Double success at Sun Tour

03 Feb 2019

Double success at Sun Tour

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Herald Sun Tour stage five: Melbourne, 89.1km

Dylan van Baarle claimed a popular overall victory at Herald Sun Tour on the day Kristoffer Halvorsen took his first win for the team
 
Protected by his Team Sky teammates throughout 21 laps around the Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens, Van Baarle played a key role in the final lead-out, dragging Halvorsen and final man Owain Doull into position heading into the final kilometre. 
 
The win perfectly capped off a dominant week for Team Sky, with Van Baarle making sure of a 24-second race win – the Dutchman’s first overall stage race victory since the 2014 Tour of Britain.
 
Team Sky set the pace for much of the final stage, keeping the day’s breakaway in check. Kenny Elissonde got through a lot of work and was rewarded with seventh place overall. One place further back, Pavel Sivakov cemented another top-10 finish, and with it the young riders’ jersey. With Team Sky also taking the team prize and Christian Knees winning the climbs classification, it represented a superb group performance and a great end to our time Down Under.
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Dylan van Baarle

Dylan van Baarle

I’m really happy I could win here. I have to thank the whole team.
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- Dylan van Baarle

“I’m really happy I could win here. I have to thank the whole team. 
 
“They did a really really good job today and also with Kristoffer winning the stage it’s incredible. It’s been a great trip down to Australia and I’m happy it finished off this way.
 
“Of course you think about it but when a plan comes together it’s super nice. This is a really fantastic race at Herald Sun Tour and I enjoy it here a lot. I’m looking forward to coming back!”
- Kristoffer Halvorsen

“It was really good to get the win. We’ve got a strong team here and today they showed how strong they are. It’s just unbelievable. 
 
“We weren’t worried about the break because we have guys like Luke and Kneesy in the team. They know exactly what to do and they are really strong. Luke knows everything. You just need to follow him and you know you are in the best place in the peloton at the right time.
 
“It’s been a good day!”
Stage five result

1. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) 1:55:56
2. Dion Smith (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
3. Brenton Jones (Australia)
4. Alex Frame (Trek-Segafredo)
5. Tom Scully (EF Education First)

Overall standings

1. Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) 13:24:38
2. Nick Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott) +24"
3. Michael Woods (EF Education First) +1:52"
4. Chris Harper (Team BridgeLane) +2:13"
5. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
7. Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky) +2:30"
8. Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) +3:21"

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