McGee Ends McEwen?s Reign at Surfers
Davis takes overall series win.
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On the start line was a full field of fifty riders including a huge contingent of world class cyclists. Local hero McEwen, two time winner of the green sprint jersey and his main rival 2002 green jersey winner Baden Cooke, Athens Olympic gold medallist Brad McGee, winner of last weekend?s event Allan Davis and Matt White, now riding with Stuart O?Grady in the Cofidis colors.
As the gun fired so did the riders, they were out of their seats and pushing hard into the first corner.
In the early stages there were numerous attacks but all were eventually neutralized by the chase group. But at the half way
This trio stirred up the chase group but soon faded as Davis and Poad made their move to the front and this pair made a concerted effort to establish the break.
McEwen was first to make the jump across into the lead group with his new team mate Henk Vogels making sure he was there to back his man up. McGee sensed the danger and joined them with Jonathan Cantwell and Poad now making up the leaders. The group worked well, edging away from the main bunch.
As the tempo increased the field was reduced as the pace and heat took their toll. This also included Vogels who had done his job for McEwen and returned to the chase group.
Meanwhile the chasers contained the big names that could still get them back to the breakaway trio. Cadel Evans, Baden Cooke, White, 2003 South Bank Grand Prix winner Mark Roland, Nick Gates and Matt Wilson but it would have to be done soon with just 20mins left