The race was lead by 3 riders who broke clear after 30 kilometers. Alexis Gougeard (Ag2R), Pat Shaw (Unisa) and David Tanner opened up a gap of about 4 minutes. Orica-GreenEdge kept control over the race though and were also the ones to pull them back inside the final 20 kilometers. With Crow's Nest looming the race got hectic.
We had Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Nathan Haas, and Cameron Meyer near the front when the peloton reached the summit. Unfortunately, our fast South African was held up by a tumble on the descend. Whilst not coming down himself he had to chase back. Reinardt bridged the gap with 7 kilometers to go, yet that effort cost him important energy for the finale.
Inside the last kilometers Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and Lieuwe Westra (Astana) tried to escape from the bunch but were brought back quickly. All was set for Gerrans, who proved to be the man to beat. The Australian crossed the line in first place ahead of Ben Swift (Sky) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) to extend his overall lead.
Tomorrow's stage will finish after 150 kilometers on the iconic Willunga Hill and will offer another chance.