Stressful day at Tour Down Under

Stressful day at Tour Down Under

Saturday 19 January 2019 - 07:05

Crosswinds, crashes and a hectic sprint on the penultimate stage of the World Tour race.

As soon as the peloton rolled away from Glenelg, three men rode clear and stretched out a nice lead of nearly four minutes. It should have been enough to keep them in the lead until the final ten kilometres, but with two intermediate sprints placed in the first part of the stage and the overall standings still tight, some of the GC teams had other plans and started a mad chase which resulted in the trio being caught on the slopes of the Selicks Hill classified climb.

Things looked to calm down 70 kilometers from the finish, when Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ) and Aidan Toovey (UniSA-Australia) went on the attack and in the blink of an eye opened a 3:30 gap. Then, after exiting the feed zone, a few teams joined hands and applied pressure on the bunch in the strong crosswinds, hoping to create some cracks.

Panic spread within the peloton and many riders were forced to dig deep in order not to get distanced, preventing the bunch from disintegrating. A second attempt of echelons followed with about 20 kilometers to go, and despite other riders being spat out the back, there were no big-name casualties. A crash which occurred inside the last ten kilometres took down, among others, overall leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), who was waited by the pack before the speed went up with the flamme rouge in sight.

Elia Viviani was again in the mix for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who took the front of the peloton in the final with the likes of Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini, finishing fifth on the stage won by Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) after Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), who crossed the line first, was relegated by the race commissaires for head-butting.

First wearer of the ochre jersey, Viviani notched up in Strathalbyn his third top 10 finish at this year’s edition of the Tour Down Under, which concludes on Sunday, with a stage atop Willunga Hill. Dries Devenyns will start the day in 12th place, hoping to claw back time and finish in the top 10 at the Aussie race for the second consecutive year.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
3:37:00
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
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4 Jens Debusschere
Team Katusha Alpecin
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5 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
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7 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
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8 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
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9 Wout Poels
Team Sky
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10 Davide Ballerini
Astana Pro Team
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21 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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73 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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101 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:56
1006 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
17:00:25
2 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:07
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
0:16
4 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
0:26
5 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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7 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
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8 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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9 Wout Poels
Team Sky
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10 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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12 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:47
81 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:27
112 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:18
115 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:34
1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
56 pt
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
50 pt
3 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
4 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
44 pt
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
38 pt
6 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
36 pt
7 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
35 pt
8 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
32 pt
9 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
21 pt
10 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
19 pt
1 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
17:00:51
2 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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3 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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6 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:07
7 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
0:21
8 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
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9 Chris Harper
UniSA-Australia
0:32
10 Dylan Sunderland
UniSA-Australia
0:39
11 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:21
1 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
30 pt
2 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
3 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
14 pt
4 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
5 Artyom Zakharov
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
6 Michael Woods
EF Education First
8 pt
7 Wout Poels
Team Sky
6 pt
8 Clément Chevrier
AG2R La Mondiale
6 pt
9 Michael Potter
UniSA-Australia
6 pt
10 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
4 pt
1 UAE-Team Emirates 51:02:33
2 Mitchelton-Scott 0:28
3 Bahrain Merida ,,
4 Team Sunweb 0:32
5 Team Dimension Data 0:42
6 Movistar Team 1:07
7 Team Katusha Alpecin 1:37
8 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:45
9 BORA - hansgrohe 1:55
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 2:04

Top results

1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
3:37:00
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
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