Official Press Release for 2018 Tour de Timor
Dated 07/09/18 For Immediate Release
Day four proved to be full of surprises and challenges for the entire peloton, with a complete mix of tarmac, dust, cobblestones and technical single track type descents. Over the course of the day the riders would climb a total of 1450 vertical meters cumulatively spread over 65 kms.
Even without the intensity of the course anything can happen on the Tour de Timor, even this year. Yellow Jersey and returning champion David Vaz (2hrs 46 mins and 23 secs) of Portugal experienced a flat very early on, which added a new dynamic to the lead riders group. Taking advantage of the moment Peter Arnott (2 hrs 46 mins and 22 secs) pressed hard eventually pipping David Vaz at the finish line. Between the finish itself and the moment the Yellow Jersey suffered a technical race, spectators were treated to watching a spectacular hunt as the Portugese rider dug deep to overtake several riders and eventually catch Peter Arnott. In third place, Justin Moris (2hrs 56 mins) made it a 1stand 3rdplace for Australia on the men’s podium for the stage.
In the women’s Gina Ricardo (3hrs 13 mins) of Australia rode hard to secure her fourth consecutive 1stplace of the race followed by the top two Timorese female riders, Domingas Guterres (3hrs 44mins) and Maria Lua Marcal Soares (3 hrs 55 mins).
Top veteran Timorese men’s rider Jacinto da Costa (3 hrs 6mins) was beaten to the top of the podium today by newcomer Diamantimor Sandro (3 hrs). The third placed Timorese men’s rider was Orlando da Costa in a time of (3hrs 8mins).
While the overall standings haven’t changed there’s still all to ride for on the final day. Stage five is the longest day of the 2018 Tour de Timor as the peloton heads back to the capital Dili. So far no serious injuries to report on and as the race comes closer to the inevitable finale riders, volunteers and organisers will be soothed with local music from the newly erected main stage at the Aileu base camp.
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