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Gordon McCauley triumphs again
Sep 8th, 12. In his second tour as a guest rider for Australian pro-team Drapac Cycling, Kiwi veteran Gordon McCauley took his second stage win yesterday.
The Australian peloton must now know what Kiwi pelotons have known for a while - don't let McCauley get away in a break or the chances are he will not be seen again.
In yesterday's Stage 10 48km criterium of the Tour of the Murray River, McCauley's win was made even more special as it was in front of his father, Brian McCauley.
It was the first stage of the tour the Australian based McCauley Snr had watched his son race.
"(My Dad's) suffered from bowel cancer the whole year, so it's pretty special to win in front of him," the many time NZ road, time trial and criterium champion said.
The 40 year old veteran was part of a winning breakaway with two others. His father's faith was evident with one lap remaining - when the commentators asked the crowd if McCauley would have the legs to defeat his younger rivals.
Brian nodded his head confidently before saying: "Bloody oath he does."
And he was right of course.
"I always follow him but this was wonderful," Brian said.
Halfway through the race it was another Kiwi leading the pack. Joe Cooper (Pure Black Racing) took out the mid-race sprint to lead at the halfway mark, but McCauley soon emerged to form the winning break.
With six laps remaining they had a 39sec gap on the field which grew to 48sec after two more 2.4km laps before the Kiwi took the victory for his team.
"We're an under strength team," said McCauley who started the tour with a headcold and who bumped his head in a sprint finale crash the day prior. "Most of us came in sick or injured. We've just been trying to get in the moves and win a stage."
Because McCauley was the lowest in GC out of the leading trio, he did the least amount of work in the break, instead focusing on the stage win.
McCauley's other win for Drapac was in August's Tour of the Great South Coast.
After their podium placing earlier in this tour, NZ team PureBlack Racing have struggled to gain success amongst the Australian peloton. James McCoy is their rider fighting for GC, he is currently 14th, 1m51s behind Luke Davison of Budget Forklifts.
The Tour of the Murray River continues until Sunday.
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