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Huber on Track for 2016 Croc Trophy Win

It has been all action at Skybury Tropical Plantation as it once again hosts the internationally recognised endurance mountain bike race - The Croc Trophy.

There was a surprise attack by Annemiek van Vleuten who took second outright in the stage, while Stef de Louwere from the Netherlands triumphed over the field to win the stage.

Right from the start the lead group around race leader Urs Huber from Switzerland seemed a bit passive - the shortest stage of the Crocodile Trophy had been considered a rest stage for many of the racers.

Not so for Annemiek van Vleuten. Today it was time for revenge for the 34-year old Dutch Olympic road racer, who suffered bad luck twice in a row, missing turns on the past two stages, loosing her overall women's lead and a lot of time after good gaps each day. 

Audaciously she attacked the entire Crocodile Trophy field this morning on the 50km flat stage through the Mareeba Wetlands with start and finish at the Skybury Coffee Plantation. And got away.

The 19-year old fellow Dutch road racer Stef de Louwere went after her, caught up and they worked together for the rest of the stage. A very emotional Stef de Louwere claimed the stage as one of the youngest ever to do so in 1:31:29 with Annemiek van Vleuten finishing less than a second behind him. Van Vleuten complimented her break-away companion as "working very hard today" and said he was a worthy stage winner.






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