Kennaugh and Froome go one-two for Team Sky at Jayco Herald Sun Tour

British national champion moves into overall race lead

On the first road stage of the 2016 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome blew the race to pieces on the category 1 Mt St Leonard climb, maintaining their lead on the 20km descent into Healesville to assume first and second on the stage with the British national champion moving into the leader’s yellow jersey.

Race leader Will Clarke (Drapac) was distanced on the climb and with 10-bonus seconds for the winner, Kennaugh now leads Froome by seven seconds with Dion Smith, third on today's stage at 17 seconds, sitting 23 seconds back in third place on GC.

A six-man breakaway, Kristian House (ONE Pro Cycling), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini), Nick Katsonis (State of Matter / MAAP), Alistair Slater (Condor JLT), Craig Evers (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody) and Ben Hill Attaque Team Gusto), was reeled in on the early slopes of the 8.3km climb with Team Sky setting the tempo before Froome launched his attack that only Kennaugh could follow.

“Yeah, awesome. Obviously much better than expected,” said Kennaugh who won last Sunday’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race with a late attack. “Obviously the race last week gave me a lot of confidence going into today and we had a good plan for today’s stage which worked out perfectly.

“It was to make it hard going into the last climb for Froomey to have a go and I was just to follow wheels and sort of judge the situation and if I felt I could come across to him, do that. Massive thanks to the team and especially Froomey, because once I got across to him I basically sat on his wheel the whole way up the climb.”

Froome was first atop the climb, earning himself the king of the mountains jersey, followed by Kennaugh with a chase group led Ben Dyball (KordaMentha – Australia) at 19 seconds. Jack Haig (Orica-GreenEdge), Joe Cooper (AvantiIsowhey), Nathan Earle (Drapac), Chris Hamilton (KordaMentha – Australia), Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge), Jai Hindley (Attaque Team Gusto) and Micahel Storer (KordaMentha – Australia) were reported on race radio as the riders next on the road with the peloton split to pieces up the climb.

Kennaugh and Froome’s advantage then hovered around the 15 seconds mark down the descent as Howson and John Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) were reported over the radio to be nearing the catch of the Team Sky riders. While race radio was reporting an immediate catch of the duo, Kennaugh explained that he and Froome were unsure just what advantage they had over the chasers until the final few kilometres into Healesville.

“Once we got onto the flat. I am not sure how long we had over the top of the climb but the guys behind definitely must have gotten on the motorbike on the descent because at one minute we had almost a minute and then next thing, we could see them,” Kennaugh said. “We didn’t have a motorbike or anthing in front of us, so I don’t know what was going on there but it was strange. As soon as the motorbike disappeared from in-between us, we just pulled away again … which was five kilometres to go when we hit those little rollers we kind of had a good idea.”

Kennaugh crossed the line just ahead of Froome, lifting the bands of his national champion's jersey in salute while ONE Pro Cycling’s Dion Smith raised his arms in celebration as he won the bunch kick for third place.

Post-race, Froome explained he enjoyed being able to repay Kennaugh and will ride in support of the 26-year-old as Sky eye off overall victory.

“It’s also a really nice feeling to give something back to Peter Kennaugh, the number of times he’s emptied himself for me out on the road and he’s been part of both of my Tour de France victories,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to so something for him. We are going to try and protect that now, Pete’s in great shape. He won Cadel’s race just a few days ago so we’ll try and keep the jersey on his shoulders now.

The opening
Stage 1 of the 63rd Jayco Herald Sun Tour started under cloudy skies with mist hanging onto the mountains that surround the Yarra Valley. Once the gun was fired to signal the start of the 126.1km Healesville to Healesville stage, the six-man group surged clear to establish a three-minute break inside the first 10 kilometres..

Drapac, riding for Clarke, and Team Sky controlled the tempo in the peloton who were content to let the break ride, safe in the knowledge they could bring it all back before the Mt St Leonard climb.

The breakaway, which had enjoyed a maximum lead of four minutes 34km into the stage, was seeing its advantage fall on approach to the category two Old Warburton climb. Just over half-way down the descent, Katsonis overshot a fast left-hand corner which then slowed Evers.

When the peloton came down three minutes later, Lucas Hamilton (KordaMentha - Australia) and Patrick Sharpe (St George Merida) would also find the corner a little treacherous with both falling at high speed and as a result, withdrawing from the race.

A strung out peloton regrouped on the run in Healesville from where they headed up Myers Creek Road for the decisive climb with Team Sky making the race their own.

Full Results


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky3:01:47 
2Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
3Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:17 
4Robbie Hucker (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
5Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
6Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
7Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
8Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek – Segafredo  
9Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
10Christopher Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
11James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
12Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
13Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
14Alistair Donohoe (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
15Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
16Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
17Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
18Patrick Lane (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
19Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
20Steve Lampier (GBr) Condor JLT  
21Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
22Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
23Chris Harper (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
24Mike Cuming (GBr) State of Matter / MAAP  
25Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
26Jai Hindley (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
27Michael Storer (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
28Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek – Segafredo  
29Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
30Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
31Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
32Jason Christie (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:00:49 
33William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:03:00 
34Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
35Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek – Segafredo  
36Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
37Dylan Sunderland (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
38Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
39Nick Miller(NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
40Morgan Smith (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:04:23 
41Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP0:05:08 
42Daniel Summerhill (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
43Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
44Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
45Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek – Segafredo  
46Scott Thomas (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
47Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
48Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
49Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
50Christopher Williams (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
51Josh Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
52Dylan Newberry (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
53Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini  
54Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida  
55Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida  
56Brian Kamstra (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
57Angus Lyons (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
58Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini  
59Scott Ambrose (NZl) Novo Nordisk  
60Tim Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
61Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
62Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida0:07:07 
63Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT0:09:40 
64Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:10:39 
65Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
66Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge  
67John Murphy (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
68Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
69Chris Lawless (GBr) Condor JLT  
70Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
71Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
72Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling  
73Jon Mould (GBr) Condor JLT  
74Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT  
75Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
76Sam Volkers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
77Tanner Putt (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
78Adrian Hegyvary (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
79Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
80James Glasspool (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
81Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling  
82Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek – Segafredo  
83Ty Magner (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
84George Atkins (GBr) Condor JLT  
85Nathan Elliott (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
86Sam Dobbs (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto  
87Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida  
88Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
89Liam Hill (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
90Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Novo Nordisk  
91Josh Berry (Aus) St George Merida  
92Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
93Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
94Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek – Segafredo0:12:08 
DNFPatrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida  
DNFLucas Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
Intermediate Sprint 1 - Warburton
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody6 pts
2Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto4 
3Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT2 
Intermediate Sprint 2 - Healesville
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto6 pts
2Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling4 
3Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody2 
Finish (Healesville)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky10 pts
2Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky8 
3Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling6 
4Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team4 
Mountain 1 - Warburton (Cat 1)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini20 pts
2Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP12 
3Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling6 
4Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT2 
Mountain 2 - Mt St Leonard (Cat 2)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky24 pts
2Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky16 
3Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team8 
4Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling4 
Most aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
 Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky9:05:38 
2Orica GreenEdge0:00:34 
3ONE Pro Cycling  
4Drapac Professional Cycling  
5Avanti Isowhey Sport  
6Australia National Team P/B Kordamentha  
7State Of Matter / Maap0:03:17 
8Trek - Segafredo  
9Attaque Team Gusto0:05:25 
10Kenyan Riders Downunder0:07:55 
11Nippo - Vini Fantini0:10:16 
12Team Novo Nordisk0:15:07 
13Data#3 Cisco Racing Team P/B Scody  
14UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:15:47 
15St George Merida Cycling Team0:17:34 
16JLT Condor0:20:25 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky3:04:16 
2Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:07 
3Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:23 
4Robbie Hucker (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:00:25 
5Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:00:26 
6Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:27 
7Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
8Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek – Segafredo0:00:28 
9Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
10Christopher Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
11James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:29 
12Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
13Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
14Alistair Donohoe (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
15Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
16Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
17Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:00:30 
18Patrick Lane (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:00:31 
19Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
20Steve Lampier (GBr) Condor JLT0:00:32 
21Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
22Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:33 
23Chris Harper (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
24Mike Cuming (GBr) State of Matter / MAAP0:00:34 
25Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:35 
26Jai Hindley (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:37 
27Michael Storer (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
28Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek – Segafredo0:00:38 
29Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
30Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:00:41 
31Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
32Jason Christie (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:01:05 
33William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:03:05 
34Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:03:07 
35Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek – Segafredo0:03:10 
36Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:03:12 
37Dylan Sunderland (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:03:15 
38Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
39Nick Miller(NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:03:16 
40Morgan Smith (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:04:37 
41Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP0:05:18 
42Daniel Summerhill (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:05:20 
43Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:05:21 
44Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
45Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek – Segafredo0:05:24 
46Scott Thomas (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
47Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
48Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
49Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:05:26 
50Christopher Williams (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
51Josh Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
52Dylan Newberry (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:05:27 
53Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini0:05:28 
54Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida0:05:29 
55Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida  
56Brian Kamstra (Ned) Novo Nordisk0:05:30 
57Angus Lyons (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team0:05:31 
58Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini0:05:32 
59Scott Ambrose (NZl) Novo Nordisk0:05:35 
60Tim Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:05:36 
61Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
62Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida0:07:38 
63Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT0:09:55 
64Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:10:45 
65Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:10:48 
66Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:10:49 
67John Murphy (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
68Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
69Chris Lawless (GBr) Condor JLT0:10:50 
70Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
71Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
72Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling0:10:52 
73Jon Mould (GBr) Condor JLT0:10:53 
74Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT  
75Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
76Sam Volkers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:10:54 
77Tanner Putt (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
78Adrian Hegyvary (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:10:55 
79Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
80James Glasspool (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
81Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling0:10:56 
82Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek – Segafredo  
83Ty Magner (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
84George Atkins (GBr) Condor JLT0:10:57 
85Nathan Elliott (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:10:58 
86Sam Dobbs (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto0:11:01 
87Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida  
88Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:11:03 
89Liam Hill (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:11:06 
90Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Novo Nordisk  
91Josh Berry (Aus) St George Merida  
92Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto0:11:07 
93Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Novo Nordisk0:11:11 
94Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek – Segafredo0:12:24 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky10 pts
2Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto10 
3Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody8 
4Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky8 
5Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling6 
6Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team4 
7Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling4 
8Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky24 pts
2Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini20 
3Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky16 
4Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP12 
5Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team8 
6Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling6 
7Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling4 
8Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team3:04:44 
2Alistair Donohoe (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team0:00:01 
3Chris Harper (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:00:05 
4Jai Hindley (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:09 
5Michael Storer (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
6Dylan Sunderland (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:02:47 
7Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP0:04:50 
8Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:04:53 
9Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
10Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:04:58 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky9:13:38 
2Avanti Isowhey Sport0:00:25 
3Orica GreenEdge0:00:27 
4Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:29 
5ONE Pro Cycling0:00:37 
6Australia National Team P/B Kordamentha0:00:43 
7Trek - Segafredo0:03:21 
8State Of Matter / Maap0:03:22 
9Attaque Team Gusto0:05:38 
10Kenyan Riders Downunder0:08:08 
11Nippo - Vini Fantini0:10:26 
12Data#3 Cisco Racing Team P/B Scody0:15:16 
13Team Novo Nordisk0:15:30 
14UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:15:51 
15St George Merida Cycling Team0:17:34 
16JLT Condor0:20:25 

 

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