For the stage 2 of the Herald Sun Tour, Luke Rowe had explained just before the sign on to CyclingNews that for them to take it up to Orica-Scott, they would need to race as aggressive as ever.
At the end of the race, he went on to duly deliver.
Rowe initiated the day’s 10 man breakaway, before heading out thus sending the stragglers packing late on to solo, to allow him grab what happens to be his first win ever since the Tour of Britain in 2012.
The Team Sky classics cyclist who was also awarded the prize for combativity admitted that it’s been a long time coming.
“It has been a long time coming. We sat down at the end of last year and said it was about time I won something. There are bigger bike races out there to win, but a win’s a win and I’ll take any win I can get.”
For the breakaway, the stage was seen as a possible day for it. On the other hand, the climbers and the punchers were seen as favorites for the stage win in the category two five-kilometer Stanley climb.
Rowe wasn’t quite tipped as one of the favorites to leave his mark on the stage. However, with Rowe coming fifth last weekend at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road, it was enough to suggest that he was in excellent form and capable of getting up the hills.
The top three on GC remains unchanged. However, Team Sky and Froome’s bid for another title will come down to Kinglake, where the final day stage of the four circuits will hold. Rowe and the rest of the team will look to deliver Danny Van Poppel to a deserved success in stage 3.