Luke Mudgway of EvoProRacing has finished 4th in stage 3 of the Herald Sun Tour. The Gravel and Tar Classic winner finished behind Team Sky duo Owain Doull and Luke Rowe, with Liam White of Drapac-Cannondale Holistic Development Team third.
Day 3 of the Herald Sun Tour packed the punch in the latter half of the stage with a rolling final 50% which incorporated the climbs of Yallourn North and Shady Creek. It was a day that saw a breakaway succeed as nine riders took off up the road. Team Sky posted Luke Rowe and Owain Doull in the move with Luke Mudgway of EvoPro Racing, Ryan Cavanagh of St George Continental, Drapac’s Liam White, Trek-Segafredo’s Will Clarke, Oliver’s Real Food Racing’s Conor Murtagh, Nathan Elliott of KordaMentha Australian Team and Team BridgeLane’s Neil Van Der Ploeg.
The group worked together to build a lead of 5.25mins by the halfway point, but with no major threats to the overall lead of Michael Woods of EF Education First the break were able to stay clear and contest the win. It wasn’t Yallourn North or Shady Creek that got to the breakaway in the end though, but after the entrance to Warragul. The break of nine had largely remained together but Team Sky showed their force with Doull and Rowe attacking together and putting distance in the rest.
Doull and Rowe were clear and they were free to enjoy the moment; crossing the line in celebration together with Doull being gifted the win ahead of his teammate. Behind them Liam White broke free of the rest of the break to cross the line 29 seconds back from the Sky duo. Luke Mudgway led home the group behind him in fourth with Ryan Cavanagh and Conor Murtagh in tow.
The peloton were led home by Team Sky’s Kristoffer Halvorsen, with Brenton Jones of Korda Mentha Real Estate Australia and New Zealand’s favourite Aussie – Robert Stannard of Mitchelton-SCOTT – just behind.
|Rank||Last Name||First Name||Country||Team||Result|
|3||WHITE||Liam||AUS||Drapac Cannondale Holistic development team||03:29:16|
|5||CAVANAGH||Ryan||AUS||St George Continental Cycling Team||03:29:23|
|6||MURTAGH||Conor||AUS||Oliver’s Real Food Racing||03:29:23|
|7||VAN DER PLOEG||Neil||AUS||Team bridgelane||03:29:26|
|8||CLARKE||William||AUS||TREK – SEGAFREDO||03:29:26|
|12||STANNARD||Robert||AUS||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||03:30:06|
|13||YATES||Theodore||AUS||Drapac Cannondale Holistic development team||03:30:06|
|15||WIGGINS||Craig||AUS||St George Continental Cycling Team||03:30:06|
|16||VAN BAARLE||Dylan||NED||TEAM SKY||03:30:06|
|17||PORTE||Richie||AUS||TREK – SEGAFREDO||03:30:06|
|19||WOODS||Michael||CAN||EF Education First||03:30:06|
|20||EWART||Jesse||AUS||TEAM SAPURA CYCLING||03:30:06|