Falls Creek became Orica-Scott country late afternoon when the herald sun tour rolled into town and Damien Howson raced his way to victory. Typically the hard working domestique of the team, assisting with GC ambitions at the Giro and La Vuelta, Howson was the shining star of the team after attacking the skimmed peloton halfway up the 30km climb.
Howson was joined by Kenny Elissonde (SKY) on the ambitious feat where the pair swept up the remaining members of the early breakaway, continuing on to lead the race to the finish line. The Orica-Scott rider attacked Elissonde with two kilometres left allowing for the Australian to race to his first individual victory since stepping onto the professional circuits in 2014.
Howson now leads the race with a 32 second lead over compatriot Jai Hindley in second place.
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