ANTHONY Giacoppo has taken out the Tour of The Great South Coast after a thrilling road race in Camperdown this afternoon.
He finished the tour a mere five seconds clear of Drapac cycling's Darren Lapthorn in general classification. Neil Van Der Ploeg finsihed in third place, 38 seconds behind Giocoppo
The Genesys Wealth Advisers team member was sitting 11-second clear of Lapthorne heading into today's stage.
Giacoppo finished third in today's road race, behind team mate Campbell Flakemore and RBS Morgan's Ben Hill, but his team mates fought hard to steal away time bonus points to keep Lapthorn and the Drapac team at bay for the overall tour win.
Giacoppo reclaimed the yellow from Lapthorne following a stage win in yesterday morning's Koroit Criterium, and a strong performance in the Koroit to Peterbrough Road Race, where he finished in fifth position.
Budget Forklifts' Luke Davison took out yesterday's road race in a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. He pipped Croydon Cycle Works' Jack Beckinsale in the home stretch, with a strong sprint to the finish. Davison's team mate Ryan MacAnally finished in third.
Davison said the main peloton stayed together until about 15km from the finish, when two riders attacked and broke away.
He said they came together again with two kilometres to go.
"I positioned myself well on the last couple of turns and managed to pull off the sprint to get up," Davison said.
Full wrap-up in tomorrow's Standard