Mitchelton-SCOTT have guided Colombian climber Esteban Chaves to overall victory on the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Kinglake today.
Chaves and teammates Cameron Meyer and Damien Howsonfinished safely in select front group to secure all top three positions overall for the home WorldTour outfit.
Controlling the circuits:
Starting the day with a 32 and 39second buffer to teammates and former winners Meyer (2015) and Howson (2017), and 45seconds to his nearest true competitor in Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) it was a day of controlling for Mitchelton-SCOTT.
After crashing yesterday, national champion Alex Edmondsonjoined Michael Hepburn and Lucas Hamilton for the early work, keeping a breakaway that swelled to 14 riders to a maximum advantage of around 90seconds.
Final lap seals clean sweep:
The race was back together on the final lap, just ahead of the final climb with seven kilometres remaining. Young climber Robert Power set a solid pace up the climb to discourage any late moves.
A group of 17 reached the line together with Meyer sprinting to second place behind stage winner Sam Crome (Bennelong SwissWellness).
Chaves and Howson also rolled across the line in the bunch to celebrate a clean sweep of the podium, plus the team classification prize.
Esteban Chaves – 2018 Jayco Herald Sun Tour champion:
“It’s a really nice feeling to win here in the home country of the team. We are really happy with the team, we rode really well.
“We raced this year different, every climb was full gas with the breakaway really close. It was intense but the team did very well so thanks very much to all of them. It is unbelievable to have one, two, three overall.
“I think this is only the second general classification I won in my career so it is very beautiful and I am really happy.”
Cameron Meyer – 2nd overall:
“You go out there always wanting to win but to have three riders on the podium shows the strength of the team and the strength across the whole tour and probably the whole Australian summer really. It is something special to have three of us up on the podium and we will enjoy it.”
Damien Howson – 3rd overall:
“It was a really exciting finish and I am just as happy as I was last year as we have my Colombian mate finishing the job off today taking the yellow jersey after his superb ride yesterday.
“It was an incredible ride by everyone today we were always in control but it was definitely not the easiest of races and everyone committed to their roles 100% and the results speak for themselves really.”
Successful Aussie Summer:
Today’s result wraps up a successful Australian summer which included eight victories across the men’s and women’s teams.
– Australian Criterium Championships – Men
– Australian Road Race Championships – Men
– Women’s Tour Down Under – Stage 3
– Women’s Tour Down Under – Overall
– Santos Tour Down Under – Stage 2
– Santos Tour Down Under – Overall
– Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Stage 3
– Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Overall
Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Stage 4 Results:
1. Sam Crome (Bennelong SwissWellness) 3:37:34
2. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
3. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) ST
Jayco Herald Sun Tour – FINAL General Classification:
1. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 18:34:09
2. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:26
3. Damien Howson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:39