Herald Sun Tour saw its first stage being dominated by Team Sky as British national champion Peter Kennaugh took charge along with his teammate Chris Froome.
The amazing run on Thursday saw the pair break away from the pack after 97 kilometers (60.3 miles) of the 126.1 km (78.3 miles) stage. The duo could not be caught after that.
The total time taken by Team Sky was three hours, one minute and 47 seconds. Kennaugh took the overall lead from Froome by seven seconds.
It has to be noted that Kennaugh won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race last weekend. The pair started their attack of the first stage on the second climb.
Team Sky’s advantage over the rest of the 29-man group was seventeen seconds. Dion Smith of New Zealand finished third.
“The race last week gave us quite a bit of confidence going into today.” Kennaugh said, as reported by bangkokpost.com.
The Manxmen stated that both he and double Tour de France winner Froome had a plan which worked perfectly. It was Kennaugh’s job to follow Froome and judge the situation.
Herald Sun Tour is the first event for Froome in five months and the 30-year-old has challenged the rest of the peloton to catch Team Sky.
“We’re going to protect that (lead) now.” Froome said.
He also mentioned that Kennaugh was in a terrific form as he had recently won the Cadel’s race. Froome would do everything to keep the jersey on Kennaugh’s shoulders.
Australian Will Clarke, who won the prologue on Wednesday, finished the first stage in 33rd place, three minutes in arrears.
The second stage of the Herald Sun Tour on Friday will cover 144.2 kilometers (89.6 miles) from Yarra Glen to Moe.
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