Porte and Woods a cut above the rest on gravel at Herald Sun Tour

EF Education First's Michael Woods celebrates having taken the leader's jersey at the 2019 Herald Su

They were the two favourites going into the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, and on Thursday's second stage from Wonthaggi to Churchill , which included a gravel climb in the final 15 kilometres, Michael Woods (EF Education First) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) demonstrated exactly why. Woods' attack just before the start of the gravel sector on the day's final climb drew Porte with him from a select group made up of Kenny Elissonde, Pavel Sivakov and Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky), Mitchelton-Scott trio Lucas Hamilton, Nick Schultz and 2017 Sun Tour winner Damien Howson, as well as the only non-WorldTour rider to make the selection, Chris Harper (Team Bridgelane). When Porte and Woods hit the gravel, it wasn't enough to slow them down, and they continued to open up a gap on their rivals as first Woods, followed a second or two later by Porte, crested the climb and began ...

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