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  1. Despite his overall victory last year, it’s the first stage win at the Tour Down Under for Impey, who has previously podiumed on six occasions. The South African, who dedicated his victory to a family friend who passed away just before his travel to Australia, now sits second overall, seven seconds behind Bevin. Big break: Six riders rode out to over five minute’s advantage during the stage, which caused a strong reaction from the bunch as five teams committed to the chase.Mitchelton-SCOTT put Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn to the front, and they were joined by Astana Pro Team, Trek-Segafredo, CCC Team and EF Education First. By the bottom of the final climb, the remnants of the break were in sight and no longer a threat for the stage. Corkscrew climbers: The first true sign of climbing form, the Corkscrew, didn’t disappoint. Michael Woods (EF Education First), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Wout Poels (Team Sky) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) rode supreme and crested the top with a 15-second advantage over a reduced group of chasers. The Chase and Sprint: With a teammate for support, Impey settled into the chase group on the descent as Lucas Hamilton moved to the front in pursuit of the leaders.The effort was good enough to bring the leading quartet back with two kilometres to go, setting up a dramatic final corner and reduced bunch sprint to finish. Impey chose the wheel of stage two winner and current race leader Bevin, before jumping ahead to claim his first ever Tour Down Under stage victory. Daryl Impey – Stage 4 winner: “A good friend of mine passed away from a heart attack recently. I left (South Africa) in a bit of a sad mood and it was a pretty rough time for our whole family because he played a big part in my family. When I came here I wanted to do something special and to be able to deliver today was pretty emotional and definitely a confidence booster.“We are around the mark now. Seven seconds is still quite hard to get on Paddy (Bevin), he is riding really well and we are quite similar in characteristics. We’re going to have to go for it, tomorrow will be quite an interesting stage and definitely Willunga will still be the decider, although Paddy has got a really nice buffer to the other GC guys. “I think we have to be aggressive wherever we can. There’s no doubt that trying to win this race is based on seconds, we learnt that last year, so we’re going to have to try to take our opportunities and make things happen and hopefully it pays off. “Lucas (Hamilton), the win was actually due to him, he did a great job. He is still a young professional, but we had a plan in the beginning that he was going to ride his own climb and wait for me in the middle which he did, and then he did his work on the downhill and brought them back. He played a massive role so I could just sit back and think about the sprint. He had an amazing ride for such a young guy. “I rode my own race. I knew I had Lucas there, I could see Paddy just in front so I knew if I stayed around that range we had a good enough group, that we were going to cooperate on the downhill, to try to bring those four back. I just focused on my own climb and I was very happy to still be able to do what I did at the end. “The win gives me a nice boost. I was unsure going into the Corkscrew knowing I’ve had good and bad times. In the middle of the Corkscrew when I was doubting myself I was thinking ‘jeez you have to keep pushing.’ I’m glad I did and I’m a lot more confident now going into Willunga.” Tour Down Under – Stage 4 Results: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3:03:27 2. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) ST 3. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) ST Tour Down Under - General Classification after Stage 4: 1. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) 13:23:30 2. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:07 3. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) +0:11
  2. After winning on countback in 2018, Impey finished behind Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Wout Poels (Team Sky) up Willunga today to claim a more convincing 13-second victory in 2019. The 34-year-old’s performance wraps up an incredibly successful fortnight for Mitchelton-SCOTT after world championship silver medallist Amanda Spratt won her third consecutive Women’s Tour Down Under title last Sunday. Early break: Seven riders immediately surged ahead of the bunch at the start of racing as the peloton, led by Trek-Segafredo, EF Education First and Astana Pro Team, were content to let them take the intermediate sprints and bonus seconds on offer.They sat at a steady three-minute advantage through the initial laps, but as they started to climb Willunga for the first time, it was down under two minutes and quickly diminishing. As soon as the road went up, they splinted, and the peloton had them in sight. Pressure up the first climb: Team Sky hit the front of the bunch from the bottom of the first ascent, putting pressure on those behind. It was enough to shell race leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), who was brave to start today’s stage whilst clearly hindered by the injuries of yesterday’s crash, and pull the remnants of the breakaway back.Over the top, Team Sky had two riders with a small advantage, but they sat up and waited for the surviving chase group of around 60riders. Richie wins on Willunga but Impey times to perfection: It was Team Sky who drove the pace once again on the final ascent. Porte reacted with 1.5km remaining, his usual launch pad, and quickly bridged across to Wout Poels (Team Sky) who was then alone. Behind, Michael Woods (EF Education First) and Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb) were the first reactors, but Impey stayed calm and sat on the wheel of teammate Lucas Hamilton, who rode beyond his 22-years. Knowing his strengths, Impey used the final, flatter 500m to launch from Hamilton’s wheel and gain metres to finish just behind, on the same time as, Porte and Poels to secure the back-to-back victory. Daryl Impey: “I took the pressure but having the faith of the team goes a long way. We saw the boys committed right to the end. I couldn’t believe they (Porte and Poels) were that close so I just dug deep and went for it. “That’s special to go back to back. I never dreamed to come here and win twice in a row. Every year we come here with strong ambitions. I knew the competition is always tough. I just believed in myself, and it was just fantastic to pull it off. “Yesterday we really dug deep, and we took some valuable seconds. We knew we had some seconds on the climbing group. The stage win gave us a lot of momentum, and we started to believe we had a chance to win the race. The whole team rode great. The guys picked me up during the week. “Last year I was a lot more ecstatic because I felt like I made a big step. I feel like I am maturing more as a rider, and that’s so exciting. “I want to dedicate the win to him (Mathew Hayman). He’s been a fantastic team mate, a lot of my victories have come with Maty. To let him go out this way, we were going to celebrate his career anyway tonight, but to win the race overall it’ll be a double celebration.” Stage 6 Results 1 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 3:30:14 2 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 3 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 4 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:03 5 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:06 6 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:10 7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling 0:00:15 8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:17 9 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data 10 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep General Classification 1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 20:30:42 2 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:13 3 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:17 4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19 5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:26 6 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:33 7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling 0:00:38 8 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:40 9 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 10 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
  3. Daryl Impey. Image courtesy of Getty Images. Starting the final day on equal time with Richie Porte (BMC Racing), the lead only determined by countback, the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider needed to finish safely in the bunch to formally claim the biggest win of his career. Podium pleasure A second place to Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan on today’s final stage gave Mitchelton-SCOTT a podium place on all six stages of the 2018 Tour Down Under.Ewan finished with a stage win, two second places and a third place, whilst Impey himself also wrapped up three second-place finishes on his way to overall victory. Not over until it’s over Locked on equal time with yesterday’s stage winner Richie Porte, the win was not for celebrating until the final line was crossed. Backing his personal and the team’s sprinting abilities, the main concern was a mishap in the closing stages of today’s circuit race that could reverse the countback advantage.But, thankfully the 90km final hurdle concluded without worry and the champagne could be popped for the team’s fourth victory at the race. Grabbing an opportunity with both hands When you look back at the successes of Mitchelton-SCOTT over the past six seasons, Impey features as an invaluable teammate in many of them – across all terrains.A changing of the guard in the Australian outfit has opened up the door to more personal success for Impey in 2018, and the South African has grabbed it with two hands in his debut race for the season – today’s Tour Down Under victory the biggest of his career. Daryl Impey – 2018 Tour Down Under champion: “It is a relief, you can never say it is done until it’s done.” “We had things under control especially with the experienced guys like Mat Hayman, Damien Howson did some awesome work on the front this week so I was in good hands.” “Wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France was a magical moment but this is very close to that. I worked really hard for this one and especially knowing how important it is to the team and the sponsors. It was a high-pressure race for us, everyone expects a lot so to top it off with a win is very special.” “It is a step up in my career, you get these little stepping stones and you reach bigger mile stones and I’ve proved to myself now, as I’ve always had a little bit of self-doubt.” “I’ve ridden for guys who have been in this situation and it is a lot easier riding for someone else, so to come in and take the pressure for a change and have a go I am very happy to have been able to do that.” ”It’s one of the most special races of the season so I will like to come back next year and wear the number one, you don’t get too many opportunities to do that.” Matt White – Sport Director: “Daryl is an impressive rider who has helped for six years, from the sprint to the mountains and team time trials, you name it and Daryl has done it in support of other guys. He has had some great wins but this is his biggest win of his career and everyone in this organisation is very proud of him.” “He was the best bike rider here this week because he was the most consistent across the six-days so he thoroughly deserves this win.” “I think a few different things helped us along this week for example the extreme temperatures which suit Daryl and I think this is actually the best we’ve ever seen him. If we put those together with great team work across the board, the worst we have finished on any stage is third, every single stage we have been very competitive.” “It has been very satisfying on a few fronts, the composure the guys showed in the sprints, mountains stages, it’s been impressive. The core group has worked together for a long time but there’s some new guys, like Jack Bauer who is new to the group and also Cameron Meyer who hasn’t been on the team for three years. The team has clicked very well so it’s exciting times going back over to Europe.” Tour Down Under – Stage 6 Results: 1. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 2:01:19 2. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST 3. Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) STTour Down Under – FINAL General Classification: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 20:03:34 2. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) ST 3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) 0:16
  4. The final stage of the Tour Down Under was a 90km stage run over 20 laps of a 4.5km circuit in the Adelaide city center. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, it was all about conserving the 3rd place overall of Tom-Jelte Slagter and ensuring Nicholas Dlamini finished safely in the bunch to be crowned King of the Mountains. Not only did our African Team achieve both objectives, but Ben O’Connor set the final stage on fire by going on the attack with Logan Owen (EF Education First). O’Connor was clearly the strongest in break, single-handedly forcing the gap open to 2-minutes, making him the virtual leader of the race. The duo would eventually be caught inside of 10km to go, but not before O’Connor picked up 3 bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint. This result saw the young Australian move up 4 spots on GC to place 18th overall, and collect some valuable World Tour points. It has been a great week for the entire team, everyone did what they needed to. I am delighted to win my first leaders jersey in my first World Tour race. I think I learned a lot in just one week of racing so going forward I think I will still improve a lot. As a team, this was a great start to our season and I feel we will also just get better as the season progresses. Nicholas Dlamini – Rider It was Dlamini and Slagter that took to the podium though when the ceremonies began. A stellar performance on the queen stage saw Slagter place 3rd overall behind Impey and Richie Porte (BMC Racing), a strong early season World Tour result for our African Team. Dlamini, who fast became a fan favourite here at the Tour Down Under thanks to spending 4 out of 6 stages in the break, won the King of the Mountains jersey. A remarkable performance by our 22-year-old South African, in his first World Tour race.As a team, we couldn’t have hoped for a better start to our 2018 season. Finishing 2nd in the team classification was testament to how well the entire team worked during this week in Australia, that being our riders and staff. Our next race will be the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Melbourne next week, and our African Team will hope to keep the momentum going with another strong performance. I am really satisfied and happy that we could secure 3rd place on the last day, I am really proud of the guys for what they did this week. We had two neo-pros, some other young guys and a really experienced rider in Mark Renshaw, which made a real difference this week. My motivation was really high to start well here with my new team and now I can only say, we can all be really proud and happy with the way we raced this week. Tom-Jelte Slagter – Rider
  5. While a 128km stage isn't all that testing in terms of distance, the 43 degree average temperature between Norwood and Uraidla made today's 4th stage of the Tour Down Under one of the most arduous. 2 riders from the UniSA team braved the heat and went on the attack, establishing a lead of 9-minutes. The gap to the breakaway meant the peloton could not rest, making for an all-round difficult stage heading toward Norton Summit. The peloton got the better of the break in the end, reeling them in just before the cat 1 climb began at 13km to go. The main group flew into the base of the climb and riders were instantly getting dropped. It wasn't long until only 35 riders remained in the lead group. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were well poised for the finale with 3 riders positioned in the group of favourites. Team leader, Tom-Jelte Slagter had the support of Ben O'Connor and Scott Davies going over the top of Norton Summit. Richie Porte was first to crest the climb, closing the gap to Nicholas Dlamini's King of the Mountain's jersey to 16 points. Our South African will no doubt be out to defend his jersey tomorrow once again. As the 35-rider lead group made its way over the rollers that populated the final 7km, a few attacks went off the front but with 1km to go it all came back together. Sagan was the fastest from the group despite a strong challenge from Impey. Sanchez rounded out the stage podium while our 3 African Team riders didn't lose anytime finishing with the front group. Today was another hot day, making for a difficult stage. My responsibility was to look after Tom and provide support to him on the final climb. I was able to make the final group with Tom and Ben but to be honest, I was very much on my limit during the climb so I wasn't able to provide much support. The group finished together in the end which was relieving, but I expect tomorrow will be equally as difficult as today if not more, so I hope to recover well and contribute where possible tomorrow. Scott Davies - Rider Tour Down Under Stage 4 Highlights
  6. Anyone have any info on these gold Rovals? Supposedly they're for Sagan's Venge disk bike but I haven't actually seen them on a bike. Hoping he pulls them out some time during the Tour Down Under. Either way, they look sexy as heck! http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com/2017/01/12/1/1_670.jpg
  7. Once again, the Tour Down Under will take shape over 6 road stages around Adelaide and South Australia. While the World Tour stage race officially starts on Tuesday the 17th, the traditional People's Choice Classic Criterium will take place on Sunday the 15th and is sure to whet the appetite for what is to come over the following week. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will approach the Tour Down Under with great ambition, targeting stage victories as well as a possible high finish on GC. A good GC performance will once again come down to consistency but with emphasis being placed on 2 key stages, stage 2 finishing in Paracombe and stage 5 finishing on Willunga Hill. Each stage will be an opportunity for victory though and our 7 riders will take every opportunity to raise awareness for Qhubeka down under. Nathan Haas showed his form is where it needs to be after the Australian national championships and he will lead our African Team at the Tour Down Under. Mark Renshaw showed last year with two 2nd place stage finishes that the sprint finishes certainly suit him. Lachlan Morton, Ben O'Connor, Tyler Farrar, our South African champion Jaco Venter and Jacques Janse van Rensburg will complete our line-up for the Tour Down Under. Nathan Haas - Rider It feels like the African Team has become a home for a few of the Australian sons of cycling. We have Australians here are all ripped, raring and ready to go here. Two of the Africans are here as well in Jacques and Jaco who have just come from a hot climate. Tyler has just come from training in Maui so we have 7 guys here who are super motivated, used to the heat and ready to get the first World Tour race off to what we believe will be a good start. Alex Sans Vega - Sport Director We are happy to start the season once again in Australia and particularly with this group. It is probably the best scenario for us to start the season because we have 4 Australian's in our roster which is really special. A stage win will be great to achieve but we must be ambitious and we think we can target a top 10 on GC, so we will consider both options and not just stick to one. We also hope to take some good form from this race into the start of the European season.
  8. ..although I have to say in my opinion the racing, so far, has been rather mediocre, maybe due to the heat and the really short stages of around 135 kms, which is a bit of a jaunt for athletes at this level. Caleb Ewan however has been the shining star of the event, seems no one can even get near to his wheel when he gets going and he is a really tiny guy, certainly not a big powerhouse like Griepel or Boonen. Porte looked positively anemic he was so lean, I cant ever remember seeing him so lean at SKY, but he looked on good form, maybe a good sign for the future grand tours.
  9. Just as the Santos Tour Down Under started with a stage 1 Caleb Ewan (GreenEDGE) sprint victory and our Mark Renshaw in 2nd, so it would conclude on today's final stage. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was the rider 3rd on the line. Click here to view the article
  10. 20 laps of a 4.5km city circuit were to be raced around Adelaide today. The criterium style race really attracted an impressive crowd and it was great to have our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders show our colours at the head of the race. An early 2 rider break never stood a chance with just a 30" maximum lead but at least they kept the peloton honest and the pace up over the 90km route. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka would come to the front with around 10km to go, Jaco Venter, Nathan Haas and Cameron Meyer all doing a fine job in positioning our 3 fast men for the finale. Songezo Jim also contributing valiantly today by keeping the boys hydrated. As the break were caught just inside of 2 laps to go, our African Team hit the front. Driving at a good pace, Reinie and then Tyler were able to drop Mark off in prime position as the sprint was about to unfold. Sitting on the wheel of Ewan, Mark followed the kick of the young Aussie in the final 200m as they both rounded 4-5 riders to take the top 2 spots on the day. Simon Gerrans won the Santos Tour Down Under overall with Cam being our highest placed rider in 12th position. It was a good race with it being a little bit faster than last year’s criterium. GreenEDGE had the race winner and obviously the fastest guy in the peloton so it was also going to be Caleb who was favourite today. The team rode well. I asked them in the meeting to put their face in the wind, present the jersey in front and try to keep me out of trouble during the last 2/3 laps and they tried hard. In the final 2km's I had the perfect wheel, I was in the wheel of Caleb Ewan. Unfortunately, I don't have the speed to match him but it's pretty positive signs for the Tour of Dubai and Tour of Qatar coming up in the next few weeks with Cavendish. Mark Renshaw - Rider
  11. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were in the spotlight for the majority of the stage, thanks to Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. The South African formed part of the 4 rider break of the day, being joined by Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal), Lars Boom (Astana) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar). The quartet were able to get away after just 15km racing and would go on to combine well, forcing out a maximum gap of 6 minutes. The peloton had their work cut out but fortunately for them, a number of teams were willing to contribute today. Reinie and co. would reach the first of the two ascents of Willunga Hill with a time gap of 3 minutes. On the climb it was Reinie who emerged the strongest after an attack near the top saw him go clear, the peloton now just 2'00" back with 21km to go. The front four came together on the descent though, with speeds touching 100km/h. The peloton, with the numbers advantage, had the upper hand now as they hunted down the 4 leaders on the loop back around to the start of Willunga Hill. With 4km to go, the final climb was about to start and it was only at this point that the break would be caught. Our South African strongman, was the last rider to surrender as the race made its way up the final climb. Porte was clearly the strongest on the final climb, taking an impressive win. We had Cameron Meyer duelling it out at the front of the race too, eventually crossing the line in 13th, 23 seconds after Porte which puts him 12th on GC going into tomorrow's final stage. I managed to get into the break of the day with 3 other really strong riders. We had quite a big gap and when we got near the top of Willunga the first time I was feeling quite strong. The gap was coming down quickly though so I tried to go for it bit. The break just rode me down again, after that the strength out of the breakaway was gone and the bunch was coming really quickly so they caught us on the final climb. It was a good try but we couldn't finish it off in the end. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  12. For the 3rd year in a row, Richie Porte (BMC Racing) won the stage finishing stage atop Willunga Hill. Today it was Sergio Henao (Team Sky) in 2nd and Michael Woods (Cannondale) in 3rd place. Click here to view the article
  13. The Santos Tour Down Under started in the outskirts of Adelaide and lead the peloton over 138 kilometers to Victor Harbour. There were some threats that the race could be action packed at the end with clouds looming over the Crow's Nest, the days decisive climb. In the end only a small peloton of around 50 riders contested for the win. Race leader Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) had the best legs. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Nathan Haas flew the flags for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, coming home in 6th and 9th position. Click here to view the article
  14. 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. I had really good legs today and was able to get over Crow's Nest with the front of the peloton. Unfortunately, Julian Arredondo took a tumble right in front of me. I lost some ground and found myself alone behind the front bunch. Eventually some other riders caught up and we were able to bridge across to the front with 7 kilometers to go. The effort cost me some energy for the finale. We still managed to place two of us in the top10 of the day, which is good. We have two more days left, so lets see. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  15. The early racing saw a lone escapee, Laurens De Vreese (Astana), jump clear from kilometer zero. The peloton were happy to let him go as it was inevitable that he would be caught before the much awaited climb up Corkscrew Road. The catch took place with 21km to go and it was race on from that point. As riders descended at speeds touching 90km/h toward the start of the Corkscrew climb, there was a crash in the field that saw Songezo Jim and Tyler Farrar both going down. Thankfully our two Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders were able to get up and carry on to the finish, albeit with a bit of help from a spectator who lent Tyler his bike and shoes. The crash though, caused a split in the peloton with around 30 riders forming the front group. The race managed to come back together just as the road ramped up toward the sky. Cameron Meyer, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Nathan Haas were all well positioned on the lower slopes of the Corkscrew as race leader Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) started to up the pace. Richie Porte then followed with a few stinging attacks of his own which really split the field. Our Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders were slightly distanced as 10 riders gaped the field over the top of the Corkscrew. The leaders would not be caught during the hair raising 5km descent to the line. Gerrans would take over the race lead after today's stage win. Cam would be our highest placed rider on the stage, coming home with the first chase group 13 seconds down on the winners and still in contention for a decent overall position. Today was the first stage in the Tour Down Under where we were playing for the GC. In the finale we weren't able to have our 2 leaders, Nathan and Cameron with the leaders but we rode a good race to deliver them to a good position before the start of the Corkscrew climb. The guys tried their best and we did a good job, it was just a shame Tyler crashed about 10km's before the climb but luckily he is okay and for sure he will start tomorrow. Alex Sans Vega - Sport Director
  16. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) won the 3rd stage of the Santos Tour Down Under from a 10 rider group sprint. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) was 2nd with Michael Woods (Cannondale) in 3rd place. Click here to view the article
  17. Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) won the crash affected 2nd stage of the Tour Down Under. He just pipped Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) on the line with Rohan Dennis (BMC) in 3rd. McCarthy also took over the race lead. Click here to view the article
  18. The 2nd stage of the Tour Down Under ran its course over an undulating circuit around Stirling. 4 riders tried to escape from the peloton in the early stages, but a fast start strung the peloton out and nullified the early breakaway attempts. It was only after 35km that Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) put some daylight between himself and the peloton, embarking on a solo mission. Riding to a lead of just over 2 minutes, the Aussie was always kept in check. It was on the final lap around Stirling, with 19km to go, that Hansen was caught after some added impetus from BMC and GreenEDGE in the peloton. It was then a jostle for position right up to the final 7km where the long drag up to the line began. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Nathan Haas, Cameron Meyer and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg all in the mix with Jaco Venter again having done some good work during the finale. While most of the sprinters lost contact on the positive gradient, it was still a large group that entered the final km. Unfortunately there was a coming together of some riders which caused a large crash just after the red kite. Cam and the rest of our African Team weren't directly involved but the carnage put an end to our chances today as Tinkoff got the holeshot around the bodies in the road. It was a hot a day and I think a lot of guys suffered out there today. It was a big group at the finish, we didn't race too hard on the circuit, the start was hard but the circuit wasn't too hard which allowed 60 odd guys to come to the finish. There was a crash that disturbed Nathan and Reinie, I was caught up a little bit but I got through. Everyone should get the same time though. It was not the result we wanted but no time was lost and there are no injuries so that is good. Cameron Meyer - Rider
  19. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka got its World Tour season off to a cracking start with Mark Renshaw sprinting to 2nd place at the opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEDGE) took the top spot on the day and also the race leaders jersey. Wouter Wippert (Cannondale) completed the stage podium in 3rd. Click here to view the article
  20. The stage was characterized by temperatures in the upper 30's centigrade and a 3 man breakaway. Martijn Keizer (Lotto-Jumbo), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sean Lake (UniSA) were the escapees on the day. Orica-GreenEDGE assumed control of the peloton for the majority of the stage, keeping the trio's lead locked under 2 minutes all stage. By always keeping the break within touching distance, it was inevitably going to be a bunch kick on this mostly flat stage. After Lake went solo with 20km to go, he was finally caught at the 6km to go marker. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had ridden a clever race with the whole team staying together and out of trouble at the front of the peloton in the run in to the line. Jaco Venter did a great job piloting our fast boys in the finale before Tyler Farrar really ramped up the pace in the final 2km. Mark was 4th wheel with a km to go, prime position, and he was able to overcome the 3 riders ahead of him but the in form GreenEDGE rider just had a kick that would be unmatched today. A superb start though by our African Team to place 2nd on the day and also have all our riders finish safely in the main bunch, a brilliant team effort. I am very happy to be on the podium here in the first stage of the Tour Down Under. This is the 14th time I start the Tour Down Under and it's a pleasure to be here with my new team, Dimension Data for Qhubeka.The finish was very hard to judge with a head wind finish and slight uphill. I maybe went a little too early once I'd seen the finish banner and that cost me the chance to win. Ewan did a really nice sprint, timing it perfectly behind me, he is in top shape where I have bigger objectives coming soon in the season. The team rode well today and Tyler did a perfect job of putting me behind the Sky riders to start my sprint in the front of the bunch. Mark Renshaw - Rider
  21. South African Daryl Impey wrapped up the 2015 Tour Down Under, taking home the sprint jersey and retaining his seventh position overall. Click here to view the article
  22. Heading into the final circuit stage in Adelaide, the entire ORICA-GreenEDGE outfit was committed to riding aggressively, as they have all week, and gathering valuable sprint seconds in attempt to move up in the general classification. Their efforts were shown at the front of the peloton ahead of the first sprint, pulling in an early breakaway and rewarded by Impey who claimed the first spoils. Again working hard at the front to set their leader up for the finish, Impey managed a fifth position on the stage and eventually finished 35seconds behind overall winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing). “It was a little hectic in the final today,” Impey said. “We got it together but with Durbo (Luke Durbridge) crashing out we missed that final guy in the finish and we ran a little bit short at the end.” “It would have been nice to finish with the win but to finish with the sprinters jersey, and a top ten overall in such a class field, to top off the teamwork the guys put in here is great.” The ORICA-GreenEDGE team set out to be aggressive in the first WorldTour event of 2015, and aggressive they were. Sport director Matt White pleased with the efforts of the entire team in support of Impey. “It’s been a good week,” White said. “The guys, they committed everyday and they came up just short a couple of times.“ “For us it’s an important race, so to come away without a win is a little bit disappointing but it was not through a lack of effort from the boys that’s for sure. We showed we are one of the best teams here. “It’s a nice consolation prize to take home the sprint jersey, a second and a third at this race. We were in the mix every single stage so that is gratifying.”
  23. Australia Day came early in Adelaide with Rohan Dennis heading a clean sweep of the podium in the Santos Tour Down Under. Click here to view the article
  24. Racing in front of a crowd of 115 thousand fans the South Australian from the BMC Racing team can now boast of a UCI World Tour victory after claiming the Santos Ochre Leader’s jersey by a two-second margin over Tasmanian Richie Porte (Team SKY). Dennis finished 20 seconds clear of team-mate and compatriot Cadel Evans, who after a 20 year professional cycling career ended his final World Tour event in overall third place. “It's an incredible feeling to win the Santos Tour Down Under,” said Dennis. “Doing it with Cadel during his last World Tour race took a lot of pressure off me but I was not comfortable at all in this last stage. “I was following Richie Porte in the sprints in case he'd go for the (time) bonus but I didn't have to worry because my team rode awesome. "I couldn't fault them, they sat at the front and made sure I was out of the wind," Dennis said. "Even when I got pushed back someone always dropped back and pulled forward. "They have really helped me win this and made it a lot easier." It was a deserved win for the 24-year-old who has won world titles on both the road and track as well as Commonwealth and Olympic Games silver medals in his short career. BMC Racing General Manager Jim Ochowicz says the win is significant for Dennis who joined the team in August last year. “For Rohan, it’s the beginning of a career, this is his first big win as a pro, and to have it be a World Tour event says even more,” said Ochowicz. “He went against a real seasoned rider, Richie Porte, to fight the fight, that was a great sign for the future. “We came here for Cadel, he tried, he got third, but Rohan was just better.” “Cadel is so happy to end his career like this,” said Ochowicz of the 2011 Tour de France champion who will now work with BMC Racing in the role of company Ambassador. “It’s a great end to a great career.” With only two seconds separating Dennis from Porte at the start of the day there was an opportunity for Porte to try and grab some bonus seconds during the race but it’s a hard ask on the final stage especially with a super attentive BMC Racing team on the alert to protect their race leader. For Porte coming so close to the top step of the podium was bitter sweet but he was content to be in the placings and to have won yesterday’s ‘Queen’ stage. “I am happy,” he said. “I enjoyed it. It was a great week of racing. It’s just incredible to see the growth of racing in Australia. “It’s a massive confidence boost,” Porte explained. “I won the same stage (stage 5) last year, but this year, I feel I have a lot of motivation back, and I am looking forward to having a big season.” Today’s Be Safe Be Seen Stage 6 was raced over 20 laps of a 4.5 kilometre circuit that this year extended from Elder Park up through North Adelaide and back before sweeping up through the city along King William Street to Victoria Square. The stage is traditionally an all-up massed sprint and it looked set to be so again until a nasty crash on the final lap took a host of favourites out of contention. That opened the way for Dutch sprinter Wouter Wippert to snatch the win edging out Australian road champion, Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) with Belgian Boris Vallee (Lotto-Soudal) third across the line. “It was a really nervous race,” said Wippert. “The team rode all day in the front (but) I was a bit tired and I decided to go back but a teammate of mine took me to the front again ahead of the final sprint. That was fortunate for him because he was in front of the crash and able to ride on to the finish without mishap. “I saw a crash happening but not much because the race was so fast,” he said. “It's fantastic to win here, being part of an Australian team in Australia for a World Tour race.” On lap ten and fifteen of the 90 kilometre stage the riders contested a Category 3 Subaru King of the Mountain climb. The first time under the arch it was Lars Boom (Astana) ahead of Peter Kennaugh (Team SKY) and Michael Schar (BMC Racing). Boom again took the maximum points on the second climb but this time Denmark’s Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal) was second and Kennaugh third. The climbing results today had no impact on the race for the Subaru King of the Mountain jersey that began the day on the shoulders of Jack Bobridge (UniSA-Australia) and went home with him as well. His final tally of 36 points was two ahead of Dennis with Porte well back in third on the climber’s classification with 22 points. “I didn't crash but I was caught behind the crash,” said Bobridge after the stage. “It's just bad because I wanted to help Steele von Hoff in the final sprint. “But the whole week has been fantastic and I couldn't ask for much more,” said Bobridge who on top of his Subaru KOM win also won the opening stage and wore the leader’s jersey for two days. The stage also featured two iiNet intermediate sprints, the first at the end of lap eight and the second at the end of lap twelve. The Orica-GreenEDGE team of iiNet Points leader Daryl made sure his hold on the jersey was secure by sending several team-mates with him in an early break. The South African locked up the lead with a win in the first intermediate sprint ahead of his team mate, Australian Mathew Hayman and Schar, who was policing the break for BMC team, in third place. At the second intermediate sprint Bak was first ahead of American Alex Howes (Trek-Cannondale) and Boom. When the points were tallied at the end of the stage Impey finished with 55 points well clear of Italian Niccolo Bonifazio (Lapre-Merida) on 39 points with Evans third in the iiNet classification with 37 points. Results Snapshot – Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 Winner - Wouter Wippert (Drapac Professional Racing) Santos Tour Down Under Winner - Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) iiNet Points Winner– Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) Subaru King of the Mountain Winner - Jack Bobridge (UniSA-Australia) Virgin Australia Winning Team - Movistar Cycle Instead Young Rider Winner - Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) Europcar Most Competitive Rider of the Day - Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) Tanya Denver Award (Highest Placed South Australia) - Rohan Dennis (BMC)
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