2012 Subaru NRS - Tour of Tasmania - Day 1

Genesys Wealth Advisers have used their local knowledge of the treacherous Mt Wellington summit to take the honours in the opening stage of the Caterpillar Underground Mining Tour of Tasmania in Hobart on Tuesday.

Prior to the timed event, the teams enjoyed a Grand Parade from Constitution Dock to the Brewery, with the melting snow decorating the Mt Wellington summit.

In the 18.1 kilometre teams time trial from Cascade Brewery to Mt Wellington, teams battled blustery and chilly conditions with Genesys posting an impressive time of 47minutes 32 seconds to claim line honours.

Genesys-Wealth finished almost two minutes clear of Team Budget Forklifts (49:16), with Jayco / Apollo / VIS (49:28) a further 12 seconds behind in third.

The Tasmanian-based outfit claimed the win after Ben Dyball crossed the line first, with fellow locals Jai Crawford, Nathan Earle and Campbell Flakemore rounding out the final four to cross the line. Dyball was later awarded the individual leader's jersey.

Riding in his hometown, Earle was ecstatic to get the win in front of a family and friends.

"Being from Hobart and the team being a Tasmanian based team it's always good to win the first stage," the 24-year-old said.

"Coming second last year it's always nice to come back and win it this year.

"Mum loves it so that's the main thing, happy mum happy son," laughed Earle.

Earle credits a recent Genesys Wealth team training camp in Tasmania as the reason for the team's smooth run to the finish line on top of Mt Wellington.

"It's a pretty tough stage but we have ridden it quite a few times, (so) it's just about keeping a really good rhythm and working as a team," Earle explained. "If one person surges or does too much as a team then it can affect the rest of the team," he said.

Second placed Budget Forklifts are now 1 minute 44 seconds down on general classification, something which was not lost on Budget Forklifts' Mark O'Brien.

"We would have preferred not to have lost so much time to Genesys, a couple of the boys didn't have their best day out there but we gave it everything," said O'Brien.

"They have a few of their best climbers back with Earle and Dyball so I knew they would be incredibly strong.

"Genesys ride so well as a team, they are going to be very hard to overhaul from here," O'Brien added.

O'Brien took out the first three tours in the 2012 Subaru National Road Series, and says he is in good form for another hilly tour.

"Perhaps we can bond with the Drapac team and see what happens out on the road and try and get the time back," he remarked.

Third placed Jayco/Apollo VIS posted a competitive time, showing the strength recent Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank signing Jay McCarthy has added to the team.

Stage two in the Caterpillar Underground Mining Tour of Tasmania is a 123.5km road race from New Norfolk to Lake Pedder beginning at 11am.

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