Damien Howson relieved after winning Herald Sun Tour
Feb 06 2017 02:22 am CET

Damien Howson relieved after winning Herald Sun Tour

Damien Howson of Orica-Scott is relieved after successfully defending his leader's jersey to win the 2017 edition of the Herald Sun Tour. Ian Stannard of Sky won the final stage.

Howson had taken the overall lead with a surprise move in stage 1 and the rain and wind in the final stage to Kinglake could easily have caused trouble for the Australian rider.

The winner of the day came from a breakaway as Sky's Ian Stannard took the victory in a sprint of ten with New Zealander Aaron Gate of Aqua Blue Sport and Taco van der Hoorn of Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking second and third respectively.

Orica-Scott, having led the peloton for most of the day, safely guided Howson to a 20th position at just 17 seconds from the stage winner.

In the overall classification, Howson finishes with a 38-second advantage over Australian Jai Hindley and 53 seconds ahead of Team Sky's Kenny Elissonde.

"It's a big sigh of relief now," Howson commented. "It's been an amazing week and to finish it off the way we did, capitalise on our position, I couldn't be happier.

"It comes with a lot of honour. There are a lot of prestigious names on that list (of winners) and I am really happy to join that list of guys.

"To get my first win only a couple of days ago and to continue all the way through and keep the yellow jersey on the final day, it's my first overall win ever, so it's nice to break into new territory."

Howson succeeds last year's winner Chris Froome and is the fourth Australian in five years to win the race.
Photo of Damien Howson by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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