Soren Nissen; Credit: Regina Stanger

Luxembourg mountain biker Soren Nissen placed 4th in the fifth stage of the Crocodile Trophy today in North Queensland, Australia.

Today's stage from Irvinebank to Skybury saw a 95km marathon race and resulted in two new names at the top of the elite category podiums: the Austrian Matthias Grick who won the sprint finish in the men's and the Belgian ex-pro road racer Sjoukje Dufoer who won the women's race.

Stage 5 saw no change overall in general, with Urs Huber maintaining a narrow 01:10min lead ahead of fellow Swiss racer Konny Looser and the Australian Sarah White increasing her lead over Lucy Coldwell to 11:25 minutes. Representing Luxembourg, Soren Nissen finished in 4th place, thus keeping his 3rd place overall in the race. 

Today had been regarded as the first "easy" stage of the race, but Soren Nissen commented, “We all thought that it would be a relaxed race. However, Urs Huber set a very high pace from the start.”

Tomorrow’s stage will be the longest on this year’s stage plan with a 127km circuit race via the recently established luxury resort, Mount Mulligan Lodge.