• Ecstatic Orica-Scott domestique Damien Howson after winning the iconic Australian stage race, the Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.
    Ecstatic Orica-Scott domestique Damien Howson after winning the iconic Australian stage race, the Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.
  • Damien Howson enjoyed the role reversal of being protected rider on his way to the overall win of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.
    Damien Howson enjoyed the role reversal of being protected rider on his way to the overall win of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.
  • Teammate Esteban Chaves congratulates Damien Howson after his milestone win. Image: Con Chronis.
    Teammate Esteban Chaves congratulates Damien Howson after his milestone win. Image: Con Chronis.
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Damien Howson Crowned Winner of 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour

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Damien Howson of Orica-Scott has cemented his overall lead to be crowned winner of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Kinglake in Victoria.

Better known for his role as dogged domestique for higher profile teammates such as Esteban Chaves, the 24yo South Australian emerged victorious as overall champion of the 64th edition of Australia’s oldest stage race.

Race Director and former event winner John Trevorrow starts Stage 4 of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.
Race Director and former event winner John Trevorrow starts Stage 4 of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.

With former winners including luminaries such as Tour de France victors Chris Froome and Brad Wiggins, others such as Russell Mockridge, John Trevorrow and Simon Gerrans’ names are etched on the Sun Tour honour role.
 

Damien Howson on the podium after being crowned winner of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.
Damien Howson on the podium after being crowned winner of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour. Image: Con Chronis.

“I’m really happy to join that list of guys and to get my first win only a couple of days ago to continue all the way through and keep the yellow jersey on the final day,” said an elated Howson after the presentation.

“It’s my first overall win ever,” he added. “It’s also nice to break into new territory for myself.”

Defending champion and Team Sky leader Chris Froome paid tribute to Howson’s determination and performance.
 
“Damien Howson was really strong. He rode a great stage on Falls Creek and has defended the jersey really well. Chapeau,” said Froomie.

Stannard Wins Final Stage

With a reputation as a classics specialist and already earmarked as a top contender for this year’s Paris-Roubaix, it was Team Sky’s Ian Stannard who won the fourth and final stage of the 2017 Sun Tour.

“We’ve come here and wanted to have some fun and some good racing,” said Stannard after the win.
“That’s what it’s been about and it’s worked well for us,” he added.

Team Sky's Ian Stannard wins the 4th and final stage of the 2017 SunTour. Image: Con Chronis.
Team Sky's Ian Stannard wins the 4th and final stage of the 2017 SunTour. Image: Con Chronis.

Commenting on Stannards performance, Chris Froome praised his teammate's strength.
 
“He’s an absolute beast of a rider,” Froome said. “That’s the thing about Ian. He’s so versatile. He’s 85 kilos or something but still wins on top of a climb. It’s scary.”

Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Stage 4 Results

1. Ian Stannard (Team Sky) 2:52:44

2. Aaron Gate (Aqua Blue Sport) ST

3. Taco Van der Hoorn (RNL) ST

Jayco Herald Sun Tour - General Classification 

1. Damien Howson (ORICA-SCOTT) 15:25:13

2. Jai Hindley (Korda Mentha Australia) +0:38

3. Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky) +0:53 

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