Olympic Champion Ed Clancy wins opening stage at Herald Sun Tour
Jan 31 2018 01:55 pm CET

Olympic Champion Ed Clancy wins opening stage at Herald Sun Tour
Olympic Champion Ed Clancy wins opening stage at Herald Sun Tour
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JLT-Condor's Ed Clancy has won the opening stage of the Herald Sun Tour. The rider was the fastest at the day's Individual Time Trial, beating Mads Pedersen and Lasse Norman Hansen.

The three-time Olympic track gold medallist took the leader's jersey of the Australian race by stopping the clock at one minute and 54 seconds, 0.61 seconds faster than Pedersen and 0.71 faster than Hansen.

The rider, who has won gold in three different Olympic Games (Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro), reached a speed of more than 50 kilometres per hour. "There’s no doubt about it, this is the biggest thing I’ve won on the road by far. I’m over the moon," he said at the end of the stage.

"I’m absolutely buzzing. I’m kind of used to riding with Team GB on the track... but there’s that level of expectation to get world medals and Olympic medals and win things and you almost become accustomed to that after a decade."

The rider was confident about his performance after seeing that the time trial was shortened from 2.2 kilometres to 1.6. "But when you are sat next to guys like this and you see 'Framey' (Alex Frame) and Alex Edmondson, man, I was trying to play it cool but I was getting pretty worried in the last 30 minutes.

"Everyone here knows what I’m about and no one is going to expect me to take on (Esteban) Chaves on Stage 3 so I’ve got to enjoy my day in yellow."

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