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Herald Sun Tour: Hindley wins stage 2 at Falls Creek ski resort

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Sunweb's Jai Hindley wins stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at Falls Creek from Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott) and Sebastian Berwick (St George Continental)

Sunweb's Jai Hindley wins stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at Falls Creek from Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott) and Sebastian Berwick (St George Continental) (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Stage winner and new overall leader Jai Hindley is congratulated by Sunweb teammates Michael Storer and Rob Power

Stage winner and new overall leader Jai Hindley is congratulated by Sunweb teammates Michael Storer and Rob Power (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Mitchelton-Scott’s Damien Howson shows the effects of his efforts to take second place on the stage

Mitchelton-Scott’s Damien Howson shows the effects of his efforts to take second place on the stage (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The rain starts to fall as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finishes stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at Falls Creek almost six minutes down on the day’s winner

The rain starts to fall as Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finishes stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at Falls Creek almost six minutes down on the day’s winner (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Jai Hindley (Sunweb) enjoys having taken the yellow leader’s jersey after winning stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at Falls Creek

Jai Hindley (Sunweb) enjoys having taken the yellow leader’s jersey after winning stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour at Falls Creek (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Mitchelton-Scott’s Damien Howson assumed the role of team leader on stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

Mitchelton-Scott’s Damien Howson assumed the role of team leader on stage 2 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The stage 2 podium of Howson, Hindley and Berwick celebrate a job well done

The stage 2 podium of Howson, Hindley and Berwick celebrate a job well done (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb control the front of the bunch on the run-in to the day’s finishing climb

Sunweb control the front of the bunch on the run-in to the day’s finishing climb (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Overnight leader Alberto Dainese lost his leader’s jersey, but it remained within the Sunweb team

Overnight leader Alberto Dainese lost his leader’s jersey, but it remained within the Sunweb team (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Australian road race champion Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) leads the peloton on stage 2

Australian road race champion Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) leads the peloton on stage 2 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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EF Pro Cycling’s Lachlan Morton attacks on the road to Falls Creek

EF Pro Cycling’s Lachlan Morton attacks on the road to Falls Creek (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb’s Michael Storer worked hard to shed his Sunweb team’s rivals on the final climb

Sunweb’s Michael Storer worked hard to shed his Sunweb team’s rivals on the final climb (Image credit: Con Chronis)

Team Sunweb's Jai Hindley took the race leader's jersey from teammate and stage 1 winner Alberto Dainese at the Herald Sun Tour on Thursday, winning stage 2 at the Falls Creek ski resort from Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott) and Sebastian Berwick (St George).

Berwick – of the domestic Australian team St George Continental – was the day's surprise package, keeping pace with, and attacking, his WorldTour team colleagues, but the even bigger surprise was race favourite Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) getting dropped on the climb with more than five kilometres to go, and eventually coming home almost six minutes down on Hindley.

After Yates was dropped, Hindley's Sunweb teammate Michael Storer continued to apply the pressure to an ever-reducing front group, and there were just four riders left with 2.5km of the final climb left to go – Hindley, Howson, Berwick and EF Pro Cycling's Neilson Powless – after Hindley came to the front to take over.

Twenty-year-old Berwick attacked his more experienced rivals with 2km to go, and it was Hindley who reacted first to bring him back, with Howson and Powless taking longer to rejoin them. Five hundred metres later, Hindley tried his luck, but was marked by Howson and Berwick.

After going under the one-kilometre-to-go banner, it was Howson's turn to try, with Hindley again covering the move, and followed by Berwick, with Powless again slower to get back on terms.

Berwick's attack with just over 500 metres to race put an end to Powless's chances, and it wasn't long after the US rider was dropped that Berwick decided to open his sprint, although it was Hindley who packed the most powerful punch to the line, winning ahead of Howson and a highly impressive Berwick.

"Hats off to Damien and Seb," said Hindley at the finish. "They were super strong and I couldn't shake them. I saw 300 metres to go, and thought that was a bit early, so I held back a bit, and then Seb went, and I managed to follow him and then jump around him.

"I'm just stoked to finish off all the hard work the Sunweb boys did for me today. They were amazing," he said.

How it unfolded

The riders rolled out from Beechworth for stage 2 facing 117.6km, with the final 30km climb, finishing at the Falls Creek ski resort, acting as the first real test of this year's race.

For the second day in a row, Ben Hill went on the attack early, and would end the day in the green points jersey after picking up points at the intermediate sprints for his troubles. The Team BridgeLane rider was soon joined by Angus Lyons (Oliver's Real Food Racing), and the duo was subsequently joined by Genki Yamamoto (Kinan) Cade Bickmore, Scott McGill (both Aevolo), Bentley Niquet-Olden (Nero Continental) and Luke Mudgway (Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy), and the break worked together to built a lead of more than three minutes over the main field.

Soon after the feed zone, however, Lyons decided to go it alone, and was again joined by Hill, and the two riders made it on to the start of the final climb together. The climb soon put paid to Hill's efforts, and Lyons pushed on alone, and was eventually joined by Kinan's Salvador Guardiola, with the chasing quintet having been reabsorbed into the bunch, which was soon shedding riders out of the back as the road headed upwards.

By the mid-point of the climb, Lyons and Guardiola were caught by the chase group, and it was Mitchelton-Scott and EF Pro Cycling who took control of the race, with the latter's Lachlan Morton deciding to attack with just under 10km to go.

Nero's Jay Vine gave chase, and eventually bridged to the Australian, while Mitchelton-Scott, with Nick Schultz and Damien Howson at the head of affairs, continued to drive what had become a group of only around 18 riders with 6km left to race.

Soon afterwards, it was clear that Simon Yates was in trouble, and his teammate Howson – the overall winner of the Herald Sun Tour in 2017 – was given the green light to ride for himself.

Vine and Morton were caught with 4.5km to go, and the group continued to shed riders as the finish approached, and it was quickly down to just Howson, Hindley, Berwick and Powless.

As the four riders took turns to attack each other, shedding Powless once and for all in the process, it was left to Hindley to find the strength to outmanoeuvre, and out-power, his rivals in the push to the line.

Hindley's victory means that he keeps the race lead in the Sunweb fold following Dainese's opening-stage win, but the team will have to work hard to defend the race lead on Friday's tricky, undulating stage 3 from Bright to Wangaratta, ahead of another tough summit finish at Mount Buller for Saturday's penultimate stage.

Results

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 3:06:29
2Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental
4Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:13
5Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:37
6Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling 0:00:49
7James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:01:01
8Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental
9Thomas Lebas (Fra) Kinan 0:01:05
10Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:01:09
11Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:01:29
12James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:01:44
13Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:01:55
14Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:02:11
15Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Spa) Kinan
16Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:16
17Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo
18Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:38
19Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:02:46
20Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:02:50
21Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
22Samuel Jenner (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:03:47
23Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:04:39
24Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:05:27
25Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
26Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo 0:05:57
27Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:05:58
28Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:06:00
29Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
30Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 0:08:15
31Mark O'Brien (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:08:41
32Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Kinan 0:08:57
33Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
34Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 0:11:09
35Tom Scully (NZl) EF Pro Cycling
36Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
37Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
38Michael Freiberg (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
39Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
40Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
41Ben Carman (Aus) Nero Continental 0:11:45
42Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:12:36
43Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:14:45
44Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation
45Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
46Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane
47Christopher Miller (Aus) Nero Continental 0:16:14
48Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental
49Sebastian Barrett (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
50Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental
51Ashley Mackay (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
52Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling
53Michael Rice (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
54Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation
55Michael Potter (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
56James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
57Joshua Kench (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:17:41
58Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 0:19:27
59Bentley Niquet-Olden (Aus) Nero Continental
60Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb
61Riley Fleming (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
62Alex Heaney (NZl) St George Continental
63Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
64Godfrey Slattery (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
65Ben Metcalfe (Aus) Team Bridgelane
66Joel Yates (NZl) St George Continental
67Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
68Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental
69David Williams (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
70Hiroshi Tsubaki (Jpn) Kinan
71Ethan Batt (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:21:06
72Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Kinan 0:21:08
73Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Kinan 0:21:15
74Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:22:16
75Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo 0:22:30
76Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo
77Conor Leahy (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:23:53
78Liam White (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
79Yudai Arashiro (Jpn) Kinan 0:24:34
80Samuel Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 0:25:38
81Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
82Myles Stewart (Aus) Nero Continental
83Daniel di Domenico (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
84Jesse Coyle (Aus) Nero Continental
85Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
86Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 0:25:52
87Alexander White (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:26:12
88Sean McElroy (USA) Aevolo 0:27:18
89Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
DNFKees Duyvesteyn (NZl) Team Bridgelane
DNFAidan McNeil (USA) Aevolo
DNSNicholas White (Aus) Team Bridgelane
OTLRoy Eefting (Ned) Team Sapura Cycling
OTLMuhammad Hakimi Ajis (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling
OTLDaniel Gandy (Aus) St George Continental

Sprint 1 - Dederang
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo 6
2Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 4
3Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2

Sprint 2 - Mount Beauty
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 6
2Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 4
3Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 2

Sprint 3 - stage finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 10
2Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
3Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 6
4Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4

Mountain 1 - Falls Creek
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 24
2Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 16
3Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 8
4Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sunweb 9:21:13
2EF Pro Cycling 0:01:44
3Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:07:27
4Mitchelton-Scott 0:09:39
5Kinan 0:10:27
6Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:11:10
7Israel Start-Up Nation 0:14:24
8Aevolo 0:14:42
9Team BridgeLane 0:22:46
10Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:24:20
11Nero Continental 0:27:14
12St George Continental 0:33:55
13ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:40:22

General classification

General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 5:43:01
2Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:04
3Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 0:00:06
4Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:23
5Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:47
6Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling 0:00:59
7James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:01:11
8Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental
9Thomas Lebas (Fra) Kinan 0:01:15
10Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:01:19
11Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:01:39
12James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:01:54
13Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:02:05
14Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:02:21
15Marcos Garcia Fernandez (Spa) Kinan
16Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 0:02:25
17Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:26
18Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:48
19Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:02:56
20Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:03:00
21Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
22Samuel Jenner (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:03:57
23Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:04:49
24Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:05:37
25Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
26Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo 0:06:07
27Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:06:08
28Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:06:10
29Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
30Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 0:08:25
31Mark O'Brien (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:08:51
32Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Kinan 0:09:07
33Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
34Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:11:17
35Tom Scully (NZl) EF Pro Cycling 0:11:19
36Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
37Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
38Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
39Michael Freiberg (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
40Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:11:37
41Ben Carman (Aus) Nero Continental 0:11:55
42Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:12:46
43Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:14:55
44Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
45Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation
46Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:15:11
47Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 0:16:20
48Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:16:24
49Michael Rice (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
50Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental
51Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental
52Ashley Mackay (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
53James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
54Christopher Miller (Aus) Nero Continental
55Michael Potter (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
56Sebastian Barrett (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
57Joshua Kench (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:17:51
58Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 0:19:27
59Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:19:31
60Godfrey Slattery (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:19:37
61Thomas Bolton (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
62Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb
63Bentley Niquet-Olden (Aus) Nero Continental
64Ben Metcalfe (Aus) Team Bridgelane
65Alex Heaney (NZl) St George Continental
66Hiroshi Tsubaki (Jpn) Kinan
67Riley Fleming (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
68Joel Yates (NZl) St George Continental
69David Williams (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
70Ryan Cavanagh (Aus) St George Continental 0:19:55
71Ethan Batt (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:21:16
72Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Kinan 0:21:18
73Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Kinan 0:21:25
74Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:22:26
75Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo 0:22:37
76Scott McGill (USA) Aevolo 0:22:40
77Conor Leahy (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:24:03
78Liam White (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing
79Yudai Arashiro (Jpn) Kinan 0:24:44
80Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 0:25:41
81Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:25:45
82Myles Stewart (Aus) Nero Continental 0:25:48
83Daniel di Domenico (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
84Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 0:26:01
85Samuel Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 0:26:06
86Alexander White (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:26:22
87Jesse Coyle (Aus) Nero Continental 0:27:01
88Sean McElroy (USA) Aevolo 0:27:28
89Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:30:46

Sprints classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 14
2Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 10
3Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 10
4Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
5Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
6Cade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo 6
7Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 6
8Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 6
9Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 6
10Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4
11Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 4
12Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 4
13Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 4
14Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 2
15Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental 2

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 24
2Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 16
3Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 8
4Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4

Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 5:43:07
2Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:01:33
3Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 0:02:19
4Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:20
5Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:02:50
6Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:04:43
7Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo 0:06:01
8Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 0:08:19
9Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:09:01
10Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:12:40

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sunweb 17:11:19
2EF Pro Cycling 0:01:44
3Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:07:27
4Mitchelton-Scott 0:09:39
5Kinan 0:10:27
6Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:11:10
7Israel Start-Up Nation 0:14:24
8Aevolo 0:14:42
9Team BridgeLane 0:22:46
10Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:24:20
11Nero Continental 0:27:14
12St George Continental 0:33:55
13ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:40:22

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