L’ETAPE AUSTRALIA 2016 – THE WRAP

The first Tour de France event to be held in Australia was staged in the NSW Snowy Mountains on Saturday, setting the scene for a new era in Australian mass participation events.

 

The weekend began with Tour de France reigning champion Chris Froome holding sold-out clinics for amateur cyclists, sharing never told before stories of his Tour de France exploits and mentoring the riders on the best way to roll up to the Start line the  best prepared mentally, physically and mechanically as can be.

The next morning 3,500 riders gathered at Bullocks Flat at Crackenback and raced into history:

  • The first Tour de France event to be held in Australia;
  • The first Australian amateur cycle event with 160km of fully closed roads;
  • The first Australian amateur cycle event to be run under full professional Tour de France race conditions;
  • The largest L’Étape event ever to be held outside France;
  • The only Australian event with genuine Tour de France jerseys up for grabs.

 

Riders had the choice of the 126km Ride or the 157km Race; both held on the same route but with the Ride finishing before the final punishing push up to Perisher.

 

Chris Froome described the route as ‘tough, certainly equal to a challenging mountainous stage of the Tour de France’.

The support of the local community was a stand-out element. Throughout the entire 160km route locals lined the route and cheered the riders just as you see on TV during the Tour de France; and they dressed up their towns, villages and homesteads with Tour de France jersey themes, green for Berridale, polka dot for Dalgety and yellow for Jindabyne.

Froome rode from the back of the pack to the front and then spent time talking to riders at the numerous food zones before powering forward again. He completed the first King of the Mountain section ‘Col Beloka’ (called by locals ‘the wall’) in just eleven minutes.

At the prize giving in the Snowy Mountains L’Étape Australia Village, Chris Froome personally awarded prizes as followed:

THE RACE

The Yellow jersey for the fastest man                                                        Chris Miller                4h37:59

The Yellow jersey for the fastest woman                                                   Amanda Spratt           4h55:53

The Green Jersey for the fastest sprint (men)                                           Ben Carman                21.169s

The Green Jersey for the fastest sprint (women)                                      Amanda Spratt           24.700s

The Polka Dot jersey for the King of the Mountain climb (men)             Chris Miller                  1h09:19

The Polka Dot jersey for the King of the Mountain climb (women)        Amanda Spratt           1h20:07

 

The Ride

Fastest Rider (men)                                                                                      Stephen Humphries            4h06:59

Fastest Rider (women)                                                                                 Cassandra Hodkinson         4h40:52

Fastest Sprint (men)                                                                                     Matt Fussell                           25.849s

Fastest Sprint (women)                                                                                Min McDonald                       26.984s

Fastest King of the Mountain (men)                                                           Ian Anderson                          0h15:40

Fastest King of the Mountain (women)                                                      Julia Anderson                       0h17:19

 

L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France will return to the Snowy Mountains on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

A ‘Super Early Bird’ registration will open for a limited time in the coming weeks, followed by Early Bird Registrations opening on May 2017.

 

Watch L’Étape Australia on SBS at 4pm on Saturday 24th December.

Photos of the event

Individual rider photos

Results

SBS Video 

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