Fourth-stage falter ends McCarthy's Tour hopes
JAY McCarthy missed out on the Tour Down Under's general classification win but secured his one of his best results time-wise at the annual South Australian event.
The BORA-hansgrohe rider was in prime position leading into Saturday's 151.5km stage, but his ochre jersey hopes slipped away as BMC Racing Team's Richie Porte kicked into gear in the last kilometre.
"I'm, obviously, disappointed with the result but I know I gave it my all," he said after the fourth stage.
"Our plan was to go for the overall lead and we knew I had to be with Richie Porte in the finale. I followed him when he attacked but his pace was stronger and I was unable to hold on.
"It isn't the result we would have liked and hoped for but at the same time, I know we fought hard, we put a strong effort and gave the best we could.
"You can't always win, so we now have to focus on the following races."
McCarthy finished third overall in 2017, 51 seconds behind winner Porte. In 2016, when McCarthy won the Young Rider's Jersey, he was 20 seconds behind then-winner Simon Gerrans.
This year, he finished 29th overall but only 29 seconds behind winner, South African Daryl Impey.