23 year old Angus Lyons has continued his breakout debut season for Oliver’s Real Food Racing with a stage victory and a second place finish overall at the Tour d’Indonesia.
A hard and fast opening stage of the UCI 2.1 ranked 5 day tour which makes up part of the UCI Asia Tour saw a large group of 11 riders escape from a tactically disjointed peloton. With all the major teams represented the leaders established a lead which reached up to 6 minutes out on the 183km course. Despite the pressure of a hard chase in the closing stages and the peloton splitting into two groups, the leaders took victory by nearly 3 minutes. Lyons took the win in a photo finish over Canadian Ryan Roth (X-Speed United).
Lyons conceded the race lead to Roth on the second stage of the race from Madiun to Kota Batu. Knowing however he would need to claim back a big margin in order to finish on the podium with the final two stages of the event being mountainous: The Ballarat boy took a big chance on stage 3. Slipping into another breakaway which lasted over 180kms, Lyons reclaimed the leaders green jersey by a two minute margin over his closest rival by finishing 5th on stage.
The queens stage of the tour would come on stage 4, with the famous 31.6km long Ijen volcano climb with the finish of the 147km stage at the top. The Oliver’s Racing team did well to control the pace of the peloton to the bottom of the climb to put Lyons in the best position to defend his race lead, but in the end he conceded time and the overall classification to Frenchman Thomas Lebas (Team Kinan) by 1 minute 37 seconds.
Lyons position overall did not change on the fifth and final stage despite pulling back 5 seconds on Lebas at the finish, leaving him just 90 seconds adrift of victory after 825kms of racing.
It has been a successful season for Lyons, who claimed King of the Mountains classification wins earlier in the year at the UCI 2.2 Tour de Tochigi in Japan, followed by Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia. A podium finish in the Tour of the Philippines confirmed his strength as an overall race contender. Earlier this month he also claimed his maiden National Road Series victory with a win on stage 1 of the Tour de Tweed.
Angus Lyons: “We came into stage 1 of this tour looking for a stage win, I knew I was in pretty good form so the plan was to race hard early, and whatever happened later on with such a hard end to the tour we weren’t super concerned about. We got the opening stage, and with the help of my team I was able to stay in contention in the overall. Very happy to get this result for Sam and the Oliver’s team after what they’ve done for me this year.”
Sam Layzell – Team manager: “What makes this team so special is the culture. We have worked hard to develop a positive culture where everyone gets a chance and we all support one and other both on and off the bike. I feel this is especially important when we race in Asia, where it gets hectic and you are constantly hit with problems and issues. Super proud of Angus and how hard he has worked in return for the opportunities we’ve been able to offer him. But moreover just proud of the team as a whole. From the staff who pull it all together, to our sponsors who get us equipment and product shipped to us last minute, to our riders who are all for one and one for all always. Our culture is why we have had so much success this season.”