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.
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 .
Owain Doull takes win on stage 3 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour
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 ...
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 .
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 .
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.
Porte and Woods a cut above the rest on gravel at Herald Sun Tour
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 ...
Lucy Kennedy wins 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 ...
Michael Woods wins stage 2 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour
Canada's Michael Woods made it two wins out of two for his EF Education First team at the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Churchill, Victoria, on Thursday, out-sprinting Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte after the two riders escaped on stage 2's final, gravelled climb. Woods attacked just before the start of the 1.1km dirt-road section on the Jeeralang climb, with Porte scrambling to stay on his wheel. The Canadian was first over the top of the climb with a small gap to Porte, with 12 kilometres left to race, but the Australian managed to get back on the descent, and the two of them worked together to distance their rivals, with Woods eventually out-kicking Porte at the finish. "I actually reconned this course beforehand, including the descent, so I took the descent pretty fast," said Woods, "although it was still a pedalling descent, and I didn't want to gas myself, in ...
McLay strikes gold at Herald Sun Tour
British sprinter Dan McLay 's sprint win on the opening stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour at the Phillip Island GP Circuit in Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday could be just what was needed to open the sprinting floodgates for the EF Education First rider. "I'd been coming up against a brick wall at the Tour Down Under, but I think that after all that racing, I've come out with a bit of form. I had the bit between my teeth today, and the boys did an excellent job," McLay said after his win, praising teammates Mitch Docker and Tom Scully, in particular, for having dropped him off on the final straight, where he beat Team Sky's Kristoffer Halvorsen and EvoPro's Wouter Wippert. "It was time to pull my finger out," the 27-year-old admitted. "At the Tour Down Under – like here – we also had a GC goal, but ...
Hosking and McLay ignite Herald Sun Tour openers
The Phillip Island Grand Prix track turned on superb sunny conditions for the opening stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and the Lexus Of Blackburn Women's Herald Sun Tour.
Jayco Herald Sun Tour ready to go on Phillip Island
The favourites for this year’s edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour were out to shoot photos around the picturesque scenery of Phillip Island and to talk about the details and approach to the 2019 edition of the race.
McLay wins stage 1 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour
EF Education First 's Dan McLay won the opening stage of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday afternoon, beating Team Sky's Kristoffer Halvorsen and EvoPro's Wouter Wippert in a bunch sprint. It was the British sprinter's first win since taking a stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in France last April, and he was quick to praise his EF Education First teammates for the work they did to set him up for victory and take the race's first leader's jersey. "We always knew the finish was going to be difficult with the wind," said McLay. "Mitch [Docker] came up to me during the race and said that if the wind doesn't change, this is exactly how we're going to do it, and we just did it exactly as he said. "We weren't going to take it on from ...
Hosking wins opening stage of Women's Herald Sun Tour
Ale Cipollini 's Chloe Hosking won the opening stage of the Women's Herald Sun Tour on Wednesday, winning a reduced-bunch sprint at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia, and relegating BePink's Rachele Barbieri to second place, with Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo) finishing third. Lepistö's Trek-Segafredo teammate – British-born American rider, Ruth Winder – animated the stage, breaking away on lap six of the 22-lap, 97km first stage, on the same circuit and over the same distance as the opening stage of the men's race later in the afternoon. She built up a maximum lead of 2:45, and Winder's day out at the head of affairs only came to an end with a lap-and-a-half to go, following pressure from first Mitchelton-Scott and later Tibco-SVB. With the race back together, and Tibco continuing in control, it looked as though it would come down to a bunch sprint. But with Tibco ...
Chapman returns to defend title at Women's Herald Sun Tour
At this point last year, riding for the Australian national team at the inaugural women's Herald Sun Tour, Brodie Chapman wouldn't mind admitting that she wasn't a marked rider. However, after winning the opening stage of the two-day race in 2018, and then holding on to her lead on the second-stage time trial to beat Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleuten by five seconds overall, Chapman knows that this year's Herald Sun Tour will be very different – both in terms of her being watched, and because of a very different course. "It's like a totally new race, so we won't approach it in the same way as last year," Chapman told the media the day before the race. "You can only really play the dark-horse card once – if it pays off, which it did – so obviously there's going to be a target on my back, and I'm not going ...
Herald Sun Tour: Richie Porte returns to his roots
Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) returns to the Herald Sun Tour this week for the first time since 2011, and starts on Wednesday as one of the favourites to take the title at the conclusion of the five-day race, along with EF Education First's Michael Woods. Besides Woods, Porte also names Team Sky's Kenny Elissonde as a rider that he'll be keeping a close eye on. "I think Woods was good at the Tour Down Under, but, for me, Elissonde was brilliant there, and also at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race," Porte told reporters on Tuesday, recalling the Frenchman's strong ride on Willunga Hill at the TDU and his aggression on Challambra Crescent at the Cadel race. "He's a punchy little climber who will do well here," Porte continued, "and Dylan van Baarle is also in good form. He was quite impressive at Cadel’s race, so Sky have ...
Preview: Herald Sun Tour
Gravel climbs, racing circuits and the famous ascent of Arthur’s Seat await the riders in what promises to be an intriguing stage race around the rolling countryside of Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove
After five editions, the one-day race is marketing itself as an 'Australian classic' and is drawing more and more top riders. Read the full article at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race finds its groove on VeloNews.com .
Sprinters vs. puncheurs as Aussie week continues
With the tough Challambra climb at nine kilometers to go, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race pits pure sprinters against those who can kick on the climbs. Read the full article at Sprinters vs. puncheurs as Aussie week continues on VeloNews.com .
Preview: Your guide to the 2019 women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
This Saturday the elite women’s peloton takes to Geelong for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. This one-day race — officially called the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race — is now in its fifth year and its fourth at UCI level. Read on for our preview of the race, including the riders to … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appeared first on CyclingTips .