McCarthy a Surprise Winner of Jayco Herald Sun Tour's Stage 3
Unheralded 19-year-old sprinter Robert-John McCarthy upset a cast of sprint aces when he won the frantic bunch sprint of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s 156 kilometer third stage from Mitchelton Winery to Nagambie; Simon Clarke keeps the overall race lead.
of general classification challengers Wurf and Jack Haig (Avanti Cycling Team), but would be more intent on riding his own race in Sunday’s final 124 kilometer stage.
“We’ll ride to our plan, I’ve got Gerro by my side who is a great climber, so I just need to stick close to him and we’ll work together and work on our team plan,” said Clarke.
“If people attack us, we can adjust that plan, but we’ll be on our own path.
“They’re both dangerous, there’s no reason to decipher who’s going to be more dangerous, they both are.”
Earlier in the stage, seven riders were quick to ride off the peloton at the fall of the flag, joined shortly after by an eighth rider in Kristian Juel of Team Budget Forklifts.
Seemingly lacking the grit and tenacity of yesterday’s break led by Clarke, a catch seemed inevitable, however surprisingly four riders from the initial group held together until the catch occurred inside five kilometers to the finish in Nagambie.
The break held close to four minutes over the main field approaching the foot of the first King of the Mountain classification climb through the Strathbogie Ranges at 55 kilometers travelled, with the break still holding two minutes 40 second advantage at the top of the second King of the Mountain a further 12 kilometers later.
It was the WorldTour teams GreenEdge, Garmin-Sharp-POC and Cannondale Pro Cycling Team that did the bulk of the work on the open roads to reduce the gap to a comfortable margin off the climbs, before really tightening the screws 25 kilometers from home.