Robert-Jon McCarthy sprints to Herald Sun Tour stage win

Simon Clarke remains in yellow with Arthur's Seat to come

Robert-Jon McCarthy (Jayco U23 Australian Team) has upset the big sprinters on a hot 156km day from Mitchelton Winery to Nagambie, taking out a bunch sprint ahead of Rico Rogers (OCBC) and Felix English (Rapha Condor).

A crash just before the second intermediate sprint point brought down Steele von Hoff (Garmin Sharp) while fast man Matt Goss dropped his chain in the final 200m and was powerless to stop the young Irish-born McCarthy from claiming the biggest win of his career.

Having ridden in the shadow of Caleb Ewan as the emerging talent of Australian sprinting thus far, McCarthy demonstrated his potential in the elite ranks his his top end speed as he pipped Rogers to the post. McCarthy launched his sprint almost in line with the statue of Black Caviar, the unbeaten race horse, holding off his rivals.

"It was a bit of shock to be honest. When you look at the field here, there are some of the best in the world and I just came here to learn from those guys and I found myself in a good position so I just hit out and came across the line first. I couldn't believe it and I’m a bit speechless to be honest," McCarthy said after the stage.

"Maybe I was a bit lucky with positioning and I just gave it 100%, for me the hard part was getting to the line with those established sprint trains," McCarthy said.

"There was a big fight for his [Matt Goss] wheel so I wasn't getting involved in that. I was just trying to follow Jonathan Cantwell in the finish."

The day started in the picturesque vineyard of Mitchelton winery at the earlier time of 9:30am as the temperature pushed into the region of the high-30 degrees Celsius as Victoria is in the midst of another summer heatwave.

The day’s break was formed early which quickly built up a lead of three minutes with Chris Jory (KordaMentha), Hugh Carth (Rapha Condor JTL), Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare), Nathan Elliot (African Wildlife Safaris), John Anderson (Drapac), Sam Spokes (Jayco U23 Australia), Thomas Hamilton (Jayco U23 Australia), Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku) and Kristian Juel (Budgetforklifts) who bridged across the gap to complete the break.

The break was steadily building its lead as the race made its way the first climb of the day at Highlands which was won by Juel ahead of Anderson and Spokes. With the next climb only a handful of kilometres away, it was Anderson claiming to points with Elliot who was followed over by Frattini.

With the break holding an advantage of 2:45 at the climb, the time gap slowly shrunk on the leaders made their way down into Trawool for the first intermediate sprint point. Anderson won the sprint which put him into the lead of the points classification as Spokes than Juel went over the line.

As the pace back in the main bunch was increasing with Orica-GreenEdge, Garmin and Cannondale all hoping to set it up for their sprinters, Jory attacked off the front to build a 30 second advantage.

With Cannondale at the head of affairs the lead of the break dropped to one minute and with the second intermediate sprint point almost in sight a touch of wheels in the peloton brought down several Garmin and Cannondale riders, including Alberto Bettiol, which also ended the race for Pat Shaw (KordaMentha) who was taken from the race in an ambulance.

With the long flat roads into the finishing town of Nagambie, the sprint finish became academic and surprising the field was McCarthy, trumping the bigger names to open his Herald Sun Tour account.

Simon Clark kept his lead over Cam Wurf (Cannondale) and Jack Haig (Avanti) on a day where his teammates provided the perfect protection. "The objective is to keep yellow until tomorrow so we rode with that tactic, obviously with Jack Anderson being in the break we had to bring that back. Obviously we tried with Gossy in the sprint but unfortunately he dropped his chain with 200m to go," Clarke said.

"I hardly touched the pedals all day so the boys did a great job. Mitch [Docker] and Damien [Howson] had everything under control so no stress for me whatsoever."

Results

Stage 3 result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U233:47:09 
2Rico Rogers (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team  
3Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT  
4Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
5Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling  
6Tom Scully (NZl) New Zealand Team  
7Ji Wen Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Team  
8Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
9Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
10Steele von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
11Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
12Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
13Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
14Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling  
15Patrick Bevin (NZl) New Zealand Team  
16Glenn O’Shea (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
17Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
18Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
19Calvin Watson (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
20Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
21Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
22Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
23Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Team  
24Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
25Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
26Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
27Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
28Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
29Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Team  
30Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling  
31Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team  
32Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
33Eric Sheppard (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team  
34Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
35Bradley White (NZl) UnitedHealthcare  
36Matej Mahoric (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
37George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
38Rhys Gillett (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
39Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
40Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
41Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
42Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
43James Rendall (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
44Samuel Horgan (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
45Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling  
46Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Team  
47Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
48John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
49Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Cycling Team  
50Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare  
51Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
52Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
53Timothy Roe (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
54Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team  
55Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
56James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team  
57Matthew Clarke (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
58William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
59Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
60Mark O’Brien (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
61Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
62Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
63Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
64Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team  
65Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team  
66Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp  
67Michael Vink (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
68Thomas Rabou (NED) OCBC Singapore Team  
69Joshua Prete (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
70Matty Lloyd (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
71Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
72Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
73Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare0:00:17 
74Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
75Jeffry Louder (NZl) UnitedHealthcare  
76Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:26 
77Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:36 
78Christopher Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:00:54 
79Jason Spencer (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:01:12 
80Nathan Elliott (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:01:16 
81Thomas Dekker (NED) Garmin Sharp0:01:27 
82Adrian Hegyvary (NZl) UnitedHealthcare0:01:47 
83Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
84Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:02:09 
85Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:04:56 
86Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:01 
DNFPat Shaw (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
DNFLuke Davison (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
Sprint 1- Trawool
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling6 pts
2Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U234 
3Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts2 
Sprint 2-Mitchelton Winery
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling6 pts
2Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia4 
3Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling2 
Sprint 3 - Nagambie (Finishline)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U2310 pts
2Rico Rogers (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team8 
3Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT6 
4Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare4 
5Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling2 
king of the mountains 1- Highlands
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts6 pts
2John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling4 
3Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U232 
King of the mountains 2- Highlands
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling6 pts
2Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U234 
3Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare2 
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
General Classification after Stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10:59:17 
2Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:08 
3Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:00:11 
4Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:01:09 
5Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:01:21 
6Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
7Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:22 
8Glenn O’Shea (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:01:23 
9Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
10William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
11Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:24 
12Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:01:28 
13Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
14Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
15Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:29 
16Timothy Roe (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:01:30 
17Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:01:31 
18Rhys Gillett (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris  
19Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
20Calvin Watson (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:01:32 
21George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
22James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team  
23Patrick Lane (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling  
24John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:01:34 
25Matthew Clarke (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia  
26Eric Sheppard (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team0:01:36 
27Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:01:47 
28Mark O’Brien (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:01:48 
29Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:51 
30Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:50 
31Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:08:18 
32Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:08:22 
33Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Cycling Team0:08:25 
34Jeffry Louder (NZl) UnitedHealthcare0:08:34 
35Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:09:46 
36Steele von Hoff (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:09:50 
37Bradley White (NZl) UnitedHealthcare0:11:17 
38Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:11:42 
39Lachlan Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:12:09 
40Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:14:40 
41Patrick Bevin (NZl) New Zealand Team0:14:43 
42Michael Vink (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts0:14:48 
43Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:21:27 
44Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:21:31 
45Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team0:21:34 
46Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:21:36 
47Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare0:21:47 
48Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:22:11 
49Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:24:33 
50Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:25:23 
51Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:25:29 
52Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:25:46 
53Thomas Dekker (NED) Garmin Sharp0:26:57 
54Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling0:28:14 
55Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:28:37 
56Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:31:46 
57Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:32:14 
58Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare0:32:15 
59Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team0:32:17 
60Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare0:32:21 
61Nathan Elliott (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:33:36 
62Tom Scully (NZl) New Zealand Team0:35:09 
63Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT0:35:10 
64Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:35:14 
65Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:35:21 
66Matej Mahoric (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:35:22 
67Ji Wen Low (Sin) OCBC Singapore Team0:35:27 
68Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling0:35:29 
69Matty Lloyd (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:35:42 
70Samuel Horgan (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts0:36:04 
71Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:36:08 
72Joshua Prete (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
73Jason Spencer (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:36:29 
74Adrian Hegyvary (NZl) UnitedHealthcare0:37:10 
75Thomas Rabou (NED) OCBC Singapore Team0:39:07 
76Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling0:40:03 
77Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling0:40:05 
78Rico Rogers (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team0:40:07 
79Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Team0:40:13 
80Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Team0:40:15 
81Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team0:43:49 
82Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Team0:43:57 
83Christopher Opie (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:44:43 
84James Rendall (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:49:22 
85Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:52:17 
86Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:52:21 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling16 pts
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge14 
3Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling12 
4Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp10 
5Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U2310 
6Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling8 
7Matthew Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge8 
8Rico Rogers (Aus) OCBC Singapore Team8 
9Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling6 
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6 
11Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team6 
12Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT6 
13Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge4 
14William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling4 
15Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U234 
16Chris Jory (Aus) Kordamentha Real Estate - Team Australia4 
17Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare4 
18Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U234 
19Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team2 
20Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling2 
21Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2 
22Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts2 
23Nathan Elliott (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris2 
24Tom Scully (NZl) New Zealand Team2 
25Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling2 
26Daniel Klemme (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling2 
King of the mountains
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U2352 pts
2John Anderson (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling16 
3Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team16 
4Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling16 
5Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge12 
6Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U2310 
7Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling8 
8Nathan Elliott (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris8 
9Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp6 
10Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts6 
11Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare4 
12Rhys Gillett (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris2 
Best Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Haig (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team10:59:28 
2Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:01:17 
3Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco Australian U23  
4Robert Power (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:01:20 
5James Oram (NZl) New Zealand Team0:01:21 
6Thomas Hamilton (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:01:36 
7Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:08:07 
8Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:08:11 
9Campbell Flakemore (Aus) Avanti Cycling Team0:21:16 
10Dion Smith (NZl) New Zealand Team0:21:23 
11Hugh Carth (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:22:00 
12Robert-John McCarthy (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:24:22 
13Shaun O’Callaghan (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris0:25:18 
14Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:25:35 
15Tural Isgandarov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling0:28:03 
16Kristian Juel (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:28:26 
17Samuel Spokes (Aus) Jayco Australian U230:32:03 
18Hayden McCormick (NZl) New Zealand Team0:32:06 
19Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor JLT0:34:59 
20Germain Burton (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:35:03 
21Thomas Moses (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:35:10 
22Hamish Schreurs (NZl) New Zealand Team0:43:38 
23Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:52:06 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica-Green Edge33:00:47 
2Avanti Cycling Team0:00:06 
3Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:12 
4Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:20 
5Jayco Australian U23 National Team0:01:23 
6Korda Mentha Real Estate - Team Australia0:01:26 
7Garmin Sharp0:18:00 
8African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:32:17 
9New Zealand National Team0:34:40 
10United Healthcare Pro Cycling0:35:05 
11Team Budget Forklifts0:41:17 
12Synergy Baku Cycling Project1:01:56 
13OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling1:09:23 
14Rapha Condor JLT1:14:25 
15Great Britain National Team1:32:49 
16Terengganu Cycling Team2:01:30 

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