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Groves sprints to victory on stage 3 of Herald Sun Tour

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Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves sprints to victory on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour in Wangaratta

Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves sprints to victory on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour in Wangaratta (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Stage 3 winner Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) gets a champagne-soaking on the podium

Stage 3 winner Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) gets a champagne-soaking on the podium (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Race leader Jai Hindley’s Sunweb team lead the bunch on stage 3

Race leader Jai Hindley’s Sunweb team lead the bunch on stage 3 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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(Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The day’s main eight-man breakaway pushes the pace on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

The day’s main eight-man breakaway pushes the pace on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb’s Jai Hindley defended his yellow leader’s jersey on stage 3

Sunweb’s Jai Hindley defended his yellow leader’s jersey on stage 3 (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb and Mitchelton-Scott work hard on the front of the chase group to catch the breakaway late on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

Sunweb and Mitchelton-Scott work hard on the front of the chase group to catch the breakaway late on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Race leader Jai Hindley (Sunweb) sits comfortably in the main bunch

Race leader Jai Hindley (Sunweb) sits comfortably in the main bunch (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb’s Jai Hindley, in the yellow jersey as race leader, takes on some fuel as hie follows Australian road race champion Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott)

Sunweb’s Jai Hindley, in the yellow jersey as race leader, takes on some fuel as hie follows Australian road race champion Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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St George Continental youngster Sebastian Berwick sits in third place overall and has the white jersey as the Herald Sun Tour’s best young rider

St George Continental youngster Sebastian Berwick sits in third place overall and has the white jersey as the Herald Sun Tour’s best young rider (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves celebrates winning stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves celebrates winning stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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EF Pro Cycling’s James Whelan took the red jersey as most aggressive rider on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour

EF Pro Cycling’s James Whelan took the red jersey as most aggressive rider on stage 3 of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour (Image credit: Con Chronis)

Mitchelton-Scott's Kaden Groves won the bunch-sprint finish to stage 3 of the Herald Sun Tour in Wangaratta, Victoria, on Friday, beating stage 1 winner Alberto Dainese (Sunweb) and Israel Start-Up Nation's Mihkel Räim.

Dainese's Sunweb teammate Jai Hindley finished safely in the bunch to retain his overall lead by four seconds from Mitchelton-Scott's Damien Howson and six seconds over St George Continental's Sebastian Berwick.

"We knew that EF Pro Cycling were going to be strong; they have a really strong team here, and had Jimmy [Whelan] in the break, so they never had to chase today," Groves told reporters after his stage win.

"I think I came around the last corner in maybe sixth wheel, or something, but, with 400 metres to go, I was confident that I could come over the top," he said, having overpowered EF's Moreno Hofland and Räim in the final couple of hundred metres, with Dainese coming through to take second.

"It was a pretty hard stage today," Groves added. "It was the stage I'd picked for the week, and I'm not climbing too badly at the moment, so I was pretty happy with the hard pace on the first climb, and I made the front selection.

"After that, Sunweb were really marking us out of the race – and not letting us go in the break – so we had to chase all day," he explained. "After the final climb before the finish, I managed to drop some of the guys, and I had 'Yatesy' and Cam Meyer riding on the front. Although it all came back together, I think I was one of the freshest at the finish."

Having Simon Yates – the team's leader who lost six minutes on the final climb to Falls Creek on stage 2 – pulling on the front in the closing kilometres to set Groves up for the sprint was, the 21-year-old Australian admitted, "pretty special".

"It just shows how much of a good teammate he is, and that all the guys are super happy to ride for each other. I think that's why the team has so much success, too," Groves said.

How it unfolded

An uphill start to stage 3 from Bright to Wangaratta saw the race split apart on the first KOM climb, where Team BridgeLane's Sam Hill led over the top. By the bottom of the descent, with 36km covered, a group of around 55 riders had come together, which included race leader Jai Hindley (Sunweb).

Going clear over the top of the day's second climb after 60km, eight riders – Michael Rice (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast), Carter Turnbull (Kordamentha Australian National Team), James Whelan (EF Pro Cycling), Israel Start-Up Nation's Guillaume Boivin, James Oram (Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy), Ben Hill (Team BridgeLane), and Aevolo pair Charles-Etienne Chretien and Tyler Stites – were allowed to build up a lead of just over four minutes with 100km of the day's 178.1km stage to go.

Whelan went into the stage 1:11 down on race leader Hindley, and became the race's virtual leader on the road, and with 87km left to race, he and Turnbull decided to attack their breakaway companions. While first Hill and Boivin, and eventually the two Aevolo riders, Stites and Chretien, were able to join them, the move served to drop Oram and Rice, and the six remaining riders' lead was built back up to 4:30 with 67km to go.

Inside the last 35km, Stites was no longer able to follow the pace, and then, almost immediately afterwards, Hill, who was in his third break in three days, was forced to pull over at the side of the road suffering with severe cramp – just before the final intermediate sprint in Glenrowan, where he was hoping to try to take more points to secure his green jersey.

The leaders' advantage started to plummet as the sprinters' and GC contenders' teams formed at the front of the bunch, and while Whelan's vitual leadership slipped away, the quartet – led by Boivin and Whelan – still had just over a minute at the start of the final KOM climb with 18km to race.

After a strong ride in the break, Turnbull dropped away on the climb, and, with 12km to go, the remaining trio was caught by a group led by Mitchelton-Scott, which had managed to go clear of a second group on the climb, with Sunweb sprinter Dainese having missed the boat.

However, it all came back together inside the final 10km, and it was Mitchelton-Scott who came out on top when it came to delivering their sprinter to the line.

Results

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

Sprint 1 - Myrtleford
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 6
2James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 4
3Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2

Sprint 2 - Glenrowan
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 6
2Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 4
3Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 2

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

Mountain 1 - Germantown
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 20
2Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 12
3Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 6
4James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 2

Mountain 2 - Kancoona
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 20
2James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 12
3Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 6
4Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2

Mountain 3 - Wangaratta South
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 12
2Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 8
3Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 4

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Pro Cycling 12:22:25
2Team Sunweb
3Israel Start-Up Nation
4Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:00:02
5Team BridgeLane
6Kinan
7St George Continental
8Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:00:08
9Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:18
10ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:00:32
11Nero Continental 0:01:02
12Aevolo 0:02:08
13Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:06:32

General classification

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

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 18
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 18
3Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 16
4Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 12
5Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 10
6Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 10
7Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 10
8Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
9James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 6
10Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 6
11Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 6
12Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4
13James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 4
14Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 4
15Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 4
16Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 2

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 30
2James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 26
3James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 20
4Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 20
5Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 16
6Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 12
7Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 8
8Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 8
9Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 6
10Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4
11Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 4
12Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2

Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 9:50:36
2Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:01:33
3Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 0:02:14
4Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:26
5Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:04:43
6Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo 0:06:01
7Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:07:14
8Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:11:07
9Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:12:46
10Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental 0:16:18

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sunweb 29:33:44
2EF Pro Cycling 0:01:44
3Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:07:29
4Mitchelton-Scott 0:09:57
5Kinan 0:10:29
6Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:11:18
7Israel Start-Up Nation 0:14:24
8Aevolo 0:16:50
9Team BridgeLane 0:22:48
10Nero Continental 0:28:16
11Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:30:52
12St George Continental 0:33:57
13ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:40:54

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