First gaps appear in Tour Down Under GC

First gaps appear in Tour Down Under GC

Thursday 23 January 2020 - 05:52

The brutal climb to Paracombe took its toll on many of the riders.

Stage 3 provided the first real test for the ochre jersey contenders, who faced an undulating route from Unley to Paracombe, where the 1.1km-long climb averaging 9.3% promised a major shake-up of the general classification after two days that had the sprinters in the spotlight. For that reason, the three men who attacked and established a 2:40 maximum buffer over the peloton didn’t have a chance, being pegged back inside the last ten kilometers.

A huge injection of pace, combined with several crashes on a descent, reduced the bunch to 50-odd riders, who got strung out as soon as they hit the early ramps of the Torrens Hill. Around 700 meters from the top, the decisive move came from Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), who claimed the stage victory and took over the leader’s jersey thanks to the bonus seconds.

Two groups rolled over the line just a couple of seconds later, and it was in the second of these that Deceuninck – Quick-Step had two representatives: Dries Devenyns, a two-time top 10 finisher at the Tour Down Under (2018 and 2019), and former Girobio winner Mattia Cattaneo. Both put in strong efforts on the gruelling ascent where the headwind added to the difficulty and made significant jumps in the standings followings this hard stage, finding themselves now in 11th and 14th place, respectively.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:14:09
2 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:05
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Rohan Dennis
Team INEOS
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5 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
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7 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
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8 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
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9 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
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10 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:13
13 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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15 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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83 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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110 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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117 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:26
123 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
10:10:24
2 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:06
3 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:09
4 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:11
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:14
6 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:15
7 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
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8 Rohan Dennis
Team INEOS
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9 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
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10 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:23
11 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:25
14 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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74 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:09
77 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:26
82 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:05
92 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:38
134 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:28
1 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
29 pt
2 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
26 pt
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
24 pt
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
18 pt
5 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
6 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
7 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
15 pt
8 Nathan Haas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
15 pt
9 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
14 pt
10 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
13 pt
1 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
10:10:57
2 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - McLaren
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3 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
0:08
4 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
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5 Florian Stork
Team Sunweb
0:11
6 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
1:28
7 Juri Hollmann
Movistar Team
1:56
8 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
2:11
9 Max Kanter
Team Sunweb
3:51
10 Szymon Sajnok
CCC Team
4:50
12 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:32
1 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
25 pt
2 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
16 pt
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
4 Laurens De Vreese
Astana Pro Team
11 pt
5 Samuel Jenner
UniSA-Australia
10 pt
6 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
8 pt
7 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
6 pt
8 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
5 pt
9 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
4 pt
10 Omer Goldstein
Israel Start-Up Nation
4 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 30:32:05
2 Team INEOS 0:10
3 Team Sunweb 0:37
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:39
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:41
6 Bahrain - McLaren 0:49
7 Movistar Team 1:00
8 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
9 Astana Pro Team 1:05
10 CCC Team 1:18

Top results

1 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:14:09
2 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:05
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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