Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 3) Lobethal - Uraidla

AU Australia, Thursday 17 January 2019
146.2 km

Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the attack in brutal Tour Down Under stage

Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the attack in brutal Tour Down Under stage

A challenging and leg-sapping stage from Lobethal to Uraidla, with over 3 300 meters of climbing and crucial time bonuses on the line, was in store on Wednesday, when points classification leader Elia Viviani made the seven-man breakaway that took off from the peloton in the opening kilometers.

The 29-year-old Italian picked up maximum seconds and points at the two intermediate sprints of the day and helped the group carve out a 3:30 advantage, before dropping back to the bunch with around 55 kilometers left, just ahead of the tough circuit around Uraidla, covered three times by the riders at a blistering pace which led to an early selection.

The 29-year-old Italian picked up maximum seconds and points at the two intermediate sprints of the day and helped the group carve out a 3:30 advantage, before dropping back to the bunch with around 55 kilometers left, just ahead of the tough circuit around Uraidla, that the riders covered three times at a blistering pace.

It was there that the last three survivors of the breakaway could feel the peloton breathing down their necks as cracks began forming at the back of the pack under the pressure of several teams who upped the tempo on the short but tough Picadilly climb. As the peloton closed in on the escapees, some riders jumped across to the break, but not even this move could inject new life into the group up front, who succumbed with 15 kilometers remaining.

On the last hill, Michael Woods (EF Education First) accelerated and opened a gap, which was expertly shut down by Dries Devenyns, who then immediately tried to take the rest of the riders by surprise with an all-in attack just before the tricky finish in Uraidla. Fifth overall at the previous edition of the Tour Down Under, the 35-year-old was caught by the reduced group, from where Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) emerged in the closing 100 meters to notch up the victory.

The effort put in by the experienced Belgian resulted in him making an important jump in the general classification, where Dries now finds himself just a couple of seconds off the podium with three stages to go. In the blue jersey standings the fight is still on, as Elia Viviani is only two points behind the new leader, with the next opportunity for sprinters set to come on Friday, when the peloton will travel to Strathalbyn.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
3:46:06
2 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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3 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
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5 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
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6 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
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7 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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8 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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9 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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10 Domenico Pozzovivo
Bahrain Merida
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15 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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76 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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120 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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126 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
10:20:09
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:01
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
0:09
4 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
0:10
5 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:11
6 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:15
7 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
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9 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
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17 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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46 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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97 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:29
116 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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128 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
36 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34 pt
3 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
34 pt
4 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
31 pt
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
23 pt
6 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
22 pt
7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
22 pt
8 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
18 pt
9 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
14 pt
10 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
14 pt
1 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
10:20:19
2 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
0:05
3 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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4 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
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5 Dmitry Strakhov
Team Katusha Alpecin
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6 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
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7 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
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9 Chris Harper
UniSA-Australia
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10 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
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11 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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14 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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42 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
20 pt
2 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
3 Artyom Zakharov
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
4 Michael Potter
UniSA-Australia
6 pt
5 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
4 pt
6 James Whelan
EF Education First
4 pt
7 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
4 pt
8 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
2 pt
9 Nic Dlamini
Team Dimension Data
2 pt
1 UAE-Team Emirates 31:01:12
2 Team Katusha Alpecin ,,
3 BORA - hansgrohe ,,
4 Team Sunweb ,,
5 Team Dimension Data ,,
6 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:07
7 Mitchelton-Scott ,,
8 Bahrain Merida ,,
9 Deceuninck - Quick Step ,,
10 Movistar Team 0:14

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