Drapac Professional Cycling (DPC), have finished their 2012 National Road Series (NRS) campaign in dominant fashion by winning both the Campolina Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic and the Shipwreck Coast Cycling Classic.
The team showed their strength and superior tactics by always being represented in the breakaways and splits enabling them to ride in our characteristically aggressively and attacking style.
Rhys Pollock, the 2010 Melbourne to Warrambool winner, and Gordon McCauley featured in the major breakaway of the day which at one time had an advantage of over six minutes from the chasers. A lack of commitment from other teams would spell the end for the escapees but it did enable Rhys to pick away at the Sprint and King of the Mountain (KOM) classifications.
The break was reeled in over the climbs out of Camperdown but we were not left empty handed as Rhys had secured the Sprint Jersey, KOM Jersey and the Victorian 200 kilometre championship.
Further attacks were made with little success due to the strong headwinds but it was Floris and Aaron Donnelly who managed to jump off the front with approximately forty kilometres left and hold off determined but exhausted peloton.
Floris left it until the final two hundred meters to begin his sprint and was able to beat a very strong and impressive Donnelly.
“Everybody in Australia and even in Europe knows the Melbourne to Warrnambool.
Honestly, the Melbourne to Warrnambool was the only race I knew about before I came over, so it’s pretty cool to win it,” says Floris Goesinnen.
William Walker and Thomas Palmer finished seventh and eighth respectively to cap off a day of domination with the winning every possible classification (Sprint, KOM, Victorian 200 kilometer Championship and the Teams Classification) and having three riders in the top eight.
It took Floris seven hours and twenty three seconds to complete the 262 kilometre classic and hold off a record field of 234 entrants. He is also the first international victor since Jonas Ljungblad won the race in 2005.
Floris then continued where he left off on Sunday by winning the Shipwreck Coast Classic where yet again the team was well represented in the breakaway with Floris, Rhys and Gordon.
Late attacks whittled the group down to five, which included both Floris and Rhys, making DPC the only team with more than one rider present. Floris then rode away in the last five kilometers to take the victory with Rhys also riding away from his competitors in the final two kilometers making it a 1-2 and a clean sweep for the weekend!
These results extend the team’s unbeaten streak to four NRS races, Launceston to New Norfolk Classic (Darren Lapthorne), Caterpillar Underground Mining Tour of Tasmania (Lachlan Norris), Campolina Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic and the Shipwreck Coast Cycling Classic (Floris Goesinnen).
“2012 is the first time in several years that we had targeted races within the NRS and to be able to win 5 events is a great result and a credit to the focus, preparation and versatility of the riders. The riders have put their experience, superior tactics and strong teamwork to great use and really stamped our authority on the domestic scene. It is a shame to not be racing the final NRS event (Grafton to Inverell) but we will be racing China where we will use this momentum to continue our string of strong results in Asia from earlier in the year”, says team manager Jonathan Breekveldt.
The team will now prepare for the Tour of Taihu Lake (China), 1st-8th of November, and the Tour de Okinawa, 25th November, before returning to Australia for the domestic criteriums, training camps and the 2013 team launch.