Young WA-based Team Sunweb rider Jai Hindley has won general classification at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.
23yo Hindley proved to be the strongest of the high-profile field, winning the Stage 2 sprint and moved into the race lead. After Team Sunweb riders helped protect Hindley’s lead on a difficult stage three, the penultimate day of racing on stage four saw the peloton faced with Mount Buller, the second mountain top finish of the race. Hindley won that tough stage, his second win of the five stages.
“I’m super relieved to finish the tour off today and get the win,” Hindley said.
“It’s pretty amazing to get my name on that trophy with some pretty big names on there, so for me this is a huge win. It’s for sure the biggest win of my career so I’m thrilled to get it today.”
Luke Roberts, the Team Sunweb coach , said the win was all about teamwork.
“The little things we picked up throughout the weeks in Adelaide and Geelong, the guys put into practice this week,” he said.
“We really started to make steps to become a very strong team this week, considering it’s such a young group, and we were able to almost dominate this race. Full credit to the guys for their commitment here and it’s good that we could also see the results at the end of it from their commitment and good teamwork. I’m really happy for the guys and it’s awesome to have won three stages, take the GC title and for all the guys to be on the podium and celebrate together as winners of the team classification.”
2020 Herald Sun Tour Top 5
|1||Jai Hindley (Aus) Sunweb|
|2||Sebastian Berwick (Aus) St George Continental||+17|
|3||Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott||36|
|4||Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling||1:00|
|5||Jay Vine (Aus) Nero Continental||1:28|