Herald Sun Tour: Pedersen wins stage 2

Hansen holds onto yellow ahead of Lake Mountain showdown

The Danish Herald Sun Tour party continued Friday in Buninyong as Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) won the group sprint ahead of Steele von Hoff (Bennelong-Swisswellness) and Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott). Race leader and fellow Dane Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) finished in the bunch and retains the yellow jersey a day after his stage 1 victory.

A four-kilometre lead out from Koen de Kort set up Pedersen in the sprint to the line, the same finish used in the Australian national championships, with the Danish national champion then finishing off the job to land Trek-Segafredo's sixth win of the 2018 season.

"I was in the wheel of Koen de Kort from the top of the climb and he did a four-kilometre lead out for me until the final 300 metres. I wouldn't say it was easy but I just had to stay in the wheel of Koen and switch on the brain and sprint for 250 metres," Pedersen said.

A slipped saddle hindered Hansen's ability to contest the finale, and the Dane launched his sprint with 800 metres to go before fading to 38th, but it was enough to retain his lead. On Saturday, the 25-year-old will turn domestique for teammate Larry Warbasse on the road to Lake Mountain.

"I kept my promise. It was a bit harder than I expected today in the final so I am glad to have kept the jersey," he said of keeping yellow.

"Today I had my good teammate Larry up there again. He is ready for the big mountain tomorrow. Larry looks really good and I am going to do my best to defend the jersey for myself. If I can't, then I'll try to put on Larry's shoulders."

How it unfolded

The start of stage 2 of the Herald Sun Tour shared the same location of Flagstaff Hill in Warrnambool as the stage 1 finish, with the twist of following the roads in reserve to the previous afternoon. After 15 kilometres of aggressive racing, a crash brought down a number of riders, including race leader Hansen who was quick to get back on his bike and re-join the bunch.

The remaining riders only re-joined the rear of the peloton at the 30-kilometre mark as the day's breakaway rode off the front. The group consisted of Etienne van Empel (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Ken-Levi Eikeland (Interpro Stradalli Cycling), Alistair Donohoe (Mobius BridgeLane), Liam Magennis (Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale), Joel Strachan (Team McDonalds Downunder), and the White brothers from Ballarat, Liam (Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale) and Nicholas (Oliver's Real Food Racing).

Rolling along with a healthy advantage close to five minutes at the halfway mark, the peloton was content to control the breakaway ride. A change to the course introduced a dirt road sector of seven kilometres mid-stage, and on approach, there was a split in the peloton. A decision by the commissaires, though, neutralised the race through the sector. At the end of the stretch of the road, the peloton took a three-minute break and impromptu feed to let the leaders re-establish their advantage.

The racing then settled again as the breakaway's three and half minute lead remained steady on the long straight roads leading into Ballarat. However, with the distance starting to bite, the breakaway began to splinter while pressure from Aqua Blue Sport, Trek-Segafredo and Mitchelton-Scott brought them back under two minutes.

Not wanting to make the catch too soon, the gap then went back out to three minutes. In the final 25 kilometres, the race turned onto the road used in the national time trial championships before heading into Buninyong and making its way onto the road race course. At the roundabout where the riders turned up towards the Midland Highway climb, the catch of the final four breakaway riders was complete.

James Whelan and then Nathan Earle made a move on the Buninyong climb with the latter securing the KOM jersey before a regrouping at the head of the race. Koen de Kort then gave his all to set up Pedersen for the win from the 47 rider front group.

The 218-kilometre stage 3 starts in Mitchelton Winery and takes the riders to the category 1 summit finish at Lake Mountain.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo5:23:12 
2Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
3Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Thomas Stuart (GBr) JLT Condor  
5Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
6Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
7Ryan Thomas (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
8Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
10August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
11Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor  
12Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
13Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
14Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
15Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  
16Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
17Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
18Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
19Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
20Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott  
21Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
22Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
23Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
24Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
25Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
26Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
27Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
28Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
29Jesse Featonby (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
30James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
31Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
32Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
33Michael Vink (NZl) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
34Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
35Daniel Whitehouse (GBr) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
36Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
37Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
38Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
39Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
41Cameron Bayly (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
42Lionel Mawdit (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
43Pat Lane (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
44Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
45Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
46Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
47Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
48Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:14 
49Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:20 
50Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:40 
51Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
52Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
53Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
54Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
55Nick Miler (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
56Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:43 
57Ross Freeman (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:45 
58Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
59Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:01:07 
60Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
61Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:01:14 
62Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
63Jokin Extabe (Spa) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:01:25 
64Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:01:31 
65Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:48 
66Thomas Robinson (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:01:55 
67Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:02:52 
68Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:07 
69Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:03:14 
70Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:03:52 
71Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:04:41 
72Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
73Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale  
74Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor  
75Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane  
76Rien Schuurhuis (Ned) Olivers Real Food Racing  
77Stu Shaw (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
78Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
79Sean Whitfield (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
80Alexander Ray (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
81Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
82Cameron Layton (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
83Yuan Tang Peng (Tpe) Team McDonalds Downunder  
84Joseph Cooper (NZl) Bennelong SwissWellness  
85Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:05:22 
86Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo0:08:14 
87Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:08:33 
88Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
89Joel Strachan (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder  
90Jack Sutton (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing  
91Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:10:00 
92Yukinori Hishira (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:10:06 
93Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:11:08 
94Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport  
95Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor  
96Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:13:46 
DNSLaurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
Sprint 1 - Cobden, km. 64.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale6 pts
2Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale4 
3Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane2 
Sprint 2 - Camperdown, km. 72.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling6 pts
2Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale4 
3Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale2 
Mountain 1 - (Cat 4) Camperdown, km. 70.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij8 pts
2Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling4 
3Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale2 
Mountain 2 - (Cat 3) Mt Buninyong, km. 191.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy12 pts
2James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia8 
3Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast4 
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
4JLT Condor  
5Israel Cycling Academy  
6Bennelong SwissWellness  
7Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
8KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
9Aqua Blue Sport  
10ACA - Ride Sunsine Coast0:00:40 
11Mobius BridgeLane0:00:45 
12Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:07 
13Team McDonalds Downunder0:02:05 
14Olivers Real Food Racing0:02:21 
15Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:11:31 
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport9:01:54 
2Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:04 
3Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:09 
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-Segafredo0:00:23 
11Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:00:36 
12Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:37 
13Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:38 
14Ryan Thomas (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:39 
15Michael Vink (NZl) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team  
16Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:40 
17Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness  
18Pat Lane (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:00:41 
19Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:42 
20Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:44 
21Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:46 
22Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
23Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:50 
24Daniel Whitehouse (GBr) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:51 
25Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:55 
26Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:01:17 
27Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:01:32 
28Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:34 
29Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:01:35 
30Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:36 
31Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:39 
32Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
33Lionel Mawdit (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
34Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:01:40 
35Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:41 
36Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
37Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
38Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:43 
39Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:01:45 
40Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:47 
41August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:51 
42Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:52 
43James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
44Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:53 
45Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:58 
46Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
47Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:02:09 
48Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
49Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:22 
50Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy0:02:24 
51Nick Miler (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:02:35 
52Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:02:38 
53Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor0:02:48 
54Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:02:51 
55Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:03:12 
56Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:03:14 
57Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:03:27 
58Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:34 
59Thomas Robinson (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:03:49 
60Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:04:42 
61Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:01 
62Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane0:05:20 
63Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:05:21 
64Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:05:36 
65Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:05:55 
66Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
67Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor0:06:11 
68Sean Whitfield (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:06:20 
69Joseph Cooper (NZl) Bennelong SwissWellness0:06:21 
70Stu Shaw (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:06:24 
71Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:06:29 
72Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:06:35 
73Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:06:36 
74Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:06:37 
75Cameron Layton (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:06:41 
76Alexander Ray (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:06:49 
77Yuan Tang Peng (Tpe) Team McDonalds Downunder0:06:50 
78Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo0:08:47 
79Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:10:04 
80Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:10:17 
81Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:10:28 
82Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:10:29 
83Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:10:32 
84Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:11:55 
85Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:12:45 
86Ross Freeman (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:13:11 
87Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:13:21 
88Jokin Extabe (Spa) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:13:54 
89Rien Schuurhuis (Ned) Olivers Real Food Racing0:13:58 
90Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:15:38 
91Jack Sutton (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:17:55 
92Joel Strachan (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:18:43 
93Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:20:17 
94Yukinori Hishira (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:20:23 
95Jesse Featonby (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:24:29 
96Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:25:43 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness16 pts
2Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale12 
3Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport10 
4Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo10 
5Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia10 
6Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder10 
7Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott6 
8Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott6 
9Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale6 
10Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling6 
11Thomas Stuart (GBr) JLT Condor4 
12Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo4 
13Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane2 
14Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane2 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy12 pts
2James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia8 
3Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij8 
4Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane8 
5Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia4 
6Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast4 
7Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling4 
8Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team2 
9Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia9:02:30 
2Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:04 
3Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:41:00 
4Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor0:58:00 
5Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:01:00 
6Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:01:04 
7Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:01:16 
8James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia  
9Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:22 
10Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
11Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:01:33 
12Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane  
13Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:02:02 
14Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:02:15 
15Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:02:51 
16Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:04:45 
17Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:05:00 
18Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:05:19 
19Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast  
20Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:06:00 
21Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:06:01 
22Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:09:41 
23Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:52 
24Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:09:53 
25Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:09:56 
26Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:12:09 

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 BridgeLane0:03:59 
11Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:04:27 
12ACA - Ride Sunsine Coast0:04:33 
13Team McDonalds Downunder0:05:36 
15Olivers Real Food Racing0:06:33 
15Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:23:28 


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