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2016 Herald Sun Tour (2.1), Australia

63rd edition: February 3 - February 7, 2016

Herald Sun Tour Podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Start list |

Prologue | Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4

2016 Herald Sun Tour map


Sunday, February 7: 4th and final stage, Racing on the Mornington peninsula; Arthurs Seat - Arthurs Seat, 121.8 km

Chjris Froome

Chris Froome wins the stage and the final GC

The race: here's the organizer's telling of the race.

Australian cycling history was made on Sunday as defending Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) explosively rode to both the stage victory and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour title after a stunning final day battle on Arthurs Seat.

Froome was pushed over the three ascents of Arthurs Seat by several challengers, in a move that ultimately forced the race lead to change hands from teammate Peter Kennaugh who had led the race from stage 1.

The Kenyan-born Brit finished the stage 17 seconds ahead of Damian Howson (ORICA-GreenEDGE), with a further four seconds back to US-based Victorian Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare). In finishing in seventh place on the day, Kennaugh secured runner-up position on the General Classification, 29 seconds behind Froome with Howson netting third place, 1:01 off the lead.

In becoming the 63rd winner of the event, Froome created history, as no current champion of the French grand tour has ever won the oldest stage race in Australia.

Froome thanked Kennaugh admitting that the result was something that “unfolded out on the road” and was not pre-planned. “We couldn’t have asked for a better week as a team with Pete kicking things off earlier on going into the leader’s jersey, first and second on that stage and then obviously winning today - the final stage up Arthurs Seat,” Froome said. “It’s a really nice way to end off the week. Also to be first and second on the General Classification, you really couldn’t ask for much more.”

Froome will be hoping it’s just the start of things to come as he chases a third Tour de France title, as well as a gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games. “There’s a lot to race for this year,” he admitted. “Coming here and walking away with the overall victory is an amazing way to start off the season.”

Froome’s stage win never looked in doubt over the final three ascents of the Arthurs Seat climb, but the 30-year-old admitted it was more taxing than it appeared. “It’s never easy. Even a day like today it’s never easy to win a bike race, even if you’re against people you don’t really know,” he said. “You’ve got to turn yourself inside out for the result. As much as an eight-minute climb can hurt, it did.”

Kennaugh explained it was a hectic day on the road. “It was really quick,” he said. “120km of flat-out racing all the way. It was hot. I’m a bit gutted not to win but Froomey won and he was the strongest throughout the race so he deserves the win. I’m really happy with my stage win at the start and the way I’ve started the season so, I think happy days for Froomey today and happy days for the team all round.”

Kennaugh admitted the result had been soured by a, “unfortunate” verbal altercation between himself and Avanti IsoWhey Sports’ Pat Shaw out on the road. The spat between two the riders continuing immediately after the stage finish. “That’s sport I guess. It happens but there’s no need for it in the pelo,” he said.

Shaw wouldn’t comment, leaving his sports director Andrew Christie-Johnson to speak on his behalf. He confirmed that the war-of-words had been a running battle beginning at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. “There’s nothing to it other than it’s a blue that you’d have in a school yard and that’s the way it is,” Christie-Johnson explained. “There was nothing more than what Kennaugh had said to two or three of our riders over the other days. Froomey acknowledged that they’ve got someone who’s a bit of a hothead and at the same time, so do we.”

Howson, who improved on his fifth overall placing in 2015, was also pleased for the result. “I’m obviously really happy to finish off the week on the podium overall, it was a target for myself and the team so, to fulfill that I’m privileged,” the South Australian said.

The story of the race: It took 20km of shuffling the decks before the peloton finally allowed a four-man break of Caleb Ewan (ORICA-GreenEDGE), Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek – Segafredo), Pat Shaw (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) and Chain Reaction Cycles green jersey leader Ben Hill (Attaque Team Gusto) up the road.

Several earlier attempts were shut down by Team Sky, while State of Matter / MAAP were also attentive at the front. The peloton would only allow a maximum of advantage of 2:21 and with 40km of racing down, close to a minute had been taken back approaching the first intermediate sprint of the day.

Hill added to his overnight tally in the points classification, first to the opening intermediate sprint at Red Hill, ahead of Shaw and Beppu. That was enough for the Canberra-based rider to secure the green jersey (30 points) ahead of Froome and Kennaugh.

With the gap hovering around the minute mark, Beppu attacked from his breakaway companions, taking maximum points at the intermediate sprint at Balnarring, ahead of Shaw and Hill. Not enjoying his time out front solo, Beppu went back to the break but a change was in the air.

Ewan and Shaw both sat up, and Drapac’s Travis Meyer and ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Christian Meier raced ahead of the peloton, forming a new breakaway group with Hill, and Beppu and at the 76km mark, the gap still hovering at just under a minute. The fast-approaching first ascent of Arthurs Seat would doom the breakaway’s fortunes and on the opening hairpins, the group of four was swallowed up as Sky led the charge.

Ian Boswell opened proceedings with Froome and then Kennaugh tucked at the back of the Sky pack, with Jack Bobridge (Trek – Segafredo) on the British Road Champion’s wheel. Sky climbed the first ascent of Arthurs Seat at a steady pace and with 200 metres to the start-finish line, Froome made his move with King of the Mountains leader Chris Harper (State of Matter / MAAP) in hot pursuit. Froome took the points ahead of the young Australian, in the process, regaining the virtual lead for the polka dot jersey.

With 16km left to race, Team Sky maintained control at the front of the fast shrinking peloton with Boswell again setting the tempo ahead of teammate Sebastian Henao, Kennaugh and Froome as they negotiated the switchbacks. Froome raced ahead of the bunch nearing the top of the climb, this time with Joe Cooper (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) hot on his heels.

“When I went for the King of the Mountain points the second time up Arthurs Seat the team behind said, ‘listen Chris, just sit on the wheel, we’re not going to ride behind, you’re in a great position to go for the stage win and the overall victory’,” Froome explained after the stage of the moment his Sun Tour fate was sealed.

Froome and Cooper opened up a 35 second gap on the remnants of the peloton with One Pro Cycling and Trek Segafredo at the head of the chase. Nearing the start of the final ascent, that gap hovered around the 40 seconds.

Three kilometres remained and Froome chose that moment to accelerate ahead of Cooper with an astute tempo change with the peloton just 16 seconds behind. Howson made his move, with Clarke giving chase with only the minor placings to be decided. Froome crossing the finish line as the stage and Sun Tour winner with 300 metres to spare. 

Complete Results:

121.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.9 km/hr

1 Christopher FROOME (Sky) 2hr 58min 44sec
2 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) @ 17sec
3 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) +21
4 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) +29
5 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
6 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
7 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) +32
8 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) +36
9 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey) +41
10 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) +43
11 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) +45
12 Michael STORER (Australia) +48
13 Angus LYONS (Australia) +48
14 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor) +53
15 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey) +55
16 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) @ 1min 7sec
17 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
18 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) s.t.
19 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) +1:11
20 Ben DYBALL (Australia) +1:14
21 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +1:17
22 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
23 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) +1:23
24 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +1:30
25 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) +1:33
26 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) +1:50
27 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) +2:25
28 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) +2:36
29 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey) +2:43
30 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) +3:41
31 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) +3:44
32 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) +3:50
33 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey) +4:05
34 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
35 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) +4:12
36 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) +4:25
37 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) +5:09
38 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) +5:25
39 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) +7:13
40 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
41 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +8:18
42 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) s.t.
43 Brodie TALBOT (St George Merida) +8:54
44 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) s.t.
45 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
46 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
47 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
48 Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor) +8:56
49 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) +10:02
50 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) +10:34
51 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
52 Josh BERRY (St George Merida) +10:40
53 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) s.t.
54 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
55 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +11:18
56 William CLARKE (Drapac) +12:13
57 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) s.t.
58 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) +12:45
59 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) +14:20
60 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
61 Russell DOWNING (JLT Condor) s.t.
62 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
63 Daniel BONELLO (St George Merida) s.t.
64 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
65 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
66 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) s.t.
67 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
68 George ATKINS (JLT Condor) s.t.
69 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
70 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor) s.t.
71 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
72 Jay DUTTON (St George Merida) s.t.
73 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
74 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
75 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
76 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
77 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
78 Luke ROWE (Sky) s.t.
79 Nicholas WOODS (St George Merida) s.t.
80 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) s.t.
81 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
82 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
83 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
84 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
85 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) s.t.
86 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
87 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) s.t.
88 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +15:31
dnf Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge)
dnf Travis MEYER (Drapac)
dnf Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fantini)
dnf Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor)
dnf Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey)

Final GC after Stage 4:

540.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.946 km/hr

1 Christopher FROOME (Sky) 12hr 53min 0sec
2 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) @ 29sec
3 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) @ 1min 1sec
4 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) +1:04
5 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
6 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) +1:15
7 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey) +1:20
8 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) +1:23
9 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey) +1:32
10 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
11 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey) +1:43
12 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor) +1:51
13 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) +2:01
14 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) +2:02
15 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
16 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) +2:12
17 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) +2:13
18 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) +2:14
19 Ben DYBALL (Australia) +2:18
20 Michael STORER (Australia) +2:24
21 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
22 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) +2:32
23 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +2:59
24 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) +3:31
25 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) +4:02
26 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey) +4:57
27 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) +5:19
28 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey) +5:50
29 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) +6:45
30 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) +8:55
31 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +9:57
32 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) +10:42
33 Angus LYONS (Australia) +11:18
34 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) +11:56
35 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) +12:59
36 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) +13:27
37 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) +13:38
38 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) +14:28
39 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) +14:37
40 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +14:51
41 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) +16:12
42 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) +16:13
43 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) +16:48
44 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +16:54
45 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +18:52
46 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) +19:33
47 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) +20:09
48 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) +20:11
49 William CLARKE (Drapac) +20:17
50 Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor) +20:48
51 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) +20:59
52 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) +21:33
53 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) +22:17
54 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +22:20
55 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) +22:22
56 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) +22:32
57 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) +23:15
58 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) +24:02
59 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) +25:06
60 Brodie TALBOT (St George Merida) +25:16
61 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) +25:24
62 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) +25:49
63 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) +25:56
64 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +26:04
65 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +26:22
66 Josh BERRY (St George Merida) +27:24
67 Luke ROWE (Sky) +27:46
68 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) +28:20
69 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) +30:13
70 Nicholas WOODS (St George Merida) +30:16
71 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor) +30:27
72 Russell DOWNING (JLT Condor) +30:28
73 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) +32:02
74 George ATKINS (JLT Condor) +32:10
75 Jay DUTTON (St George Merida) +32:25
76 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) +33:35
77 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) +35:25
78 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) +35:36
79 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) +35:42
80 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) +35:42
81 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +35:45
82 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) +35:53
83 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) +35:54
84 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) +35:58
85 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) +36:33
86 Daniel BONELLO (St George Merida) +38:57
87 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) +41:19
88 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +42:34

Saturday, February 6: Stage 3, Traralgon - Inverloch, 146.2 km

John Murphy

John Murphy (blue/white kit) throws his bike to wins stage 3

The Race: Here's the organizer's telling of the stage.

It was third time lucky at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour for American sprinter John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) as he celebrated an upset stage victory in the seaside town of Inverloch on Saturday. Murphy, now 31, began his pro career in Australia at the event in 2006, then returned to the race last year but scored his first Australian victory today.

A photo finish deemed Murphy the winner of Stage 3 over Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek – Segafredo), with Australian Steele Von Hoff (ONE Pro Cycling) rounding out the podium. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-GreenEDGE), having dominated the summer of cycling, finished sixth man across the finish line.

As the sprinters came to the fore on the 146.2km stage between Traralgon and Inverloch, there was no change to the General Classification with in-form Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) able to relax somewhat ahead of Sunday’s decisive stage on Arthurs Seat.

In what promises to be an epic finale, the British champion maintains his 13-second lead over teammate, reigning Tour de France winner Chris Froome, with a further 18 seconds back to Australian champion Jack Bobridge (Trek – Segafredo). ORICA-GreenEDGE will need to produce some heroics if they are going to elevate Jack Haig to the podium.

Murphy positioned himself to perfection, with a short descent and a narrow 90-degree left-hand bend in the final kilometre of the stage into Inverloch. “I don’t really think any sprinter’s unbeatable,” Murphy said following his win. “If you have the right team in front of you, you can win anything you want.”

“UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling was unbelievable today. They took me in to that last corner in perfect position and all I had to do was just my sprint. When you take on the favourite, you’ve just got to know your strengths against him,” Murphy explained. “For me, I couldn’t let him start in front of me. So I wanted to make sure I started ahead of him, and if he comes around, he comes around.”

Kennaugh, having won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race last weekend, has held the yellow leader’s jersey since day two in Healesville. He said it would “mean absolutely everything” to be able to hold on to the overall lead, but still left the door open for his teammate Froome to add Arthurs Seat to his enviable palmares. “If Froome’s feeling super-good he’ll be up for anything,” Kennaugh warned. “He can have an attack, he can do what he wants but I’m sure we’ll have a strategy by tomorrow and take it from there.”

Meanwhile Froome seems happy to let his teammate keep the spotlight, saying: “I’m pretty sure [Kennaugh] he’ll be alright. He’s in good nick and he’s feeling good.”

The Kenyan-born Brit who finished as runner-up on the Mt Buller stage back in 2008, admitted a win on Arthurs Seat would be something very special for Kennaugh and Team Sky would be on the offensive all day. “It would be massive. It would be a great win for him, a great win for the team so that’s the plan.”

Kennaugh however was happy to keep a low profile today saving as much energy as possible for what is sure to be one of the best days of racing seen on the Australian cycling calendar. “People in my position just have to stay upright and not lose any time,” he explained. “So once it gets to a point where it’s getting a little bit dangerous and a few risks are being taken it’s time to sort of drift back a bit and keep things safe and let the sprinters do their thing.”

Kennaugh, having experienced plenty of full-throttle racing earlier in this 63rd edition of the Sun Tour, is wary that there will be plenty of riders looking to spoil a Team Sky one-two. “It’s a different climb to the first day it’s obviously a lot shorter and we saw yesterday on the shorter climbs that guys like Jack Bobridge and a few others can hold their own,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a different kind of a race and a different style of race and we’re just going to take things one step at a time throughout the stage, see how the legs are.

“Obviously a lot of the domestic teams they have strong guys and it’s their summer and they’re going really well,” Kennaugh continued. “I don’t know their names, but I’m sure there’ll be guys who are mega up for it. The Avanti team seems quite strong on the climbs.”

The story of the race: A sprint finish in Inverloch was a 99 per cent certainty and so, the peloton let the day’s break go with ease in the opening two kilometres of the stage, on the outskirts of Traralgon.

Ben Hill (Attaque Team Gusto), Dan Bonello (St George Merida), Morgan Smith (Kenyan Riders Downunder), Russell Downing (JLT Condor) and Thomas Hubbard (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody) quickly gained time on the peloton, riding out to a maximum gap of 4:26.

While little could be gained from the two Cat.3 King of the Mountains primes in terms of the battle for the Budget Forklifts polka dot jersey, Hill was determined to regain the lead in the Chain Reaction Cycles green sprint jersey which he lost on Friday to Kennaugh.

“Yesterday was a bit disappointing,” Hill admitted. “I tried to get in the move yesterday and just didn’t get in it – then I was tired and missed the split over the hill. It was a bit easier to slip in today. We all worked pretty well together,” he continued. “The other guys all raced for the KOM and none of us were on the KOM so I wasn’t too fussed. I just rode hard, made sure we got to the sprints and once we got there, they let me have the sprints. That was all pretty easy.”

Hill now holds a six-point lead over Kennaugh in the sprint classification.

The peloton left the quintet dangling until around 25km remained in the stage, with the ORICA-GreenEDGE and Team Sky-led chase knocking minutes from their lead. Hill and Hubbard were the first two riders to concede, working their way back to the bunch while Smith valiantly attacked before the remnants of the break were reeled in with 10km left to race.

The final bend leading to the final 500 metres loomed as a potential spoiler to the sprinters, but the peloton navigated the left-hand-turn without issue. Murphy realized he still had work to do. “Coming out of the corner, I thought the corner was a little bit further from the line so when I came out of the corner, I realised I had to start,” he explained. “Boom! Just go from there and hope I can hold it to the line. It was a really close finish with Bonifazio so I’m definitely pretty happy to just have that photo.

“Usually in a photo finish, you know when you’re beat and you don’t know when you’ve won,” he continued. “It took me a minute to kind of digest that I for sure had won. Once I had it I was just happy to celebrate with my teammates.”

The yellow jersey won’t be the only prize up for grabs tomorrow on Arthurs Seat, with just one second separating the first two riders battling for the State Government Victoria White Under 23 Jersey. The Budget Forklifts King of the Mountain Classification and Chain Reaction Cycles Green Sprinters Classification will also go down to the wire.

Complete Results:

146.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.7 km/hr

1 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) 3hr 20min 52sec
2 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
3 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
4 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) s.t.
5 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
6 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
7 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
8 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
9 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
10 Luke ROWE (Sky) s.t.
11 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
12 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
13 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
14 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
15 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
16 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
17 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
18 William CLARKE (Drapac) s.t.
19 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor) s.t.
20 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) s.t.
21 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
22 Christopher FROOME (Sky) s.t.
23 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) s.t.
24 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
25 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
26 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
27 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor) s.t.
28 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) s.t.
29 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
30 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
31 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) s.t.
32 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
33 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) s.t.
34 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
35 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
36 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) s.t.
37 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
38 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
39 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
40 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
41 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
42 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
43 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
44 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) s.t.
45 Ben DYBALL (Australia) s.t.
46 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
47 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
48 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
49 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) s.t.
50 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor) s.t.
51 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
52 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
53 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
54 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
55 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) s.t.
56 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
57 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
58 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
59 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) s.t.
60 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
61 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
62 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
63 Michael STORER (Australia) s.t.
64 Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor) s.t.
65 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
66 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) s.t.
67 Josh BERRY (St. George Merida) s.t.
68 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
69 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
70 Jay DUTTON (St. George Merida) s.t.
71 Nicholas WOODS (St. George Merida) s.t.
72 Brodie TALBOT (St. George Merida) s.t.
73 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
74 Angus LYONS (Australia) s.t.
75 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
76 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
77 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
78 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) @ 19sec
79 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) +22
80 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
81 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +28
82 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
83 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) +37
84 George ATKINS (JLT Condor) +41
85 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) +52
86 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) @ 1min 5sec
87 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) s.t.
88 Travis MEYER (Drapac) +1:45
89 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) +2:14
90 Daniel BONELLO (St. George Merida) +3:09
91 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) +4:17
92 Russell DOWNING (JLT Condor) +4:19
93 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) +5:32

GC after Stage 3:

418.6 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 42.267 km/hr

1 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) 9hr 54min 13sec
2 Christopher FROOME (Sky) @ 13sec
3 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) +31
4 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) +48
5 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) +52
6 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) +53
7 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey) +54
8 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
9 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey) +55
10 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
11 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) +57
12 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
13 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) +58
14 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
15 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
16 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
17 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor) @ 1min 1sec
18 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
19 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) +1:02
20 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) +1:06
21 Ben DYBALL (Australia) +1:07
22 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) +1:10
23 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
24 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) +1:31
25 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +1:32
26 Michael STORER (Australia) +1:39
27 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) +1:40
28 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) +3:07
29 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey) +3:10
30 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
31 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) +3:32
32 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) +3:51
33 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) +5:50
34 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) +5:54
35 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +5:55
36 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) +6:28
37 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +6:36
38 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) +7:08
39 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) +7:57
40 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) +8:00
41 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fanini) +8:03
42 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fanini) s.t.
43 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) +8:05
44 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
45 William CLARKE (Drapac) +8:07
46 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) +8:09
47 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) +8:15
48 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
49 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey) +9:19
50 Angus LYONS (Australia) +10:33
51 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) +10:36
52 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) +10:42
53 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) +10:49
54 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) +11:05
55 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) +11:07
56 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor) +11:19
57 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) +11:32
58 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) +11:39
59 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fanini) +11:47
60 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) +11:51
61 Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor) +11:55
62 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) +13:18
63 Luke ROWE (Sky) +13:29
64 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) +13:31
65 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) +14:03
66 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) +15:03
67 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +15:07
68 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) +15:56
69 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) +15:57
70 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fanini) +15:58
71 Nicholas WOODS (St. George Merida) +15:59
72 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor) +16:10
73 Russell DOWNING (JLT Condor) +16:11
74 Brodie TALBOT (St. George Merida) +16:25
75 Josh BERRY (St. George Merida) +16:47
76 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) +17:18
77 George ATKINS (JLT Condor) +17:53
78 Jay DUTTON (St. George Merida) +18:08
79 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) +19:18
80 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) +21:12
81 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) +21:19
82 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) +21:25
83 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) +21:25
84 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +21:28
85 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) +21:31
86 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) +21:36
87 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) +21:37
88 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) +21:41
89 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) +22:16
90 Travis MEYER (Drapac) +23:36
91 Daniel BONELLO (St. George Merida) +24:40
92 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) +27:02
93 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +27:06

Friday, February 5: Stage 2, Yarra Glen - Moe, 144.2 km

Caleb Ewan

Caleb Ewan wins stage 2

The Race: Here's the report from Caleb Ewan's team Orica-GreenEdge.

21-year-old sprinter Caleb Ewan has added another victory to his tally in an incredible start to the 2016 season. Already his third UCI win and ninth victory so far this season, Ewan powered ahead to take the honours, after a strong effort on the final climb of the day.

"It's a different finish to the usual sprints I contest," said Ewan. "I am really happy with the win today, the boys helped me out so much. I struggled a little bit over the climbs early on but I had the team around me and they helped me stay as fresh as possible for the final."

"On the final climb I knew (Jack) Bobridge (Trek-Segafredo) and (Peter) Kennaugh (Team Sky) were strong, they've proven that so I knew couldn't let them get a gap over the top. I fought for dear life and was able to stay with them. It's a real confidence boost to be able to win on terrain like this when it's tough."

Sport director Matt Wilson was also happy with the team's performance, tackling the tough race to come out on top. "It definitely wasn't straight forward, but it was a really good days racing. Avanti IsoWhey had a big shot at getting rid of Caleb through the middle of the circuit, he found it quite difficult and then at the finish with the wind it really started to split up.

"It was a really fantastic ride by everyone. With Jack (Haig) now fourth on general classification it heats things a bit and taking the stage win, it was a perfect day for us."

How it happened: An aggressive start to the second stage in Yarra Glen saw a number of riders trying to break away, however the attentive peloton wouldn't let any groups get a substantial gap. Bobridge tried his luck and got away solo taking the first intermediate sprint at 33.7km. His attempt was short lived as the peloton would not let him stay away solo after his performance at the Australian nationals this year.

The main break of the day was created when Yuma Koishi (Nippo Vini Fantini) and Chris Harper (State of Matter/MAAP) jumped away and forced their advantage of up to four minutes 57 seconds.

The wind picked up as the peloton rolled through the scenic terrain with Team Sky taking responsibility, working to slowly reel in the two riders. Over the summit of the final King of the Mountain at 95km to go, the break was finally caught but another ambitious trio which included Neil Van Der Ploeg (Avanti IsoWhey), Jason Christie (Kenyan Riders Downunder) and Cameron Bayly (Attaque Team Gusto) rode out to over one-minute coming into the back end of the race.

With only 15km left the breakaway's lead dropped substantially due to a chase from ORICA-GreenEDGE's Christian Meier and Sam Bewley. Coming into the final short climb of the day the peloton was all back together as ORICA-GreenEDGE worked to place Ewan in good position at the bottom.

Bobridge made a move around 800m before the summit of the climb, taking with him Kennaugh, Ewan and Haig. Over the top they where joined by Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tanner Putt (United Health Care) and the six men rode away to the finish with the demolished peloton not far behind. Ewan crossed the line to take the honours, bike lengths ahead the nearest rider after the six man group scattered over the final 300m meters.

Haig finished the day in sixth place just 14 seconds behind Ewan and now goes into the final two stages fourth place on the general classification.

Complete Results:

144.2 km raced at an average speed of 41.4 km/hr

1 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) 3hr 29min 6sec
2 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) s.t.
3 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) @ 3sec
4 Christopher FROOME (Sky) +5
5 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
6 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) +14
7 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) +25
8 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) s.t.
9 Patrick SHAW (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
10 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
11 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
12 Joseph COOPER (Avanti Isowhey) +28
13 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
14 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
15 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
16 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
17 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
18 Ben DYBALL (Australia) s.t.
19 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) s.t.
20 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
21 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor) s.t.
22 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor) s.t.
23 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
24 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
25 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
26 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
27 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
28 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
29 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) s.t.
30 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) s.t.
31 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) +35
32 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) s.t.
33 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
34 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +47
35 Michael STORER (Australia) @ 1min 1sec
36 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
37 Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor) s.t.
38 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) s.t.
39 Russell DOWNING (JLT Condor) s.t.
40 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) +1:20
41 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) +2:38
42 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
43 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) s.t.
44 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
45 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
46 Ryan THOMAS (Data # 3 Cisco) s.t.
47 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) s.t.
48 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
49 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
50 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
51 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
52 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
53 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
54 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
55 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) s.t.
56 Patrick LANE (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
57 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
58 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
59 Luke ROWE (Sky) s.t.
60 Angus LYONS (Australia) +5:01
61 William CLARKE (Drapac) s.t.
62 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) +5:06
63 Josh BERRY (St George Merida) +5:40
64 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
65 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
66 George ATKINS (JLT Condor) s.t.
67 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor) s.t.
68 Scott THOMAS (Data # 3 Cisco) s.t.
69 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
70 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
71 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) s.t.
72 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) +10:29
73 Dylan NEWBERY (Data # 3 Cisco) s.t.
74 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
75 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
76 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
77 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
78 Daniel BONELLO (St George Merida) s.t.
79 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
80 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
81 Craig EVERS (Data # 3 Cisco) s.t.
82 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
83 Jay DUTTON (St George Merida) s.t.
84 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
85 Nicholas WOODS (St George Merida) s.t.
86 Samuel VOLKERS (Data # 3 Cisco) s.t.
87 Thomas HUBBARD (Data # 3 Cisco) s.t.
88 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) s.t.
89 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
90 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) +10:51
91 Brodie TALBOT (St George Merida) +10:55
92 Travis MEYER (Drapac) s.t.
93 Nicolas MARINI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
94 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +15:59

GC after Stage 2:

272.4 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 41.551 km/hr

1 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) 6hr 33min 21sec
2 Christopher FROOME (Sky) @ 13sec
3 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) +31
4 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) +48
5 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) +52
6 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) +53
7 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti Isowhey) +54
8 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
9 Patrick SHAW (Avanti Isowhey) +55
10 Joseph COOPER (Avanti Isowhey) s.t.
11 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) +57
12 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
13 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) +58
14 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
15 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
16 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
17 Steven LAMPIER (JLT Condor) @ 1min 1sec
18 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
19 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) +1:02
20 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) +1:06
21 Ben DYBALL (Australia) +1:07
22 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) +1:10
23 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
24 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) +1:31
25 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +1:32
26 Michael STORER (Australia) +1:39
27 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) +1:40
28 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) +3:07
29 Patrick LANE (Avanti Isowhey) +3:10
30 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
31 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) +3:36
32 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) +3:51
33 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) +5:50
34 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) +5:51
35 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) +5:54
36 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +5:55
37 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +6:08
38 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) +6:49
39 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) +6:50
40 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) +7:57
41 Ryan THOMAS (Data # 3 Cisco) +8:00
42 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +8:03
43 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
44 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) +8:05
45 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) +8:05
46 William CLARKE (Drapac) +8:07
47 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) +8:09
48 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) +8:15
49 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
50 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti Isowhey) +9:19
51 Angus LYONS (Australia) +10:33
52 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) +10:36
53 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) +10:42
54 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) +10:49
55 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) +11:15
56 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT Condor) +11:19
57 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) +11:29
58 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) +11:32
59 Scott THOMAS (Data # 3 Cisco) +11:39
60 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +11:47
61 Jonathan MOULD (JLT Condor) +11:55
62 Russell DOWNING (JLT Condor) s.t.
63 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) +12:13
64 Luke ROWE (Sky) +13:29
65 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) +13:35
66 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) +13:35
67 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) +15:03
68 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +15:07
69 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) +15:56
70 Dylan NEWBERY (Data # 3 Cisco) +15:57
71 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +15:58
72 Nicholas WOODS (St George Merida) +15:59
73 Alistair SLATER (JLT Condor) +16:10
74 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) +16:13
75 Brodie TALBOT (St George Merida) +16:25
76 Josh BERRY (St George Merida) +16:47
77 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) +17:04
78 George ATKINS (JLT Condor) +17:12
79 Jay DUTTON (St George Merida) +18:08
80 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) +21:18
81 Craig EVERS (Data # 3 Cisco) +21:19
82 Samuel VOLKERS (Data # 3 Cisco) +21:24
83 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) +21:25
84 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
85 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +21:28
86 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) +21:31
87 Daniel BONELLO (St George Merida) s.t.
88 Thomas HUBBARD (Data # 3 Cisco) +21:33
89 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) +21:36
90 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) +21:37
91 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) +21:41
92 Nicolas MARINI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +21:46
93 Travis MEYER (Drapac) +21:51
94 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +27:06

Thursday, February 4: Stage 1, Healesville - Healesville, 126.1 km

Chris Froome andPeter Kennaugh

Chris Froome and Peter Kennaugh enjoy the fruits of their excellent racing

The Race: Here's the story from winner Peter Kennaugh's Sky team.

On the approach to the day's final climb Team Sky hit the front to drive the pace, and it wasn't long before the duo of Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome pushed clear on the first-category ramp in Toolangi. Froome made the initial move, and after opening out a handy gap he was eventually joined by the Manxman.

Despite the chase efforts behind the team-mates worked together, with Kennaugh ultimately out-sprinting Froome in Healesville to take the overall lead of the race.

Beating the chasing pack home by 17 seconds, the pair crossed the line each acknowledging the other, with bonus seconds and Wednesday's prologue combining to give Kennaugh a seven-second GC advantage over the reigning Tour de France champion. "It's awesome," said Kennaugh after taking his second victory of the year. "We had a strategy, we stuck to it and it worked."

"Obviously the race last weekend gave me a quite a bit of confidence going into today. We had a good plan for the stage which worked out absolutely perfectly. We wanted to make it hard going onto that last climb and then for Froomey to have a go. I was just to follow wheels, judge the situation and jump across if I could.

"Massive thanks to the team and especially to Froomey, as once I got across to him I pretty much sat on his wheel the whole way up the climb. Then once we went over I was able to do some good turns into the finish.

"The next few stages are probably sprint days and we've got a strong team. Obviously GreenEdge want to keep it together the Caleb Ewan - so then it should just be down to the last day, and I think that should suit me more than today."

"It was a good day for us out there," added Froome. "That climb wasn't super selective on paper and I think a lot of people were expecting it to come back together for a bunch sprint. We don't really have any sprinters here so we thought let's just give it everything we've got. The guys did a fantastic job setting it up. They made it as hard as possible on the early slopes and then I took over.

"It was a really nice feeling to be able to give something back to Pete Kennaugh. The amount of times he's emptied himself for me out on the road. He's been part of both my Tour de France victories and it's nice to be able to do something for him now.

"We have the jersey and we're going to try and protect that now. Pete's in great shape. He won Cadel's race just a few days ago and we'll try to keep the jersey on his shoulders now. That's the first big hit out I've had this season and I'm really happy with my feelings."

A six-man breakaway had been hunted down across the 126km stage as Drapac paced the peloton for much of the day on behalf of overnight leader William Clarke.

Team Sky helped with the chase efforts and pushed hard late on to provide a springboard. As first man over the final KOM Froome became the first man to pull on the mountains jersey, the icing on the cake after a memorable day for the team in the Yarra Valley.

Complete Results:

126.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.6 km/hr

1 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) 3hr 1min 47sec
2 Christopher FROOME (Sky) s.t.
3 Dion SMITH (ONE Pro Cycling) @ 17sec
4 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
5 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
6 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
7 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
8 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
9 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
10 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
11 Steven LAMPIER (JLT-Condor) s.t.
12 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) s.t.
13 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
14 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
15 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) s.t.
16 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
17 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
18 James ORAM (ONE Pro Cycling) s.t.
19 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) s.t.
20 Richard HANDLEY (ONE Pro Cycling) s.t.
21 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
22 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
23 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) s.t.
24 Ben DYBALL (Australia) s.t.
25 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) s.t.
26 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
27 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
28 Michael STORER (Australia) s.t.
29 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
30 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
31 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
32 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +49
33 William CLARKE (Drapac) @ 3min 0sec
34 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
35 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) s.t.
36 Kristian HOUSE (ONE Pro Cycling) s.t.
37 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
38 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) s.t.
39 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
40 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +4:23
41 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) +5:08
42 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
43 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
44 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) s.t.
45 Nicholas WOODS (St. George-Merida) s.t.
46 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
47 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) s.t.
48 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
49 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
50 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
51 Angus LYONS (Australia) s.t.
52 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) s.t.
53 Brodie TALBOT (St. George-Merida) s.t.
54 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
55 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
56 Joshua HUNT (ONE Pro Cycling) s.t.
57 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
58 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
59 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
60 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) s.t.
61 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
62 Jay DUTTON (St. George-Merida) +7:07
63 Alistair SLATER (JLT-Condor) +9:40
64 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +10:39
65 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
66 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
67 Nicolas MARINI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
68 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
69 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
70 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
71 Josh BERRY (St. George-Merida) s.t.
72 Steele VON HOFF (ONE Pro Cycling) s.t.
73 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
74 Daniel BONELLO (St. George-Merida) s.t.
75 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
76 Travis MEYER (Drapac) s.t.
77 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
78 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
79 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) s.t.
80 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) s.t.
81 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) s.t.
82 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) s.t.
83 Russell DOWNING (JLT-Condor) s.t.
84 Luke ROWE (Sky) s.t.
85 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
86 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
87 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
88 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
89 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
90 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT-Condor) s.t.
91 Jonathan MOULD (JLT-Condor) s.t.
92 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) s.t.
93 George ATKINS (JLT-Condor) s.t.
94 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) +12:08
dnf Patrick SHARPE (St. George-Merida)
dnf Lucas HAMILTON (Australia)

GC after Stage 1:

128.2 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 41.744 km/hr

1 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) 3hr 4mi 16sec
2 Christopher FROOME (Sky) @ 7sec
3 Dion SMITH (ONE Pro Cycling) +23
4 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti IsoWhey) +25
5 Joseph COOPER (Avanti IsoWhey) +26
6 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) +27
7 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti IsoWhey) s.t.
8 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) +28
9 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) s.t.
10 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) +28
11 James ORAM (ONE Pro Cycling) +29
12 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
13 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) s.t.
14 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
15 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
16 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque Team Gusto) s.t.
17 Patrick SHAW (Avanti IsoWhey) +30
18 Patrick LANE (Avanti IsoWhey) +31
19 Richard HANDLEY (ONE Pro Cycling) s.t.
20 Steven LAMPIER (JLT-Condor) +32
21 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
22 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) +33
23 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) s.t.
24 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) +34
25 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) +35
26 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque Team Gusto) +37
27 Michael STORER (Australia) s.t.
28 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) +38
29 Ben DYBALL (Australia) s.t.
30 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) +41
31 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
32 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) @ 1min 5sec
33 William CLARKE (Drapac) +3:05
34 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti IsoWhey) +3:07
35 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) +3:10
36 Kristian HOUSE (ONE Pro Cycling) +3:12
37 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) +3:15
38 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) s.t.
39 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +3:16
40 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +4:37
41 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) +5:18
42 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +5:20
43 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) +5:21
44 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
45 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) +5:24
46 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
47 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
48 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
49 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) +5:26
50 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
51 Joshua HUNT (ONE Pro Cycling) +5:26
52 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) +5:27
53 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +5:28
54 Nicholas WOODS (St. George-Merida) +5:29
55 Brodie TALBOT (St. George-Merida) s.t.
56 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) +5:30
57 Angus LYONS (Australia) +5:31
58 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +5:32
59 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) +5:35
60 Timothy GUY (Attaque Team Gusto) +5:36
61 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
62 Jay DUTTON (St. George-Merida) +7:38
63 Alistair SLATER (JLT-Condor) +9:55
64 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) +10:45
65 Benjamin HILL (Attaque Team Gusto) +10:48
66 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) +10:49
67 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) s.t.
68 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
69 Christopher LAWLESS (JLT-Condor) +10:50
70 Nicolas MARINI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
71 Luke ROWE (Sky) s.t.
72 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) +10:52
73 Jonathan MOULD (JLT-Condor) +10:53
74 Russell DOWNING (JLT-Condor) s.t.
75 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
76 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) +10:54
77 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) s.t.
78 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) +10:55
79 Travis MEYER (Drapac) s.t.
80 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
81 Steele VON HOFF (ONE Pro Cycling) +10:56
82 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
83 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) s.t.
84 George ATKINS (JLT-Condor) +10:57
85 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +10:58
86 Sam DOBBS (Attaque Team Gusto) +11:01
87 Daniel BONELLO (St. George-Merida) s.t.
88 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) +11:03
89 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +11:06
90 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
91 Josh BERRY (St. George-Merida) s.t.
92 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque Team Gusto) +11:07
93 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) +11:11
94 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) +12:24

Wednesday, February 3: Prologue 2.1 kilometer Melbourne individual time trial

Will Clarke

William Clarke steaming to his prologue time trial win

2.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 49.1 km/hr

The Race: Here's the organiser's explanation.

Drapac Professional Cycling’s Will Clarke rode to an impressive back-to-back victories at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s Prologue in the Melbourne CBD. Clarke repeated his victory from last year’s prologue and will once again wear the yellow leader’s jersey for Thursday’s first stage at Healesville.

The 29-year-old blitzed the 2.1km course in a time of 2:34.27 (49km/h) ahead of sprint sensation Caleb Ewan (ORICA-GreenEDGE) by one second. Victoria’s Neil Van Der Ploeg (Avanti IsoWhey Sports) rounded out the podium in a time of 2:36.71.

Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome finished in 26th place, eight seconds behind Clarke in a not unexpected result for the road specialist.

Clarke, from Tasmania and a powerful prologue specialist, admitted that given Ewan had pushed him all the way in 2015, that the sprinter was the only rider he truly feared. “It was a nervous wait for me actually, starting 40-45 minutes before him [Ewan]. I thought he’s good in the corners and he very fast. The course suits him as well.”

The time was a new course record, with Clarke bettering his 2015 time by just under a second. “I’m just a little bit faster than last year, that allowed me to go a little bit quicker,” he said.

Ewan felt that he had ridden similarly to last year. “I left it all out there and I still came up short,” said the 21-year-old having seven race wins to his name so far in 2016. “I was pretty confident with my form and how it was going so I knew I was going to do a good ride – obviously I wasn’t good enough to win.

“Will was super-strong today, as he was last year and he does really well in these short time trials,” Ewan continued. “It was always going to be hard to beat him.”

Ewan will wear white Victoria Best Under 23 jersey for Stage 1 tomorrow.

All eyes were on the fortunes of two-time Tour de France winner, Chris Froome (Team Sky) who left the start house in Federation Square to raucous applause. While a longer race against the clock is closer to his liking, Froome still got to the line in a time of 2:42.10, eight seconds in arrears of Clarke and in 26th place. Froome said the Prologue was a great way to begin his race, just his second appearance at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

“It was definitely a bit of a lung opener,” he said. “Just under three minutes – it’s a short, intense little sprint. It was a good ride by Will there to repeat that and win by one second, it was impressive.”

With the first climbs of the 63rd Jayco Herald Sun Tour greeting the peloton tomorrow, Froome admitted he would be a lot more comfortable. “I’m looking forward to that and hopefully the road goes uphill a bit more,” he said. “The main objective today was just to stay upright. I think the racing is still going to be decided over these next few days and undoubtedly on Arthurs Seat at the end, that’s going to be the big day.”

Clarke for one, is anticipating some action from Team Sky, with a battle for the General Classification set to begin in earnest. The Tasmanian uncertain of what the Healesville stage will bring.

“It would be nice to hang on to the jersey for a day or two but we have to see how the race plays out. With such a short prologue the time gaps aren’t huge so it’s not like I’m 10, 20 seconds up on anyone,” he said. “Whoever wins tomorrow has got a good chance of pulling on the leader’s jersey. Maybe we need to send a few guys up the road and defend our interests that way.

Clarke admitted that Sky was likely to go on the offensive. “On paper they’ve got a lot of guys that have ridden the Tour de France and Froome’s won the Tour de France,” he said. “They know how to control a race so they can definitely take control if they want to.”

Complete Results: Stage results and GC are the same

1 William CLARKE (Drapac) 2min 34.27sec
2 Caleb EWAN (Orica-GreenEdge) +@ 1sec
3 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (Avanti-IsoWhey) +2
4 Robbie HUCKER (Avanti-IsoWhey) +3
5 Joseph COOPER (Avanti-IsoWhey) +4
6 Samuel BEWLEY (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
7 Niccolo BONIFAZIO (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
8 Damien HOWSON (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
8 Peter KENNAUGH (Sky) s.t.
9 Anthony GIACOPPO (Avanti-IsoWhey) s.t.
10 Jesse KERRISON (State of Matter) s.t.
11 Dion SMITH (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
12 John MURPHY (United Healthcare) s.t.
13 Christopher LAWLESS (Condor JLT) +6
14 Jack BOBRIDGE (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
15 Nicolas MARINI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
16 Nathan EARLE (Drapac) s.t.
17 Chris HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
18 Luke ROWE (Sky) s.t.
19 Daniel SUMMERHILL (United Healthcare) +7
20 James ORAM (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
21 Adam PHELAN (Drapac) s.t.
22 Lachlan NORRIS (Drapac) s.t.
23 Alistair DONOHOE (Australia) s.t.
24 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ (Sky) s.t.
25 Cameron BAYLY (Attaque-Team Gusto) s.t.
26 Christopher FROOME (Sky) +8
27 Patrick SHAW (Avanti-IsoWhey) s.t.
28 Thomas SCULLY (Drapac) s.t.
29 Ryan CAVANAGH (State of Matter) s.t.
30 Ryan THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
31 Jonathan MOULD (Condor JLT) +9
32 Russell DOWNING (Condor JLT) s.t.
33 Benjamin HILL (Attaque-Team Gusto) s.t.
34 Morgan SMITH (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
35 Patrick LANE (Avanti-IsoWhey) s.t.
36 Richard HANDLEY (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
37 Kristian HOUSE (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
38 Mitchell DOCKER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
39 Craig EVERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
40 Steven LAMPIER (Condor JLT) +10
41 Jonathan CLARKE (United Healthcare) s.t.
42 Samuel VOLKERS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
43 Dylan SUNDERLAND (State of Matter) s.t.
44 Salvatore PUCCIO (Sky) s.t.
45 Tanner PUTT (United Healthcare) s.t.
46 Alistair SLATER (Condor JLT) +11
47 Julien BERNARD (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
48 Adrian HEGYVARY (United Healthcare) s.t.
49 Fumiyuki BEPPU (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
50 Jason CHRISTIE (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
51 Jack HAIG (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
52 Scott THOMAS (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
53 Chris HARPER (State of Matter) s.t.
54 Travis MEYER (Drapac) s.t.
55 James GLASSPOOL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
56 Giacomo BERLATO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
57 Nick MILLER (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
58 Daniele COLLI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
59 Steele VON HOFF (One Pro Cycling) +12
60 Eugenio ALAFACI (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
61 Michael CUMING (State of Matter) s.t.
62 Tyler MAGNER (United Healthcare) s.t.
63 Nicholas KATSONIS (State of Matter) +13
64 George ATKINS (Condor JLT) s.t.
65 Christopher WILLIAMS (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
66 Christian MEIER (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
67 Joshua HUNT (One Pro Cycling) s.t.
68 Patrick SHARPE (St. George Merida) +14
69 Lucas HAMILTON (Australia) s.t.
70 Nathan ELLIOTT (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
71 Dylan NEWBERY (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
72 Kazushige KUBOKI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +15
73 Jai HINDLEY (Attaque-Team Gusto) s.t.
74 Michael STORER (Australia) s.t.
75 Nicholas WOODS (St. George Merida) +16
76 Laurent DIDIER (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
77 Ben DYBALL (Australia) s.t.
78 Brodie TALBOT (St. George Merida) s.t.
79 Brian KAMSTRA (Novo Nordisk) +17
80 Sam DOBBS (Attaque-Team Gusto) s.t.
81 Daniel BOne Pro CyclingLLO (St. George Merida) s.t.
82 Angus LYONS (Australia) +18
83 Ian BOSWELL (Sky) +19
84 Yuma KOISHI (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
85 Thomas HUBBARD (Data #3 Cisco) s.t.
86 Damiano CUNEGO (Nippo-Vini Fantini) s.t.
87 Liam HILL (Kenyan Riders Downunder) +22
88 Scott AMBROSE (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
89 Corentin CHERHAL (Novo Nordisk) s.t.
90 Josh BERRY (St. George Merida) s.t.
91 Timothy GUY (Attaque-Team Gusto) +23
92 Shao Hsuan LU (Attaque-Team Gusto) s.t.
93 Suleiman KANGANGI (Kenyan Riders Downunder) s.t.
94 Jay DUTTON (St. George Merida) +26
95 Gerd DE KEIJZER (Novo Nordisk) +27

Startlist with back numbers, February 2, 2016:

OGE: ORICA GreenEDGE (AUS)
Sports Director: Matthew WHITE
1 Caleb EWAN
2 Mitchell DOCKER
3 Jack HAIG
4 Damien HOWSON
5 Samuel BEWLEY
6 Christian MEIER
SKY: TEAM SKY (GBR)
Sports Director: Gabriel RASCH
11 Christopher FROOME
12 Peter KENNAUGH
13 Luke ROWE
14 Ian BOSWELL
15 Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ
16 Salvatore PUCCIO
TFS: TREK - SEGAFREDO (USA)
Sports Director: Kim ANDERSEN
21 Eugenio ALAFACI
22 Fumiyuki BEPPU
23 Julien BERNARD
24 Niccolo BONIFAZIO
25 Laurent DIDIER
26 Jack BOBRIDGE
DPC: DRAPAC PROFESSIONAL CYCLING (AUS)
Sports Director: Tom SOUTHAM
31 Lachlan NORRIS
32 Adam PHELAN
33 Nathan EARLE
34 William CLARKE
35 Travis MEYER
36 Thomas SCULLY
UHC: UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM (USA)
Sports Director: Hendrik REDANT
41 Jonathan CLARKE
42 Adrian HEGYVARY
43 Tyler MAGNER
44 John MURPHY
45 Daniel SUMMERHILL
46 Tanner PUTT
TNN: TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)
Sports Director: Pavel CHERKASOV
51 Christopher WILLIAMS
52 James GLASSPOOL
53 Scott AMBROSE
54 Corentin CHERHAL
55 Brian KAMSTRA
56 Gerd DE KEIJZER
ONE: ONE PRO CYCLING (GBR)
Sports Director: Phil WEST
61 Richard HANDLEY
62 Kristian HOUSE
63 Joshua HUNT
64 James ORAM
65 Dion SMITH
66 Steele VON HOFF
NIP: NIPPO - VINI FANTINI (ITA)
Sports Director: Mario MANZONI
71 Damiano CUNEGO
72 Giacomo BERLATO
73 Daniele COLLI
74 Nicolas MARINI
75 Yuma KOISHI
76 Kazushige KUBOKI
JLT: JLT CONDOR (GBR)
Sports Director: John HERETY
81 Russell DOWNING
82 Christopher LAWLESS
83 George ATKINS
84 Jonathan MOULD
85 Alistair SLATER
86 Steven LAMPIER
AIW: AVANTI ISOWHEY SPORT (AUS)
Sports Director: Andrew CHRISTIE-JOHNSTON
91 Joseph COOPER
92 Anthony GIACOPPO
93 Patrick LANE
94 Neil VAN DER PLOEG
95 Robbie HUCKER
96 Patrick SHAW
KRD: KENYAN RIDERS DOWNUNDER (KEN)
Sports Director: Stewart CROWLEY
101 Jason CHRISTIE
102 Suleiman KANGANGI
103 Nick MILLER
104 Morgan SMITH
105 Liam HILL
106 Nathan ELLIOTT
STG: ST GEORGE MERIDA CYCLING TEAM (AUS)
Sports Director: Brett DUTTON
111 Jay DUTTON
112 Patrick SHARPE
113 Nicholas WOODS
114 Daniel BONELLO
115 Brodie TALBOT
116 Josh BERRY
DSR: DATA#3 CISCO RACING TEAM p/b SCODY (AUS)
Sports Director: Peter ZIJERVELD
121 Samuel VOLKERS
122 Scott THOMAS
123 Thomas HUBBARD
124 Craig EVERS
125 Ryan THOMAS
126 Dylan NEWBERY
SOM: STATE OF MATTER / MAAP (AUS)
Sports Director: Damian HARRIS
131 Michael CUMING
132 Chris HARPER
133 Dylan SUNDERLAND
134 Jesse KERRISON
135 Nicholas KATSONIS
136 Ryan CAVANAGH
ATG: ATTAQUE TEAM GUSTO (TPE)
Sports Director: Tomaž POLJANEC
141 Cameron BAYLY
142 Sam DOBBS
143 Shao Hsuan LU
144 Benjamin HILL
145 Jai HINDLEY
146 Timothy GUY
AUS: Australia National Team p/b KordaMentha (AUS)
Sports Director: James VICTOR
151 Ben DYBALL
152 Alistair DONOHOE
153 Chris HAMILTON
154 Lucas HAMILTON
155 Angus LYONS
156 Michael STORER