Giacoppo claims tour yellow jersey

ANTHONY Giacoppo has taken the yellow jersey after day two of the Tour of Gippsland.

The Genesys Wealth rider is now 13 seconds ahead of Budget Forklifts’ Luke Davison in the general classification, and 23 ahead of Drapac rider William Walker.

The West Australian took out the stage three Moe criterium ahead of Edward Bissaker (Jayco Honey-shotz) with Malcolm Rudolph (Drapac) third.

The 26-year-old finished a 36 places ahead of Davison in stage three, and with a podium finish in stage four’s road race, the Genesys rider heads into today’s fifth stage criterium in Sale wearing the leader’s yellow jersey.

Davison found his legs again for stage four, winning the road race from Morwell to Yinnar in a sprint to the line which saw Torq BSS rider Brenton Jones finish second, ahead of Giacoppo who grabbed third.

Today’s 30-lap criterium around Sale begins at 11am and finishes around 11.45am. The course will stretch from Victoria Park and Sale 545 Primary School, to Barkly St.

This afternoon, a 101.9 kilometre stage begins in Maffra at 1.45pm and heads through Stratford, Stockdale, Emy Hill, the Mitchell River National Park, Cobbannah, Pretty Hoy Hill, Castleburn, Waterford and Wonnangatta before finishing in Dargo around 4.15pm.

Tomorrow there will be morning criterium in Bairnsdale before an afternoon stage between Lakes Entrance and Metung.

The tour wraps up on Sunday with a criterium around Paynesville.