McLay wins stage 1 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling2:16:58
2Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale HolisticRow 3 - Cell 2
5Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 4 - Cell 2
6Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Owain Doull (Gbr) Team SkyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:04
14Brenton Jones (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Nicholas White (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 14 - Cell 2
16Chris Harper (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 15 - Cell 2
17Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 16 - Cell 2
18Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 17 - Cell 2
19Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 20 - Cell 2
22Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team BridgelaneRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jason Lea (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 24 - Cell 2
26Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 26 - Cell 2
28Daniel Whitehouse (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 27 - Cell 2
29Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Aaron Gate (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Michael Vink (NZl) St George ContinentalRow 30 - Cell 2
32Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 37 - Cell 2
39Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 38 - Cell 2
40Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:12
41Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Corbin Strong (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 43 - Cell 2
45Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Rudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 48 - Cell 2
50William Clarke (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Nick Miller (NZl) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 52 - Cell 2
54Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 54 - Cell 2
56Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 55 - Cell 2
57James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 57 - Cell 2
59Oliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale HolisticRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura CyclingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 61 - Cell 2
63Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale HolisticRow 62 - Cell 2
64Nathan Elliot (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:19
67Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 66 - Cell 2
68Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 67 - Cell 2
69Christopher Williams (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:00:21
72Rowan Dever (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 71 - Cell 2
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 CoastRow 74 - Cell 2
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-ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
82Luke Mudgway (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:03:25
84Carter Bettles (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:06:00
85Thomas Hubbard (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 84 - Cell 2
86Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Zachary Johnson (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:07:46
88Thomas Coates (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:12:26
DNSSebastian Berwick (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 88 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Lap 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane6pts
2Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky4Row 1 - Cell 3
3James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Lap 15
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane6pts
2Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education First Pro Cycling6:50:54
2Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mitchelton-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Trek-Segafredo0:00:08
5EvoPro RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team Bridgelane0:00:12
7KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 7 - Cell 2
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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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-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 9 - Cell 2
11Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Owain Doull (Gbr) Team SkyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:00:12
15Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky0:00:14
16Brenton Jones (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nicholas White (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 16 - Cell 2
18Chris Harper (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 17 - Cell 2
19Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 19 - Cell 2
21Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Hayden Mccormick (NZl) Team BridgelaneRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jason Lea (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 27 - Cell 2
29Daniel Whitehouse (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Aaron Gate (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Michael Vink (NZl) St George ContinentalRow 31 - Cell 2
33Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 36 - Cell 2
38Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 37 - Cell 2
39Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 38 - Cell 2
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 RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Corbin Strong (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ashley Mackay (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 44 - Cell 2
46Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49Rudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 49 - Cell 2
51William Clarke (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Nick Miller (NZl) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 53 - Cell 2
55Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 55 - Cell 2
57Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 57 - Cell 2
59Oliver Martin (Aus) Drapac Cannondale HolisticRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura CyclingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Neil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Team BridgelaneRow 61 - Cell 2
63Liam White (Aus) Drapac Cannondale HolisticRow 62 - Cell 2
64Nathan Elliot (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:00:27
67Patrick Burt (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:29
68Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 67 - Cell 2
69Christopher Williams (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Rhys Robotham (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:00:31
72Rowan Dever (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 71 - Cell 2
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 CoastRow 74 - Cell 2
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-ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
82Luke Mudgway (Aus) EvoPro RacingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:03:34
84Carter Bettles (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:06:10
85Thomas Hubbard (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 84 - Cell 2
86Cameron Layton (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Zachary Johnson (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:07:56
88Thomas Coates (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro Cycling0:12:36
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane12pts
2Daniel Mclay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Wouter Wippert (Aus) EvoPro Racing8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Theodore Yates (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Karl Michelin-Beard (Aus) Oliver's Real Food RacingRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling2pts
9Dylan Newbery (Aus) Futuro-Maxxis Pro CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2 Row 8 - Cell 3
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Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2:16:58
2Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane0:00:04
4Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tom Mcfarlane (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Sam Jenner (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Liam Magennis (Aus) Drapac Cannondale Holistic0:00:12
8Carter Turnbull (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Corbin Strong (Aus) St George ContinentalRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rudy Porter (Aus) KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education First Pro Cycling6:50:54
2Team SkyRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mitchelton-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Trek-Segafredo0:00:08
5EvoPro RacingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team Bridgelane0:00:12
7KordaMentha Australian TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Pro Racing Sunshine CoastRow 7 - Cell 2
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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