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THE CROC 2013 – 4 & 5

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22 October 2013 / Stage 4 / Irvinebank-Mt Mulligan
Cory Wallace claims sprint finish in Mount Mulligan

Today’s Crocodile Trophy stage into Mount Mulligan was decided with a gripping sprint finish. Repeating yesterday’s result, Cory Wallace claimed the victory ahead of Mark Frendo (AUS) and Jiri Krivanek (CZE). Liesbeth Hessens increases her lead in the female general classification.

The fourth Crocodile Trophy stage took riders out of the mining town of Irvinebank to Mount Mulligan Station via the historic Bicentennial National Trail across the Stannary Hills. The first section of the race track was very rough with a steep ascent and tough downhills and only the quad crew was able to accompany the riders with medical, media and organisational staff.

The Master 1 racer leader Mario Färberböck from Austria attacked right from the start and got away. “I knew that my only chance to be in the lead group towards the flat end of the race was to create a gap in the beginning”, he said. When the trio of Wallace, Frendo and Krivanek eventually caught up to him just before the first feedzone, the young bike shop manager from Salzburg hung on for dear life through the Mareeba region mango, avocado and pineapple orchards before heading north on wide gravel roads. “Honestly, I was really suffering and was cramping, trying to stay on their wheels. So I’m a bit surprised that I was able to stay with them until the finish”, he added. …View More

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