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Freiberg crashes out of Tour, Sky dominate

Australian road cycling champion Michael Freiberg is one of two riders hospitalised after a crash during stage three of the Herald Sun Tour.

Freiberg crashes out of Tour, Sky dominate

Australian road cycling champion Michael Freiberg is one of two riders hospitalised after a crash during stage three of the Herald Sun Tour.

Newly crowned Australian road cycling champion Michael Freiberg has needed stitches after crashing out of the Herald Sun Tour.

Teenager Carter Turnbull was also caught up in the crash during Friday's 161.6km third stage from Sale to Warragul.


Team Sky dominated the stage and Owain Doull made it a Welsh one-two when he won ahead of teammate Luke Rowe.

There were no changes to the top of the overall standings, with Canadian Michael Woods leading Australian star Richie Porte by four seconds ahead of Saturday's title-deciding summit finish at Arthurs Seat.

The crash happened 35km into the stage, with Freiberg and Turnbull taken to Traralgon Hospital.

Freiberg required stitches to facial wounds and he also suffered severe grazes and bruising.

He was discharged, but Turnbull remained in hospital under observation after regaining consciousness.

It continues a tumultuous month for Freiberg, after riding brilliantly to win the Australian road title at Buninyong, near Ballarat.

But the 28-year-old was denied a spot on the national team for the Tour Down Under, with Cycling Australia selectors sticking to their youth-first development policy.

Soon after the crash, a nine-man break went clear and this group dominated the rest of the stage, leading at one point by more than five minutes.

Doull and Rowe attacked their breakaway companions about 5km from the line and they finished 29 seconds clear, with Rowe applauding his teammate as they crossed the line together.

Australian Liam White (Drapac) won the sprint for third place.

Woods and Porte finished in the bunch, which came home one minute and 19 seconds behind Doull and Rowe.

Saturday's 112.9km stage from Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula features four finishing laps that take in the Arthurs Seat climb.

With only Sunday's circuit race at the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to follow, whoever has the overall lead after Saturday will win the Tour.

Woods and Porte are the best-credentialed climbers in the Tour and it should come down to which of them has the better legs on the last climb to the Arthurs Seat finish.

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