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JLT Condor at the Herald Suntour 2017
Posted on 2 Feb 2017 13:31:02 Posted By Denise Lawson
Read the John Herety's quick guide, to the race here.
JLT Condor got their 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour campaign off to a flying start placing three riders in the top ten on the opening day.
Team Sky's Dutchman Danny van Poppel took control of the yellow jersey by the blink of an eye. Brenton Jones (JLT Condor) was runner-up, with teammate Alex Frame third just a tenth of a second in areas.
Ian Bibby is the highest placed Briton finishing 8th on the 2.1km course whilst defending champion Chris Froome was 26th.
Course records broken
Alex Frame (JLT Condor) set a new course record as he crossed the line in 2:33.56 minutes. And for a long time remained in the leaders hot seat, he slipped to 2nd when van Poppel crossed the line in 2:32.56. JLT Condor's Brenton Jones missed the win by point nine of a second, moving Frame down to third.
It was another close call for Jones, having finished third in the Prologue in 2015. The Victorian refused to be drawn on whether he was cursed, instead looking for positives in the result. "I rode a great race, Danny was really fast today. He is a WorldTour rider so no disappointment in coming second. Great to see my teammates Alex in third as well,"
Jones said he was looking forward to taking up the race against van Poppel on stages 2 and 3 which are expected to end in a bunch sprint.
JLT Condor now lead the team classification by four seconds after the opening day
Next up is the first road stage - Stage 1:
Riders face a tough day in the saddle covering a 174km to the spectacular summit finish of Fall Creek. Departing Wangaratta at 1000 (local time), the longest stage of the 64th edition of the race features 29km ascent to the mountain resort.
The stage is expected to finish at 1430 (local time) / 0330 (London/GMT).