The Briton Edward Clancy (JLT Condor) has Wednesday’s prologue at the Herald Sun Tour (2.1), in Australia, to his name. Clancy remained in Melbourne on a trail of barely 1.6 km, the Danes Mads Pedersen (Pull-Segafredo) and Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport).
The 32-year-old Clancy is also the first leader in the Australian stage race. He has a one-second lead over Pedersen, Hansen, and the Australian Alex Frame (Trek-Segafredo), which is fourth in the prologue. There are no Belgians in the Herald Sun Tour.
Clancy, who in 2007 and 2008, Belgian self-employed reed at Landbouwkrediet, built on the slopes, an impressive career with several olympic and world titles in the team pursuit. On the road still, he had no high-profile results.
Thursday awaits the riders in the Herald Sun Tour’s first stage in line, a mostly flat stage of 161,8 km between Colac and Warrnambool. The Herald Sun Tour ends on Sunday.
Last year was the final victory for thuisrijder Damien Howson, in 2016, it was Chris Froome is still the overall winner.
1. Edward Clancy (GBr/JLT Condor) the 1.6 km in 1:54
2. Mads Pedersen (Den) on 0:01
3. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) z.t.
4. Alex Frame (Aus); 5. Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) 0:02; 6. Alexander Edmondson z.t.; 7. Ian Bibby (GBr) 0:04; 8. Michael Hepburn (Aus) z.t.; 9. Graham Briggs (GBr); 10. Matthew Gibson (GBr).