Mitchelton-SCOTT around the mark on prologue at Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Wed 31 Jan 2018

Current Australian road champion Alex Edmondson was Mitchelton-SCOTT’s top finisher in this evening’s opening prologue of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, finishing two seconds behind winner Ed Clancy (JLT Condor). 

Not going into the city centre showcase with an overwhelming favourite, Mitchelton-SCOTT went into the blood pumping 1.6km race against the clock looking for a hard hit out before road racing gets underway tomorrow.

Edmondson finished in sixth position, with teammates Michael Hepburn and Cameron Meyer four and five seconds off the pace respectively to finish eighth and 11th.

Track background helps, but real challenges lie ahead:
Tonight’s opening prologue was an early opportunity to carry the leader’s jersey but at just 1.6km in length, four seconds separating the top ten and 23seconds first to last, it won’t be decisive in the final general classification. 

Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Edmondson, Hepburn and Meyer pulled on their track backgrounds to post the fastest times for the team whilst defending champion Damien Howson finished seven seconds off the pace and climbers Lucas Hamilton (+8sec), Rob Power (+12sec) and Esteban Chaves (+14sec) all within striking distance in the days to come. 

Long night in hot seat for Clancy:
Rolling down the ramp in the first wave of riders, Clancy set a blistering early pace to stop the clock at 1:54.95 and was never bettered.  One-by-one riders finished behind him, coming close but not close enough to knock him off the hot seat. Mads Pederesen (Trek Segafredo), Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) and Alex Frame (Trek Segafredo) all finished within one second of the Britain, but Clancy will wear the yellow jersey going into tomorrow’s first stage. 

Alex Edmondson - Sixth place:
"It's a pretty crazy race actually. It's only 1.6km but we're already talking about tactics because there's so many corners. Hats off to Clancy, obviously he is one of the world's best team pursuiters and he has just shown why. It's fully deserved."

"It's just the start of a long week. We're pretty lucky because we have such a strong team, a few guys who have won the race in the past, and we just need to wait for when the time is right. There's alot of pressure and everyone will be looking to us but we just need to make sure we're on the front foot."

Tomorrow – Who’s motivated?
Tomorrow’s opening road stage takes riders from Colac to Warrnambool on what is one of the flattest stages of the 2018 Tour.  Without any big-name sprinters, time will tell if anyone is motivated enough to control the race or if a successful breakaway could change the dynamic of racing early. 

Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Prologue Results:
1. Edward Clancy (JLT Condor) 1:54.95
2. Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo) +0:01
3. Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) +0.01
4. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:02

Jayco Herald Sun Tour – General Classification after Prologue:
1. Edward Clancy (JLT Condor) 1:54.95
2. Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo) +0:01
3. Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) +0.01
4. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:02