Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 6) McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill

AU Australia, Sunday 26 January 2020
151.5 km

Willunga Hill brings down the curtain over Tour Down Under

Willunga Hill brings down the curtain over Tour Down Under

Last stage of the 22nd Tour Down Under had an interesting development, with a 26-man group featuring Shane Archbold and Iljo Keisse taking off early and gradually building a nice gap which went north of five minutes, thus putting quite the pressure on the peloton. The escapees worked well together, and as a result, the gap was still holding at over four minutes with 60 kilometers remaining.

The first of the two trips up Willunga Hill brought that much needed change of pace for the chasers, who shed riders out the back as they finally began to cut the leaders’ gap to around two minutes. As the break split into several groups, more teams decided to chip in and pull behind the riders up the road, who threatened to deliver a major shake-up to the general classification.

Mattia Cattaneo and Dries Devenyns were still part of the reduced peloton on the early slopes of the second ascent of Willunga Hill, when the first big attacks came, adding further damage to the group. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) was the one to pile on the pressure and take off with 1500 meters to go, surging to overall success, as Matthew Holmes (Lotto-Soudal) soloed to the stage victory from the break after more than three hours in the saddle.

For the third consecutive year, Dries Devenyns concluded the Tour Down Under as the best placed Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider on the general classification – in 12th, only three seconds off the top 10 – and just ahead of teammate Mattia Cattaneo, whose strong display in his first race for the team bodes well for the rest of the season. In addition to these results, the Wolfpack notched up three top 3 finishes, including Sam Bennett’s maiden victory for the squad, on the very first day of the season.

“It was obvious it was going to be a large group in the front today, so we sent two guys up the road and they did a good job. At the same time, Dries and Mattia waited in the bunch and gave their best to make it in the top 10 overall, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Despite that, they can draw a lot of confidence from how they rode this week. Same goes for Sam, who took that nice win in Tanunda and showed that his form is on the rise for the next appointments here in Australia”, sports director Rik Van Slycke explained after the year’s first World Tour event.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
3:24:54
2 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
0:03
3 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
0:04
4 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
0:07
5 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
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6 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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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 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:23
19 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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25 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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86 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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88 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:01
98 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:52
103 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:53
1 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
20:37:08
2 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:25
3 Simon Geschke
CCC Team
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4 Rohan Dennis
Team INEOS
,,
5 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
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6 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
0:30
7 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:37
8 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:46
9 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
0:52
10 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain - McLaren
0:54
12 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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13 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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62 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:46
64 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:05
73 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:12
91 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:14
123 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:05
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
38 pt
6 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
29 pt
7 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
28 pt
8 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
24 pt
9 Erik Baška
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
10 Rohan Dennis
Team INEOS
20 pt
15 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
1 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
20:38:13
2 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - McLaren
0:15
3 Jarrad Drizners
UniSA-Australia
0:31
4 Florian Stork
Team Sunweb
0:34
5 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
3:02
6 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
5:51
7 Samuele Battistella
NTT Pro Cycling
6:21
8 Juri Hollmann
Movistar Team
8:18
9 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:41
10 Jonas Rutsch
EF Pro Cycling
11:30
1 Joey Rosskopf
CCC Team
51 pt
2 Richie Porte
Trek - Segafredo
38 pt
3 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
18 pt
4 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
5 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
14 pt
6 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
7 Samuel Jenner
UniSA-Australia
10 pt
8 Dylan Sunderland
NTT Pro Cycling
9 pt
9 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
8 pt
10 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
8 pt
1 Team INEOS 61:53:19
2 Mitchelton-Scott 0:25
3 Team Sunweb 1:19
4 Astana Pro Team 1:30
5 Bahrain - McLaren 1:32
6 UAE-Team Emirates 1:36
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:50
8 NTT Pro Cycling 2:52
9 AG2R La Mondiale 3:38
10 CCC Team 5:11

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