Stage set for Tobin to shine

PERSISTENCE has rocketed Orange cyclist Angus Tobin to a stage win in the Tour of Poyang Lake in Jiujiang, China.

Ensuring his Search2retain team finished what has been a arduous tour on a high, Tobin defied a virus and several crashes to take line honours in the seventh and final stage of the 2013 event last month.

Benefiting from his Search2retain teammates bursting out to an early advantage, Tobin bridged behind three other riders as they clung to a 30-second lead for close to 12 kilometres of the final stage in China.

Riding as a team of six, Tobin led before the final kilometre of the race resulted in a bunch attack on the leaders.

Negotiating the hilly nature of the stage with aplomb, Tobin held strong in a predictably tougher stage of the Jiujiang-based tour to fly the Orange Cycle Club flag in China.

Western Australia’s Arbitrage Racing team secured just their second win in an international tour at the Tour of Poyang Lake as rider Nick Graham-Dawson took overall line honours to retain the leaders’ blue jersey.

Tobin and the Search2retain team enjoyed a rest day before embarking on a large seven-hour transfer to the final race of their Asian tour, the 103km Mount Wuyi Cycle Classic road race.

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