Hindley set to claim Herald Sun Tour crown

Matt Encarnacion

Jai Hindley appears set to claim the Herald Sun Tour crown after consolidating his lead by claiming the fourth stage over Mt Buller in Victoria.

Canadian James Piccoli had the lead with three kilometres remaining on Saturday only to be reeled in by Hindley and Sebastian Berwick as the finish line loomed.

Berwick attacked Hindley in the final 600m, but the Perth rider held firm to head into the final stage with a 10-second lead on the general classification standings.

Jay Vine finished the stage third, with Jesse Ewert 17secs adrift in fourth.

The result means German-based Team Sunweb took out three of the four stages.

Hindley paid tribute to his teammates, particularly Michael Storer, who ensured he retained the yellow jersey.

"The guys were incredible, they rode the front from K one. I'm just so relieved I could pay off all their hard work," Hindley said.

"This is a pretty special one. It's amazing, I've known Michael (Storer) for yonks, and to have him ride in the final for me like that was unreal.

"The guys rode perfect tempo for me the whole day, especially the last climb where no one panicked when the attacks went.

"When Seb went in the final few (kilometres) I had to go with him and it ended up being the winning move.

"I knew I had to be first into that corner so I made sure I was first in to get another win, it's pretty nice."

The race climaxes in Melbourne on Sunday with an 89km circuit around the Royal Botanical Gardens and Kings Domain.

Damien Howson starts the day 36secs behind in third, while American Neilson Powless is another 15secs back in fourth.