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The Jayco Herald Sun Tour might be overshadowed by its bigger cousins — the Santos Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race — but there’s still a lot to like about this humble UCI 2.1 race. It’s Australia’s oldest stage race, for a start, so it has a history that no other stage race in Australia can match. It also has a charm to it that the Aussie WorldTour races don’t have; a genuine beauty in its quaintness.
It’s an international race attended by some of the world’s biggest teams, while also being one of the most important races for local domestic teams. It’s a way for the big-name riders to find early-season form while also providing the perfect stage for young local riders to take it to the world’s best and prove themselves as stars of the future.
The 2018 edition of the Sun Tour was significant for several reasons, not least because it was the first edition to include a women’s race. It was only two stages, sure, and one of them was a 1.6km individual time trial, but it’s a start. Brodie Chapman’s underdog win wasn’t just one of the rides of the Sun Tour but of the entire Australian summer.
The men’s race was significant for contrasting reasons. It ended with a Mitchelton-Scott clean sweep of the overall podium — Esteban Chaves, Cameron Meyer and Damien Howson — but also saw the emergence of several terrific talents. Alexander Evans (Mobius-BridgeLane) was chief among them, but Lionel Mawditt and James Whelan were also among those to shine. The future is bright for Aussie cycling.
And with that, the Australian summer of cycling is done. We hope you enjoy this look back at the 65th edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in photos.
– Stage 1
– Stage 2
– Brodie Chapman feature
– Stage 1
– Stage 2
– Stage 3
– Stage 4
– Tech feature: Lasse Norman Hansen’s 3T Strada 1x road bike