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by Mark Zalewski

February 3, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Degenkolb wins rough and tumble Dubai sprint; Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek; Kristoff fires back with win at Etoile de Bessèges, stage 2; Tony Martin solos to win at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Stuyven forging his own path despite past comparisons with Classics kings; Grivko punches Kittel amidst tense crosswinds in Dubai; Should welfare come before winning?; Canyon coming to the US market by summer; Judge rules against lawsuit over Dekker’s tell-all book; Pair recreates 1928 Aussie-Kiwi Tour de France ride in documentary; Cadel Evans joins ride for veterans with PTSD; Video: Crosswinds wreak havoc in Dubai; Skoda ad features career of Bradley Wiggins.

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

by Matt de Neef

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 in both of those Grand Tours. Today, on the slopes of Falls Creek at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Howson got his own chance to shine.

Howson had attacked from a thinned-out peloton roughly halfway up the 30km stage-ending climb with Sky’s Kenny Elissonde for company. The duo caught the remnants of the day’s breakaway then led the race as the ski resort came into view. Until those final kilometres, Howson was still in domestique mode.

“All the way until 2km to go today [when] I put down my final attack, I always had my teammates in my mind,” Howson said. “We had so many cards to play — four climbers within a team of seven. Any of us could have won today and we all put it out there and it all fell in place for myself today. I was 100% confident in myself to win and once I said I was confident to win, the team put full faith in me as well. So I can’t thank the team enough for that.”

Howson’s attack with 2km to go left Elissonde behind and allowed the former U23 world time trial champion to solo to his first individual victory since turning pro in 2014.

“This is my first win in these colours and it’s been a long spell without a win,” Howson said. “I have been living my successes through others which I am always happy to do, but it’s nice to get a little bit of glory today.”

Stage 1: Wangaratta > Falls Creek - Stage Result

Thursday 2nd February 2017

1. au
HOWSON Damien
ORICA-Scott
04:33:54
2. au
HINDLEY Jai
Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia
0:32
3. fr
ELISSONDE Kenny
Team Sky
0:47
4. au
STORER Michael
Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia
1:03
5. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
ORICA-Scott
1:10
6. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
1:11
7. au
EARLE Nathan
Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia
-
8. au
HAMILTON Lucas
Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia
-
9. au
MEYER Cameron
Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia
1:13
10. au
ROE Timothy
IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team
1:15

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