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January 19/16 18:39 pm - Tour Down Under: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 01/19/16

Caleb Ewan racks up his 6th victory in 2016 on Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia.

Legendary sprinter Robbie McEwan summed up the first stage of the Tour Down Under in South Australia with poetic simplicity.

“Too much fitness, too much form, too much speed,” McEwan said of Caleb Ewan’s win, his sixth of the year.

Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under set off just 3km from the Adelaide CBD in the inner-northern suburb of Prospect. It was steamy, windy, dusty and 130km to the finish line after three laps around the famous Barossa Valley wine region in to the town of Lyndoch.

Sean Lake (UniSA), Martijn Keizer (Team Lotto NL Jumbo) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) jumped ahead of the field as soon as the flag had waved.

Lake took the only categorised climb of the day at the 12.8km mark, edging Keizer in a photo finish. The UniSA rider donned the polka dot jersey at the end of the day, continuing a strong start to 2016 for Lake after a bronze medal at the Australian national time trial.

The three-rider break was kept on a short leash. Their advantage rapidly declined from 80km out as Orica GreenEdge set the tempo behind to keep Caleb Ewan “the guy with the freshest legs that wins the sprint in the end”.

The break jostled for the first Cockatoo Valley sprint point. Frenchman Gougeard opened hostilities from third wheel and crossed the line ahead of Keizer and an indifferent Lake. The second sprint points on the following lap were then taken in a bizarre fashion by Gougeard ahead of Lake and Keizer. The police motos were caught unaware of the acceleration behind them and accidentally blocked the riders from a proper sprint. Oops. Keizer would drop back to the peloton soon after.

With 47km to go, the field started to spread across the road and the Orica GreenEdge presence reduced to just Michael Hepburn. Hepburn wouldn’t leave the front until 15km to go.

Sean Lake gapped Gougeard with 22km to go, the Frenchman showing no interest in fighting for the diminishing 25-second gap in the scorching 40∞C heat.

Lake’s move impressed Robbie McEwan as he commentated on the race.

“This sport is about having a big engine, and knowing how to suffer,” McEwan said about strongman Sean Lake.

Lake bravely stretched his gap to 55 seconds with 16km to go, but was swallowed by the group at the 6km mark.

Sprint trains began forming with 10km remaining. Lampre, Lotto-Soudal, Sky, and Dimension Data appeared to have the best organisation in the punishing wind.

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) took control at the 1km mark, leading a well-organised Sky train. Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEdge) dragged Ewan up the side of the Sky line, dropping him into the perfect position behind fellow Aussie Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data). Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) opened the hostilities from a long way out, but faded as the other sprinters wound it up.

Renshaw was sprinting for himself, but inadvertently gave Ewan the perfect lead-out. The 21-year old Australian jumped out from behind Renshaw and powered for the line, winning by two bike lengths. Renshaw would cross second, with Wouter Wippert (Cannondale Pro Cycling) third.

The impeccable timing, mind-blowing power-to-weight, and impossibly low position begs the question whether Ewan is beatable for the Tour Down Under.

“I need to thank Gerro (Simon Gerrans) for sharing the team with me” said Ewan, still panting from his sprint effort. “For a guy like that who can win overall to say I can have the team to chase a sprint, it means a lot.”

Ewan will lead the GC, sprint, and young rider classification for 132km Stage 2 on Wednesday (20 Jan) from the suburb of Unley to Stirling in the hills east of Adelaide. 

What were they thinking?

It’s surprising that a 20-team race allowed a three-man break to fight for the first polka dot jersey, decided only 12.8km in. In the end it was only two men contesting the KOM. This is a short race, every point matters. Also, polka dots look awesome, it has been scientifically proven. Good luck pulling the jersey off Sean Lake, the ex-rower is burly.

James  Raison



Stage 1: Prospect to Lyndoch, 130.8 km
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEDGE 3:24:13
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
3 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
4 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida
5 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff
6 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo
7 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
8 Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia
9 José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team
10 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal
11 Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
12 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL–Jumbo
13 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
14 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
15 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
16 Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-Step
17 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
18 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant–Alpecin
19 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha
20 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) UniSA-Australia
21 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ
22 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
23 Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Movistar Team
24 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
25 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica–GreenEDGE
26 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEDGE
27 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant–Alpecin
28 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa)
29 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
30 Patrick Shaw (Aus) UniSA-Australia
31 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre–Merida
32 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
33 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre–Merida
34 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
35 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
36 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
37 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek–Segafredo
38 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek–Segafredo
39 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto Soudal
40 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
41 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
42 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Dimension Data
43 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
44 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
45 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana Pro Team
46 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team
47 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
48 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx–Quick-Step
49 Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
50 Carlos Verona (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step
51 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
52 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff
53 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ
54 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff
55 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
56 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff
57 Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Movistar Team
58 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team
59 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre–Merida
60 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
61 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
62 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
63 Murilo Fischer (Bra) FDJ
64 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
65 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff
66 Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEDGE
67 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
68 David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling
69 Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–Merida
70 Bram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo
71 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
72 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff
73 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia
74 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
75 Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
76 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
77 David De La Cruz (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step
78 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
79 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team
80 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
81 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
82 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
83 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL–Jumbo
84 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo
85 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team
86 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL–Jumbo
87 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek–Segafredo
88 Jesús Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team
89 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo
90 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
91 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team
92 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant–Alpecin
93 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
94 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff
95 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
96 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling
98 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre–Merida
99 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step
100 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx–Quick-Step
101 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
102 Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Professional Cycling
103 Songezo Jim (Rsa) Dimension Data
104 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team
105 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
106 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
107 Patrick Lane (Aus) UniSA-Australia
108 Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-Australia
109 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
110 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant–Alpecin
111 Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia
112 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
113 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
114 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Team Katusha
115 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
116 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek–Segafredo
117 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
118 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
119 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek–Segafredo
120 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step
121 Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale
122 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre–Merida
123 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
124 Jaco Venter (Rsa) Dimension Data
125 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
126 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
127 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling all s.t.
128 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek–Segafredo 0:19
129 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant–Alpecin 0:22
130 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica–GreenEDGE 0:40
131 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team s.t.
132 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant–Alpecin 0:48
133 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 1:01
134 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica–GreenEDGE 1:05
135 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky s.t.
136 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant–Alpecin 2:46
137 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling 5:29
138 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling s.t.
139 Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo 5:32
140 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica–GreenEDGE 7:56



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