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January 17/10 11:29 am - Tour Down Under: Cancer Council Helpline Classic


Posted by Editoress on 01/17/10
 

Team Sky score quinella in debut race

Team Sky lived up to expectations today delivering a quinella across the line in the Cancer Counci Helpline Classic, the curtain raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under which gets underway on Tuesday.

New Zealand's Greg Henderson, 33, claimed the win in the 30 lap, 51 kilometre, hit out at Rymill Park in Adelaide in front of an estimated 108,000 fans who turned up to cheer on one of the best ever fields assembled in Australia.

“It does not get any better than that,” said Henderson. “We were joking about winning today and putting ourselves out there on the map for the new sponsor."

And Sky Broadcasting must certainly be impressed with the finely tuned team work of their riders who took over from HTC-Columbia on the front and controlled the race for the final two laps.

"It does not get any better than that, they are an unbelieveable team, I don’t think I have ever been on a lead out that was as fast as that," said Henderson. “In the end my job was pretty easy, I just followed Chris Sutton and the rest of the fella’s.

"Wow what a feeling!"

Sutton, who hails from Sydney, was the final carriage in the lead out train and managed to hang on for second place with HTC-Columbia's Andre Greipel (GER) pipping Australian Robbie McEwen (Katusha) for third place.

"I was on the back and I just yelled yes, and it went down the line, yes, yes, yes, like we had practiced in training," explained Henderson. "When the boys sped up, I though 'wow!, where are you going', it was just so fast.

"The other teams tried to challenge us down the back straight and Matt Goss (HTC-Columbia) snuck in the middle but it actually helped us in our lead out. I just came off CJ (Sutton) before the finish," said Henderson. "It was unbelieveable.”

The crowd was treated to a spectacle of cycling which began from the minute the riders lined up for the start. Seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong shook hands with reigning road race World Champion Cadel Evans while three time time trial World Champion Michael Rogers looked on. 2009 Vuelta a Espana winner, Alejandro Valverde and 2007 Tour de France Champion, Oscar Pereiro were close by as was local boy and 2008 Paris-Roubaix winner, Stuart O'Grady. Another hometown hero in 2009 U23 time trial World Champion, Jack Bobridge also lined up with three time Tour de France green jersey champion Robbie McEwen and 2003 Tour de France sprint champion, Baden Cooke among what was a veritable who's who of cycling stars.

Armstrong, making his debut with RadioShack for the team's first race together continued to endear himself to his Adelaide fans featuring prominently in the later stages of the race as part of a break away group of five that was only caught three laps out from the finish.

"I felt like I tested them a little bit," said Armstrong. "We had a few good weeks in Hawaii so I know I've got a bit of power, but sometimes it's better to be up on those small groups than to be back fighting with 100 guys for every wheel and every corner.

"I had a small desire to be in a group like that, but that one stayed away longer than we all expected and longer than I saw last year," said Armstrong. "It ended up being tough - I want to go back and look at the effort on the computer, it was a tough half hour.

"Everybody was completely going for it, no talking and only a little bit of looking around after the corners to see how close they were," he added. "You get inside 10 (laps to go) and then to seven and six and you think 'uh oh' ... if there's a crash in the field, if two teams can't get together or don't get together, you just never know."

But Armstrong was pleased to finish the race 'feeling swell'.

"I don't know, I certainly felt better today than last year - but last year in this event I felt a little like a monkey screwing a football, too," he said. "It was not pretty last year, this year was a little more comfortable."

The riders will enjoy a day's break tomorrow ahead of Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under which will cover a 141km course from Clare to Tanunda across two of the world's premium wine producing regions.

Press release

Cancer Council Helpline Classic: Rymill Park 51km
1 Gregory Hederson (NZl) Team Sky 1:04:33
2 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
3 Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Katusha
5 Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
7 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana
8 Jose Rojas (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
9 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
10 Manuel Cardoso (Ita) Footon-Servetto
11 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
12 Mathew Goss (Aus) HTC-Columbia
13 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team RadioShack
14 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
15 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
16 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team RadioShack
17 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha
18 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack
19 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
20 René Mandri (Est) Ag2R La Mondiale
21 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions
22 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma – Lotto
23 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram
24 Robert Foester (Ger) Team Milram
25 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale
26 Ivan Velasco (Esp) Euskaltel – Euskadi
27 Peter Sagan (Skv) Liquigas
28 Gorka Izaguirre (Esp) Euskaltel – Euskadi
29 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas
30 Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack
31 Benjamin Swift (GBr) Team Sky
32 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
33 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
34 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
35 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma – Lotto
36 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d’Epargne
37 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
38 Bernard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Columbia all s.t.
39 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Transitions 0:08
40 Josep Jufre Pou (Esp) Astana
41 David Gutierrez (Esp) Footon-Servetto
42 Ivan Gutierrez (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
43 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Columbia
44 Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia
45 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française des Jeux
46 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank
47 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha
48 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana
49 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack
50 Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma – Lotto
51 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank
52 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel – Euskadi
53 Eduard Vorganov (RSA) Katusha
54 Mikel Nieve (Esp) Euskaltel – Euskadi
55 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
56 Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
57 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Omega Pharma – Lotto
58 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux
59 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step
60 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Esp) Footon-Servetto
61 Peter Mcdonald (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
62 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioShack
63 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Esp) Footon-Servetto
64 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team
65 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma – Lotto
66 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas
67 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Transitions
68 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
69 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step
70 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank
71 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale all s.t.
72 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas 0:16
73 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:17
74 Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon-Servetto
75 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) HTC-Columbia
76 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram all s.t.
77 Thomas Frei (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:23
78 Evans Cadel (Aus) BMC Racing Team
79 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française des Jeux
80 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions
81 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
82 Michael Matthews (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
83 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
84 Alexander Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha
85 Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp) Euskaltel – Euskadi
86 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma – Lotto
87 Miguel Minguez (Esp) Euskaltel – Euskadi
88 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas
89 Daniel Sesma (Esp) Euskaltel – Euskadi
90 Thomas Rohregger (Ger) Team Milram
91 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Transitions
92 Tiziano Dall'Antionia (Ita) Liquigas
93 Timothy Roe (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
94 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Française des Jeux
95 David Kemp (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
96 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
97 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Astana
98 Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Sky
99 Oscar Pereiro (Esp) Astana
100 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank
101 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank
102 Simon Clarke (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
103 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
104 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions
105 Sergey Klimov (Rus) Katusha
106 Joan Ripoll Horrach (Esp) Katusha
107 Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale
108 Martin Elmiger (Sui) Ag2R La Mondiale
109 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank
110 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
111 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
112 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin-Transitions
113 Rohan Dennis (Aus) UniSA-Australian National Team
114 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step
115 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux
116 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram
117 Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Columbia
118 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack
119 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team
120 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank
121 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma – Lotto
122 Jose Garcia (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
123 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank
124 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step
125 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step all s.t.
126 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 0:35
127 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Team Sky 0:55
128 David Vitoria (Esp) Footon-Servetto 1:16
129 Perget Mathieu (Fra) Caisse d’Epargne
130 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky both s.t.
131 Björn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram 1:34
DNS Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto
DNS Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step

 


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