Jay Hindley has secured the victory of his life, quickly taking on the title of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in the final stage where he has never been in trouble.
Hyundai won two climbs – Falls Creek and Mount Buller – completing Sunday’s 89.1-kilometer, 22-coil circuit around the Royal Botanic Gardens by Sprinter Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott).
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The Western Australian climber, who runs for German WorldTurp decoration team Sunwyb, is 17 seconds ahead of young wonder packet Sebastien Berwick (St. George) and 36 seconds ahead of 25cha champion Damien Housen (Mitchelton-Scott).
“This is the biggest win of my career. I am quite pleased, “said Hindy.
“It is a great relief to end this tour today and to win and to thank all the boys for all their hard work throughout the week.”
The 21-year-old Hyundai has joined an honor roll as the winner of Australia’s oldest stage race, joining Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, Stuart O’Grady and Simon Gerrans.
“For me, it’s a huge win,” he said.
“It was amazing to get my name in this trophy; There are several big names out there and should be part of Australian cycling history.
“The race has gone a long way and there have been some big names and a lot of great drivers have run this race. It is unrealistic to tie my name to that trophy.
Hindy said he wasn’t taking much to get to the final, though this is a sprinter-friendly course that is almost guaranteed to not affect the general classification.
“I was very nervous, but I had faith in my boys and they rode well all day and controlled the race, as they did all week and I can’t thank them enough,” he said.
“It’s been a pretty big summer in racing, with a number of ups and downs.
“We had a great young team. We made a few errors in the tour down under and I think we can really put the puzzle together here. “
Hindley and Tim Sunweb entered the Herald Sun Tour late in the Tour Down Under and Cadell Evans had a tough time at the Great Ocean Road Race.
“The atmosphere a week ago was a bit different than it is today, so it’s nice to be back (in Europe), and it was great to see the group move on with their team for another week,” Sports Director Luke Roberts said.
“Last year’s win was a podium on a tour of Poland, so in a week-long WorldTour stage race, he showed that he could compete with the best.
“I’m sure there will be more opportunities this year and he can take some confidence from the race.”
Caps in style increase during the sensitive week
He flew by helicopter and then rode on Kaden Groves Bike to win the final leg of the Jacko Herald Sun Tour at Ryan Botanic Gardens.
Groves and his Mitchelton-Scott teammates facilitated their long transfer from Mount Buller by team owner Gerry Ryan, who called for aviation support.
And the emerging sprinter returned the favor and teammate Dion Smith and Dutchman Moreno made it clear to win the 89km circuit race in 5 minutes in front of Hofland.
“I was very grateful to Gerry. It was definitely a first experience for a lot of people and it made the trip from Buller easier, ”Groves said.
At the end of the madness, Groves climbed up Anderson Street and grabbed the third wheel at the end of 22 and took second place in the last corner before saluting the line.
“The finish was tough enough for me, it was really worth it for me and it was also hard enough to eliminate some of the other fastest guys and I’m happy with the win.”
“There was a lot of acceleration. I wasn’t sure if I had to go up the hill, but everyone was in pain and the end was a cross headwind.
“I’m interrupting, everybody had to come through the air so it would have been really hard to get through.”
It’s been a great week for the 28-year-old, who won two stages and was second in three of his three sprint opportunities.
“The guys were perfect to keep me fresh at every stage and finish me as smoothly as possible,” Groves said.
EAT, Sleep, Ride, Re
It was an old saying that Ben Hill took it on the Jacko Herald Sun Tour, and even threatened to collapse his leg.
For five days drawn from this race, the 30-year-old from the Scone of New South Wales emptied the tank to find himself in isolation in search of these sprint points.
His relentless effort was rewarded at the Royal and Botanic Gardens fifth and final stage when he was confirmed as the winner of Australia’s oldest stage racing green jersey.
“We knew that if Kaden (Groves) won the stage and I didn’t get any points, which was really a possibility, he could win the (green) jersey, so I had to get out of the front and take some points to make sure and I took the” first sprint. , “Said a merry Hill.
“It felt really good after I sewed it after the first sprint and after the second sprint.”
But the win was further sweetened after the Stage of Drama, where Hill briefly lost the green jersey when he was tricked into not competing for the first intermediate sprint on the streets of Wangaratta before stopping before the second.
“Stage 3 was a pretty low place on this tour and I didn’t really know how to back up, but I ate a lot, slept well and woke up amazingly good the next morning,” Hill said.
“I think sometimes when you come to a break, everyone gets frustrated the first two or three days and it is a lot less stressful, but much less satisfying than fighting the whole way.
“I’ve been able to find myself on the run and it all worked out.”