The last rider has crossed the finish line in the second edition of L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France. Jesse Coyle was crowned with the Yellow Jersey for First Male across the finish line, and Gina Ricardo was awarded the Yellow Jersey for First Female.

Rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the almost 3,500 riders who completed the course at a good pace.

At 4:30pm yesterday, Friday 1 December, the Bureau of Meteorology predicted significantly worsening weather with much higher rainfall and stronger winds than previously predicted, especially at the top of Perisher where the race was scheduled to finish. As a result, the route was shortened to avoid a flood prone area and a decision was made that all riders will finish in Jindabyne rather than continue to Perisher.

The shorting of the route was the implementation of contingency plans put in place by the organisers, initiated by the Event Coordination Centre (ECC), consisting of representatives from L’Étape Australia, the Police, Road and Maritime, Ambulance, Council, Fire, NPWS supported by medical and traffic agencies.

Overnight the L’Étape Crew implemented the changes, moving infrastructure and redeploying resources. The new route of 103km included the Sprint Section at Berridale and the King of the Mountain section at Beloka. The ride was completed safely, with no serious injuries and very few minor medical interventions and the closed roads opened on schedule.

The local community braved the rain to cheer the riders from the roadside throughout the day.


The full list of winners is available here