Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 5) Glenelg - Victor Harbor

AU Australia, Saturday 25 January 2020
149.1 km

Third top 3 for Bennett at Tour Down Under

Third top 3 for Bennett at Tour Down Under

Stage 5 promised fireworks and delivered them in the last 24 kilometers, once the riders began tackling Kerby Hill, a second-category ascent averaging 5.9%, where the race exploded. Desperate to drop the sprinters and thus get in the fight for bonus seconds at the finish, the GC contenders moved to the front of the peloton and put in a massive tempo that split the bunch halfway up the climb.

Under their strong impetus on the hardest part of the hill, the gap of the newly-formed group went out to 25 seconds, forcing those behind to organise a strong chase on the fast descent to Victor Harbor. Deceuninck – Quick-Step sent several delegates to the front of this group, which began chewing into the advantage of the leaders, who despite their all-out effort were joined by the sprinters inside the last ten kilometers.

The technical finale once again disrupted the lead-out trains, splits forming in the peloton on the two sharp corners that peppered the closing kilometer, and leaving just two riders to fight for victory. Despite an impressive burst of acceleration after some great piloting from Michael Mørkøv, Sam Bennett managed just third, behind Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) and Simone Consonni (Cofidis).

“We left it late this time, but a gap opened up in the last corner, which was then hard to close. Today we tried some new things in the final, so overall it was a good learning curve. I am happy with how I felt on the climb, with the form I had here and the team’s incredible work. We still have to fine-tune some small details, but I think we can be satisfied with the week we had here”, the 29-year-old said after his third podium of the season.

Going into the final stage to Willunga Hill on Saturday, Dries Devenyns and Mattia Cattaneo are Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s best placed riders in the general classification, lying just a few seconds outside the top 10.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
3:32:45
2 Simone Consonni
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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3 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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7 Kristoffer Halvorsen
EF Pro Cycling
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8 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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9 Fabio Felline
Astana Pro Team
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10 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
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34 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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35 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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58 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
102 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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109 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
17:12:15
2 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:02
3 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:09
4 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:13
5 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:16
6 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:17
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
0:25
12 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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14 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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60 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:11
62 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:18
79 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:41
93 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:12
128 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:12
1 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
63 pt
2 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
48 pt
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
47 pt
4 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
42 pt
5 André Greipel
Israel Start-Up Nation
33 pt
6 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
24 pt
7 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
8 Kristoffer Halvorsen
EF Pro Cycling
19 pt
9 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
18 pt
10 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
18 pt
12 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
1 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
17:12:50
2 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - McLaren
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3 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
0:08
4 Florian Stork
Team Sunweb
0:11
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
1:59
6 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
3:24
7 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
4:00
8 Juri Hollmann
Movistar Team
4:20
9 Samuele Battistella
NTT Pro Cycling
5:46
10 Max Kanter
Team Sunweb
8:00
11 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:06
1 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
35 pt
2 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
26 pt
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
4 Samuel Jenner
UniSA-Australia
10 pt
5 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
8 pt
6 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
8 pt
7 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
6 pt
8 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
6 pt
9 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
5 pt
10 Jorge Arcas Peña
Movistar Team
4 pt
1 Mitchelton-Scott 51:37:44
2 Team INEOS 0:10
3 Team Sunweb 0:37
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:41
5 Bahrain - McLaren 0:49
6 AG2R La Mondiale 1:00
7 Astana Pro Team 1:05
8 UAE-Team Emirates 1:24
9 NTT Pro Cycling 1:36
10 Israel Start-Up Nation 1:47

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