Official Press Release for 2018 Tour de Timor
Dated 04/09/18 For Immediate Release
Stage Two of the 2018 Tour de Timor proved full of surprises for our riders despite the relative shortness of the day at 45 kms. Setting out at 0700hrs the peloton soon dropped into the Mantane river, where riders were subjected to an early morning cold water crossing arm jarring rock and scree riverbeds. The river beds proved deceptive, with deep water and sharp rock edges proving why this race can never be taken lightly.
David Vaz of Portugal (1hr 52mins) made his typical early attack to retain the Yellow Jersey while Peter Arnott (2hr 2mins) finished strongly. Vaz’s lead is currently at 30 minutes over the first two stages. Meanwhile Jacinto da Costa, Timor-Leste’s top national rider despite his veteran status, only just missed out on a podium place to Australian Justin Morris (2hrs 3 mins) in a closely fought battle for third.
In the open women’s category Gina Ricardo of Australia (2hrs 23 mins) retained the pink jersey, making it her second win in a row for the first time ever in her cycling career. In another tough match-up, Lauren Pevy (2hrs 38 mins) just managed to edge ahead of local Timorese rider, Domingas Guterres (2 hrs 39 mins).
All the action continues with Stage Three, which will take riders just under Timor-Leste’s highest peak, the sacred mountain of Tatamalau (Ramelau).
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