Herald Sun Tour: Victorious Van Baarle sets sights on Classics

Champagne time for Dylan van Baarle after winning the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

The overall winner of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour , Dylan van Baarle , will head home to Europe with his confidence boosted and his sights firmly set on the spring Classics, where he's targeting the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix , in particular. The Team Sky rider took the Herald Sun Tour title in Melbourne on Sunday, having successfully defended the race lead that he took on Saturday's 'Queen stage' to the top of the Arthurs Seat climb. Although he was only second there on the stage – to Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz – it was enough to wrest the yellow leader's jersey from the shoulders of EF Education First's Michael Woods. "It wasn't actually the plan that I was in the break [on Saturday]," Van Baarle explained. "The plan was that Christian [Knees] and Luke [Rowe] should be in it, but when I saw that EF were really ...

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Herald Sun Tour: Stage 5 race highlights - Video

Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky)

Team Sky closed out the Herald Sun Tour in style with Kristoffer Halvorsen winning the final stage in a bunch sprint, while Dylan van Baarle defended his race lead to secure the overall title. Team Sky came into the event on the back of Wout Poels finishing on the podium at the Tour Down Under, and the British team carried that form into the Herald Sun Tour. They took the leader's jersey on stage 4 after posting three riders in the day's main break - with Van Baarle finished the stage in second place. That was enough to move him into the leader's jersey with one stage to go. This year Van Baarle is targeting the spring Classics and has changed coach from Dario Cioni to Tim Kerrison - the man behind Tour de France wins for Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. Van Baarle moved to Team Sky ahead of ...

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Aggressive Team Sky completes Sun Tour domination

Team Sky could have ridden conservatively. They could have just focused on getting Dylan van Baarle safely across the line on bunch time, to ensure overall victory at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. They could have let a break stay away. But in the end Sky did none of those things. It would seem that … The post Aggressive Team Sky completes Sun Tour domination appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Baarle wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour

A delighted Dylan van Baarle with his Sky teammates after having won the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Team Sky 's Dylan van Baarle took the overall title at the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Sunday, finishing safely in the peloton as up at the front his teammate Kristoffer Halvorsen took the bunch sprint for victory on the final stage, capping off a wonder-week for the British WorldTour team in Australia, where they won two stages and every category bar the points competition. Sky came away from a month in Australia with almost a full house in their final race, where they won the overall classification with Van Baarle, two stages through Halvorsen and Owain Doull, and the mountains jersey through Christian Knees, with Pavel Sivakov as best young rider, and the overall teams prize. Only the sprints competition – won by Team BridgeLane's Ayden Toovey – eluded them. An early six-man breakaway, made up of Sapura's Jesse Ewart and Ben Dyball, Alistair Donohue (Pro ...

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Nick Schultz puts favourites to the sword at Herald Sun Tour

Nick Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott) is thrilled to win stage 4 of the 2019 Herald Sun Tour on Arthurs Se

Mitchelton-Scott 's Nick Schultz was somewhat of a surprise winner of stage 4 of the Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, winning the stage at the top of the climb of Arthurs Seat ahead of Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle, who in turn took over the race lead from overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First). Twenty-four-year-old Schultz, who moved into second place overall, only made the step up to the WorldTour this season, having joined Mitchelton-Scott from Spanish Pro Continental squad Caja Rural, but the Australian has quickly found his feet. "The whole team was really strong, and we put the GC teams under the pump right from kilometre 0, and I was the lucky one to sneak into the right move that was sort of given enough leeway," Schultz said. "It was a perfect scenario: Sky had numbers [in the front group], including Van Baarle, who was ahead of ...

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Schultz wins on Arthurs Seat as van Baarle takes Herald Sun Tour lead

Schultz wins on Arthurs Seat as van Baarle takes Herald Sun Tour lead

An audacious attack by Team Sky quickly turned into a real threat for the general classification and by the summit finish became one of the most successful examples of how to turn a race on its head.

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Richie Porte: I'm not here to win the race for Woods

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) proved to be strong on the gravel

Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) slipped down the standings at the Herald Sun Tour after stage 4 , dropping from second overall to fourth after Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle claimed second on the stage and leader's jersey with one stage remaining. Porte and overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) were expected to battle it out for the stage and the GC on the final climb of Arthurs Seat on Saturday but Team Sky put three men - including van Baarle - into the day's break. The move stretched EF Education First to breaking point, while Porte's team were unwilling to simply help the American team defend their lead, especially while their Australian leader was suffering with a minor health problem. "I haven't been healthy coming into this race," Porte told reporters at the conclusion of the stage, which was won by Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Shultz, while van Baarle crossed ...

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Herald Sun Tour: Stage 4 race highlights - Video

 Nick Schultz (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) finishes third at GP Miguel Indurain

Nick Schultz ( Mitchelton-Scott' s) claimed his first win for his new team on stage 4 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, beating Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle on the final climb to Arthurs Seat, with Van Baarle taking the overall race lead. The pair were part of an early break and held off the peloton with overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) slipping to third overall. Van Baarle now leads Schultz overall by 24 seconds, Woods and Richie Porte sit in third and fourth place on the GC, 1:52 and 2:09 down, respectively. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Sun Tour stand-off: Why Porte and Woods surrendered on stage 4

It caught everyone off guard when the peloton sat up. With 11km to go in stage 4 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, with one ascent of Arthurs Seat still to come, the long chase was over. The white flag was up. The break would again win the day. It was surprising for several reasons. … The post Sun Tour stand-off: Why Porte and Woods surrendered on stage 4 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Schultz wins Herald Sun Tour stage 4 on Arthurs Seat

Mitchelton-Scott's Nick Schultz won stage 4 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on the climb of Arthur

Mitchelton-Scott 's Nick Schultz beat some of the world's best climbers at their own game to win stage 4 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, beating Team Sky's Dylan van Baarle on the final climb to Arthurs Seat, with Van Baarle taking the overall race lead. Van Baarle and Schultz were part of an eight-rider breakaway that established itself early on the stage, and the pair were left at the head of affairs on the attritional stage as the finish laps over the three-kilometre climb ticked down. The chase group that included overnight leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) and race favourite Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) was never able to get back on terms, with both riders having been left without any teammates to assist them in the latter stages, and Woods finished sixth on the stage, 2:14 down, while Porte finished another 13 seconds down in eighth ...

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Hardest day of racing expected as Woods, Porte square off on Arthur’s Seat

Hardest day of racing expected as Woods, Porte square off on Arthur’s Seat

The favourites for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour general classification kept their cards close to their chest on a long, hot stage into Warragul, with fireworks expected on the four ascents of Arthur’s Seat on Saturday.

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Sky pair engineer a Herald Sun Tour one-two finish

Sky pair engineer a Herald Sun Tour one-two finish

Team Sky took a proactive role in Stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and ended up with a memorable 1-2 for their efforts, with Owain Doull and Luke Rowe crossing the finish together after a tough day in the breakaway into Warragul.

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Herald Sun Tour: Woods wins duel with Porte

Herald Sun Tour: Woods wins duel with Porte

Gravel sections, crosswinds, steep gradients and a technical descent saw the cream rise to the top at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour as Richie Porte and Michael Woods duelled to the line in Churchill with the American taking the stage.

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Anatomy of a breakaway victory: Behind Owain Doull’s Sun Tour success

Breakaway riders know the deal. You get out front and slog away for hours on end, all in the faint hope you’ll be able (or allowed) to survive to the finish. Most of the time it doesn’t work — the breakaway gets caught. But sometimes, when the conditions are just right, the breakaway manages to … The post Anatomy of a breakaway victory: Behind Owain Doull’s Sun Tour success appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Owain Doull takes win on stage 3 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Team Sky's Owain Doull wins stage 4 of the 2019 Herald Sun Tour from teammate and breakaway companio

It was a Team Sky – and a Welsh – one-two at the finish of stage 3 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Friday when Owain Doull and Luke Rowe crossed the line together after the two riders escaped in the final five kilometres from a group of nine riders, with Doull taking the victory. Overall race leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) kept his powder dry in the safety of the peloton, with the race set to be decided on four ascents of the climb of Arthurs Seat on Saturday's penultimate stage. A crash just 35 kilometres into the stage brought down a number of riders, and the two riders who came off worst were Carter Turnbull of the KordaMentha Australian Team, who was knocked unconscious, and was to be kept in hospital overnight for observation after recovering consciousness, and Australian road race champion Michael Freiberg (Pro ...

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Why growing the women’s Sun Tour isn’t as simple as you might think

Put the men’s and women’s Herald Sun Tours side-by-side and it’s not hard to spot the differences. The men’s race comprises five stages, the women’s is just two. The men’s offers a total of €65,130.50 (AU$103,000) in prize money, the women’s offers just €9,511 (AU$15,000). In short, the two races are far from equal. But … The post Why growing the women’s Sun Tour isn’t as simple as you might think appeared first on CyclingTips .

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News roundup: Landa breaks collarbone in season opener; Omloop wildcards

News roundup: Landa breaks collarbone in season opener; Omloop wildcards

Movistar's leader for the Giro d'Italia finds himself in the hospital after breaking collarbone in first day of Mallorca Challenge. Read the full article at News roundup: Landa breaks collarbone in season opener; Omloop wildcards on VeloNews.com .

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Herald Sun Tour: Kennedy grabs biggest win of career

Herald Sun Tour: Kennedy grabs biggest win of career

An aggressive day of racing saw Lucy Kennedy take an impressive win after attacking over the steep gravel climb and holding off chasing riders into the finish.

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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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Lucy Kennedy wins Women's Herald Sun Tour

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the 2019 Women's Herald Sun Tour

Mitchelton-Scott 's Lucy Kennedy attacked on the last climb of the second and final stage of the 2019 Women's Herald Sun Tour on Thursday to take both the stage win and the overall classification, ahead of her teammate Amanda Spratt and defending champion Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB). Kennedy bridged across to Spratt on the lower slopes of the final Jeeralang climb, and then went it alone, up and over the gravel section at the top of the climb, while Chapman was left to chase alone on the descent, with Spratt stuck to her back wheel. The Australian crossed the finish line to win the stage by 39 seconds, with Spratt overhauling Chapman for both second on the stage and second overall. With the 10-second win bonus, it meant that Kennedy won the race by 36 seconds from her Mitchelton teammate Spratt, while 2018 winner Chapman took third overall, another nine seconds ...

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