John Murphy sprints to victory in Herald Sun Tour

After Tanner Putt finished second to Caleb Ewan yesterday, John Murphy went one better for UnitedHealthcare in Leongatha as he sprinted to stage 3 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in a photo finish ahead of Niccolò Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) with ONE Pro Cycling’s Steele von Hoff in third. Pre-stage favourite Ewan crossed the line in sixth place.

I don’t think any sprinter is unbeatable so if you have the right team in front of you, you can win anything you want. My UnitedHealthcare team was unbelievable today, they took me into the corner in perfect condition and all I had to do was my sprint,” Murphy said post-race.

“Coming out of the final corner, I thought the corner was a little bit further from the line so the moment I came out of the corner, I had to start and boom, just go from there and hope I can hold it to the line. It was a really close finish with Bonifazio so definitely pretty happy just to have that photo.”

Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2016 – stage 3 results:

1 John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) 3:20:52
2 Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo)

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3 Steele Von Hoff (ONE)

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4 Jesse Kerrison (State of Matter)

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5 Anthony Giacopo (Avanti IsoWhey)

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6 Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE)

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7 Neil Van Der Ploeg (Avanti IsoWhey)

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8 Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini)

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9 Alistair Donohoe (Australia)

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10 Luke Rowe (Sky)

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