Australia’s Jay Vine claimed his first World Tour victory within the Tour Down Below on Sunday, with Britain’s Simon Yates profitable an exhilarating uphill battle to take the race’s closing stage.
Yates (Workforce Jayco-AlUla) gave one closing lung-busting effort to overhaul Vine on the Mount Lofty end for his first-ever victory in Australia, denying Vine from profitable a stage at this yr’s TDU.
Vine (UAE Workforce Emirates) capped an excellent week after conserving near his solely severe rival for the ochre chief’s jersey within the laborious slog as much as the end, sealing his win within the closing normal classification.
Vine gained the World Tour TDU at his first try and continued his rise to prominence in world skilled biking after profitable two levels on the Vuelta a Espana final yr.
“It’s unbelievable to face right here carrying this winner’s jersey,” Vine stated. “And the best way we drove that was first-class, the staff have been unbelievable with their assist all week, and I’m so completely happy to have the ability to end it off at this time. It’s so satisfying.”
Vine described a “hectic” race, the place the staff “needed to be on our toes all day”.
Nevertheless it’s unlikely to be the top for the 27-year-old with Aussie biking legend Stuart O’Grady declaring Vine may win a Grand Tour, which is likely one of the three main European biking races: Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España or Tour de France.
“It’s an incredible story, it’s in all probability value a documentary by somebody someway,” O’Grady informed Information Corp.
“I don’t assume age is a barrier, he has simply confirmed by profitable the person time trial on the nationwide titles by beating Luke Durbridge that he has what it takes.
“Climbing and time trialling, that’s what it’s good to win a Grand Tour.
“I’ll throw it on the market on report I’m fairly positive he’ll win a Grand Tour.”
Simply two Australians – Cadel Evans on the 2011 Tour de France and Jai Hindley on the 2022 Giro D’Italia – have gained Grand Excursions.
Yates, the 2018 Vuelta a Espana winner, rolled the cube with 1.7km to go, and Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen Workforce) and Vine tacked on the top of the three-man breakaway within the sprint to the end.
Yates was compelled to do all of the work with one kilometre left and made one other concerted effort to get away earlier than Vine set sail for the stage win, solely to be collared close to the road by the dogged Englishman.
Yates stated his staff had come to the race “with lots of ambition”.
“We didn’t stroll away with the general, however we will be actually proud of the stage.
“Second total was the perfect I may do, at this time was our final likelihood and we took it … Jay Vine is a large expertise and I’m positive that gained’t be the final we see of him.”
Yates pulled again 4 seconds on Vine within the closing stage to complete 11 seconds behind total, with Spain’s Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) third on 27 seconds.
American Magnus Sheffield (Ineos Grenadiers) completed within the lead bunch to safe fourth total, 57 seconds down, and got here away from a constant week because the winner of the Younger Rider’s jersey classification.
Initially revealed as ‘Hectic’: Aussie Jay Vine wins Tour Down Below