Will Clarke wins Jayco Herald Sun Tour opener

Caleb Ewan and Brenton Jones round out prologue podium

On a warm evening along Melbourne’s Southbank, Will Clarke (Drapac) claimed victory in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue to pull on the first leader’s jersey of the race. Having placed third last year, Clarke posted the fastest time at the half-way check and crossed the line still holding the fastest time of 2:35.53 minutes.

Clarke disposed Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) from the hot seat who in turn had knocked Clarke's teammate Brenton Jones off the porch.

"I’ve been thinking about it for 12-months so I’ve had some time to go over it and think about where I could make up a bit of ground so, as always in a short prologue, it’s always close and just under a second to Caleb. It’s just about driving it as hard as you can the whole time," Clarke told reporters after the race.

The adjustment to the course, which saw 400 metres trimmed and a new start from last year where he almost crashed, proved beneficial to Clarke who took his fourth professional win.

"The starts a bit different so I went over it four of five times just to get it in my mind how to take the corners. It’s a bit different at race pace but you still get an idea of how to take it," Clarke said.

As race leader, Clarke explained how he sees' the team tackling the forthcoming stages, counting himself out for a bid at overall victory.

"I'm probably not the GC rider for Drapac but we have some strong climbers and BJ [Jones] can sprint so hopefully I can help him out on the sprint stages and maybe I can look for a breakaway for myself," Clarke said

Identifying Ewan as a threat, Clarke added "I knew Caleb would be right up there. It’s only a two-and-a half minute effort and he’s one of the up and coming sprinters so to ride a good prologue you normally have to be a good combination of fast and not bad at time trialling."

For Ewan, it's another second place but the 20-year-old is prime position to take over the race lead with tomorrow's stage set to finish in a bunch sprint in which he should feature at the pointy end.

"I knew a short prologue like this could suit me and it turned out it did," said Ewan, who will wear the best young rider jersey.  "When we are the only WorldTour team here, we are expected to do well and win overall so it's always going to be hard, especially with six guys. It will be tough but I think we can handle it."

"Tyler Farrar and Matt Goss are always going to be quick and they are guys who ride the Tour de France," Ewan said of who sees as his sprint rivals. "Steele von Hoff is going really well also and Brenton showed he has good form so there are a few good sprinters here and it’s going to be pretty tough."
 

Early pace setters

As the first rider out of the start gate it was no surprise that Rob Power (U23 Australia) went straight into the hot seat with a time of 2:47.38 minutes but he didn't make it onto the podium as the second starter of the day, Chris Lawless (Great Britain) immediately disposed with a time that was five seconds quicker.

Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge) then knocked off Lawless by one second. Nine riders came through without challenging the time but it was the tenth, Joe Cooper (Avanti) that succeeded in unsettling him by three seconds.

It was one Kiwi unsettling another though as Sam Bewley (Orica-GreenEdge) then came through one second faster with a time of 2:37.19 minutes. Jones recovered from a slow start that saw him seventh at the half-way point to post a new quickest time of 2:36.85 minutes and it was then a case of keeping up with Jones if riders still held aspirations for victory.

Neil van der Ploeg (Avanti) came through the half-way check with the fastest time but faded in the finale to temporarily occupy third place.

Ewan became the third Orica-GreenEdge to occupy the hot seat as he turned the fifth fastest time at half-way to the quickest on the finish line with a 2:36.42 minutes but it was Clarke making amends for last year and claiming Drapac's second win of the season after Wouter Wippert's Tour Down Under success.

Defending champion Simon Clarke finished in seventh, ahead of his main GC rivals as GreenEdge placed four riders in the top ten while Avanti had three.

Tomorrow's stage of the race starts in Mount Macedon and finishes in Bendigo 152km later.

Results

Result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:35 
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:01 
3Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
4Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:00:02 
5Neil van der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
6Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
8Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team  
9Paul van der Ploeg (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
10Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team0:00:03 
11Steele von Hoff (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
12Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
13Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:04 
14Felix English (Irl) JLT Condor0:00:05 
15Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka  
16Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
17Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:06 
18Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
19Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
20Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
21Tyler Spurrell (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody0:00:07 
22Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
23Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
24John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
25David Edwards (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
26Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
27Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
28James Mowatt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
29Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:08 
30Matthew Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
31Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
32Cameron Bayly (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
33Angus Lyons (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
34Nick Dougall (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
35Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Avanti Racing Team0:00:09 
36Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
37Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka  
38Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39Jackson Mawby (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
40Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor  
41Cameron Wurf (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:00:10 
42Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
43Jayden Copp (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
44Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
45Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
46Michael Cupitt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
47Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor  
48Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
49Chris Jory (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
50Ben Hill (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
51Lachlan Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
52Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
53Kane Walker (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
54Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:11 
55Alexander Smyth (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
56Mitchell Cooper (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
57Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
58Alder Martz (USA) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
59Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
60Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
61Massimo Graziato (Ita) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
62Michael Rice (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
63Joel Strachan (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
64Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:12 
65Sean Lake (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
66Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka  
67Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
68Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
69Patrick Lane (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
70Grayson Napier (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team0:00:13 
71Michael Torckler (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
72Grant Ferguson (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
73Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
74Stuart Shaw (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
75Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
76Angus Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
77Brodie Talbot (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:14 
78Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
79Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
80Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
81Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
82Nick Schultz (Aus) KordaMentha Australian National Team0:00:15 
83Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
84Rico Rogers (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:00:16 
85Thomas Robinson (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
86Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:17 
87Mark O'Brien (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
88David Melville (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
89Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:18 
90Nicholas Katsonis (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
91Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:19 
93Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:21 
DNSMichael Fitzgerald (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:02:36 
2Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:05 
3Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:06 
4David Edwards (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
5Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:07 
6Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
7Angus Lyons (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
8Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team0:00:08 
9Jackson Mawby (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
10Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:09 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica GreenEdge0:07:50 
2Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:01 
3Avanti Racing Team0:00:02 
4JLT Condor0:00:13 
5Charter Mason Giant Racing Team0:00:14 
6MTN - Qhubeka0:00:16 
7Jayco-AIS Australian U23 National Team0:00:17 
8Data #3 Symantec Racing Team P/B Scody  
9Team Budget Forklifts  
10KordaMentha Australian National Team0:00:18 
11UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:19 
12Great Britain National Team0:00:23 
13Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
14Navitas Satalyst Racing Team0:00:25 
15African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:00:29 
16Androni Giocattoli0:00:35 
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:35 
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:01 
3Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
4Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:00:02 
5Neil van der Ploeg (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
6Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
7Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
8Patrick Bevin (NZl) Avanti Racing Team  
9Paul van der Ploeg (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
10Joseph Cooper (NZl) Avanti Racing Team0:00:03 
11Steele von Hoff (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
12Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
13Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:04 
14Felix English (Irl) JLT Condor0:00:05 
15Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka  
16Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
17Kristian House (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:06 
18Jack Beckinsale (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
19Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
20Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
21Tyler Spurrell (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody0:00:07 
22Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
23Christopher Lawless (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
24John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
25David Edwards (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
26Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
27Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
28James Mowatt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
29Harry Carpenter (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:08 
30Matthew Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
31Ryan Thomas (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
32Cameron Bayly (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
33Angus Lyons (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
34Nick Dougall (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
35Mitchell Lovelock-Fay (Aus) Avanti Racing Team0:00:09 
36Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
37Matthew Brammeier (Irl) MTN - Qhubeka  
38Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39Jackson Mawby (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
40Michael Cuming (GBr) JLT Condor  
41Cameron Wurf (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:00:10 
42Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
43Jayden Copp (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
44Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
45Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
46Michael Cupitt (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
47Richard Handley (GBr) JLT Condor  
48Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
49Chris Jory (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
50Ben Hill (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
51Lachlan Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
52Thomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
53Kane Walker (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
54Scott Davies (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:11 
55Alexander Smyth (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
56Mitchell Cooper (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
57Adrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
58Alder Martz (USA) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
59Jake Kelly (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
60Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
61Massimo Graziato (Ita) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
62Michael Rice (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
63Joel Strachan (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team  
64Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:12 
65Sean Lake (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
66Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka  
67Robert Power (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team  
68Chris Hamilton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
69Patrick Lane (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
70Grayson Napier (Aus) Navitas Satalyst Racing Team0:00:13 
71Michael Torckler (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
72Grant Ferguson (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
73Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
74Stuart Shaw (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
75Patrick Shaw (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
76Angus Morton (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
77Brodie Talbot (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:14 
78Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
79Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
80Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
81Jeremy Cameron (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team  
82Nick Schultz (Aus) KordaMentha Australian National Team0:00:15 
83Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
84Rico Rogers (Aus) African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:00:16 
85Thomas Robinson (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
86Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:17 
87Mark O'Brien (Aus) Avanti Racing Team  
88David Melville (Aus) Data #3 Symantec Racing Team p/b Scody  
89Josh Edmondson (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:18 
90Nicholas Katsonis (Aus) Charter Mason Giant Racing Team  
91Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
92Alex Clements (Aus) Jayco-AIS Under-23 National Team0:00:19 
93Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:21 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Orica GreenEdge0:07:50 
2Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:01 
3Avanti Racing Team0:00:02 
4JLT Condor0:00:13 
5Charter Mason Giant Racing Team0:00:14 
6MTN- Qhubeka0:00:16 
7Jayco-AIS Australian U23 National Team0:00:17 
8Data #3 Symantec Racing Team P/B Scody  
9Team Budget Forklifts  
10KordaMentha Australian National Team0:00:18 
11UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:00:19 
12Great Britain National Team0:00:23 
13Search2retain-health.com.au Cycling Team  
14Navitas Satalyst Racing Team0:00:25 
15African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team0:00:29 
16Androni Giocattoli0:00:35 

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