Silver wants gold for Tolland at tour finale

TOP DOGS: Tolland's Alice Debney, Will Silver and Dan Addison, ranked in the top 10 before the final leg of the Tour de Riverina. Picture: Les Smith

TOP DOGS: Tolland's Alice Debney, Will Silver and Dan Addison, ranked in the top 10 before the final leg of the Tour de Riverina. Picture: Les Smith

Tolland cyclists are primed for the final stage of the Tour de Riverina, the Dean Carter Memorial in Griffith on Sunday.

Riders from the Wagga-based club performed consistently in the first four stages and have flooded the Tour de Riverina leaderboard.

Will Silver, second only to Cobram cyclist Heath White, wants to see a fellow Tolland cyclist on top of the podium after the 60km race.

Tolland riders will do whatever they can to prevent White, in bunch four, from finishing in the top five, and ultimately, winning the tour.

“Tolland hasn’t dropped a race all series,” Silver said.

“The reason why we’ve been doing so well is we’ve got good numbers across all bunches.

“We’re all looking to capitalise on a Tolland win.”

Silver will start at block. 

“We’ve had good numbers in that bunch, it’s helped us get to the front of the race more often than not in the past,” he said

“And we haven’t been picked up by scratch.”

Much to the dismay of the tour’s fastest cyclist, Tolland’s Peter Treloar, who will be gunning for the tour’s best scratchman award.

“Scratch haven't had a win since October,” Silver said.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’ll still be looking for the fastest time on the day, if he catches the frontmarkers with 5km to go he’ll be racing hard and fast.

“He’s a competitor.”

Though Silver is Tolland’s best title chance, the pressure to win doesn’t rest solely on him.

Tour de Riverina title holder, Tolland’s Daniel Addison, is in the running this year, in equal sixth.

“Dan’s keen to back up,” Silver said.

“He won it last year, he could have won it the year before, but he had a mechanical (failure).

“I’d love to hold up the trophy for the first time.”

Richard Moffat, in fifth, is under doubt due to illness.

Along with White, Tolland riders are also wary of Griffth’s Peter Budd.

“Pete’s been around for a long time,” Silver said.

“He’ll be looking to win in his own race.”

Around 50 riders have entered, but last year’s race winner Ben Hill hasn’t.

Standings

  1. Heath White (Cobram) 26
  2. Will Silver (Tolland) 21
  3. Peter Budd (Griffith) 20
  4. Brodie Pearse (Wagga) 19
  5. Richard Moffat (Tolland) 18
  6. Alice Debney (Tolland) 17
  7. Rob Gray (Wagga) 17
  8. Daniel Addison (Tolland) 17
  9. Jed Kitson (Tolland) 17
  10. Paul Millynn 16
  11. Peter Treloar (Tolland) 16
  12. Andrew Francis (Tolland) 15
  13. Luke Riley (Tolland) 14
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