Kerrison on top in cycling tour opener

BUDGET Forklifts cyclist Jesse Kerrison leads the Tour of the Great South Coast entering day two.

Kerrison won the second stage of the National Road Series event, a 65-kilometre road race around Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake  yesterday.

The Queenslander completed the race in one hour, 31 minutes, 58 seconds, edging out Avanti Racing’s Brenton Jones and’s Alistair Donohoe in a bunch sprint. 

Kerrison, 20, finished fifth in the opening stage criterium, which was taken out by Charter Mason Drapac’s Shannon Johnson. 

Jones and teammate Raphael Freinstein filled out the podium after the 30-kilometre CBD-centred criterium. 

Kerrison has a six-second overall lead on Jones after picking up bonus points for intermediate sprints and climbs on the opening day’s racing. Warrnambool’s Matt Lane is the best-placed local and sits 26th on the general classification, 23 seconds behind Kerrison.

Stage three is a 136km road race from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell, starting at 11am today. 


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