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Hindley sews up Herald Sun Tour title as Groves takes final stage

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Champagne time for third-placed Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott), overall 2020 Herald Sun Tour winner Jai Hindley (Sunweb) and second-placed Sebastian Berwick (St George Continental)

Champagne time for third-placed Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott), overall 2020 Herald Sun Tour winner Jai Hindley (Sunweb) and second-placed Sebastian Berwick (St George Continental) (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the fifth and final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne

Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) wins the fifth and final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The final podium of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour: Mitchelton-Scott’s Damien Howson in third, winner Jai Hindley (Sunweb) and runner-up Sebastian Berwick (St George Continental)

The final podium of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour: Mitchelton-Scott’s Damien Howson in third, winner Jai Hindley (Sunweb) and runner-up Sebastian Berwick (St George Continental) (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The peloton crosses through the line for another lap

The peloton crosses through the line for another lap (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Race leader Jai Hindley’s Sunweb squad keep him save during the final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour in central Melbourne

Race leader Jai Hindley’s Sunweb squad keep him save during the final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour in central Melbourne (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves celebrates his stage victory

Mitchelton-Scott’s Kaden Groves celebrates his stage victory (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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The fifth and final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour took place on a circuit around Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens

The fifth and final stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour took place on a circuit around Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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St George Continental’s Sebastian Berwick finished second overall and was the race’s best young rider

St George Continental’s Sebastian Berwick finished second overall and was the race’s best young rider (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Team BridgeLane’s Ben Hill was the winner of the green points jersey

Team BridgeLane’s Ben Hill was the winner of the green points jersey (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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It’s a champagne battle on the podium for the 2020 Herald Sun Tour’s best team, Sunweb

It’s a champagne battle on the podium for the 2020 Herald Sun Tour’s best team, Sunweb (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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Sunweb’s Jai Hindley with his 2020 Herald Sun Tour trophy

Sunweb’s Jai Hindley with his 2020 Herald Sun Tour trophy (Image credit: Con Chronis)
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A job well done for 2020 Herald Sun Tour champion Jai Hindley and his Sunweb teammates

A job well done for 2020 Herald Sun Tour champion Jai Hindley and his Sunweb teammates (Image credit: Con Chronis)

Team Sunweb's Jai Hindley took what the 23-year-old Australian described as the biggest win of his career at the Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Sunday, finishing safely in the bunch on a fifth and final stage won by Mitchelton-Scott's Kaden Groves ahead of teammate Dion Smith and EF Pro Cycling's Moreno Hofland.

It was Groves' second stage win of the week, which meant that the sprinter equalled climber Hindley's haul of victories on the two mountain stages at this year's race – at Falls Creek on stage 2 and Mount Buller on stage 4, where the general classification was won.

Hindley held a four-second overall lead over Mitchelton's Damien Howson after the second stage, with St George Continental youngster Sebastian Berwick a further two seconds back in third place. The podium places switched after stage 4 to Mount Buller after Berwick finished second on the stage to Hindley, and those positions from Saturday were maintained until after Sunday's final stage, after which Hindley could be crowned the winner, taking the 2020 title by 17 seconds from Berwick – who lost seven seconds on the run-in to the line – and 36 seconds from Howson.

"I'm super relieved to finish the race off and get the win, and repay all the boys for all the hard work they've done this week," Hindley said soon after crossing the finish line next to Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens.

"It's pretty amazing to get my name on that trophy," he added when reminded of some of the past winners of Australia's oldest stage race. "There are some pretty big names on there, so for me this is a huge win. It's the biggest win of my career, and I'm thrilled to get it."

How it unfolded

As expected, Ben Hill (Team BridgeLane) attacked from the gun, keen to wrap up his lead in the green points jersey competition at the day's intermediate sprints, with the first coming after five laps of the 4.05km circuit, which would be covered 22 times for a stage distance of 89.1km.

The bunch seemed unsure about letting him get away so early, making for a fast, aggressive start for everyone, and a flurry of attacks from various riders were shut down.

EF Pro Cycling's James Whelan initiated the first break that stuck on lap 2, and seven riders got clear with him: Hill, Oliver's Real Food Racing's Brendon Davids, Hiroshi Tsubaki (Kinan), Alex Cataford (Israel Start-Up Nation), Jay Vine (Nero Continental) and Jesse Ewart (Team Sapura Cycling).

What might have otherwise been a processional final stage was spiced up by the fact that Vine and Ewart, who had made the break, were on equal time overall in fifth and sixth place, respectively, and so wanted to compete against Hill in the intermediate sprints for the bonus seconds on offer, while Hill was chasing the points.

The seven-man breakaway had built up a lead of half a minute after three laps, and when Michael Freiburg (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast) made it across, it made eight riders at the head of affairs, heading towards the first of the day's two intermediate sprints.

Hill led it out for the sprint after five laps, with Vine and Ewart on his wheel, but they remained in that position across the line, meaning that Hill took the maximum six points for the points jersey that he wanted, while Vine took a two-second time bonus to leapfrog Ewart into fifth place overall, leaving Ewart a second behind overall, in sixth.

After that, the eight riders settled down to maintain their lead, working well together to keep their lead hovering around the 40-second mark, although Hill soon decided to  drop back, having done enough to secure the green jersey.

Behind them, the bunch was controlled by race leader Hindley's Sunweb team, and Vine went clear through the second and last intermediate sprint to take the three bonus seconds and extend his overall lead from Ewart.

With two laps of the circuit to go, the seven were still hanging out on their own by about 12 seconds, but the day out in front had taken its toll on them, and on the penultimate climb of Anderson Street, only Ewart and Vine were left.

The two riders came through with one lap to go with a small gap over the chasing peloton, still led by Sunweb squad, but as Ewart and Vine were swept up, Mitchelton-Scott took control to deliver their sprinter, Groves, to victory, with the team's Dion Smith carrying enough speed through the line to finish ahead of EF Pro Cycling's Moreno Hofland.

"The guys did a perfect job of keeping me fresh on every stage, and delivering me to the finishes as smoothly as possible, so I think the result is pretty good for the week," said Groves after taking his second stage victory of the week.

"We've been on the podium on almost every stage, so it's been a successful week for the team."

Results

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

Sprint 1 - finish of lap 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane
2Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental
3Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling

Sprint 2 - finish of lap 15
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental
2Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling
3Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation

Sprint 3 - stage finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
2Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
3Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling
4Michael Rice (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott 5:55:54
2Team Sunweb
3Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy
4Aevolo 0:00:09
5EF Pro Cycling 0:00:18
6Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00:19
7Team BridgeLane 0:00:27
8St George Continental 0:00:30
9Kinan 0:00:42
10Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:00:58
11Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:01:21
12Nero Continental 0:01:28
13ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:01:37

General classification

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

Sprints classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 34
2Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 28
3Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 20
4Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 18
5Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental 16
6Moreno Hofland (Ned) EF Pro Cycling 16
7Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 14
8Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 12
9Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling 10
10Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Start-Up Nation 10
11Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 8
12Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott 8
13James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 6
14Michael Rice (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 6
15Luke Mudgway (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 6
16Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4
17James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 4
18Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 4
19Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 4
20Ayden Toovey (Aus) Team Bridgelane 4
21Ryan Thomas (Aus) ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 4
22Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 2
23Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 2
24Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 2

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb 54
2James Whelan (Aus) EF Pro Cycling 26
3Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 24
4James Oram (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 20
5Samuel Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 20
6Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 16
7Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 12
8Hayden McCormick (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 12
9Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental 8
10Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 8
11Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation 8
12Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 6
13Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 4
14Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling 4
15Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 4
16Ethan Batt (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 4
17Benjamin Hill (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2

Young rider classifcation
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental 14:50:40
2Rudy Porter (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team
3Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Aevolo 0:02:24
4Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling 0:03:12
5Conor Schunk (USA) Aevolo 0:04:52
6Ari Scott (NZl) Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:09:12
7Carter Turnbull (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:14:20
8Calan White (Aus) Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:15:13
9Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:21:36
10Dylan McKenna (Aus) Nero Continental 0:25:31

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sunweb 44:37:09
2EF Pro Cycling 0:05:45
3Mitchelton-Scott 0:08:13
4Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy 0:09:48
5Kordamentha Australian National Team 0:12:15
6Kinan 0:15:05
7Israel Start-Up Nation 0:16:17
8Team BridgeLane 0:30:01
9Aevolo 0:33:07
10Nero Continental 0:47:03
11Oliver's Real Food Racing 0:49:20
12St George Continental 0:50:22
13ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 1:11:31

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