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by Matt de Neef
February 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel wins the Dubai Tour with three stage victories; Damien Howson wins the Jayco Herald Sun Tour; Nairo Quintana victorious at the Tour of Valencia; Lilian Caelmejane wins Etoile de Besseges after stage 3 victory; Kerrison – Geraint Thomas can win the Giro d’Italia; Broken bike frame for Tom Dumoulin; Bradley Wiggins injured just hours before The Jump; Orica-Scott Backstage Pass – Stage 3 of the Sun Tour; GCN vs John Degenkolb.
Damien Howson (Orica-Scott) has navigated a stressful few days at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour to convert his stage 1 victory into overall success in the Australian event.
Howson won stage 1 at the Falls Creek ski resort, before defending his lead through the remaining three stages of the race. The race threw plenty at Howson in that time, including a puncture at a crucial moment on stage 2 and a dangerous sprint finish on stage 3. But in the end, Howson was able to get through the final stage unscathed to add his name to the Sun Tour honour roll.
“There’s a lot of prestigious names on that list,” Howson said. “I was just looking at the trophy there on the presentation and I’m really happy to join that list of guys. To get my first win only a couple days ago and to continue all the way through and keep the yellow jersey on the final day — it’s my first overall win ever.
“So yeah it’s also nice to break into new territory myself.”
Stage 2 was won solo by Sky’s Luke Rowe, the stage 3 sprint was taken out by Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare) and the final stage was won by Ian Stannard (Sky) with a late solo move from the breakaway. Twenty-year-old Australian Jai Hindley turned his second on stage 1 into second overall, an impressive effort from the young West Australian.
Follow the link to read more about the final stage of the Sun Tour.