Haas Sprints to Victory in Stage 1 of 2014 Herald Sun Tour
Garmin-Sharp-POC continued to show its strength and determinism on the roads of Victoria, as former Herald Sun Tour champion Nathan Haas held off all-comers in a long, uphill bunch sprint to claim stage 1 of the 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Ballarat.
15 riders emerged at the front, giving chase to the three-man group up the road.
Team GreenEdge were dominant, with five of their six riders - including race favourite Gerrans - amongst the aggressors in the chase. Damien Howson was the sole rider from the Australian WorldTour outfit who proved unable to join the chase.
Eventual stage winner Haas and Garmin-Sharp-POC teammates Von Hoff and Bauer were also in the chase group.
Reeling in the breakaway on the descent of Glenmore Hill, the now lead group of 18 established a 32 second buffer over the peloton, before the bulk of riders came back together again over the top of the second Budget Forklifts King of the Mountain climb, the category four Mount Egerton, and would power on across the remaining 28 kilometers to the finish line in Ballarat.