Crashes, crosswinds hold back south-west cycling trio

STAGES two and three of the Tour of the Murray River again proved problematic for a trio of south-west cyclists.

In the stage two criterium in Swan Hill yesterday morning, Darcy Woolley and Matt Lane were again hampered by falls in front of them. 

Lane finished in 34th position, taking the same time as stage winner Jesse Kerrison. Woolley finished in 70th position, but also finished with the same time as Kerrison, because he was again held up by a crash. 

Camperdown cyclist Dylan Hately finished in 115th position, four minutes behind. In the 100-kilometre stage three road race from Swan Hill to Quambatook, the field was decimated by fierce crosswinds. 

The peloton was split into three distinct groups, with Hately, Woolley and Lane finishing with the majority of the field, 10 minutes and 20 seconds behind stage winner, and general classification leader, Brenton Jones.

Lane now sits 59th on general classification, 10 minutes and 44 seconds behind Jones. Woolley is in 68th place, also 10 minutes and 44 seconds behind. Hately is 96th overall, 14 minutes and 44 seconds behind.  The tour continues today with a 140-kilometre road race from Kerang to Cohuna.

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