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Another Podium for Drapac
2 Dec, 2013
Tom Palmer took his 2013 podium tally to six on Saturday with third place in the Cronulla round of the NSW Grand Prix Series.

Drapac Professional Cycling was represented by Palmer and Bernard Sulzberger, the pair fiercely contesting or creating moves throughout the 30 lap, 40km race in blustery conditions on the coast.

Recent Orica GreenEdge signing Caleb Ewan was first across the finish line, beating Sky’s Chris Sutton by the slimmest of margins, followed by Palmer.

“I had good legs and I hit out pretty early,” explained Palmer. “Unfortunately I didn’t quite have the legs to get to the line first but I was right up there on their heels.”

It’s been a busy 2013 for Palmer, who has claimed victory on stage 5 of the New Zealand Cycle Classic, the second stage and overall at the Tour of the Murray River and most-recently, snagged three top-10s at the Tour of Hainan in China.

On Saturday, the Drapac pair maintained good position at the front of an aggressive 70-odd strong peloton which was eventually whittled down to around 30 riders with two laps remaining.

“It’s tough to know how to approach a race when you’ve only got the two of you,” Palmer admitted. “I think we just wanted to stay on the front foot and be in all the moves and be nice and aggressive. It still ended up being a bunch kick but on a course that is that tight and windy, I think it pays off in the end to be aggressive and be at the front.”

The two race series will come to an end on Sunday in Wollongong on a very tight 600 metre circuit at Flagstaff Hill where 23-year-old Palmer is defending champion.

“Tomorrow, the course can be even tougher than today so if we keep that pressure on hopefully we can go better and get on top of the podium and not just third spot,” Palmer concluded.

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