Race reports

Damien Howson wins the 2017 Sun Tour, Ian Stannard wins a tight final stage

KINGLAKE, Australia (CT) – He’s made a name for himself as the ultimate domestique, as a team player who rides the front in the mountains to support his teammates. But this week at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour the tables were turned and Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) was able to call in some favours from those …

Travis McCabe sprints to victory on crash-marred stage 3 of the Sun Tour

NAGAMBIE, Australia (CT) – At first blush, the finish of today’s sprinter-friendly stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour looked a little sketchy. Two tight right-handers, narrow roads and a narrow bridge all in the last 3km – crashes were always a possibility. Indeed, when race director John Trevorrow announced over race radio this morning …

Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture

BEECHWORTH, Australia (CT) – Two road stages of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour complete and two victories for riders usually consigned to working for others. A day after Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) won solo on Falls Creek to take the yellow jersey, Luke Rowe (Sky) took his own solo victory by attacking from the day-long …

Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek

FALLS CREEK, Australia (CT) – In the past few seasons Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) has made a name for himself as a reliable and hard-working domestique in the mountains. He’s a man that rode the front at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España last year, to help get his teammate Esteban Chaves to the podium …

Danny van Poppel claims prologue victory at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

MELBOURNE, Australia (CT) – Danny van Poppel (Sky) has taken out the prologue individual time trial at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour, setting a new course record in the process. The Dutchman flew around the technical 2.1km course in the heart of Melbourne, crossing the line in a time of 2:32.56 — an average …

Wout wins again: Van Aert takes second world cyclocross title after muddy duel with Mathieu van der Poel

Belgium’s Wout van Aert claimed a second consecutive world cyclocross championship Sunday in Bieles, Luxembourg, after a muddy duel with perennial rival Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands. The 22-year-old from Herentals, who skipped last weekend’s World Cup race in Hoogerheide due to a knee injury, rode a measured race over a hilly and …

Nikias Arndt sprints to narrow victory at the 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

GEELONG, Australia (CT) – Three years of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, three very different results. In 2015 it was a sprint from a group of just eight; in 2016 we had a solo winner; in 2017, the race’s first on the WorldTour calendar, it was a much bigger group that contested the …

Sanne Cant crowned world cyclocross champion: ‘It’s the most beautiful day of my life!’

At first, it was a familiar sight: seven-time former world champion Marianne Vos in orange leading the elite women’s field at yet another World Cyclocross Championships. But neither the highly technical course and conditions nor her competition was going to let her run off with an eighth win. As a result, fans were treated to …

Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit

MELBOURNE, Australia (CT) – After several near misses last week at the Tour Down Under, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) has taken his first win of the 2017 season, sprinting to victory at Race Melbourne. The Irishman flew down the barriers to take a comfortable victory in the 116.6km circuit around Melbourne’s Albert Park, finishing several bike …

Richie Porte wins the 2017 Tour Down Under, Caleb Ewan takes a fourth stage win

ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – History will show that Richie Porte (BMC) won the 2017 Tour Down Under on stage 2 when he rode into Paracombe on his own. His win on Willunga Hill three days later — his fourth straight victory on that climb — only padded out his eventual winning margin. Of course, the …

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