Danny van Poppel wins prologue at Herald Sun Tour
Feb 02 2017 03:05 am CET

Danny van Poppel wins prologue at Herald Sun Tour

Dutchman Danny van Poppel of Team Sky has won the prologue of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia and is as such the first leader of the 2.1 category race.

The extremely short 2.1km course was a perfect opportunity for explosive riders to make the difference. Van Poppel completed the prologue in two minutes and 32 seconds, about a second faster than home riders Brenton Jones and Alex Frame, both of JLT Condor.

Orica-Scott's Michael Hepburn clocked the fourth time at two seconds from the winner, one second faster than Aqua Blue Sport's Leigh Howard.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome settled for a modest 26th position at seven seconds from his teammate. Colombian Esteban Chaves set the 64th time at 11 seconds from Van Poppel.

The race continues on Thursday with a 169.9km stage from Wangaratta to Falls Creek.

The Herald Sun Tour first took place in 1952 and has in recent years been won by Simon Gerrans, Bradley Wiggins, Nathan Haas and, in 2016, Chris Froome.
Photo of Danny van Poppel (cropped) by Team Sky





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