Brian Hennessey won his second stage in a row when he won stage 3 in the 2012 Tour of Fiji. The 110 kilometer stage started in Lautoka and finished in Rakiraki.
"It was another blisteringly hot day and the cyclists were each drinking up to 2 litres of water an hour "said Race Director and Cycling Fiji President, Dom Sansom" despite this the still covered the 110 kilometre distance in just over for hours.
The Tour of Fiji continues tomorrow on to stage four from Rakiraki to Suva. "There is a lot of unsealed road on stage four and our cyclists are riding narrow wheeled road bikes. This will really test their skill and endurance" said Sansom
The 2012 Tour of Fiji ends in Suva on Sunday.
2012 Tour of Fiji - Stage 3 - Results
1st Brian Hennessey 04:10:30
2nd Christian Carling 04:14:30
3rd Mike Loeser 04:21:52
4. Jonathan Bower
2012 Tour of Fiji - General Classification (total time for Stage 1, 2 and 3)
1 Brian Hennessey 10:54:24
2. Mike Loeser 11:03:09
3. Christian Carling 11:27:50
4. Jonathan Bower TBC
Brian Hennessey passed the finishing line milliseconds before stage one winner Mike Loeser to win stage 2 of the Tour of Fiji. It was so close both cyclists were awarded the same time.
The grueling stage took its toll with only four competitors taking to the road to contest the race from Pacific Harbour to Lautoka.
"It was very hot" said Race Director and Cycling Fiji President, Dom Sansom "we had to shorten the race to prevent the riders from dehydrating so the race was finished at Sabeto, outside Nadi, instead of Lautoka.
Loeser and Hennessey broke away just before Natadola and continued to increase the gap on Chrsitian Carling and Jonathan Bower.
Despite not winning stage two Mike Loeser retains the leaders Yellow Jersey.
The next stage will take Tour of Fiji cyclists from Lautoka to Rakiraki with stage four from Rakiraki to Colo i Suva on Saturday and a lap of Suva for stage five on Sunday.
Tour of Fiji - Stage 2 - Results
1 Brian Hennessey 05:31:27;
2. Mike Loeser 05:31:27
3. Christian Carling 06:03:30
4. Jonathan Bower 6:37:00
Tour of Fiji - General Classification (total time for Stage 1 and 2)
1 Brian Hennessey 06:43:54
2. Mike Loeser 06:41:17
3. Christian Carling 07:13:20
4. Jonathan Bower 07:50:42
German Time Trial specialist, Mike Loeser, claimed the first leaders yellow jersey of the 2012 Tour of Fiji on Fiji Day. Loeser cycled the 40 kilometre Individual Time Trial, from Lami to Deuba, in 1 hour, six minutes and 25 seconds, and average speed of 36 kmph.
Fiji's Christian Carling came a close second with a time of 1:09:50 and Brian Hennessey place 3rd in 1:12.25.
A feild of eight cyclists started stage 1 with four more stages to go as the Tour of Fiji circumnavigates Viti Levu for the first time.
Race Director and Cycling Fiji president said that this is the fourth Tour of Fiji with the First one being held in 2009. "We have been building a 5 day tour around Viti Levu and this year the Fiji Day public holiday on a Wednesday allowed us to start on Fiji Day and Finish back in Suva on Sunday."
Mr Sansom added "It is a really tough race this year with very long stages from Pacific Harbour to Lautoka on Thursday and Rakiraki to the top of the hill in Colo i Suva on Saturday. We already had two cyclists pull out. One retired after a crash."
The five stages are: Stage 1, Wednesday 10 October - Lami - to Pacific Harbour; Stage 2, Thursday 11 October - Pacific Harbour to Lautoka; Stage 3,
Friday 12 October Lautoka to Rakiraki; Stage 4, Saturday 13 October Rakiraki - Colo-i Suva; Stage 5, Sunday 14 October RoC Coffee Shop - QED - Muanikau Rd. - Sukuna Rd - Queen Elizabeth Drive - RoC Coffee Shop.
The Tour of Fiji continues today with the longest stage of around 180 kilometres from Pacific Harbour to Lautoka.
Results - 2012 Tour of Fiji - Stage 1.
Mike Loeser 1:06:25;
Christian Carling 1:09:50;
Brian Hennessey 1:12:25;
Jonathan Bower 1:13:42;
Tony Weir 1:22:19;
Ian Curtis 1:40:37
Peter Sinclair DNF
Steve Thon DNF
Stage 1 (40km ITT - Group Start - NO DRAFTING)
Wednesday 10 October (Start 7:30am Registration 7am)
Lami (Start at PEMO - just past Novotel) to Pacific Harbour (Uprising)
Stage 2 Thursday 11 October (Start 7:30am Registration 7am)
Pacific Harbour (Uprising) to Lautoka (Cathay Hotel)
Stage 3 Friday 12 October (Start 7:30am Registration 7am)
Lautoka (Cathy Hotel) to Rakiraki (Rakiraki Hotel)
Stage 4 Saturday 13 October (Start 7:30am Registration 7am)
Rakiraki (Rakiraki Hotel) - Colo-i Suva (Rain Tree Lodge)
Stage 5 Sunday 14 October (Start 7:30am Registration 7am)
RoC Coffee Shop > QED > Muanikau Rd > Sukuna Rd > QED > RoC Coffee Shop
Entry is Free.
This is a race and cyclists unable to complete any stage within 30 minutes of the stage winner will not start the next day (mechanicals excepted).
Competitors are responsible for their own accommodation, support and transport to and from the start/finish of each stage.
Register by return email before 5pm 28 September. No late entries please