Damien Howson takes win as Froome and Chaves battle in Herald Sun Tour

Grand Tour contenders Chris Froome and Esteban Chaves lock horns on Herald Sun Tour stage one climb

Damien Howson wins stage one of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2017.

(Image credit: Mal Fairclough/AFP/Getty Images)

Orica-Scott domestique Damien Howson took his first professional victory on Thursday, winning stage one of the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Australia, as Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) engaged in a climbing battle of their own.

Australian Howson had fought up the long final climb to Falls Creek with Frenchman Kenny Elissonde of Team Sky.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.