Australian cyclist Hindley claims Tour win

Shayne Hope

Australian rising star Jai Hindley will take huge confidence into his European campaign after writing his name in the history books as a winner of the Herald Sun Tour.

The 89.1km final stage circuit race around Melbourne's Botanic Gardens went to script on Sunday when it was decided by a bunch sprint.

Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-Scott) claimed his second stage win of the week when he crossed the line narrowly ahead of teammate Dion Smith.

Moreno Hofland (EF) rounded out the podium as Hindley did enough to hang onto the yellow jersey.

The 23-year-old Sunweb rider put his name alongside the likes of Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Esteban Chaves by winning the general classification in Australia's oldest stage race.

"This race goes back a long time and there's been some big names and a lot of great riders have ridden this race (so) to attach my name onto that trophy, it's pretty unreal," Hindley said.

"Coming into a race as the designated leader, it's a lot of added pressure.

"But it's also a really nice opportunity for a young guy like me to come into a race like this or a race like (Tour) Down Under and be the designated leader, which speaks volumes for the team having that faith in me.

"It's been a pretty big Aussie summer of racing with a few ups and downs but I'm so happy to finish it off this way and get the ball rolling before I head back over to Europe."

English star Simon Yates failed to live up to his billing as the hot favourite for overall honours.

But Mitchelton-Scott teammate Groves felt it had still been a successful week in Victoria for Australia's World Tour team.

"It's still early in the season," he said.

"Yeah, it would have been nice (to win overall), but I think we did the best week we could and the results are still really good."