Break take stage three at Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Fri 1 Feb 2019

A strong breakaway of 12 riders contested the final of stage three of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour into Warragul today, with Team Sky prevailing for the top two positions. 

Despite missing the move and unable to bring the race back together, Mitchelton-SCOTT kept leader Lucas Hamilton safely in the bunch which contained all the main general classification favourites and finished one-minute 20seconds behind the winners.

Attention now turns to tomorrow's Queen Stage with Hamilton sitting fourth overall, 31seconds behind race leader Michael Woods (EF Education First).

Strong break:
Narrow country roads made for a tense start out of the town of Sale for stage three, with a large crash after a little over 30km seeing the peloton reset once again to assess the damage. 

Back and racing, the breakaway of 12 formed with strong teams and strong riders amongst them. 

Their advantage grew out to over five minutes before an attempt to bring them back began in the peloton, but despite their efforts the breakaway were too strong. 

Team Sky took advantage of numbers and crossed the line for first and second with Owain Doull and Luke Rowe.

Matt Wilson – Sport Director:
“We were really hoping for a windy day, there were strong wind warnings all morning but it just didn’t eventuate, so that was a bit disappointing. 

“A group managed to get away and we weren’t represented. We tried to bring it back right at the death there, but no cigar.” 

Damien Howson:
“We had a plan to try to smash the race apart to try to put ourselves back in a stronger GC position.  Unfortunately, we were probably a bit too preoccupied by that and ended up not being in a move, such as the one that won. 

“We had to race from behind and we knew it was going to be a pretty solid chase to give Rob (Stannard) a chance for the sprint.”

Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Stage 3 Results:
1. Owain Doull (Team Sky) 3:28:47
2. Luke Rowe (Team Sky) ST
3. Liam White (Drapac) +0:29
12. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:19 

Jayco Herald Sun Tour – General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Michael Woods (EF Education First) 8:42:38
2. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) +0:04
3. Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky) +0:27
4. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:31 

Photo from Con Chronis.