AS Jesse Kerrison's teammates were finishing last year's Tour of the Great South Coast, he was just waking up in a Mount Gambier hospital.
The then 18-year-old was involved in a horrific race fall during stage two of the tour last year.
He spent the next three days unconscious.
When he woke up a month's worth of his memory had disappeared and he had no idea where he was, or who he was.
"When I woke up they asked me where I was and I said Tasmania," Kerrison said.
"Then they asked me my name and I said Paul I don't even know anyone named Paul, I have no idea where that came from."
Yesterday the Queenslander put it all behind him as he powered through the stage five Port Fairy criterium, retaining the sprinters' jersey he claimed the previous day.
He said being in the jersey was nice, but his goal was to defend the yellow jersey, held by Budget Forklifts teammate Sam Horgan.
"It's all up in the air, but our main aim is to keep the yellow jersey," he said.
"There are a few riders that are in with a general classification chance that are trying to get the bonus points to try and advance their position. We are just trying to stop that happening and the sprinter's jersey shows we are succeeding so far." At the end of yesterday's stages, 19-year-old Kerrison was leading the sprint championship with 32 points, eight ahead of local rider Darcy Woolley and 14 in front of Horgan in third.
With 22 sprints remaining in the final three stages, the jersey is still up in the air, but Kerrison said if defending the yellow meant he had to surrender his sprinter's lead, he wouldn't think twice about it.
"We want the yellow for Sam he's probably the nicest bloke in the peloton," he said.
If Kerrison can hang on to the jersey, it will be his fifth NRS sprinter's title for the year.
Kerrison joined Budget Forklifts at the start of this year and said he was enjoying being part of the experienced team.
"It's probably the best outfit I've ever ridden in," Kerrison said yesterday.
"Everyone is a mate and we all want the best for each other. But being the youngest I do seem to be the butt of all the jokes."