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Dainese wins opening stage of men's Herald Sun Tour

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Alberto Dainese (Sunweb) wins stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

Alberto Dainese (Sunweb) wins stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Team Sunweb's Alberto Dainese took the leader’s jersey after winning stage 1

Team Sunweb's Alberto Dainese took the leader’s jersey after winning stage 1 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The start of stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at the M

The start of stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at the M (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The peloton leaves the Mitchelton Winery Estate near Nagambie for stage 1

The peloton leaves the Mitchelton Winery Estate near Nagambie for stage 1 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Four riders went clear early on stage 1, and later became five

Four riders went clear early on stage 1, and later became five (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The peloton is strung out during stage 1

The peloton is strung out during stage 1 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The main breakaway on stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour gets a little relief in some shade during a hot day

The main breakaway on stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour gets a little relief in some shade during a hot day (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Team BridgeLane sprinter Nick White shows the effects of his crash early on stage 1

Team BridgeLane sprinter Nick White shows the effects of his crash early on stage 1 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The peloton makes its way from Nagambie to Shepparton on stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

The peloton makes its way from Nagambie to Shepparton on stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb’s Alberto Dainese wins stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour from Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves and EF Pro Cycling’s Moreno Hofland

Sunweb’s Alberto Dainese wins stage 1 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour from Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves and EF Pro Cycling’s Moreno Hofland (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Birthday boy Ben Hill (Team Bridgelane) receives the red jersey as stage 1’s most aggressive rider

Birthday boy Ben Hill (Team Bridgelane) receives the red jersey as stage 1’s most aggressive rider (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb’s Alberto Dainese salutes the crowd after taking the leader’s jersey after stage 1

Sunweb’s Alberto Dainese salutes the crowd after taking the leader’s jersey after stage 1 (Image credit: Con Chronis)

Team Sunweb's Alberto Dainese sprinted to the win from a bunch-sprint finish to stage 1 of the 2020 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Shepparton, Australia, on Wednesday, getting the better of Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) and Moreno Hofland (EF Pro Cycling).

After the bunch had brought back the day's five-rider breakaway with five kilometres of the 121.9km stage to go, Sunweb took to the front of the bunch to set Dainese up for the finish, battling it out with EF Pro Cycling and Mitchelton-Scott in the closing kilometres.

Max Kanter took his teammate Dainese through the final right-hand bend with 250 metres to go, and the Italian powered to a clear victory ahead of Groves and Hofland.

"First day, first win. This is my second professional win, but my first as part of a WorldTour team," Dainese told reporters after stepping down from the podium, clad in his yellow leader's jersey, with that first victory having come at the 2019 Czech Cycling Tour while riding for SEG Racing Academy.

"It was a wide road coming into the finish, and we stayed on the front for the last few kilometres," he said. "Then it got a bit messy, but Max got me through the last corner in fifth or sixth position so that I could start my sprint. 

"It was a tight one, as the lead-out guys from EF were at the front, and I had to close a little gap. But it was fine in the end, and I'm happy I got it."

Dainese took 10th place on the opening stage of last month's Tour Down Under, and then improved that to fifth place on stage 4 to Murray Bridge before taking third place at the precursor to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the Race Torquay, last week.

"The Tour Down Under wasn't easy against some of the best sprinters in the world. I still need a bit more practice," admitted Dainese. "I'm still only 21, though, so I hope I can still improve in the next few years."

How it unfolded

The riders set off from the Mitchelton Winery Estate near Nagambie, two hours north of Melbourne, on Wednesday morning, and soon after the opening stage's first intermediate sprint after 9.5km – won by Team Sapura Cycling's Roy Eefting – the day's main breakaway went clear.

Four riders – Ryan Thomas (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast), Conor Murtagh (Oliver’s Real Food Racing), Team BridgeLane's Ben Hill, Charles-Etienne Chretien (Aevolo) – were subsequently joined following a lone chase by Jesse Coyle (Nero Continental), and the quintet build up a maximum lead of just over three minutes.

Sunweb, EF Pro Cycling and Israel Start-Up Nation policed the front of the peloton, but the WorldTour squads were happy to let the break go.

A crash in the bunch brought down Team BridgeLane sprinter Nick White, and he was later seen being tended to by the race doctor, with his ripped shorts displaying a bloodied and bruised hip.

Although he was unable to be involved in the sprint finish, White managed to finish the stage, in last place, and will hope to recover in order to try his luck in another spring finish later in the week.

Up at the front, White's BridgeLane teammate Hill won the second intermediate sprint with just under 20km left to race, but with the break's advantage over the bunch plummeting fast, Hill attacked his breakaway companions and managed to eke out his time at the front of the race until the last five kilometres, earning himself the prize as the most aggressive rider by day's end.

It was the cue for Sunweb to take control at the head of affairs, and they duly delivered their man to victory at the finish in the Victorian town of Shepparton.

Dainese takes the Australian stage race's first leader's jersey into stage 2, although the 21-year-old sprinter will be hard-pressed to defend it on the summit finish at the Falls Creek ski resort on Thursday.

Results

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 2:36:42
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling
4Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation
5Godfrey Slattery (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
6Michael Rice (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
7Roy Eefting (Ned) Team Sapura Cycling
8Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Kinan
9Tom Scully (NZl) EF Pro Cycling
10Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
11Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
12Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo
13Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo
14James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
15Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling
16Ben Carman (Aus) Nero Continental
17Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
18Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental
19Myles Stewart (Aus) Nero Continental
20Samuel Jenner (Aus) Team Bridgelane
21Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane
22Kees Duyvesteyn (NZl) Team Bridgelane
23Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo
24Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb
25Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
26Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
27Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Kinan
28Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb
29Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
30Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
31Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
32Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
33Conor Leahy (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
34Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental
35Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
36Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
37Bentley Niquet-Olden (Aus) Nero Continental
38Sean McElroy (USA) Aevolo
39Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
40Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
41Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
42Ethan Batt (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
43James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
44Yudai Arashiro (Jpn) Kinan
45Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
46Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo
47Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo
48Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
49Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
50Ben Metcalfe (Aus) Team Bridgelane
51Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
52Alexander White (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
53Joshua Kench (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
54Thomas Lebas (Fra) Kinan
55Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental
56Hiroshi Tsubaki (Jpn) Kinan
57Alex Heaney (NZl) St George Continental
58Liam White (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
59Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental
60Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
61Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
62Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Spa) Kinan
63Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
64Aidan McNeil (USA) Aevolo
65James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
66Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Real Food Racing
67Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Kinan
68Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling
69Michael Potter (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
70Ashley Mackay (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
71Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
72Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental
73Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
74Daniel Gandy (Aus) St George Continental
75Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb
76Christopher Miller (Aus) Nero Continental
77Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
78Mark O'Brien (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
79Joel Yates (NZl) St George Continental
80David Williams (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
81Sebastian Barrett (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
82Muhammad Hakimi Ajis (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling
83Michael Freiberg (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
84Riley Fleming (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
85Daniel di Domenico (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
86Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
87Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation
88Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
89Samuel Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:18
90Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
91Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
92Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental
93Jesse Coyle (Aus) Nero Continental 0:01:13
94Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:03:18
95Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane

Sprint 1 - Nagambie
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roy Eefting (Ned) Team Sapura Cycling 6
2Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane 4
3Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 2

Sprint 2 - Tatura
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 6
2Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 4
3Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 2

Sprint 3 - stage finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 10
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
3Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 6
4Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 4

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Pro Cycling 7:50:06
2Aevolo
3Team Sunweb
4Mitchelton-Scott
5Team BridgeLane
6Israel Start-Up Nation
7Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
8Nero Continental
9Kordamentha Australian National Team
10Kinan
11Team Sapura Cycling
12Oliver's Real Food Racing
13St George Continental
14ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast

General classification

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 2:36:32
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:04
3Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:06
4Roy Eefting (Ned) Team Sapura Cycling 0:00:07
5Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
6Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 0:00:09
7Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo
8Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:10
9Godfrey Slattery (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
10Michael Rice (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
11Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Kinan
12Tom Scully (NZl) EF Pro Cycling
13Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
14Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
15Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo
16Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo
17James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
18Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling
19Ben Carman (Aus) Nero Continental
20Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
21Myles Stewart (Aus) Nero Continental
22Samuel Jenner (Aus) Team Bridgelane
23Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane
24Kees Duyvesteyn (NZl) Team Bridgelane
25Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo
26Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb
27Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
28Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
29Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Kinan
30Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb
31Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
32Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
33Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
34Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
35Conor Leahy (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
36Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental
37Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
38Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
39Bentley Niquet-Olden (Aus) Nero Continental
40Sean McElroy (USA) Aevolo
41Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
42Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
43Ethan Batt (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
44James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
45Yudai Arashiro (Jpn) Kinan
46Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
47Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo
48Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
49Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
50Ben Metcalfe (Aus) Team Bridgelane
51Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
52Alexander White (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
53Joshua Kench (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
54Thomas Lebas (Fra) Kinan
55Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental
56Hiroshi Tsubaki (Jpn) Kinan
57Alex Heaney (NZl) St George Continental
58Liam White (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
59Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental
60Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
61Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
62Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Spa) Kinan
63Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
64Aidan McNeil (USA) Aevolo
65James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
66Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Real Food Racing
67Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Kinan
68Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling
69Michael Potter (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
70Ashley Mackay (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
71Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
72Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental
73Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
74Daniel Gandy (Aus) St George Continental
75Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb
76Christopher Miller (Aus) Nero Continental
77Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
78Mark O'Brien (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
79Joel Yates (NZl) St George Continental
80David Williams (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
81Sebastian Barrett (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
82Muhammad Hakimi Ajis (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling
83Michael Freiberg (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
84Riley Fleming (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
85Daniel di Domenico (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
86Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
87Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation
88Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
89Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:00:26
90Samuel Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:28
91Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
92Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental
93Jesse Coyle (Aus) Nero Continental 0:01:23
94Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:03:26
95Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:03:28

Sprints classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 10
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
3Roy Eefting (Ned) Team Sapura Cycling 6
4Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 6
5Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 6
6Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 4
7Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 4
8Nicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane 4
9Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 2
10Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 2

Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 2:36:32
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:04
3Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 0:00:09
4Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo
5Godfrey Slattery (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:00:10
6Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
7Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo
8Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo
9Myles Stewart (Aus) Nero Continental
10Kees Duyvesteyn (NZl) Team Bridgelane

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Pro Cycling 7:50:06
2Aevolo
3Team Sunweb
4Mitchelton-Scott
5Team BridgeLane
6Israel Start-Up Nation
7Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
8Nero Continental
9Kordamentha Australian National Team
10Kinan
11Team Sapura Cycling
12Oliver's Real Food Racing
13St George Continental
14ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast

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