McLay wins stage 1 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

British sprinter gets the better of Halvorsen and Wippert

EF Education First's Dan McLay won the opening stage of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday afternoon, beating Team Sky's Kristoffer Halvorsen and EvoPro's Wouter Wippert in a bunch sprint.

It was the British sprinter's first win since taking a stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in France last April, and he was quick to praise his EF Education First teammates for the work they did to set him up for victory and take the race's first leader's jersey.

"We always knew the finish was going to be difficult with the wind," said McLay. "Mitch [Docker] came up to me during the race and said that if the wind doesn't change, this is exactly how we're going to do it, and we just did it exactly as he said.

"We weren't going to take it on from the front," he continued, "and in some ways it looks at the finish as though Mitch hasn't done a lot, but actually he was pushing the wind on the left-hand side all the way around the last corner, while the other teams were using two guys, and then Tom Scully just launched me down the last straight, where my eyes were stronger than my legs: I took a gear too big, but just hung on to the line."

How it unfolded

Compared to the women's race, which had taken place on the same Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit earlier in the day, the wind had picked up significantly for the men's event, although that didn't stop Ayden Toovey (Team Bridgelane) going on the attack with later winner McLay's EF teammate James Whelan and Team Sky's Christian Knees.

The three riders skipped off the front of an originally larger, 20-rider group that got a gap on the opening lap of the 22-lap, 97.9km stage, but first Knees, and later Whelan, were called back to the bunch by their teams in an attempt to keep their powder a little drier for their squads' GC hopes later in the race.

Toovey was nevertheless keen to push on alone, and was joined midway through the race by Karl Michelin-Beard (Oliver's Real Food Racing) and Futuro-Maxxis' Dylan Newbery, and the trio had a good gap of 2:20 over the main field with 10 laps to go, with the bunch being led – with no great urgency – by Richie Porte's Trek-Segafredo squad.

With just over two laps to go – and the peloton closing fast – Michelin-Beard decided to leave his breakaway companions behind, although his efforts were short-lived. First Toovey and Newbery were swallowed up on the penultimate lap, and then Michelin-Beard's day was also soon over.

The bunch were all together on the last lap, led by Wippert's EvoPro Racing team and Mitchelton-Scott, and as the race approached the finish straight, a flurry of last-gasp efforts were quickly policed by Mitchelton.

Team Sky emerged at the front to try to set up their sprinter, Halvorsen, for the win, but it was McLay who came through fastest, pipping the Norwegian on the line, with Wippert taking third.

Thursday's 127km second stage from Wonthaggi to Churchill hits the hills, with the day's second and final climb featuring a 1.1km gravel section 12km from the end, before a downhill run to the line.

 

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Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling2:16:58 
2Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
3Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
4Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
5Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
6Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
7Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
8Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
9Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
10Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
11Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
12Owain Doull (Gbr) Team Sky  
13Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:04 
14Brenton Jones (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
15Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
16Chris Harper (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
17Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
18Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental  
19Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
20Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
21Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
22Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
23Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
24Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team Bridgelane  
25Jason Lea (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
26Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
27Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
28Daniel Whitehouse (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
29Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
30Aaron Gate (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
31Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental  
32Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
33Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
34Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
35Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
36Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
37Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
38Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
39Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
40Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:12 
41Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
42Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
43Corbin Strong (Aus) St George Continental  
44Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
45Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
46Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
47Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
48Rudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
49Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
50William Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
51Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
52Nick Miller (NZl) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
53Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
54Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
55Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental  
56Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
57James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
58Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
59Oliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
60Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
61Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
62Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
63Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
64Nathan Elliot (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
65Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
66Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:19 
67Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
68Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George Continental  
69Christopher Williams (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
70Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
71Rhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:00:21 
72Rowan Dever (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
73Muhsin Al Redha Misbah (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:00:24 
74Taj Jones (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:00:30 
75Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
76Shane Archbold (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:00:41 
77Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:00:54 
78David Williams (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:01:14 
79Tom Kaesler (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:01:33 
80Harrison Sweeny (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:01:34 
81Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
82Luke Mudgway (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
83Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:03:25 
84Carter Bettles (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:06:00 
85Thomas Hubbard (Aus) St George Continental  
86Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
87Zachary Johnson (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:07:46 
88Thomas Coates (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:12:26 
DNSSebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental  
Sprint 1 - Lap 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane6 pts
2Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky4 
3James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling2 
Sprint 2 - Lap 15
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane6 pts
2Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing4 
3Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling2 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education First Pro Cycling6:50:54 
2Team Sky  
3Mitchelton-Scott  
4Trek-Segafredo0:00:08 
5EvoPro Racing  
6Team Bridgelane0:00:12 
7KordaMentha Australian Team  
8Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
9St George Continental0:00:20 
10Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:24 
11Oliver's Real Food Racing0:00:28 
12Team Sapura Cycling0:00:36 
13Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:00:52 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling2:16:48 
2Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky0:00:04 
3Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:00:06 
4Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:00:08 
5Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:10 
6Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
7Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
8Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
10Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
11Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
12Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
13Owain Doull (Gbr) Team Sky  
14Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:00:12 
15Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:14 
16Brenton Jones (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
17Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
18Chris Harper (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
19Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
20Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental  
21Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
22Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
23Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
24Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
25Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
26Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team Bridgelane  
27Jason Lea (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
28Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
29Daniel Whitehouse (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
30Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
31Aaron Gate (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
32Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental  
33Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
34Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
35Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
36Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
37Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
38Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
39Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
40James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:00:21 
41Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:22 
42Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
43Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
44Corbin Strong (Aus) St George Continental  
45Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
46Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
47Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
48Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
49Rudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
50Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
51William Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
52Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
53Nick Miller (NZl) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
54Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
55Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
56Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental  
57Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
58Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
59Oliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
60Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
61Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
62Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
63Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
64Nathan Elliot (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
65Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
66Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:00:27 
67Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:29 
68Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George Continental  
69Christopher Williams (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
70Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
71Rhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:00:31 
72Rowan Dever (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
73Muhsin Al Redha Misbah (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:00:34 
74Taj Jones (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:00:40 
75Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
76Shane Archbold (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:00:51 
77Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:01:04 
78David Williams (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:01:24 
79Tom Kaesler (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:01:43 
80Harrison Sweeny (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:01:44 
81Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
82Luke Mudgway (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
83Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:03:34 
84Carter Bettles (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:06:10 
85Thomas Hubbard (Aus) St George Continental  
86Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
87Zachary Johnson (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:07:56 
88Thomas Coates (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:12:36 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane12 pts
2Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling10 
3Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing8 
4Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky6 
5Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4 
6Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
7Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
8James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling2 pts
9Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2:16:58 
2Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky  
3Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:00:04 
4Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental  
5Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
6Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
7Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:12 
8Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
9Corbin Strong (Aus) St George Continental  
10Rudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education First Pro Cycling6:50:54 
2Team Sky  
3Mitchelton-Scott  
4Trek-Segafredo0:00:08 
5EvoPro Racing  
6Team Bridgelane0:00:12 
7KordaMentha Australian Team  
8Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
9St George Continental0:00:20 
10Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:24 
11Oliver's Real Food Racing0:00:28 
12Team Sapura Cycling0:00:36 
13Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:00:52 

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