Michael Woods wins stage 2 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Canadian escapes on gravel climb with Richie Porte

Canada's Michael Woods made it two wins out of two for his EF Education First team at the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Churchill, Victoria, on Thursday, out-sprinting Trek-Segafredo's Richie Porte after the two riders escaped on stage 2's final, gravelled climb.

Woods attacked just before the start of the 1.1km dirt-road section on the Jeeralang climb, with Porte scrambling to stay on his wheel. The Canadian was first over the top of the climb with a small gap to Porte, with 12 kilometres left to race, but the Australian managed to get back on the descent, and the two of them worked together to distance their rivals, with Woods eventually out-kicking Porte at the finish.

"I actually reconned this course beforehand, including the descent, so I took the descent pretty fast," said Woods, "although it was still a pedalling descent, and I didn't want to gas myself, in case somebody else got back on, like Richie did. Then we just talked to each other, and said, 'Let's just drill it until the last kilometre.'"

Porte confirmed the conversation, but that final kilometre was clearly a free-for-all.

"We said not to play around, and then he sits on for the last kilometre," said Porte. "But that's racing, I suppose, and I tip my hat to Michael. He's a great athlete, and he's a great guy, so I think he deserved to win today."

Team Sky's Kenny Elissonde and Dylan van Baarle were the best of the rest on a day when the race was blown apart by both the climbs and strong winds, and Woods now leads the race overall by four seconds from Porte, with Elissonde in third, another 23 seconds back.

How it unfolded

Six riders escaped early on Thursday's second stage from Wonthaggi to Churchill, building up a lead of over three minutes on the relatively flat first half of the 127km stage.

Three of those riders – Shane Archbold (EvoPro), Oliver's Real Food Racing's Karl Michelin-Beard and Thomas Coates (Futuro-Maxxis) – were left behind on the day's first 'king of the mountains' climb at Mirboo after 50 kilometres, and Nick White (Team Bridgelane), Liam White (Drapac Cannondale Holistic) and EvoPro Racing's Cyrus Monk pushed on alone towards the day's second intermediate sprint with just under 40km to go.

Shortly afterwards, and with the three riders still out at the front, a crash in the bunch took down a number of riders, with Nick Miller, Carter Bettles and Rhys Robotham – all of Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling – and the KordaMentha Australian Team's Rudy Porter unable to finish the stage.

Up at the front of the bunch – where Elissonde told reporters he wasn't even aware of there having been a crash – Team Sky, and Luke Rowe, in particular, turned the screw to try to take the race apart in what were increasingly strong winds, which they succeeded in doing ahead of the day's final climb at Jeeralang.

On the climb, an attack from Sky's Pavel Sivakov and Chris Harper (Team Bridgestone) – with the Australian doing an excellent ride to be among what was otherwise only WorldTour teams up at the front of the race – got a gap, and the pair were joined by Sivakov's teammate Elissonde.

In the chasing group, Mitchelton-Scott were represented by three riders – Lucas Hamilton, Damien Howson and Nick Schultz – while race favourites Porte and Woods were there, and Sky also had Dutchman Dylan van Baarle.

Harper struggled to stay with Elissonde and Sivakov, and the two Sky riders pushed on, approaching the climb's gravel section. But it was Woods who attacked once the lead pair had been pulled back, and only Porte could follow him. The Canadian led onto the gravel, with Porte yo-yoing on and off Woods' wheel.

Woods was first over the climb, with a small gap, but when Porte made contact again, the two riders agreed to ride together on the descent to try to put some time into the Sky and Mitchelton-Scott riders chasing behind, and when they crossed the finish line – Woods ahead of Porte – they soon discovered that they'd put 17 seconds into third-placed Elissonde and 19 seconds into Van Baarle and Hamilton.

Friday's 161.6km third stage between Sale and Warragul is hilly again, but it's on Saturday's stage 4 on which the race should be decided – probably between Woods and Porte, with Elissonde also likely to be in the mix – when the race's penultimate stage finishes with four climbs of Arthurs Seat.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling2:55:44 
2Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:17 
4Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:19 
5Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
6Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky0:00:43 
7Chris Harper (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
8Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
10Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:54 
11Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
12Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
13Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
14Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
15Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
16Daniel Whitehouse (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:02:22 
17Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
18Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
19Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:03:56 
20Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
21Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
22Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
23Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
24Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling0:05:23 
25Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:06:04 
26Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:07:19 
27Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:07:37 
28Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:07:43 
29Brenton Jones (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
30Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
31Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
32Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
33Owain Doull (Gbr) Team Sky  
34Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
35Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
36Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
37Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team Bridgelane  
38Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
39Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
40Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
41Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
42James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
43Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
44Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
45Muhsin Al Redha Misbah (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:08:31 
46Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:09:37 
47Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
48Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:10:34 
49William Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
50Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
51Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
52Corbin Strong (Aus) St George Continental  
53Thomas Hubbard (Aus) St George Continental  
54David Williams (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
55Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
56Jason Lea (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
57Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental  
58Aaron Gate (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
59Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
60Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
61Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental  
62Taj Jones (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
63Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
64Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
65Nathan Elliot (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
66Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
67Harrison Sweeny (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
68Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
69Luke Mudgway (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
70Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental  
71Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
72Oliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
73Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo0:19:02 
74Thomas Coates (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
75Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:19:19 
76Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:19:42 
77Tom Kaesler (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
78Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George Continental  
79Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
80Zachary Johnson (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:21:09 
81Shane Archbold (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:24:44 
82Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:25:24 
83Rowan Dever (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:26:21 
84Christopher Williams (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
DNFRudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
DNFNick Miller (NZl) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
DNFCarter Bettles (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
DNFRhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling  
Sprint 1 - Dumbalk
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane6 pts
2Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4 
3Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing2 
Sprint 2 - Boolarra
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane6 pts
2Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4 
3Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing2 
Sprint 3 - Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling10 pts
2Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo6 
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky8 
4Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky4 
KOM 1 - Mirboo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing12 pts
2Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane8 
3Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4 
KOM 2 - Jeeralang
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling24 pts
2Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo16 
3Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott8 
4Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky4 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky8:48:31 
2Mitchelton – Scott0:00:26 
3Trek - Segafredo0:02:29 
4Team Bridgelane0:03:40 
5Ef Education First0:08:18 
6Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:10:29 
7Team Sapura Cycling0:14:09 
8Evopro Racing0:15:33 
9Kordamentha Real Estate National Men's Team0:15:37 
10Oliver's Real Food Racing0:23:02 
11Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team0:23:44 
12St George Continental Cycling Team0:30:23 
13Futuro - Maxxis Pro Cycling0:50:50 
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling5:12:32 
2Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:00:04 
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:27 
4Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:29 
5Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:33 
6Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky0:00:53 
7Chris Harper (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:00:57 
8Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
10Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:04 
11Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:02:08 
12Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
13Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
14Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
15Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
16Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:02:36 
17Daniel Whitehouse (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
18Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling0:02:44 
19Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:06 
20Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:04:10 
21Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
22Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
23Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:04:59 
24Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling0:05:45 
25Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:06:18 
26Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:07:41 
27Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:07:45 
28Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky0:07:47 
29Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:07:49 
30Owain Doull (Gbr) Team Sky0:07:53 
31Brenton Jones (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:07:57 
32Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team Bridgelane  
33Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
34Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:08:01 
35James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:08:04 
36Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling0:08:05 
37Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
38Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
39Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
40Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
41Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
42Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:08:12 
43Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
44Muhsin Al Redha Misbah (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:09:05 
45Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:09:47 
46Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro Cycling  
47Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:10:34 
48Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:10:48 
49Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental  
50Jason Lea (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
51Aaron Gate (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
52Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental  
53Corbin Strong (Aus) St George Continental0:10:56 
54Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
55William Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
56Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
57Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team Bridgelane  
58Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
59Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
60Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
61Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental  
62Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
63Nathan Elliot (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
64Oliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic  
65Taj Jones (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:11:14 
66Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
67Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:11:17 
68David Williams (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:11:58 
69Harrison Sweeny (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:12:18 
70Luke Mudgway (Aus) EvoPro Racing  
71Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
72Thomas Hubbard (Aus) St George Continental0:16:44 
73Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo0:19:16 
74Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:19:25 
75Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:20:04 
76Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:20:08 
77Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George Continental0:20:11 
78Tom Kaesler (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:21:25 
79Shane Archbold (Aus) EvoPro Racing0:25:35 
80Christopher Williams (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:26:50 
81Rowan Dever (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:26:52 
82Zachary Johnson (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:29:05 
83Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:31:34 
84Thomas Coates (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:31:38 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane24 pts
2Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling10 
3Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling10 
4Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky8 
5Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic8 
6Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing8 
7Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo6 
8Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky6 
9Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing6 
10Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky4 
11Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky4 
12Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4 
13Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing2 
14James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling2 
15Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling2 
King of the Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling24 pts
2Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo16 
3Cyrus Monk (Aus) EvoPro Racing12 
4Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott8 
5Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane8 
6Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky4 
7Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4 
Young Rider Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Sky5:13:25 
2Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:11 
3Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:01:15 
4Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:01:43 
5Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:06:48 
6Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:07:12 
7Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:07:19 
8Muhsin Al Redha Misbah (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:08:12 
9Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:09:55 
10Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental  
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky15:39:25 
2Mitchelton – Scott0:00:26 
3Trek - Segafredo0:02:37 
4Team Bridgelane0:03:52 
5EF Education First0:08:18 
6Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:10:41 
7Team Sapura Cycling0:14:45 
8Evopro Racing0:15:41 
9Kordamentha Real Estate National Men's Team0:15:49 
10Oliver's Real Food Racing0:23:30 
11Drapac Cannondale Holistic Development Team0:24:08 
12St George Continental Cycling Team0:30:43 
13Futuro - Maxxis Pro Cycling0:51:42 

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