Jayco Herald Sun Tour: John Murphy steals stage 3 Inverloch sprint win

Peter Kennaugh remains in yellow ahead of Arthurs Seat decider

A day after Tanner Putt finished second to Caleb Ewan, John Murphy went one better for UnitedHealthcare in Inverloch as he sprinted to stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in a photo finish ahead of Niccolò Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) with ONE Pro Cycling's Steele von Hoff in third. Pre-stage favourite Ewan crossed the line in sixth place.

There was no change to the top-ten on general classification after the 146km sprinters stage with Peter Kennaugh leading teammate Chris Froome by 13 seconds ahead of the final stage.

"I don’t think any sprinter is unbeatable so if you have the right team in front of you, you can win anything you want. My UnitedHealthcare team was unbelievable today, they took me into the corner in perfect condition and all I had to do was my sprint," Murphy said post-race.

"Coming out of the final corner, I thought the corner was a little bit further from the line so the moment I came out of the corner, I had to start and boom, just go from there and hope I can hold it to the line. It was a really close finish with Bonifazio so definitely pretty happy just to have that photo."

Adding that he was initially unsure of the result, two-time USA national criterium champion Murphy added that the reaction of Bonifazio was a giveaway that he snagged the stage win.

“Usually in a photo finish, you know when you’re beat and you don’t know when you’ve won. I didn’t know so it thought maybe I had it and Bonifazio knew he’d lost so that’s what gave it away to me," he said. “It took me a minute to digest that for sure I had won and once I had it, I was happy to celebrate with my teammates.

Having finished third on his Trek-Segafredo debut at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and won the bunch sprint for seventh yesterday, Bonifazio explained his hesitation cost him in the end

"Everyone was there for me all day and then in the finale [Alafaci] Eugenio dropped me off at 500 meters to go," Bonifazio said. "It was perfect, but after the last turn I underestimated how close the finish was, and I think I waited a little bit too long. It's really too bad because it was very, very close

With tomorrow's queen stage up Arthurs Seat, Kennaugh remains the overall race leader with 13 seconds over teammate Chris Froome but the British national champion isn't expecting an easy day in the saddle to seal his third career GC win following triumphs at Coppi e Bartoli and Tour of Austria in 2014.

“I don’t really know a lot of the riders. Obviously a lot of the domestic teams have strong guys and it’s their summer and they’re all going well but I don’t know the names. I am sure there are guys who are mega up for it. The Avanti team seems quite strong on the climbs so we’ll just have to watch out for guys like that I guess. We have a bit of cushion on GC over a few people but still, it would be nice to be able to finish off with a stage win.

How it unfolded
The 146.1km stage from Traralgon to Inverloch was punctuated with two category three climbs and two late sprint points in Inverloch and Wonthaggi.

After yesterday’s frantic attempts to get into the breakaway, it was a subdued morning with Morgan Smith (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder), Daniel Bonello (St George Merida), Thomas Hubbard (Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody) and Ben Hill (Attaque Team Gusto) and forcing a move off the front of the peloton. Russ Downing (Condor JLT) would join the quartet with the peloton content with the composition of the five-rider break.

With the breakaway posing no threat to GC a nature break from the peloton signalled its intentions and the five-riders quickly had a lead of two minutes by kilometre six. The advantage steady grew over the eschewing kilometres so that by the 17km mark the breakaway reached its maximum lead of four minutes.

The gap then dropped to around the 3:50 minutes mark before moving out to four minutes through the rolling Gippsland parcours. At the first KOM point in Boolara, Hubbard rolled over the line ahead Downing with the duo reversing the result on the second KOM.

The fast and winding descents from the second KOM in Mirboo North, the old training roads of race director and three-time Sun Tour winner John Trevorrow, shot the peloton out into Leongatha for lunch with the break’s advantage dropping down to two-and-half, then out to three minutes.

Orica-GreenEdge with help from Team Sky and Trek-Segafredo decided it was time to start the chase so that by the time they passed through Inverloch for the first sprint point, the were 1:35 minutes behind.

Hill won both sprint points, elevating him into the green points jersey by days end, as the gap continued to fall. Sam Bewley was doing the pace setting for Orica-GreenEdge with the intention of setting up Ewan for consecutive stage wins.

With little wind to speak of around the Cape Paterson stretch of ocean road, a bunch gallop finish was on the cards with the break caught inside the final eight kilometres. Smith had attacked his companions, as Hill and Hubbard sat up and waited for the capture, but it would prove unsuccessful and also failed to net the aggressive rider jersey which also went to yesterday’s birthday boy, Hill.

Orica-GreenEdge kept the pace high for the final five kilometres on the ride into the beachside finish but with the decisive left-hand corner featuring inside the final 500 metres, UnitedHealthcare came to the front to drop off Murphy, who repaid his teammates with their first victory of season 2016.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Murphy (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling3:20:52 
2Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek – Segafredo  
3Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling  
4Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP  
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
6Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
7Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
8Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
9Alistair Donohoe (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
10Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
11Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
12Robbie Hucker (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
13Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini  
14Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek – Segafredo  
15Brian Kamstra (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
16Jason Christie (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
17Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
18William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
19Chris Lawless (GBr) Condor JLT  
20Adrian Hegyvary (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
21Nick Miller (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
22Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
23Tanner Putt (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
24James Glasspool (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
25Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
26Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
27Steve Lampier (GBr) Condor JLT  
28Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
29Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
30Christopher Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
31Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
32Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
33Ty Magner (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
34Sam Dobbs (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto  
35Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
36Chris Harper (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
37Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
38Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
39Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini  
40James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling  
41Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
42Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
43Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek – Segafredo  
44Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
45Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
46Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
47Tim Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
48Christopher Williams (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
49Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
50Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT  
51Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Novo Nordisk  
52Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
53Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
54Liam Hill (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
55Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
56Jai Hindley (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
57Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek – Segafredo  
58Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
59Dylan Sunderland (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
60Scott Thomas (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
61Josh Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
62Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
63Michael Storer (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
64Jon Mould (GBr) Condor JLT  
65Patrick Lane (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
66Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP  
67Josh Berry (Aus) St George Merida  
68Scott Ambrose (NZl) Novo Nordisk  
69Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek – Segafredo  
70Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida  
71Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida  
72Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida  
73Morgan Smith (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
74Angus Lyons (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
75Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
76Dylan Newberry (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody  
77Nathan Elliott (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
78Mike Cuming (GBr) State of Matter / MAAP0:00:19 
79Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:22 
80Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
81Daniel Summerhill (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:00:28 
82Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek – Segafredo  
83Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:37 
84George Atkins (GBr) Condor JLT0:00:41 
85Sam Volkers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:00:52 
86Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:01:05 
87Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling  
88Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:45 
89Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:14 
90Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida0:03:09 
91Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:17 
92Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT0:04:19 
93Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:05:32 
DNSNicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
Intermediate sprint 1 - Inverloch
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto6 pts
2Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT4 
3Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody2 
Intermediate sprint 2 - Wonthaggi
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto6 pts
2Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody4 
3Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT2 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Murphy (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling10 pts
2Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek – Segafredo8 
3Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling6 
4Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP4 
Mountain 1 - Boolarra (Cat 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody13 pts
2Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT8 
3Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida4 
Mountain 2 -Mirboo North (Cat 3)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT12 pts
2Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody8 
3Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida4 
Most aggressive
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
 Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Avanti Isowhey Sport10:02:36 
2UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
3Nippo - Vini Fantini  
4Drapac Professional Cycling  
5Trek - Segafredo  
6One Pro Cycling  
7Team Sky  
8Team Novo Nordisk  
9Orica GreenEdge  
10Australia National Team P/B Kordamentha  
11Attaque Team Gusto  
12Kenyan Riders Downunder  
13JLT Condor  
14State Of Matter / Maap  
15Data#3 Cisco Racing Team P/B Scody  
16St George Merida Cycling Team  
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky9:54:13 
2Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:13 
3Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek – Segafredo0:00:31 
4Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:48 
5Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:52 
6Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:53 
7Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:00:54 
8Robbie Hucker (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
9Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:00:55 
10Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team  
11Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:57 
12Christopher Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
13James Oram (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:00:58 
14Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
15Alistair Donohoe (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team  
16Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
17Steve Lampier (GBr) Condor JLT0:01:01 
18Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling  
19Chris Harper (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:01:02 
20Jai Hindley (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:01:06 
21Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team0:01:07 
22Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky0:01:10 
23Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
24Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:31 
25Jason Christie (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:01:32 
26Michael Storer (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team0:01:39 
27Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek – Segafredo0:01:40 
28Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:03:07 
29Patrick Lane (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:03:10 
30Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek – Segafredo0:03:30 
31Richard Handley (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:03:32 
32Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:03:51 
33Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek – Segafredo0:05:50 
34Dylan Sunderland (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:05:54 
35Nick Miller (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:05:55 
36Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:06:28 
37Daniel Summerhill (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:06:36 
38Mike Cuming (GBr) State of Matter / MAAP0:07:08 
39Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP0:07:57 
40Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:08:00 
41Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini0:08:03 
42Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini  
43Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:08:05 
44Josh Hunt (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling  
45William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:08:07 
46Brian Kamstra (Ned) Novo Nordisk0:08:09 
47Tim Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:08:15 
48Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Kenyan Riders Downunder  
49Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team0:09:19 
50Angus Lyons (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team0:10:33 
51Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:10:36 
52Scott Ambrose (NZl) Novo Nordisk0:10:42 
53Tanner Putt (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:10:49 
54John Murphy (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:11:05 
55Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:11:07 
56Chris Lawless (GBr) Condor JLT0:11:19 
57Ty Magner (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:11:32 
58Scott Thomas (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:11:39 
59Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini0:11:47 
60Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:11:51 
61Jon Mould (GBr) Condor JLT0:11:55 
62Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling0:13:18 
63Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:13:29 
64Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling0:13:31 
65Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek – Segafredo0:14:03 
66Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek – Segafredo0:15:03 
67Morgan Smith (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:15:07 
68Christopher Williams (Aus) Novo Nordisk0:15:56 
69Dylan Newberry (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:15:57 
70Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini0:15:58 
71Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida0:15:59 
72Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT0:16:10 
73Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT0:16:11 
74Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida0:16:25 
75Josh Berry (Aus) St George Merida0:16:47 
76Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:17:18 
77George Atkins (GBr) Condor JLT0:17:53 
78Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida0:18:08 
79Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge0:19:18 
80Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:21:12 
81Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:21:19 
82Adrian Hegyvary (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:21:25 
83James Glasspool (Aus) Novo Nordisk  
84Nathan Elliott (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:21:28 
85Sam Dobbs (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto0:21:31 
86Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Novo Nordisk0:21:36 
87Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto0:21:37 
88Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Novo Nordisk0:21:41 
89Sam Volkers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:22:16 
90Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:23:36 
91Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida0:24:40 
92Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:27:02 
93Liam Hill (Aus) Kenyan Riders Downunder0:27:06 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto22 pts
2Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky16 
3Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky12 
4Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10 
5John Murphy (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling10 
6Craig Evers (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody8 
7Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team8 
8Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek – Segafredo8 
9Tanner Putt (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling8 
10Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek – Segafredo6 
11Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team6 
12Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling6 
13Steele von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro Cycling6 
14Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT6 
15Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody6 
16Jason Christie (NZl) Kenyan Riders Downunder4 
17Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling4 
18Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP4 
19Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team2 
20Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto2 
21Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Harper (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP40 pts
2Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky36 
3Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Nippo Vini Fantini24 
4Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo Vini Fantini20 
5Russ Downing (GBr) Condor JLT20 
6Thomas Hubbard (NZl) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody20 
7Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky16 
8Benjamin Dyball (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team14 
9Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP12 
10Daniel Bonello (Aus) St George Merida8 
11Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling6 
12Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti IsoWhey Cycling Team4 
13Jonathan Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling4 
14Michael Storer (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team2 
15Alistair Slater (GBr) Condor JLT2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team9:55:10 
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 Team0:00:42 
6Dylan Sunderland (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:04:57 
7Jesse Kerrison (Aus State of Matter / MAAP0:07:00 
8Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data#3 Cisco Racing Team p/b Scody0:07:03 
9Nick Katsonis (Aus) State of Matter / MAAP0:07:08 
10Angus Lyons (Aus) KordaMentha - Australian National Team0:09:36 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky29:44:08 
2Orica GreenEdge0:00:30 
3Avanti Isowhey Sport0:01:10 
4Australia National Team P/B Kordamentha0:01:31 
5Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:50 
6One Pro Cycling0:03:35 
7Trek - Segafredo0:03:40 
8State Of Matter / Maap0:08:30 
9Attaque Team Gusto0:10:46 
10Kenyan Riders Downunder0:13:16 
11Nippo - Vini Fantini0:15:34 
12UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:16:08 
13JLT Condor0:21:46 
14Team Novo Nordisk0:33:07 
15Data#3 Cisco Racing Team P/B Scody0:34:01 
16St George Merida Cycling Team0:43:36 


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