Swift shifts into top gear

Crashes marr finale in Mannum

Robbie McEwen predicted mayhem at today's stage of the Santos Tour Down Under and he benefited from the ensuing madness, taking second behind Ben Swift and assuming the overall lead of this year's edition.

Two crashes within the final three kilometres put paid to HTC-Highroad chances of securing back-to-back stage victories, as Mark Cavendish (who required several stitches after falling) and erstwhile leader Matt Goss found themselves on the receiving end of a chaotic finale.

And unlike the Cancer Council Classic on Sunday, Team Sky managed to successfully change tack, despite having one of its fancied riders fall victim to a last-minute mishap as Ben Swift claimed his first ProTour victory.

"I can't believe it. There was just a pile up... it was carnage in the end," said Swift. "The first crash we lost our sprinter, two riders fell in front of him. I jumped with 200m to go. Robbie [McEwen] tried to get the jump on me, I felt brilliant.

"I was on the wheel of Mat Hayman and he knows how to avoid the crashes; I felt so comfortable following him. Unfortunately one of our guys did crash like I said, but I could just pick one of the other guys. Hopefully we can get another win. It is great to get the first win of the year. I will just have to keep the ball rolling."

The Briton moved into third overall with his win, sitting on the same time as overall leader Robbie McEwen, who is getting stronger as the race continues and may have his best shot at the title in what could be his last year as a professional.

The man who finished behind him today, Graeme Brown, managed to take the last podium spot in Mannum despite suffering a slowdown of sorts in the first of the afternoon's crashes. "The one [crash] at the top of the hill, just where we turn left my team mate actually crashed right in front of me, and I was caught up in the mix and I was off the road," said Brown.

"I had to come back through the bunch again and then the one [crash] at the finish I didn't even know about - I just spoke to Geraint Thomas about it and he said he just got hit from behind at 200m to go."

That accident just 200 metres from the line involved Cameron Meyer, who was able to maintain some stoicism after falling heavily whilst helping leadout teammate Tyler Farrar. "Three years I've done this tour and I've come down each year, so I'm starting to get used to it now," he quipped.

"I was in that last crash, at the 150m to go, and there was a pile up and I had nowhere to go. I went straight over the handlebars, ran up the back of some people. I mean I guess that's how it goes. It was always going to be tight with so many sprinters and lead out men and its going to get pretty fast when going into the finishes."

Krivtsov provides the calm before the storm

The day's main break was initiated some 18km into the stage by Ag2R-La Mondiale's Yuriy Krivtsov, who took the most aggressive rider prize for his efforts in a move that gained 4:20 at its zenith.

Joined by Saxo Bank's David Tanner and UniSA rider Mitchell Docker, the trio spent most of the day off the front and contested the KOM and intermediate sprint points ahead of anyone else. Behind them, Luke Roberts secured his position as mountains classification leader - a title he could well claim in Adelaide on Sunday.

"At the start of the stage I wanted to get into the break, but I didn't think it would be possible but there was one guy up the road and I sort have just rolled off the front and next thing I knew the peloton just let me go so I was wrapped," said Docker after the stage.

"It was a pity though, because I did feel it from yesterday and in the sprints I didn't do as well as I hoped. I only got third and second but it's still better than not getting anything at all and it was another tough day so I'm going to be feeling it tomorrow."

Joined by Simon Zahner and Tim Roe of BMC Racing plus Roberts, the late-stage sextet managed a lead of a minute but that soon evaporated; before that point Roe attacked, going on a solo spree that again demonstrated - after his efforts on the first day of last year's Tour Down Under - that he's an immensely talented young rider.

"I was going a bit quicker than I was last year, but I thought we were up the road and the opportunity was there so I might as well have a go; my legs were good, so I thought I might as well give it a crack," said Roe afterwards.

He was caught just eight kilometres from the finish and explained: "I was pretty sure we were going to get caught, but I thought I might as well give it a crack, and on the climb, I just had it in a big gear and just kept it there - I just ended up riding away from everyone."


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling3:27:44 
2Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack  
3Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
4Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
5Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
6Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
8Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
9Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
10Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
11Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
13Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
14Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
15Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
16Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
17Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
18Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
19Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
20Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
21Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
22Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
23Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
24Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
25Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
26Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
28Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
29Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
30Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
31Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
32Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
33Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quick Step Cycling Team  
34Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
35Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
37Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
40Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
41Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
42Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radio Shack  
43Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
44Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
45Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
46Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
47Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
48Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Movistar Team  
49Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
50Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
51Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
52Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
53Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radio Shack  
54Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
55Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radio Shack  
56Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
57Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
58Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana  
59Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team  
60Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team  
61Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
62David Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
63Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling  
64Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
65Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana  
66Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad  
67Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
68Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale  
69Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
70Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
71Manuel Cardoso (Por) Team Radio Shack  
72Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team  
73Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
75Vicente Reynes (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
76André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
77Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar Team  
78Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
79Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
80Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
81Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
82Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
83Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
84Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISD  
85Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
86Luke Durbridge (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
87Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack  
88Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
89Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:22 
90Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
91Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
92William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
93Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
94Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
95David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
96Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
97Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team  
98Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
99Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
100Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
101Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
102Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
103Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
104Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
105Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
106Jos van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
107Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radio Shack  
108Michael Hepburn (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
109Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:20 
110Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:24 
111Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
112Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:01:34 
113Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:01:56 
114Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad  
115Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
116Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
117José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:01 
118Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
119Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:10 
120Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
121Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
122Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:13 
123John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
124Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
125Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
126Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana0:03:16 
127Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:42 
128Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
129Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
130Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad0:03:47 
131Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:04:28 
132Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:13 
133Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UNI SA - Australia10:23:12 
4Sky Procycling  
8AG2R La Mondiale  
11Radio Shack  
12Leopard Trek  
14Omega Pharma-Lotto  
17Lampre - ISD  
18Saxo Bank Sungard  
Sprints - Kanmantoo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard6 pts
2Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
3Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia2 
Mount Pleasant
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team6 pts
2Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia4 
3David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard2 
Finish - Mannum
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling8 pts
2Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack6 
3Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
KOM - Dawesley Hill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia16 pts
2Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12 
3David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard8 
4Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia6 
5Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team4 
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack6:44:42 
2Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
3Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
4André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:04 
5Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
6Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:06 
7David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
8Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:07 
9Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
10Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
11Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:08 
12Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
13Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
14Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
15Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
16Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
17Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
18Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
19Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
20Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
21Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
22Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
24Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
25Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
26Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
27Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
29Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
30Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
31Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
32Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
33Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek  
34Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
35Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
36Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
37Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
38Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
39Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team  
40Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quick Step Cycling Team  
41Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling  
42Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
43Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
44Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Movistar Team  
45Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
47Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
48Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad  
49Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
50Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
51Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
53Juan Horrach (Spa) Katusha Team  
54Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
55Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
56Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack  
57David Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
58Manuel Cardoso (Por) Team Radio Shack  
59Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
60Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radio Shack  
61Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
62Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
63Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana  
64Cameron Wurf (Aus) Liquigas-Cannondale  
65Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
66Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
67Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
68John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
69Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling  
70Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Highroad  
71Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick Step Cycling Team  
72Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek  
73Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre - ISD  
74Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
75Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
76Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step Cycling Team  
77Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
78Marco Bandiera (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team  
79Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
80Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radio Shack  
81Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Astana  
82Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar Team  
83Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
84Luke Durbridge (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
85William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
86Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
87Stefan Denifl (Aut) Leopard Trek  
88Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
89Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
90Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
91Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
92Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katusha Team  
93Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
94Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radio Shack  
95Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radio Shack  
96Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
97Martin Mortensen (Den) Leopard Trek  
98Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
99Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
100Michael Hepburn (Aus) UNI SA - Australia  
101Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
102Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
103Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
104Brian Vandborg (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
105Davide Cimolai (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:27 
106Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:28 
107Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:32 
108Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:38 
109Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
110Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:55 
111Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
112Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad0:01:21 
113Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:30 
114Timothy Roe (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:34 
115Jos van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:35 
116Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:43 
117Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
118Vicente Reynes (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:47 
119Danny Pate (USA) HTC-Highroad0:02:06 
120Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:09 
121José Vicente Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:11 
122Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:02:37 
123Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:59 
124Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
125Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana0:03:23 
126Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Highroad0:03:34 
127Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:03:52 
128Travis Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
129Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
130Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad0:03:57 
131Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:00 
132Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling0:04:38 
133Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:05:23 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky Procycling20:14:36 
2UNI SA - Australia  
11Radio Shack  
12AG2R La Mondiale  
13Leopard Trek  
15Omega Pharma-Lotto  
18Lampre - ISD  
19Saxo Bank Sungard  
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia12 pts
2Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack10 
3Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad8 
4Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling8 
5David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard8 
6Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
7Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team6 
8André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto6 
9Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
10Simon Clarke (Aus) Astana6 
11Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team4 
12Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia22 pts
2Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA - Australia16 
3David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard12 
4Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12 
5Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
6Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
7Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
8Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team4 


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