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 no change in the GC standings, Hindley holds onto the race lead ahead of tomorrow’s summit finish atop Mount Buller.
|2||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||,,||5|
|3||RÄIM Mihkel||Israel Start-Up Nation||,,||3|
|13||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||0:02||-|
|24||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|55||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||2:08||-|
|63||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team Sunweb||4:26||-|
|66||STORK Florian||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|76||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||8:27||-|
|1||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||9:50:30|
|3||BERWICK Sebastian||St George Continental Cycling Team||0:06|
|5||STORER Michael||Team Sunweb||0:47|
|25||STORK Florian||Team Sunweb||6:29|
|30||POWER Robert||Team Sunweb||9:44|
|53||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||19:19|
|61||KANTER Max||Team Sunweb||21:43|
|72||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team Sunweb||26:50|
|1||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||30|
|2||WHELAN James||EF Pro Cycling||26|
|3||ORAM James||Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy||20|
|1||BERWICK Sebastian||St George Continental Cycling Team||9:50:36|
|2||PORTER Rudy||Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia||1:33|
|13||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||19:13|
|1||DAINESE Alberto||Team Sunweb||18|
|3||HILL Benjamin||Team BridgeLane||16|
|5||HINDLEY Jai||Team Sunweb||10|
|2||EF Pro Cycling||1:44|
|3||Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy||7:29|
|5||Kinan Cycling Team||10:29|
|6||Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia||11:18|
|7||Israel Start-Up Nation||14:24|