Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome put in a series of attacks during the final day of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour on Sunday that none could respond to.

The British Team Sky rider accelerated on each of the three ascents of the testing Arthurs Seat climb on stage four, and by the third time no-one had the legs to follow him.

Froome continued to take a solo victory on the stage, and with it the overall win.

>>> Chris Froome wins Herald Sun Tour with final stage victory

Sky celebrated a riders on the first and second steps of the podium, as former race leader Peter Kennaugh did just enough to hang on to runner-up spot ahead of Damien Howson (Orica-GreenEdge).

The day’s fast-paced action topped off five days of racing that have shown off the early-season race to its fullest.

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It will have done no harm to have a rider of the calibre of Froome adding his name to a list of winners that stretches back to 1952, and that also includes fellow British riders Bradley Wiggins and Malcolm Elliott.

  • Trefor Jones

    Sharon, the common tactic of Team Sky throughout all previous major tours has been to let the escapee go up the road and gradually wind him/them back in often with team mates tapping out the tempo to protect the leader be this Pete, Froome or Wiggo. My point is this was a relatively minor tour but for Froome the opportunity was to reward Pete’s past and future loyalty. As James Murdoch has often stated – for SKY as corporate sponsors – the only two tours that really count are the TdF and Tour of California.

  • Sharon Crawford

    I disagree. If The Avanti rider had been allowed to go off on his own whilst Froome stayed behind to protect Pete, Avanti would potentially have taken both the stage and the GC, knocking both Froome and Kennaugh down the podium. This was always about Team Sky winning, not about individuals, it was just tough luck that on the day it ended up being Froome who took the honours and Kennaugh just missed out. Team tactics will always override individual glory at Sky, you only have to see that in previous races between Wiggo and Froome where Froome lost out, it’s just the way it is.

  • Tim packer

    Trevor Jones.. Talking of pure selfishness what about Bradley Wiggins sticking his nose up at Chris froome throughout 2013..

  • Trefor Jones

    As an exercise in climbing – very impressive – but as a team player simply NOT so, pure selfishness by Froome when he should have been looking after Pete Kennaugh cementing his yellow jersey leaders position just as he (Froome) will probably expect Pete to give his all assisting him in the forthcoming TdF.