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2020 Herald Sun Tour (2.1), Australia

67th edition: February 5 - 9, 2020

Herald Sun Tour Podium history | 2019 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5


Sunday, February 9: 5th & Final Stage, Melbourne 89.1 km Circuit Race

Kaden Groves

Kaden Groves wins the final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

Weather at Melbourne at 12:30 PM, local time: 28C (82F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the east at 26 km/hr (16 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Kaden Groves' Mitchelton-Scott team.

Neo-pro Kaden Groves claimed the final stage, his second win of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, to wrap up the Australian summer season for Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Groves, who also won on stage three, finished ahead of teammate Dion Smith on the Melbourne-circuit, whilst Damien Howson retained third overall behind champion Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb).

Despite a windy back half, the final Melbourne circuit stage always looked destined for a sprint.

A breakaway of seven animated racing but they were kept within 40seconds and were all-but swallowed up by the bunch with one lap remaining.

Mitchelton-SCOTT lined up for the sprint inside the final three kilometres and, despite losing their way up the final climb of Anderson Street hill, Groves wrapped up his second win for the week.

The end of racing today sees a close to the 2020 Australian cycling season. Mitchelton-SCOTT now head back to Europe with three national titles and an additional four UCI wins and 11 podiums.

Kaden Groves – Stage winner:
“(The finish) really suited me because it was hard enough to drop some of the other fast guys and in the end I’m happy to get the win.

“We all got together pretty late actually, maybe three kilometres to go. It was pretty messy and in the crosswinds we lined up and we put it into the gutter at the head of the peloton.  Coming into the climb EF took over and set a really hard pace up the top. Hofland let Tom Scully go off the front, forcing me to chase, so I had to close the gap from the kilometre banner to probably 300m to go where I had a run at him, took the barrier on the right and led out the sprint.

“The guys were perfect, keeping me fresh in every stage and delivering me to the finishes as smooth as possible. I think the results of the week are pretty good.”

Damien Howson – 3rd overall:
“It’s always good to be on the podium here. Of course, I would have taken first, but I didn’t come here expecting to finish third either.

“That’s cycling, things change and you need to adapt to them so I’m happy we made the most of what we had and to finish with two stages with Kaden also makes it a successful week.”

Matt Wilson – Sport Director:
“Two stage wins and an overall podium is a great week by any standards.

“Of course we set high goals to come here and win the Tour and a couple of stages, and it would have been nice, but we were out-classed. We weren’t going good enough and Jai Hindley was super and some of the domestic riders really stepped up too.

“I think it was a great race and I’m really proud of the guys, they did everything they could.

“The strategy today was to leave it late. Obviously with the head wind down the back and the climb, we knew if we came with numbers we’d been in a really good place.

“We got it half right, but then we fell back to plan B which was to make sure Kaden was in good position into the final corner if we couldn’t do the lead out. He was and from that point the guys knew he was safe.”

Complete Results:

89.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.063 km/hr

1 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott 1hr 58min 38sec
2 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
3 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling s.t.
4 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
5 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
6 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb s.t.
7 MCGILL Scott Aevolo s.t.
8 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke s.t.
9 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
10 STITES Tyler Aevolo s.t.
11 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
12 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke s.t.
13 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
14 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
15 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb s.t.
16 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental s.t.
17 ORAM James Black Spoke s.t.
18 LEBAS Thomas Kinan @ 7sec
19 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental s.t.
20 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
21 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
22 CULEY Marcus Team Sapura 0:09
23 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food s.t.
24 EWART Jesse Team Sapura s.t.
25 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
26 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
27 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling s.t.
28 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo s.t.
29 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
30 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane s.t.
31 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
32 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
33 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental s.t.
34 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
35 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo s.t.
36 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 0:14
37 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation 0:19
38 HEANEY Alex St George Continental 0:23
39 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 0:28
40 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling s.t.
41 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane s.t.
42 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
43 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia 0:40
44 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
45 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
46 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 0:44
47 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
48 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food s.t.
49 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan s.t.
50 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
51 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
52 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food 0:48
53 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food 0:50
54 YATES Joel St George Continental s.t.
55 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food s.t.
56 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation 0:53
57 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
58 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
59 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 1:05
60 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 1:12
61 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan 1:17
62 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 1:23
63 KENCH Josh Black Spoke 1:26
64 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
65 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
66 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane 1:28
67 REARDON Connor St George Continental 1:29
68 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
69 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental s.t.
70 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
71 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
72 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 1:42
73 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental s.t.
74 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 1:46
75 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia 2:00
76 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 2:03
77 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan 2:48
78 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 3:42
79 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling s.t.
80 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.

Final GC after stage 5:

612.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.247 km/hr

1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 14hr 50min 23sec
2 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental @ 17sec
3 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 0:36
4 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling 1:00
5 VINE Jay Nero Continental 1:28
6 EWART Jesse Team Sapura 1:32
7 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 1:59
8 LEBAS Thomas Kinan 2:02
9 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia 2:41
10 ORAM James Black Spoke 2:50
11 GARCIA Marcos Kinan 3:01
12 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo 3:29
13 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke 4:05
14 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 5:09
15 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 6:21
16 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation 7:00
17 HILL Samuel BridgeLane 7:19
18 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane 7:37
19 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 7:50
20 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 8:35
21 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo 9:29
22 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling 9:42
23 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 9:56
24 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia 10:54
25 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 11:05
26 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 13:50
27 CULEY Marcus Team Sapura 14:03
28 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling 14:07
29 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia 14:37
30 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 15:30
31 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation 15:55
32 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan 16:18
33 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 17:33
34 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation 17:46
35 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation 18:23
36 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food 18:42
37 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 18:44
38 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 19:38
39 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 20:57
40 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane 21:22
41 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food 21:53
42 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 23:53
43 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental 25:48
44 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental 26:08
45 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling 27:09
46 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane 27:48
47 REARDON Connor St George Continental 28:10
48 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental 29:42
49 HEANEY Alex St George Continental 30:22
50 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling 30:29
51 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation 30:33
52 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation 30:34
53 YATES Joel St George Continental 32:17
54 STITES Tyler Aevolo 32:31
55 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast 32:50
56 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 33:14
57 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia 33:50
58 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast 35:32
59 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 36:01
60 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott 36:11
61 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 36:21
62 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 36:31
63 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental 38:39
64 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food 38:53
65 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
66 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast 40:22
67 MCGILL Scott Aevolo 40:27
68 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food 40:51
69 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan 41:04
70 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 42:42
71 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke 43:32
72 KENCH Josh Black Spoke s.t.
73 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan 43:38
74 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 43:50
75 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 45:48
76 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane 46:08
77 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia 46:24
78 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food 51:34
79 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 51:48
80 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 55:32

Saturday, February 8: Stage 4, Mansfield - Mt. Buller, 106.6 km

Jai Hindley

Jai Hindley takes stage four in front of Sebastian Berwick. Photo: Con Chronis

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Jai Hindley's Team Sunweb.

After stage two’s summit finish atop Falls Creek, today the peloton were faced with the second mountain top finish on Mount Buller. With a gradient of over six percent for 16 kilometres, the testing ramps were destined to shake up the GC battle. The team started the day with Jai Hindley in the race leader’s jersey and Michael Storer also well positioned in the overall fight, sitting in fifth place on GC.

It was a nervous start to the stage with numerous attacks and the threat of crosswinds making for a fast and frenetic opening ten kilometres. A breakaway of eight soon established itself at the head of the race and the team took control at the front of the peloton, allowing the gap to reach a maximum of three minutes and 40 seconds.

Alberto Dainese, Max Kanter and Asbjørn Kragh Andersen contributed to the chase on the flat lands and as the peloton began the climb of Mount Buller the gap to the break was down to under three minutes. A steady but strong tempo was then set on the front by Robert Power and Florian Stork, with both riders managing to pull back several attacks before Michael Storer took over proceedings in the finale.

A headwind on the opening three quarters of the climb meant it was a larger group than expected that approached the finale but Storer was steadfast and brought race leader Hindley into a good position under the flamme rouge. At that moment, young rider jersey wearer Sebastian Berwick put in a stinging attack and Hindley was the only rider capable of following on the steep finishing ramps.

Once in the wheel, Hindley was able to have a brief moment of recovery before delivering his own attack in the closing 200 metres, charging home for his second stage win of the race.

As a result of bonus seconds on the line, Hindley now leads Berwick by ten seconds on GC ahead of tomorrow’s final stage in Melbourne, while Storer also occupies a top ten spot in seventh place.

“The guys were incredible, they rode on the front from the first kilometre,” praised Hindley at the finish. “I’m just so relieved I could pay off all their hard work so this is a pretty special one. I’ve known Storer for yonks so to have him ride in the final like that for me was unreal. He was phenomenal, as were the other guys today. Hats off to Seb Berwick, he threw the kitchen sink at me on the final climb and was super strong. It’s really special to be wearing the leader’s jersey at the Sun Tour. This is the third time I’ve done this race now so for an Australian guy to race here is special and to wear the jersey into the final stage tomorrow – I’m a bit lost for words.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “Today we had the second mountain top finish up to Mount Buller which is a difficult 16 kilometre climb. Our biggest priority today was to defend Jai’s GC lead. It was an aggressive race in the beginning and eventually an eight rider group got away and our guys took control. The other teams left the work up to us today and the guys had to work really hard for it but we rode the almost perfect race on the front all day. In the final Jai followed his rivals who were competing for the podium. Berwick put in a good attack and Jai could go with him and finished it off for the stage win. It was great work by all the team today so full credit to them for not only securing the yellow jersey but also picking up another stage win.”

Complete Results:

106.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 35.3 km/hr

1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 3hr 1min 25sec
2 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental s.t.
3 VINE Jay Nero Continental @ 9sec
4 EWART Jesse Team Sapura 0:17
5 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling 0:18
6 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 0:22
7 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
8 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation 0:23
9 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
10 LEBAS Thomas Kinan 0:30
11 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia 0:43
12 ORAM James Black Spoke 0:48
13 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
14 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
15 HILL Samuel BridgeLane 0:50
16 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo s.t.
17 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:53
18 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke 0:55
19 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 1:23
20 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 1:44
21 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation 1:59
22 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling s.t.
23 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food 2:01
24 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 2:09
25 CULEY Marcus Team Sapura 2:12
26 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 2:23
27 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 2:28
28 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo 3:03
29 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane 3:21
30 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation 3:31
31 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 3:52
32 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling 4:42
33 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 5:17
34 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane 5:51
35 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation 6:12
36 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan 6:17
37 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane 6:27
38 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
39 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental 6:32
40 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling 6:52
41 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 8:42
42 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
43 YATES Joel St George Continental 9:34
44 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental 9:37
45 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
46 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food 9:40
47 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
48 REARDON Connor St George Continental 10:07
49 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food s.t.
50 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation 10:12
51 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
52 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane 11:53
53 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food 13:54
54 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
55 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
56 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
57 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental s.t.
58 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling 14:05
59 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
60 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
61 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 14:11
62 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast 14:39
63 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
64 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 15:31
65 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling s.t.
66 MCGILL Scott Aevolo s.t.
67 STITES Tyler Aevolo s.t.
68 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke s.t.
69 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food s.t.
70 KENCH Josh Black Spoke 15:40
71 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental 16:02
72 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia 16:12
73 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
74 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 16:22
75 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan s.t.
76 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 16:50
77 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 16:52
78 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
79 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 19:01
80 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 19:30

GC after stage 4:

523 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.661 km/hr

1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 12hr 51min 45sec
2 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental @ 10sec
3 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 0:36
4 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling 0:51
5 EWART Jesse Team Sapura 1:26
6 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
7 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 1:50
8 LEBAS Thomas Kinan 1:55
9 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia 2:32
10 ORAM James Black Spoke 2:50
11 GARCIA Marcos Kinan 2:54
12 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo 3:20
13 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke 4:05
14 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 4:41
15 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 4:59
16 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling 6:00
17 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation 6:41
18 HILL Samuel BridgeLane 7:10
19 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane 7:28
20 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 7:50
21 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 8:21
22 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 8:51
23 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 9:02
24 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo 9:20
25 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia 10:14
26 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling 13:14
27 CULEY Marcus Team Sapura 13:54
28 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 13:56
29 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia 13:57
30 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation 14:26
31 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 14:46
32 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 15:02
33 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan 15:34
34 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 16:53
35 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation 17:39
36 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation 17:46
37 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food 17:52
38 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 18:12
39 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 19:31
40 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 20:11
41 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane 20:54
42 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food 21:03
43 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental 24:06
44 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental 25:59
45 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane 26:20
46 REARDON Connor St George Continental 26:41
47 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling 27:00
48 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation 29:41
49 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental 29:42
50 HEANEY Alex St George Continental 29:59
51 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling 30:33
52 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
53 YATES Joel St George Continental 31:27
54 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 31:45
55 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast 32:06
56 STITES Tyler Aevolo 32:31
57 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia 33:41
58 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast 34:39
59 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 35:47
60 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 36:01
61 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 36:21
62 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
63 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental 37:10
64 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food 38:05
65 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan 38:16
66 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food 38:44
67 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast 38:53
68 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food 40:23
69 MCGILL Scott Aevolo 40:27
70 KENCH Josh Black Spoke 42:06
71 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 42:14
72 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan 42:21
73 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke 43:32
74 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 43:50
75 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 44:02
76 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia 44:24
77 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane 46:02
78 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 50:36
79 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food 50:50
80 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 53:50

Friday, February 7: Stage 3, Bright - Wangaratta, 178.1 km

Kaden Groves

Kaden Groves takes the third stage ahead of Alberto Dainese. Photo Con Chronis

Weather at the finish town of Wangaratta at 1:00 PM, local time: 28C (83F), sunny, with the wind from the south at 10 km/hr (6 mph). 25% chance of shower during the afternoon.

The race: Here's the report from GC leader Jai Hindley's Team Sunweb.

Stage three at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour began at a fierce pace, with a plethora of riders looking to make the day’s breakaway over the early climbs. The racing was so intense that it took over 50 kilometres for the move to eventually form, when a group of strong riders broke clear and the pace in the bunch lulled, allowing a group of dropped riders to return to the bunch.

With the peloton back together, the team began to work on the front with Robert Power and Florian Stork contributing to the pace setting. The breakaway contained a couple of potential GC threats, so the team worked well to ensure that the gap didn’t grow out too far, with it peaking at just over four minutes.

Heading into the final 50 kilometres the gap started to fall quickly with other teams assisting the chase. One last obstacle awaited the riders; a short and tricky climb that crested with just 15 kilometres to go. An infernal pace was set on the climb and the bunch thinned out dramatically, with race-leader Jai Hindley and Michael Storer making it over the top at the head of the race. Stage one winner Alberto Dainese just lost contact with the group at the summit, but after fighting hard he returned to the peloton ahead of the sprint finish.

Hindley and Storer did their best to position Dainese in the finale, with the Italian coming out of the final corner in around sixth wheel. Producing a strong sprint, he came round several riders in the gallop to the line, ending the day in second place. [ With Mitchelton-Scott's Kaden Groves winning the sprint.]

With no change in the GC standings, Hindley holds onto the race lead ahead of tomorrow’s summit finish atop Mount Buller.

“The guys did a good job to position me but the pace on the last climb was quite hard and I was dropped,” explained Dainese at the finish. “I managed to make it back onto the peloton in the last ten kilometres but I just missed the legs for the sprint as I was spent after the effort on the climb.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts continued: “It was a difficult stage today. The race was on from the beginning. There was a tough climb near the start of the stage and it took almost 50 kilometres for the race to settle down. The guys did well to take control once a group of eight riders had gone. Rob and Florian did a good job to keep the breakaway in check. With a climb in the final, we knew it would be a tricky one to try and get Alberto there for the sprint. Michael and Jai were good together in the front of the peloton and Jai’s yellow jersey was well protected. Alberto rode well to get over the climb and be there for the finish, and we narrowly missed out on another stage win in the sprint. It was a good job from the guys and we can be happy we could defend the yellow jersey on such a difficult day.”

Complete Results:

88 starters, 8 abandons, 80 classified finishers

178.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.185 km/hr

1 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott 4hr 7min 27sec
2 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb s.t.
3 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
4 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling s.t.
5 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
6 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast @ 2sec
7 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke s.t.
8 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
9 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
10 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
11 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
12 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan s.t.
13 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
14 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke s.t.
15 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling s.t.
16 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
17 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane s.t.
18 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
19 EWART Jesse Team Sapura Cycling s.t.
20 LEBAS Thomas Kinan s.t.
21 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental s.t.
22 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo s.t.
23 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling s.t.
24 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
25 REARDON Connor St George Continental s.t.
26 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental s.t.
27 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food s.t.
28 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
29 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental s.t.
30 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
31 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo s.t.
32 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
33 ORAM James Black Spoke s.t.
34 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
35 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
36 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane 0:08
37 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling s.t.
38 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
39 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling s.t.
40 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
41 CULEY Marcus Team Sapura Cycling 0:15
42 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 0:20
43 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 0:27
44 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
45 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 0:34
46 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling 0:37
47 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation 0:44
48 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
49 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 0:46
50 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental 1:02
51 YATES Joel St George Continental 2:08
52 MCGILL Scott Aevolo s.t.
53 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food s.t.
54 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
55 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
56 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke s.t.
57 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food 4:26
58 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan s.t.
59 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental s.t.
60 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan s.t.
61 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food s.t.
62 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
63 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb s.t.
64 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
65 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
66 STORK Florian Team Sunweb s.t.
67 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental s.t.
68 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
69 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
70 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food s.t.
71 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast 8:27
72 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
73 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
74 STITES Tyler Aevolo s.t.
75 BATT Ethan Black Spoke s.t.
76 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
77 KENCH Josh Black Spoke s.t.
78 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane s.t.
79 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 12:05
80 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott s.t.

GC after stage 3:

416.4 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 42.310 km/hr

1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 9hr 50min 30sec
2 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott @ 4sec
3 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental 0:06
4 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling 0:23
5 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:47
6 EWART Jesse Team Sapura Cycling 0:59
7 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling 1:08
8 VINE Jay Nero Continental 1:11
9 LEBAS Thomas Kinan 1:15
10 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia 1:39
11 ORAM James Black Spoke 1:52
12 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo 2:20
13 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 2:21
14 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
15 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 2:32
16 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 2:54
17 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke 3:00
18 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
19 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane 3:57
20 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 4:49
21 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo 6:07
22 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 6:10
23 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
24 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling 6:12
25 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 6:29
26 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 6:52
27 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia 7:20
28 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan 9:07
29 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia 9:16
30 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 9:44
31 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food 11:13
32 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling 11:19
33 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
34 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation 11:24
35 CULEY Marcus Team Sapura Cycling 11:32
36 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 11:37
37 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental 11:55
38 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation 12:19
39 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 12:52
40 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane 14:55
41 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 15:20
42 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food 15:41
43 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling 16:18
44 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
45 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 16:22
46 REARDON Connor St George Continental 16:24
47 STITES Tyler Aevolo 16:50
48 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast 16:56
49 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation 17:06
50 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast 17:17
51 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental 17:24
52 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 17:40
53 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 19:19
54 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
55 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
56 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia 19:37
57 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
58 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane 19:43
59 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental 19:55
60 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental 20:48
61 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 21:43
62 YATES Joel St George Continental s.t.
63 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food 24:01
64 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
65 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
66 MCGILL Scott Aevolo 24:46
67 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast 24:49
68 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
69 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 25:42
70 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan 25:49
71 KENCH Josh Black Spoke 26:16
72 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 26:50
73 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke 27:51
74 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia 28:02
75 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food 28:27
76 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 29:41
77 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 31:25
78 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane 34:05
79 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food 35:10
80 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 38:09

Thursday, February 6: Stage 2, Beechworth - Falls Creek, 117.6 km

Jai Hindley

Jai Hindley wins the stage and takes over the GC lead.

The race: Here's the report from winner Jai Hindley's Team Sunweb.

The second day of racing at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour saw the peloton faced with the first summit finish of the race; the almost 30 kilometre long climb of Falls Creek.

Rolling out from the start town of Beechworth, Alberto Dainese looked resplendent in the race leader’s jersey after his and the team’s success on the opening stage. It didn’t take long for the break of the day to form with a strong group of seven riders escaping the peloton. Quickly building up their advantage, the gap grew to over three minutes before the team came to the front and started to chase along with some of the other GC contenders’ teams.

On the lower slopes of Falls Creek the remnants of the breakaway were caught and the pace continued to ramp up as the kilometres ticked by. The team were well represented with Jai Hindley, Michael Storer, Florian Stork and Robert Power all in the reduced peloton as the stage entered the final ten kilometres.

With the peloton on the limit, Stork came to the front of the bunch and increased the pace and reduced the bunch even further. After a strong effort, Stork swung off and Storer took over and continued to put the hurt on. As the head of the race passed three kilometres to go, it was just Hindley and Power left in a group of five before the attacks began to fly.

In an incredibly tactical battle, no-one was able to escape on the run-in to the line and the day was decided in a three-up sprint. Hindley was able to come off the wheels as he delivered a good kick, surging home across the finish line, claiming his first win for the team.

As a result, Hindley moves into the lead of the race ahead of tomorrow’s stage. The great team performance was rounded off with Storer finishing in fifth and Power holding on for tenth place; both occupying the same positions on GC.

“The guys did a super job on the climb today, they set it up perfectly,” beamed Hindley after the stage. “It was pretty touch and go at the finish, hats off to Damian and Seb, they were super strong and I just couldn’t shake them. I saw the 300 metres to go sign and I probably went a bit early but I then backed off. Seb then went and I could follow and come round him at the line. I’m just stoked to finish off all the hard work the guys did today. I trained really hard for the Aussie summer and I was a bit disappointed with my own personal results at the Tour Down Under, so I was really motivated to get some good results here.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts continued: “We had to take control of the race today with Alberto being in the yellow jersey. With the big 30 kilometre climb to the line it was going to be impossible for Alberto to keep the jersey but we wanted to do our best to keep it in the team, so we set the climb up for Jai and Rob. The guys came really well into the final climb and we were able to put some pressure on with Florian and Michael. We saw some of the other teams started to show some weaknesses after that. Jai was feeling really good and he went on the attack in the final. He went to the line with a few other guys but he had the best legs and could take the sprint. Two wins in two days for us; we couldn’t have started the Jayco Herald Sun Tour any better.”

Complete Results:

94 starters, 2 abandons, 3 out of time, 89 classified finishers

117.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.8 km/hr

1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 3hr 6min 29sec
2 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
3 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental s.t.
4 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling @ 13sec
5 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:37
6 EWART Jesse Sapura Cycling 0:49
7 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling 1:01
8 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
9 LEBAS Thomas Kinan 1:05
10 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 1:09
11 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia 1:29
12 ORAM James Black Spoke 1:44
13 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 1:55
14 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 2:11
15 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
16 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 2:16
17 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo s.t.
18 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 2:38
19 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia 2:46
20 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke 2:50
21 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
22 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane 3:47
23 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 4:39
24 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 5:27
25 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
26 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo 5:57
27 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 5:58
28 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 6:00
29 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
30 STITES Tyler Aevolo 8:15
31 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia 8:41
32 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan 8:57
33 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food s.t.
34 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 11:09
35 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling s.t.
36 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
37 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
38 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
39 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food s.t.
40 CULEY Marcus Sapura Cycling s.t.
41 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental 11:45
42 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 12:36
43 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott 14:45
44 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
45 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
46 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane s.t.
47 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental 16:14
48 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental s.t.
49 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
50 REARDON Connor St George Continental s.t.
51 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
52 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling s.t.
53 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
54 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
55 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
56 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
57 KENCH Josh Black Spoke 17:41
58 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 19:27
59 NIQUET-OLDEN Bentley Nero Continental s.t.
60 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
61 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
62 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
63 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
64 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
65 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane s.t.
66 YATES Joel St George Continental s.t.
67 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
68 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental s.t.
69 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
70 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
71 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 21:06
72 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 21:08
73 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan 21:15
74 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 22:16
75 BICKMORE Cade Aevolo 22:30
76 MCGILL Scott Aevolo s.t.
77 LEAHY Conor KordaMentha-Australia 23:53
78 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food s.t.
79 ARASHIRO Yudai Kinan 24:34
80 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 25:38
81 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane s.t.
82 STEWART Myles Nero Continental s.t.
83 DI DOMENICO Daniel ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
84 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental s.t.
85 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke s.t.
86 WIGGINS Craig St George Continental 25:52
87 WHITE Alexander Black Spoke 26:12
88 MCELROY Sean Aevolo 27:18
89 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food s.t.

GC after stage 2:

238.3 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 41.683 km/hr

1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 5hr 43min 1sec
2 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott @ 4sec
3 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental 0:06
4 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling 0:23
5 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:47
6 EWART Jesse Sapura Cycling 0:59
7 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling 1:11
8 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
9 LEBAS Thomas Kinan 1:15
10 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 1:19
11 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia 1:39
12 ORAM James Black Spoke 1:54
13 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 2:05
14 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation 2:21
15 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
16 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo 2:25
17 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling 2:26
18 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling 2:48
19 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia 2:56
20 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke 3:00
21 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
22 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane 3:57
23 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke 4:49
24 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott 5:37
25 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
26 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo 6:07
27 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 6:08
28 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food 6:10
29 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
30 STITES Tyler Aevolo 8:25
31 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia 8:51
32 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan 9:07
33 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food s.t.
34 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food 11:17
35 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling 11:19
36 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
37 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
38 CULEY Marcus Sapura Cycling s.t.
39 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
40 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation 11:37
41 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental 11:55
42 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia 12:46
43 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane 14:55
44 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
45 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
46 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast 15:11
47 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling 16:20
48 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation 16:24
49 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
50 REARDON Connor St George Continental s.t.
51 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental s.t.
52 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
53 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
54 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental s.t.
55 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
56 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
57 KENCH Josh Black Spoke 17:51
58 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 19:27
59 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott 19:31
60 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia 19:37
61 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
62 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
63 NIQUET-OLDEN Bentley Nero Continental s.t.
64 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane s.t.
65 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
66 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
67 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
68 YATES Joel St George Continental s.t.
69 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
70 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental 19:55
71 BATT Ethan Black Spoke 21:16
72 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan 21:18
73 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan 21:25
74 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 22:26
75 BICKMORE Cade Aevolo 22:37
76 MCGILL Scott Aevolo 22:40
77 LEAHY Conor KordaMentha-Australia 24:03
78 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food s.t.
79 ARASHIRO Yudai Kinan 24:44
80 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane 25:41
81 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke 25:45
82 STEWART Myles Nero Continental 25:48
83 DI DOMENICO Daniel ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
84 WIGGINS Craig St George Continental 26:01
85 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 26:06
86 WHITE Alexander Black Spoke 26:22
87 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 27:01
88 MCELROY Sean Aevolo 27:28
89 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food 30:46

Wednesday, February 5: Stage 1, Nagambie - Shepparton, 120.7 km

Alberto Dainese

Alberto Dainese snags the first stage.

The race: Here's the report from winner Alberto Dainese's Team Sunweb.

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour got underway today with an almost pancake-flat 121 kilometre long stage from Nagambie to Shepparton. A fierce pace was set at the head of the peloton after the flag dropped as teams looked to form the day’s breakaway, before a group of five riders escaped after 20 kilometres of action.

The race then settled into a rhythm with the gap to the breakaway plateauing at three minutes and 30 seconds once the peloton began to chase. Michael Storer contributed to the effort at the head of the bunch alongside the other WorldTour teams and the gap slowly started to dwindle throughout the afternoon.

After a valiant effort the breakaway was eventually caught inside the last ten kilometres and the team worked well to move Alberto Dainese towards the front of the group ahead of the sprint finish. It was a hectic run in with a big fight for position within the bunch, as riders surged to the front of the peloton.

Coming into the final corner Dainese was in the wheel of Max Kanter. Moving out and producing a powerful sprint, he charged his way to the line to claim his first victory for the team and the Men’s program’s first win of the year. As a result, Dainese moves into the lead of both the GC and young rider’s jerseys, as well as the lead of the points jersey ahead of tomorrow’s second stage.

“The guys did a perfect job today,” praised Dainese after the finish. “We controlled the breakaway all day long and Storer did a great job on the front of the bunch. The rest of the guys did a good job in the last five kilometres and we almost did the perfect lead out. I went into the last corner in around fifth or sixth wheel behind Max. I waited a little bit in the sprint because it was a bit messy and into a headwind but in the end it I managed to take the win.”

Complete results:

120.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 46.2 km/hr

1 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 2hr 36min 42sec
2 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
3 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling s.t.
4 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
5 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
6 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
7 EEFTING Roy Sapura Cycling s.t.
8 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan s.t.
9 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling s.t.
10 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
11 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke s.t.
12 MCGILL Scott Aevolo s.t.
13 STITES Tyler Aevolo s.t.
14 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling s.t.
15 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
16 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental s.t.
17 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke s.t.
18 WIGGINS Craig St George Continental s.t.
19 STEWART Myles Nero Continental s.t.
20 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
21 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane s.t.
22 DUYVESTEYN Kees BridgeLane s.t.
23 BICKMORE Cade Aevolo s.t.
24 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
25 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
26 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
27 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan s.t.
28 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
29 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
30 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
31 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
32 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
33 LEAHY Conor KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
34 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
35 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
36 EWART Jesse Sapura Cycling s.t.
37 NIQUET-OLDEN Bentley Nero Continental s.t.
38 MCELROY Sean Aevolo s.t.
39 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane s.t.
40 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
41 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke s.t.
42 BATT Ethan Black Spoke s.t.
43 ORAM James Black Spoke s.t.
44 ARASHIRO Yudai Kinan s.t.
45 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
46 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo s.t.
47 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo s.t.
48 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
49 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
50 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane s.t.
51 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
52 WHITE Alexander Black Spoke s.t.
53 KENCH Josh Black Spoke s.t.
54 LEBAS Thomas Kinan s.t.
55 REARDON Connor St George Continental s.t.
56 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
57 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
58 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food s.t.
59 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental s.t.
60 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling s.t.
61 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food s.t.
62 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
63 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
64 MCNEIL Aidan Aevolo s.t.
65 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
66 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food s.t.
67 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan s.t.
68 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling s.t.
69 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
70 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
71 CULEY Marcus Sapura Cycling s.t.
72 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental s.t.
73 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
74 GANDY Daniel St George Continental s.t.
75 STORK Florian Team Sunweb s.t.
76 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental s.t.
77 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
78 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
79 YATES Joel St George Continental s.t.
80 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
81 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
82 AJIS Muhammad Sapura Cycling s.t.
83 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
84 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
85 DI DOMENICO Daniel ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
86 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food s.t.
87 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
88 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb s.t.
89 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 0:18
90 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
91 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
92 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental s.t.
93 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 1:13
94 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food 3:18
95 WHITE Nicholas BridgeLane s.t.

GC after stage 1:

1 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 2hr 36min 32sec
2 GROVES Kaden Mitchelton-Scott @ 4sec
3 HOFLAND Moreno EF Pro Cycling 0:06
4 EEFTING Roy Sapura Cycling 0:07
5 HILL Benjamin BridgeLane s.t.
6 WIGGINS Craig St George Continental 0:09
7 CHRETIEN Charles-Etienne Aevolo s.t.
8 RAIM Mihkel Israel Start-Up Nation 0:10
9 SLATTERY Godfrey KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
10 RICE Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
11 NAKAJIMA Yasuharu Kinan s.t.
12 SCULLY Tom EF Pro Cycling s.t.
13 BOLTON Thomas Oliver's Real Food s.t.
14 MUDGWAY Luke Black Spoke s.t.
15 MCGILL Scott Aevolo s.t.
16 STITES Tyler Aevolo s.t.
17 WHELAN James EF Pro Cycling s.t.
18 POWLESS Neilson EF Pro Cycling s.t.
19 CARMAN Ben Nero Continental s.t.
20 MCCORMICK Hayden Black Spoke s.t.
21 STEWART Myles Nero Continental s.t.
22 JENNER Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
23 TOOVEY Ayden BridgeLane s.t.
24 DUYVESTEYN Kees BridgeLane s.t.
25 BICKMORE Cade Aevolo s.t.
26 KANTER Max Team Sunweb s.t.
27 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
28 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
29 GUARDIOLA Salvador Kinan s.t.
30 POWER Robert Team Sunweb s.t.
31 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
32 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb s.t.
33 GOLDSTEIN Omer Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
34 TURNBULL Carter KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
35 LEAHY Conor KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
36 VINE Jay Nero Continental s.t.
37 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
38 EWART Jesse Sapura Cycling s.t.
39 NIQUET-OLDEN Bentley Nero Continental s.t.
40 MCELROY Sean Aevolo s.t.
41 CATAFORD Alexander Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
42 SCOTT Ari Black Spoke s.t.
43 BATT Ethan Black Spoke s.t.
44 ORAM James Black Spoke s.t.
45 ARASHIRO Yudai Kinan s.t.
46 MEYER Cameron Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
47 SCHUNK Conor Aevolo s.t.
48 WHITE Calan KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
49 PORTER Rudy KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
50 METCALFE Ben BridgeLane s.t.
51 SCHULTZ Nick Mitchelton-Scott s.t.
52 WHITE Alexander Black Spoke s.t.
53 KENCH Josh Black Spoke s.t.
54 LEBAS Thomas Kinan s.t.
55 REARDON Connor St George Continental s.t.
56 TSUBAKI Hiroshi Kinan s.t.
57 HEANEY Alex St George Continental s.t.
58 WHITE Liam Oliver's Real Food s.t.
59 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental s.t.
60 MORTON Lachlan EF Pro Cycling s.t.
61 PRESLEY Sebastian Oliver's Real Food s.t.
62 GARCIA Marcos Kinan s.t.
63 STORER Michael Team Sunweb s.t.
64 MCNEIL Aidan Aevolo s.t.
65 PICCOLI James Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
66 DAVIDS Brendon Oliver's Real Food s.t.
67 YAMAMOTO Genki Kinan s.t.
68 RUTSCH Jonas EF Pro Cycling s.t.
69 POTTER Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
70 MACKAY Ashley ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
71 CULEY Marcus Sapura Cycling s.t.
72 MCKENNA Dylan Nero Continental s.t.
73 DOCKER Mitchell EF Pro Cycling s.t.
74 GANDY Daniel St George Continental s.t.
75 STORK Florian Team Sunweb s.t.
76 MILLER Christopher Nero Continental s.t.
77 HILL Samuel BridgeLane s.t.
78 O'BRIEN Mark KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
79 YATES Joel St George Continental s.t.
80 WILLIAMS David KordaMentha-Australia s.t.
81 BARRETT Sebastian ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
82 AJIS Muhammad Sapura Cycling s.t.
83 FREIBERG Michael ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
84 FLEMING Riley Oliver's Real Food s.t.
85 DI DOMENICO Daniel ARA-Sunshine Coast s.t.
86 LYONS Angus Oliver's Real Food s.t.
87 DOWSETT Alex Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
88 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb s.t.
89 THOMAS Ryan ARA-Sunshine Coast 0:26
90 BEWLEY Sam Mitchelton-Scott 0:28
91 PERRY Ben Israel Start-Up Nation s.t.
92 CAVANAGH Ryan St George Continental s.t.
93 COYLE Jesse Nero Continental 1:23
94 WHITE Nicholas BridgeLane 3:26
95 MURTAGH Conor Oliver's Real Food 3:28