Jayco Herald Sun won after 5 days by Jai Hindley
After an intense five days of racing, Jai Hindley and the Team Sunweb team won the general classification at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour today.
The foundations for Hindley’s win were set on stage two and the summit finish of Falls Creek. After some great work throughout the day the team set a strong tempo on the finish climb, putting several riders into difficulty and reducing the head of the race down to just three riders come the finish line. Hindley proved to be the strongest on the day as he won the sprint and moved into the race lead.
After protecting Hindley’s lead on a difficult stage three, the penultimate day of racing on stage four saw the peloton faced with the second mountain top finish of the race, Mount Buller. Riding almost the perfect race, the team controlled the breakaway on the flat lands before continuing to drive the pace as the road headed upwards. In the finale Hindley was able to follow a stinging attack from Berwick, before coming over the top of in the last 200 metres, taking his second stage win of the race.
As a result of bonus seconds on the line Hindley headed into the final day of racing with a ten second advantage over Berwick. The team worked well to protect his lead throughout the fast afternoon of action, covering any dangerous attacks and keeping him safe. Crossing the line at the end of the stage, a jubilant Hindley secured the GC title.
“I’m super relieved to finish the tour off today and get the win, and repay the boys for all the hard work they’ve done this week,” said a joyous Hindley at the finish. “It’s pretty amazing to get my name on that trophy with some pretty big names on there, so for me this is a huge win. It’s for sure the biggest win of my career so I’m thrilled to get it today.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “It’s a young group we have here and we worked hard on our teamwork in the previous races in Australia. The little things we picked up throughout the weeks in Adelaide and Geelong, the guys put into practice this week. We really started to make steps to become a very strong team this week, considering it’s such a young group, and we were able to almost dominate this race. Full credit to the guys for their commitment here and it’s good that we could also see the results at the end of it from their commitment and good teamwork. I’m really happy for the guys and it’s awesome to have won three stages, take the GC title and for all the guys to be on the podium and celebrate together as winners of the team classification.”
Pos. Rider Team Time
1 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 14:50:23
2 BERWICK Sebastian St George Continental Cycling Team 0:17
3 HOWSON Damien Mitchelton-Scott 0:36
7 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 1:59
25 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 11:05
39 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 20:57
61 DAINESE Alberto Team Sunweb 36:21
62 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 36:31
74 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 43:50