Herald Sun Tour: Hansen moves into race lead with stage 1 victory

Von Hoff second in Warrnambool as crosswinds wreck havoc

On a thrilling day of racing that skirted the scenic Great Ocean Road, Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) emerged victorious in Warrnambool at the Herald Sun Tour. In doing so, the Dane also moves into the race leader's yellow jersey, taking it from Britain's Ed Clancy.

Steele von Hoff (Bennelong SwissWellness) was second on the stage with Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) third in the reduced sprint finish. In the GC, Hansen leads Meyer by nine seconds and Von Hoff by 10 seconds.

On the technical run into the line, Damien Howson was among the animators of a select nine-rider group before Von Hoff opened up his sprint. Hansen timed his surge to perfection and quickly erased his 'mistake' in Wednesday night's prologue.

"This is a nice comfort prize after yesterday," said Hansen. "I was a bit gutted to have missed it yesterday but, like I said, I made a mistake and you can't expect to win when you make a mistake on a short prologue. I am really happy to make up for it today and get away with the win and jersey."

On the 161.6km stage from Colac to the coastal town of Warrnambool, the race split apart when the peloton hit the Great Ocean Road and cross winds became a factor. Further splits in the peloton occurred due to the pressure of Mitchelton-Scott and Trek-Segafredo thinning out the bunch to a nine-rider front group in the finale.

After a crazy finale Meyer struggled to find the words to describe it.

"I don't know if you can explain what happened out there. It was definitely chaotic in the last 30 kilometres," he said. "We put ourselves in a good position for the general classification. We are right up there."

Friday’s stage 2 of the Herald Sun Tour starts in Warrnambool and takes the peloton inland over 198.6 kilometres, finishing on an almost identical circuit to the Australian national championships one in Buninyong.

How it unfolded

Welcoming back the Herald Sun Tour for the first time in several years, Colac greeted the peloton with cool weather and light winds. The breeze would prove crucial in the outcome of the race three and a half hours later in Warrnambool.

The day's breakaway kicked into life when Daniel Whitehouse (Interpro Stradalli) launched a move from the peloton and was joined by Oliver Martin (Brisbane Continental) and Matt Ross (KordaMentha- Australia). Brad Evans (Mobius BridgeLane), Liam Magennis (Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale) and Kane Richards (McDonalds Downunder) then bridged across to form a six-rider breakaway.

On the rolling inland roads through dairy country, the leaders were quick to establish a gap that hovered around the four-minute mark. In the peloton, JLT Condor, with Clancy in yellow, controlled the pace. With the first mountain jersey of the race on offer at the sole climb of the day, Evans got the jump and held on for maximum points to secure a visit to the podium. The breakaway, otherwise rolling turns and working cooperatively, quickly returned to work together.

At Princetown, on approach to the coast, Trek-Segafredo and Mitchelton-Scott tested the peloton in crosswinds and the attention of their rival teams. Rolling along the Great Ocean Road and past the Twelve Apostles, the somewhat protected roads resulted in a truce. However, once through the feed zone in Peterborough 30 kilometres later, the race headed back inland with several stretches of road ripe for exploiting in the windy conditions.

Once again, Trek-Segafredo and Mitchelton-Scott were the chief culprits in blowing part the race and on the second attempt; echelons divided the peloton into numerous groups. A crash as the selections were made added to the drama as the pressure of the two WorldTour teams also cut into the lead of the breakaway. The six-leaders were caught with 15 kilometres still to race as the attacks came thick and fast.

The aggressive finale continued with a select nine-rider group riding off the front with Trek-Segafredo and Mitchelton-Scott again making the race. In the final dash to the line, the attacks came often but, for the second day running, it was an Olympic track gold medallist taking the win and leader's jersey.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport3:36:57 
2Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
3Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
5Thomas Stuart (GBr) JLT Condor  
6Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
7Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
8Cameron Bayly (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
9Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:00:03 
10Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:23 
11Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
12Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
13Ryan Thomas (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
14Pat Lane (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
15Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
16Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
17Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
18Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
19Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
20Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott  
21Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
22Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
23Michael Vink (NZl) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
24Daniel Whitehouse (GBr) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
25Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
26Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
27Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane  
28Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
29Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:32 
30Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:20 
31Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:01:21 
32Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
33Lionel Mawdit (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
34Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
35Sean Whitfield (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
36Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
37Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
38Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
39Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
40Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
41Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
42Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
43Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
44Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
45Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor  
46Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor  
47Joseph Cooper (NZl) Bennelong SwissWellness  
48Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
49Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
50Stu Shaw (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
51Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:31 
52Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:34 
53James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
54Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
55Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
56Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
57Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
58Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
59Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
60Thomas Robinson (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
61Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
62Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
63Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
64Nick Miler (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
65August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
66Cameron Layton (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
67Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
68Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
69Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
70Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
71Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
72Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:01:41 
73Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
74Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:44 
75Alexander Ray (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:01:48 
76Yuan Tang Peng (Tpe) Team McDonalds Downunder  
77Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:49 
78Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:01:51 
79Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
80Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:53 
81Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
82Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:03 
83Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:02:18 
84Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:04:53 
85Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:04:59 
86Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:08:56 
87Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
88Rien Schuurhuis (Ned) Olivers Real Food Racing  
89Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:02 
90Jack Sutton (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
91Joel Strachan (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:09:45 
92Yukinori Hishira (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
93Ross Freeman (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:12:01 
94Jokin Extabe (Spa) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
95Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:15:15 
96Jesse Featonby (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:24:08 
97Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:24:10 
DNFJayson Rousseau (Fra) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
DNFMitch Neumann (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
DNFCallum Scotson (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
DNSJonas Hjorth (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
Sprint 1 - Simpson, km. 45.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder6 pts
2Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia4 
3Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale2 
Sprint 2 - Peterborough, km. 104.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia6 pts
2Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder4 
3Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane2 
Mountain 1 - (Cat 4) Ford Rd, km. 70.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane8 pts
2Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia4 
3Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team2 
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Bennelong SwissWellness  
4Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:23 
5Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:55 
6Aqua Blue Sport0:01:20 
7KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:44 
8JLT Condor0:02:19 
9Israel Cycling Academy0:02:42 
10Mobius BridgeLane0:02:55 
11Team McDonalds Downunder0:03:08 
12Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
13ACA - Ride Sunsine Coast0:03:40 
14Olivers Real Food Racing0:03:53 
15Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:11:19 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport3:38:42 
2Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:09 
3Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:10 
4Cameron Bayly (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:14 
5Thomas Stuart (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:15 
6Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:16 
7Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
8Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:18 
9Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:00:22 
10Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:33 
11Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
12Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:36 
13Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
14Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:37 
15Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
16Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:38 
17Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
18Ryan Thomas (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:39 
19Michael Vink (NZl) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
20Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane  
21Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:40 
22Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
23Pat Lane (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:00:41 
24Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:42 
25Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:44 
26Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:46 
27Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
28Daniel Whitehouse (GBr) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:51 
29Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:55 
30Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:30 
31Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:01:32 
32Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:34 
33Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:01:35 
34Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:36 
35Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:37 
36Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:38 
37Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:39 
38Sean Whitfield (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
39Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
40Lionel Mawdit (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
41Joseph Cooper (NZl) Bennelong SwissWellness0:01:40 
42Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
43Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:41 
44Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy  
45Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
46Stu Shaw (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:43 
47Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
48Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:01:44 
49Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
50Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:45 
51Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
52Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:46 
53Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:47 
54Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:50 
55August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:51 
56Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
57Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:52 
58James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
59Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:53 
60Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:54 
61Thomas Robinson (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
62Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:01:55 
63Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
64Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
65Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
66Nick Miler (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
67Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:56 
68Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
69Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
70Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:01:58 
71Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
72Cameron Layton (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:02:00 
73Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:02:05 
74Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:02:06 
75Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:02:07 
76Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor0:02:08 
77Alexander Ray (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
78Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:02:09 
79Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
80Yuan Tang Peng (Tpe) Team McDonalds Downunder  
81Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:13 
82Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:22 
83Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:02:34 
84Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:05:15 
85Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:05:23 
86Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:09:09 
87Rien Schuurhuis (Ned) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:17 
88Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:18 
89Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:21 
90Jack Sutton (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:22 
91Joel Strachan (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:10:10 
92Yukinori Hishira (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:10:17 
93Ross Freeman (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:12:26 
94Jokin Extabe (Spa) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:12:29 
95Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:15:40 
96Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:24:29 
97Jesse Featonby (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport10 pts
2Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia10 
3Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder10 
4Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness8 
5Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott6 
6Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo4 
7Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale2 
8Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane2 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane8 pts
2Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia4 
3Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia3:39:18 
2Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:01 
3Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:02 
4Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:04 
5Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:58 
6Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:00 
7Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:01 
8Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:02 
9Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:01:04 
10Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:01:08 
11Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
12Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:16 
13James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
14Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:19 
15Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:20 
16Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
17Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
18Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:01:22 
19Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
20Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:01:30 
21Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:31 
22Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:33 
23Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
24Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:04:39 
25Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:08:42 
26Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:08:45 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Bennelong SwissWellness  
4Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:36 
5Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:01:10 
6Aqua Blue Sport0:01:25 
7KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:58 
8JLT Condor0:02:17 
9Israel Cycling Academy0:02:55 
10Mobius BridgeLane0:03:14 
11Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:03:20 
12Team McDonalds Downunder0:03:31 
13ACA - Ride Sunsine Coast0:03:53 
14Olivers Real Food Racing0:04:12 
15Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:11:57 


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