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.
|1||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||3:06:29||14|
|3||BERWICK Sebastian||St George Continental Cycling Team||,,||3|
|5||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||0:37||-|
|10||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||1:09||-|
|13||STORK Florian||Team Sunweb||1:55||-|
|58||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||19:27||-|
|60||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|74||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team Sunweb||22:16||-|
|1||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||5:43:01|
|3||BERWICK Sebastian||St George Continental Cycling Team||0:06|
|5||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||0:47|
|10||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||1:19|
|13||STORK Florian||Team Sunweb||2:05|
|58||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||19:27|
|62||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||19:37|
|74||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team Sunweb||22:26|
|1||BERWICK Sebastian||St George Continental Cycling Team||5:43:07|
|2||PORTER Rudy||Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia||1:33|
|15||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||19:21|
|1||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||24|
|3||BERWICK Sebastian||St George Continental Cycling Team||8|
|1||HILL Benjamin||Team BridgeLane||14|
|2||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||10|
|3||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||10|
|2||EF Pro Cycling||1:44|
|3||Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy||7:27|
|5||Kinan Cycling Team||10:27|
|6||Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia||11:10|
|7||Israel Start-Up Nation||14:24|
|10||Oliver's Real Food||24:20|