Lapthorne aims to get mileage out of win

Darren Lapthorne says  that his training partner Mark O'Brien will certainly hear more about his Tour of Tasmania  victory in yesterday's New Norfolk to Lake Pedder  stage.

The pair, along with Lachlan Norris, often train together in Lapthorne's base in Bendigo, sharing a

friendly rivalry.

``Next week when we're training together, we'll be giving each other plenty of flak,''  Lapthorne  said yesterday.

While the Drapac Professional Cycling  team member clinched the 123.5-kilometre  stage, O'Brien _ who spends a lot of time in Bendigo as his girlfriend lives there _  nabbed the tour leader's jersey.

The Team Budget Forklifts rider is wary of his mate, who he dubs ``The Lapthorne Express.''

Yesterday was Lapthorne's second consecutive triumph in the Derwent Valley region after he also took out Sunday's Bothwell to New Norfolk Classic.

His success in yesterday's road race was somewhat of a consolation after Drapac didn't deliver in Monday's team time trial to the top of Mount Wellington.

Before  yesterday's  stage,  the team  trailed   Genesys Wealth Advisers by two minutes and 34 seconds.

``Yesterday was a really disappointing day for our team,'' Lapthorne said.

``You never want to think the tour's over but we really thought our chances were low.

``But today showed  that anything can happen.''

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