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While things may not have gone quite as well for team Sky in this year’s Tour Down Under as they may have hoped, the team still boasts two stage podiums [Down Under Classic and stage 3], and a rider in Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen well placed in the overall standings.
It says a lot about the team’s pedigree, with Michael Rogers, Chris Sutton, Geraint Thomas, along with "Eddy" creating a formidable squad. For whatever reason things haven’t quite clicked for the team, but Sutton is confident that a win is not far away – if not a shot at the GC.
"We’ve got a really versatile team here,” said Sutton, “which gives us a lot of options, each and every rider here for us is incredibly strong.
"I had a crack in the classic on Sunday but got bumped out of position, and never got back on to Edvald’s wheel.
"Then on the stage to Clare, I got caught behind the crash in the last kilometre. I had to get across the gap to Geraint’s wheel. I made it across but I think I panicked a little bit and went a little too early. I was a bit annoyed at myself, but that’s those early season nerves."
To make the series of close-calls that much more frustrating, the team’s designated sprinter for today’s stage to Victor Harbor, Edvald Boasson Hagen rode the final kilometre on a deflating tyre. In the circumstances his third place was impressive - Sutton however dispelled suggestions that the team was suffering from a barren run of ‘luck’.
"No, no - I don’t believe in luck, you create your own opportunities. We just need to keep trying, we’re not far away."