Cancer Council Classic 2012

January 15, 2012, Adelaide East, Australia, Adelaide, Australia, Road - NE

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Jane Aubrey
  1. 18:45:19 ACDT

    And we're live in Adelaide, welcome to our coverage for the Down Under Classic. If you want to tweet to us write to @janeaubrey or @al_hinds and use the hashtag #tdu.

  2. 18:47:00 ACDT

    Renshaw has been widely tipped in the media as an outright favourite for the race, but with the quality of the field in this year's race there are just so many possible winners.

  3. 18:48:59 ACDT

    We're still around 10 minutes away from the official start of the race. Earlier today we had the team presentation for the race.

  4. 18:53:38 ACDT

    Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett did a great job of giving every team some air time it must be said.

  5. 18:54:54 ACDT

    Big news for today is that Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge) crashed on the way to the event, and is out of the Classic. Nygaard said that they still expect him to be riding the stage race start for Tuesday.

  6. 18:56:18 ACDT

    Absolutely briliant evening weather in Adelaide. Really have nothing to complain about from my commentary box. Perfect vantage point complete with dorky white hat.

  7. 18:58:32 ACDT

    Greipel spotted wearing a skin suit. Someone's serious about winning this evening.

  8. 18:59:30 ACDT

    We're about to kick off. National Anthem has been sung. Excitement is palpable.

  9. 19:00:57 ACDT

    Adam Hansen also spotted wearing a skin suit. Really guys?

  10. 19:01:08 ACDT

    Bang! We're off!

  11. 19:01:44 ACDT

    GreenEdge lead the peloton early. Sedate pace.

  12. 19:04:09 ACDT

    Lap 1 just completed. Nothing to report - that must have been part of the extended team presentation.

  13. 19:05:09 ACDT

    There's an attack. 6 or 7 riders making it off the front. Doesn't look too serious though just yet.

  14. 19:05:28 ACDT

    And as I say that they're back together.

  15. 19:06:07 ACDT

    FDJ rider going solo.

  16. 19:10:50 ACDT

    Sprint prime to come. Group of five is now well established: Includes Dennis (UniSA), Coutillard (FDJ), Caruso (Katusha)

  17. 19:12:17 ACDT

    Gutierrez (Movistar) was also there. He takes the sprint solo.

  18. 19:12:38 ACDT

    Gutierrez will be an asset to this break if they want to try and stay away.

  19. 19:16:10 ACDT

    Break back together. Two riders now off the front.

  20. 19:18:00 ACDT

    Peloton back together.

  21. 19:18:24 ACDT

    Things are changing all the time it's hard to keep up with the race situation.

  22. 19:19:14 ACDT

    Another move. Will this one gets some leeway from the peloton. At the moment Lotto-Belisol and GreenEdge seem content to ride tempo.

  23. 19:21:05 ACDT

    Bernard Sulzberger, Haas, and four others have a reasonable gap.

  24. 19:21:40 ACDT

    Simon Gerrans is riding in his Australian road champion jersey. That's interesting - I guess officially this isn't a criterium.

  25. 19:23:57 ACDT

    Haas takes the second sprint prime. Good to see Haas showing himself in a WorldTour race. He told us just before the race that he was never going to be satisfied just being at the top tier of the sport - he wanted results. Well there we go.

  26. 19:24:11 ACDT

    19 laps to go. Nearly halfway through the race.

  27. 19:27:47 ACDT

    Nathan Haas (Garmin), Sulzberger, McCarthy (UniSA), Burghardt (BMC), Bonnet (FDJ), Montaguti (Ag2R), Machado (RadioShack) and 2 others.

    They have a 10-20 second gap.

  28. 19:29:22 ACDT

    Break is working really well together. 30 minutes in. No reason why these guys couldn't stay away.

  29. 19:29:57 ACDT

    Official gap is 21 seconds.

  30. 19:30:18 ACDT

    Burghardt has punctured. He'll be able to rejoin the break.

  31. 19:31:44 ACDT

    16 laps to go. Prime coming up.

  32. 19:32:00 ACDT

    Gap slightly down to 16 seconds.

  33. 19:32:57 ACDT

    Ouch. Pain on the faces of the break as they hit the slight uphill on the back end of the course.

  34. 19:33:24 ACDT

    Rabobank leading the chase. They aren't represented in the break. Obviously believe in Mark Renshaw.

  35. 19:34:04 ACDT

    Haas picks up another sprint. That's 1000 Euros for Haas.

  36. 19:35:55 ACDT

    A reminder - the sprint was Haas, Montaguti, and Salvaggi.

  37. 19:36:51 ACDT

    Burghardt meanwhile has rejoined the front of the race after his puncture. He did after taking his lap out.

  38. 19:38:25 ACDT

    Gap is down to around 10 seconds.

  39. 19:39:52 ACDT

    Machado is doing a huge amount of work on the front. He wants this break to succeed. There are a few passengers in there though.

  40. 19:40:16 ACDT

    12 laps to go. They are absolutely flying.

  41. 19:42:26 ACDT

    Still so much energy in this break. Bell for the final sprint prime.

  42. 19:44:08 ACDT

    Winding up.

  43. 19:44:57 ACDT

    Haas takes number three. This guys a little bit too quick. 1500 Euros now for Haas. Not bad for a day's work.

  44. 19:45:44 ACDT

    Vaughters has picked up a bargain in this young man that's for sure.

  45. 19:46:21 ACDT

    A rider just threw a bottle into one of the officials. By accident no doubt.

  46. 19:48:55 ACDT

    After the prime the break has been swallowed by the bunch.

  47. 19:50:28 ACDT

    GreenEdge leading the peloton setting up a bit of a train.

  48. 19:50:49 ACDT

    Gerrans leads ahead of the GreenEdge sprinters.

  49. 19:51:32 ACDT

    Front of the race is very crowded now. Lots of teams lining themselves up. Cameron Meyer and Gerrans trading turns and are keeping things strung out.

  50. 19:52:49 ACDT

    Rabobank have now swamped GreenEdge, looking a lot more organised at the front.

  51. 19:53:20 ACDT

    Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) is driving it now.

  52. 19:54:36 ACDT

    Rojas has punctured. Don't know if he'll be coming back on.

  53. 19:56:12 ACDT

    Andre Greipel looks very comfy in the front 10.

  54. 19:56:50 ACDT

    Pace has just gone mental.

  55. 19:58:00 ACDT

    Lapping sub two minutes. 60+ kilometres per hour speeds being clocked.

  56. 19:59:03 ACDT

    Not long to go now. Complete shambles at the front. Noone has control.

  57. 19:59:33 ACDT

    A little over 3 kilometres to go.

  58. 20:00:21 ACDT

    Brown is going to be the lead-out man for Renshaw. Matthews in front of him.

  59. 20:00:51 ACDT

    Lotto-Belisol want this though. Still plenty of numbers for them at the front.

  60. 20:01:27 ACDT

    Sky just appeared out of nowhere. Lampre-ISD, Sky and Lotto all fighting for control.

  61. 20:03:03 ACDT

    There's the bell. Lotto-Belisol.

  62. 20:04:34 ACDT

    Andre Greipel win.s

  63. 20:04:57 ACDT

    Amazing sprint for the German. He made Boasson Hagen look like a slouch.

  64. 20:05:24 ACDT

    1:03:16 is a record time for the Down Under Classic as well.

  65. 20:06:06 ACDT

    Haussler third.

  66. 20:11:56 ACDT

    Thanks for joining us today! Bring on the Tour Down Under.

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