Owain Doull takes win on stage 3 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour

01 February 2019 02:36
It was a Team Sky – and a Welsh – one-two at the finish of stage 3 of the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Friday when Owain Doull and Luke Rowe crossed the line together after the two riders escaped in the final five kilometres from a group of nine riders, with Doull taking the victory. Overall race leader Michael Woods (EF Education First) kept his powder dry in the safety of the peloton, with the race set to be decided on four ascents of the climb of Arthurs Seat on Saturday's penultimate stage. A crash just 35 kilometres into the stage brought down a number of riders, and the two riders who came off worst were Carter Turnbull of the KordaMentha Australian Team, who was knocked unconscious, and was to be kept in hospital overnight for observation after recovering consciousness, and Australian road race champion Michael Freiberg (Pro Racing Sunshine Coast), who was also taken to nearby Traralgon Hospital, where he received stitches for facial injuries and treatment for cuts and bruises.ADVERTISEMENT Soon after the crash, a group of nine riders escaped off the front, and Doull, Rowe, Nathan Elliott (KordaMentha Australian Team), Trek-Segafredo's Will Clarke, Team Bridgelane's Neil Van Der Ploeg, Conor Murtagh (Oliver's Real Food Racing), Drapac Cannondale Holistic's Liam White, Ryan Cavanagh (St George Continental) and EvoPro's Luke Mudgway had built up a 5:25 lead over the bunch by the halfway stage of the 127km stage between Sale and Warragul in Victoria, Australia. While Woods' EF Education First squad was content to control the race and let the break have some rope, Mitchelton-Scott came to the front later on the stage, but weren't able to reel the break in, with Doull's Team Sky teammate Kristoffer Halvorsen bringing the bunch home 1:19 behind the stage winner. The leading nine riders worked well together, but on a steep rise five kilometres before the finish, Rowe and Doull took the opportunity to attack the break, building up a 30-second lead to take the Sky one-two, with the remaining seven riders left to fight it out between them for third place, which was taken by Drapac Cannondale Holistic's Liam White. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News