Tour of the Great South Coast ends with a thrilling final sprint
A HOPEFUL 2020 Olympian from Melbourne took out the 2019 Tour of the Great South Coast, which ended with a showery 48km loop around Portland’s foreshore yesterday.
Kelland “Kel” O’Brien, 21, from the Australian Cycling Academy and Pro Racing Sunshine Coast team was named winner of the six-day tour and also received sprint and King of the Mountain jerseys, despite crashing on the final leg – near the Portland Fishmarket during yesterday’s criterium – and receiving some nasty grazes with just two laps of the circuit to go.
The final-stage criterium was raced through 30 laps of a 1.6km circuit around the foreshore and Bentinck St area.
O’Brien needed to complete yesterday’s event safely and in a good time to take the leader’s jersey from his teammate Sam Welsford because he had claimed enough bonus seconds during the tour; he won with just 17 seconds to spare.
At the front of the day’s race pack, Oliver’s Real Food Racing team-member and Victorian Conor Murtagh was seconds ahead of other contenders in the final laps.