Doull seals first win in Herald Sun 1-2

01 Feb 2019

Doull seals first win in Herald Sun 1-2

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Herald Sun Tour stage three: Sale to Warragul (161.3km)

Owain Doull led home a Team Sky 1-2 with Luke Rowe on stage three of the Herald Sun Tour to secure his first professional victory.

The pair were part of a nine-man break that led the bunch for the majority of the day, until the pair attacked their fellow escapees in the closing five kilometres.

They were joined briefly by Nathan Elliott, but the Australian national rider was unable to match the pace of the Welsh duo and Rowe and Doull crossed the line, arms aloft to record Team Sky’s first win of the season. 
  
Kristoffer Halvorsen then sprinted for the line to secure 10th to make it three riders in the top 10 for a second successive stage and maintain Team Sky’s advantage atop the Best Team classification.

There was no change in the general classification, with Kenny Elissonde third behind leader Michael Woods (Education First Pro Cycling) while Pavel Sivakov still tops the Best Young Rider standings.
Highlights
Owain Doull

Owain Doull

At one stage I thought it was going to come back together when Mitchelton-Scott were getting involved, but the whole group worked really well today and we held off."
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Owain Doull:  “We thought it could be a day for the breakaway as a few teams might let it go.

“Me and Luke kind of purposefully lost a bit of time yesterday to give us a bit of rope in the break.

“At one stage i thought it was going to come back together when Mitchelton-Scott getting involved, but the whole group worked really well today and we held off.

“There was the big crash and I think everyone sat up and waited, I think [race leader] Michael Woods was involved so we all sat up and waited for him, but then the break went away and after about 10km I was able to jump away and get across solo and it was a solid day out infront.” 
Riders of the day: It's unfair to pick one, so Rowe and Doull share the honour here for their splendid work in the breakaway to seal the Team Sky 1-2.
A man in demand after his victory

A man in demand after his victory

Moment of the day: A perfectly-timed attack on the dwindling breakaway saw Rowe and Doull go clear of their rivals and ensure there was a Team Sky winner on stage three.
Pavel Sivakov is still leading the Young Rider Classification

Pavel Sivakov is still leading the Young Rider Classification

What's next? A GC day is in the offing, with an undulating, yet short (112km) course set to finish with the Arthurs Seat climb that could crucial to the leaders' hopes of winning the Herald Sun Tour.
Stage three result 
 
1. Owain Doull (Team Sky) 3:28:47   
2. Luke Rowe (Team Sky) s.t.
3. Liam White (Drapac-Cannondale Holistic Development Team) +29”
4. Luke Mudgway (Evo Pro) +36”       
5. Ryan Cavanagh (St George Continental Cycling Team) s.t.            
 
 
Overall standings:
 
1. Michael Woods (Education First Pro Cycling) 8:42:38
2. Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) +4”
3. Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky) +27”
4. Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott) +29”
5. Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) +33”
6. Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) +53”

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