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Herald Sun Tour: Clancy wins prologue

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Ed Clancy (JLT Condor) in action at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue

Ed Clancy (JLT Condor) in action at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue
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Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport)

Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport)
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The first podium of the 2018 Herald Sun Tour

The first podium of the 2018 Herald Sun Tour
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Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo)
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Ed Clancy (JTL Condor) in the leader's yellow jersey

Ed Clancy (JTL Condor) in the leader's yellow jersey
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Tim Ariesen (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)

Tim Ariesen (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)
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Matt Gibson (JTL Condor) leads the best young rider competition

Matt Gibson (JTL Condor) leads the best young rider competition
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Ed Clancy (JLT Condor) has started his 2018 season with a bang, clocking an average speed over 50km/h to win the Herald Sun Tour prologue in Melbourne.

On the 1.6 kilometre course, Clancy’s time of 1:54 minutes was just under a second quicker than Danish duo of Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport).

A three-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion on the track, the win is Clancy's first professional victory on the road. The shortening of the prologue from previous years played very much to his strengths.

The 10th starter of 101 riders, Clancy endured a long but ultimately successful wait in the hot seat. For JLT Condor, the start of the Herald Sun Tour has yielded podiums, but until Wednesday evening no victories.

Clancy will now wear the leader's yellow jersey in the first of four road stages, with the peloton heading west from Colac along the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool. The possibilities of crosswinds are sure to result in a nervous day for Clancy and JLT Condor.

"This is the biggest thing I have won on the road. It is unusual for a stage race of this calibre to start off with such a short prologue. It suits the track with my physical assets," Clancy said.

In recent editions of the race, a challenging stage 1 has seen the yellow jersey change hands. With two tough stages to come before the GC deciding Lake Mountains, Clancy admitted he isn't dreaming of joining Brad Wiggins and Chris Froome as overall winners. He is simply focused on enjoying his first leader's jersey.

"This is big for a guy like me and perhaps as big as it is going to get. I am over the moon and I can't wait to ride around in the yellow jersey tomorrow. I think everyone here knows what I am about and no one is expecting me to take on Chaves on stage 3 so I am going to enjoy my day in yellow."

As the first starter of the prologue, Reece Tucknott was also the first rider into the hot seat but would soon give up his place to Clancy who was a full nine seconds faster. The JLT Condor rider stayed in the hot seat for over an hour until all his rivals failed to beat his time and his victory was confirmed.

Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) was significantly slower than Clancy, as expected, crossing the line with a 2:08 minute time. His time loss though unlikely to be decisive in the battle for the overall victory.

In the race for the prologue win, Clancy's teammate Graham Briggs pushing Clancy close and provisionally taking second place. It was then Pedersen who came closer, finishing point six of second slower. Compatriot Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) was also within one second of Clancy.

Alex Frame (Trek-Segafredo) and Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) keep the suspense high until the final minute. However, at the end of the long wait, it was Clancy raising his arms in triumph on the podium. Post stage, Pedersen and Hansen both explained their teams will look to exploit any crosswinds on stage 1 to Warrnambool. Both stopping short though of explaining their plans in detail.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:54
2Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:01
3Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
4Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:02
6Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
7Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:04
8Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
9Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor
10Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor
11Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
12Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:05
13Cameron Bayly (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
14Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
15Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:06
16Thomas Stuart (GBr) JLT Condor
17Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
18Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
19Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
20Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:07
21Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
22Ryan Thomas (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
23Michael Vink (NZl) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
24Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
25Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
26Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor
27Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
28Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
29Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:08
30Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
31Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane
32Callum Scotson (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
33Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
34Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
35August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
36Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
37Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor
38Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:09
39Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
40Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
41Pat Lane (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
42Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
43James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
44Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
45Sean Whitfield (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
46Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
47Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
48Lionel Mawdit (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
49Joseph Cooper (NZl) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:10
50Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy
51Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
52Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
53Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
54Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
55Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
56Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
57Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
58Alexander Ray (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:11
59Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
60Thomas Robinson (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
61Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
62Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy
63Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
64Jack Sutton (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
65Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
66Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:12
67Yuan Tang Peng (Tpe) Team McDonalds Downunder
68Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
69Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
70Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling
71Rien Schuurhuis (Ned) Olivers Real Food Racing
72Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
73Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
74Jesse Featonby (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
75Nick Miler (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
76Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:00:13
77Stu Shaw (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
78Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport
79Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
80Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
81Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
82Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:14
83Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
84Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
85Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
86Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
87Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:15
88Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
89Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
90Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
91Joel Strachan (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:16
92Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
93Ross Freeman (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
94Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
95Jayson Rousseau (Fra) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:17
96Cameron Layton (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
97Jokin Extabe (Spa) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:19
98Daniel Whitehouse (GBr) Interpro Stradalli Cycling
99Mitch Neumann (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:21
100Jonas Hjorth (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:22
101Yukinori Hishira (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:23

Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:58
2Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:00:02
3Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
4Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:03
5Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
6Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:04
7Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
8Callum Scotson (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
9Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
10Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:05
11Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
12Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
13James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
14Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
15Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:06
16Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
17Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
18Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:00:08
19Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:00:09
20Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
21Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
22Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
23Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:00:10
24Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
25Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:11
26Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
27Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:00:12

General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edward Clancy (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:54
2Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:01
3Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
4Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:02
6Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
7Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:04
8Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
9Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor
10Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor
11Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
12Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:05
13Cameron Bayly (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
14Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
15Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:06
16Thomas Stuart (GBr) JLT Condor
17Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
18Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
19Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
20Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:07
21Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
22Ryan Thomas (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
23Michael Vink (NZl) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
24Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
25Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
26Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor
27Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
28Steele von Hoff (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
29Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:08
30Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
31Brad Evans (NZl) Mobius BridgeLane
32Callum Scotson (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
33Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
34Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
35August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
36Liam White (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
37Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor
38Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:09
39Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
40Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
41Pat Lane (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
42Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
43James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
44Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
45Sean Whitfield (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
46Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy
47Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
48Lionel Mawdit (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
49Joseph Cooper (NZl) Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:10
50Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy
51Robbert De Greef (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
52Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
53Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
54Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
55Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
56Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy
57Thomas Kaesler (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
58Alexander Ray (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:11
59Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
60Thomas Robinson (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
61Freddy Ovett (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
62Hamish Schreurs (NZl) Israel Cycling Academy
63Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
64Jack Sutton (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
65Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
66Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:12
67Yuan Tang Peng (Tpe) Team McDonalds Downunder
68Jesse Coyle (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
69Oliver Kent-Spark (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
70Ken-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling
71Rien Schuurhuis (Ned) Olivers Real Food Racing
72Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
73Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
74Jesse Featonby (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale
75Nick Miler (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
76Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:00:13
77Stu Shaw (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
78Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport
79Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
80Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
81Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
82Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:14
83Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
84Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
85Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
86Oliver Martin (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
87Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:15
88Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
89Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
90Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
91Joel Strachan (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:16
92Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
93Ross Freeman (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
94Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
95Jayson Rousseau (Fra) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:17
96Cameron Layton (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder
97Jokin Extabe (Spa) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:19
98Daniel Whitehouse (GBr) Interpro Stradalli Cycling
99Mitch Neumann (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:21
100Jonas Hjorth (Nor) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:22
101Yukinori Hishira (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:23

Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor0:01:58
2Michael Potter (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:00:02
3Toby Orchard (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
4Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:03
5Michael Rice (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
6Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:04
7Casper Pedersen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
8Callum Scotson (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
9Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
10Cyrus Monk (Aus) Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:05
11Matt Ross (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
12Angus Lyons (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
13James Whelan (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
14Reece Tucknott (Aus) KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia
15Kane Richards (Aus) Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:06
16Ryan Christensen (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
17Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
18Amarni Drake (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast0:00:08
19Nicholas Reddish (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing0:00:09
20Nicholas White (Aus) Olivers Real Food Racing
21Jonathan Noble (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team
22Aidan Kampers (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
23Peter Livingstone (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:00:10
24Ashley Mackay (Aus) ACA - Ride Sunshine Coast
25Calan White (Aus) Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:11
26Alexander Evans (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane
27Dylan Newbery (Aus) Mobius BridgeLane0:00:12

Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1JLT Condor0:05:50
2Trek-Segafredo0:00:01
3Mitchelton-Scott0:00:02
4Bennelong SwissWellness0:00:04
5Aqua Blue Sport0:00:07
6Drapac–EF p/b Cannondale0:00:14
7Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:15
8Israel Cycling Academy
9ACA - Ride Sunsine Coast
10KordaMentha Real Estate - Australia0:00:16
11Brisbane Continental Cycling Team0:00:17
12Olivers Real Food Racing0:00:21
13Mobius BridgeLane
14Team McDonalds Downunder0:00:25
15Interpro Stradalli Cycling0:00:40

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