Team Sky versatile Dutchman Danny Van Poppel has stormed his way into the lead at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour after a record breaking ride in the Melbourne CBD. Van Poppel was he fastest against the clock, coming in ahead of Brenton Jones (JLT) and Alex Frame (JLT).
The 2.1km prologue to kick off Australia’s oldest stage race set off in the heart of Melbourne and took a mere two minutes and 32 seconds for the Sky rider to complete while headline act, and team mate, Chris Froome finished 26th of the 104 starters, yet only seven seconds off off the lead.
Froome admitted the course wasn’t favoured for a rider of his type, yet is keen for the week ahead. “It’s definitely a bit of a lung buster and just two minutes to get everything out. It’s not really my kind of course, but it’s great to kick the week off.”
Columbian Esteban Chaves raced to 64th overall, 11 seconds from Van Poppel on a course that took the field from Federation Square to to banks of the Yarra River. Today, riders begin their assault on the tour with a 174 epic from Wangaratta to Falls Creek.
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