Costello-Manning has success in Tasmania

By Andrew Johnston

CHASE Costello-Manning has ridden to success in the 2019 Tour of Tasmania.

The local cyclist finished in 39th place of 85 entered riders in the competition, which is ridden across the northern half of the state.

Costello-Manning opened the tour with an 18th place finish in the tour's prologue in Launceston, a 600m time trial up hill.

He finished with a time of 1:30, just 12 seconds behind the stage winner Cameron Ivory.

The first main stage of the event, a 116km road race along the Tamar river from George Town to Grindelwald, saw the young rider finish 45th in a time of in 2.55:33, just 1:41 behind the stage winner.

The second stage stage of the event, between Longford and Poatina, both to south-west of Launceston, saw Costello-Manning finish the event in 35th placed, 7:05 behind first while moving him into 36th place in the general classification.

Stage three, a 70.5km road race from Ulverstone to Riana on the state's north west coast, saw him again in 45th place, 4:48 off the leader, but moving him into 35th in general classification.

The stage of the race, a criterium race at Devonport on the north west coast, saw the riders complete 30 1.8km laps.

The final stage saw Costello-Manning finish in 45th place, 4:31 behind first place.

The result was enough to see the him finish in 39th place in General Classification, just 16:37 off overall winner Dylan Sunderland, who finished the tour with a combined time 8.04:25.

It was Sunderland's second consecutive win at the tour, edging out Chris Harper by 36 seconds.