Froome finishes 2nd on 1st stage of Melbourne cycle tour

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome of England has made a strong start to a new season by finishing second on Thursday's opening stage of the Herald-Sun cycle tour.

Froome crossed the line just behind Sky teammate Peter Kennaugh on the 126-kilometer (78-mile) stage which started and finished at Healesville, east of Melbourne. The British pair were 17 seconds ahead of the peloton in which New Zealand's Dion Smith took third place.

Froome lies in second place on general classification after the first of the tour's four stages and leads the King of the Mountain standings. He completed Thursday's stage in 3 hours, 1 minute, 47 seconds.

Friday's second stage takes riders 144.2-kilometer (90-mile) from Yarra Glen to Moe.

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