium to be raced Ben Dyball held a commanding 41 second overall lead and was virtually assured of the Tour of Tasmania win.

Jesse Kerrison won the final stage criterium bunch sprint from Anthony Giacoppo as Ben Dyball finished safely in the bunch to clinch the prestigious Tour of Tasmania title. Anthony Giacoppo won the sprinters classification, Matthew Clark won the mountain classification and Dylan Sunderland won the young rider classification.

Results of the Spirit of Tasmania 2016 Tour of Tasmania

Place Rider (Team) Result
1 Ben DYBALL (mobius Future Racing) 9h10:11
2 Chris HAMILTON (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +:41
3 Chris HARPER (SwissWellness Cycling Team) +:51
4 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter / MAAP) +:57
5 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +1:40
6 Angus LYONS (Jayco/John West VIS) +1:58
7 Ben O’CONNOR (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) +2:07
8 Jai CRAWFORD (JML Racing) +3:15
9 Bernard SULZBERGER (TIS Racing Team) +3:17
10 Ethan BERENDS (Jayco/John West VIS) +3:23

Team Results of the Spirit of Tasmania 2016 Tour of Tasmania

Place Team Result
1 Avanti IsoWhey Sports 27h34:56
2 mobius Future Racing +5:37
3 SwissWellness Cycling Team +7:03
4 State of Matter / MAAP +7:50
5 AMR Renault Racing +11:32
6 Satalyst Verve Racing +16:17
7 Jayco/John West VIS +32:33
8 SASI/Callidus Cycling Team +32:52
9 JML Racing +34:40
10 GPM Stulz +37:38
11 OTOC-Vault Racing +45:32
12 Oliver’s Real Food Racing +45:52
13 TIS Racing Team +46:16

The final round of the men’s 2016 Subaru National Road Series is the iconic Melbourne to Warrnambool this Saturday.

Race report by TBL – The Bike Lane

Main image via @Subaru_NRS

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