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by Mark Zalewski
February 2, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel doubles up at Dubai Tour; Danny van Poppel claims prologue victory at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour; BMC wins Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana TTT; Démare wins Etoile de Bessèges opener; Vos, van der Poel follow-up Worlds disappointments with wins; Contract secured: Nathan Earle in career-best form and ready to get back on the winners’ list; 30 feet above a very different finish line: Masters racer recounts life-saving recovery after harrowing crash on bridge; Renowned cycling photographer Graham Watson retires; Advocacy group calls 10 day sentence for drunk driver who killed cyclist ‘unacceptable’; Colorado legislature considering adopting ‘Idaho Stop’ law; Video: Highlights from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races; Backstage Pass: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
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 speed of 49.7km/h. Brenton Jones (JLT-Condor) was less than second behind in second place, adding to his third-place finish on the corresponding stage in the 2015 edition. Jones’ teammate Alex Frame was third fastest, a further 10th-of-a-second behind Jones, a week after two stage wins at the New Zealand Cycle Classic.
For van Poppel, the victory comes after several near-misses at the Santos Tour Down Under and Race Melbourne in recent weeks. While the UCI 2.1 Herald Sun Tour isn’t a WorldTour race like the Tour Down Under, van Poppel is still happy to score his first win of the year.
“It’s not the level like Tour Down Under but it’s a victory,” the Dutchman said. “I’m on a good way at the start of the season and I’m ready for the Classics. I’m really happy because you’re always searching for your first victory for the team and for myself and I’m happy that I did it.”
Van Poppel’s win gives him the yellow leader’s jersey heading into tomorrow’s first of four road stages. With two big climbs on the menu though, the sprinter knows he has little chance of being in yellow come this time tomorrow.
“I hope that I can give it tomorrow to Chris [Froome],” van Poppel said of the leader’s jersey. “Tomorrow is a nice day for Chris and the team so we go full for him. I think I will be one of the first guys to work for Chris, which is maybe a bit strange with the yellow jersey, but we have some really good climbers, some smaller guys, so they will stay with him.”