Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 6) McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill

AU Australia, Sunday 20 January 2019
151.5 km

Top 10 for Devenyns in Tour Down Under

Top 10 for Devenyns in Tour Down Under

For the first time in twenty-one years of Tour Down Under, the race concluded with a stage atop Willunga Hill, the now iconic climb averaging 7.1% over 3.6 kilometers, where everything was to be decided. Starting from McLaren Vale, the 151.5km-long stage 6 included two trips up Willunga Hill, and it was on the first of these that the day’s seven fugitives were reeled in just as an important selection was being made in the peloton.

With the overall leader among those dropped on the steep section of the short but taxing ascent, the race became wide open, and several men tried to take advantage of that by attacking on the flat run-in to the climb and putting more than half of minute between them and what was left of the bunch, a gap which in the end didn’t help them too much when it came down to crunch time.

Dries Devenyns – our best placed rider in the general classification – started the day in 12th place, and paced himself perfectly, making his way up through the field, in the last kilometers of Willunga Hill, where furious attacks started to pour from the group. The decisive move came just before the red kite, when Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) jumped from the group and went on to take a solo victory, ahead of Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), the latter clinching the overall.

Now in his 13th pro season, Dries gained two positions in the standings and concluded the race in tenth place, after getting the same result on the stage. The 35-year-old – oldest rider to finish in the top 10 at this edition of the Tour Down Under – capped off a great week for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, who leaves Adelaide not only with this strong result in the GC, but also with a stage win and a stint in the leader’s jersey, both brought by Italian Champion Elia Viviani.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
3:30:14
2 Wout Poels
Team Sky
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3 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
0:03
5 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
0:06
6 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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7 Michael Woods
EF Education First
0:15
8 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:17
9 Tom-Jelte Slagter
Team Dimension Data
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10 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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35 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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72 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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75 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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123 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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124 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
20:30:42
2 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:13
3 Wout Poels
Team Sky
0:17
4 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
0:19
5 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
0:26
6 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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7 Michael Woods
EF Education First
0:38
8 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:40
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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29 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:01
48 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:24
101 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:11
104 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:05
119 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
33:56
1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
56 pt
2 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
54 pt
3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
50 pt
4 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
49 pt
5 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
46 pt
6 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
7 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
38 pt
8 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
32 pt
9 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
24 pt
10 Wout Poels
Team Sky
21 pt
32 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
20:31:15
2 Ruben Guerreiro
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:07
3 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
0:10
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
0:33
6 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:45
7 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
0:54
8 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
1:02
9 Chris Harper
UniSA-Australia
1:15
10 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
1:27
11 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:28
17 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:51
1 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
30 pt
2 Wout Poels
Team Sky
30 pt
3 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
28 pt
4 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
16 pt
5 Kenny Elissonde
Team Sky
16 pt
6 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
14 pt
7 Artyom Zakharov
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
8 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
8 pt
9 Michael Woods
EF Education First
8 pt
10 Nicholas White
UniSA-Australia
8 pt
1 UAE-Team Emirates 61:34:22
2 Bahrain Merida 0:43
3 Team Dimension Data 0:55
4 Team Sunweb 1:11
5 Movistar Team 1:54
6 Mitchelton-Scott 2:10
7 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:50
8 Team Sky 5:33
9 Groupama - FDJ 6:36
10 BORA - hansgrohe 7:24

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