No surprises to see a UniSA rider in the break today. The Australian National team are here to animate the race. At the helm once again is the great Dave Sanders. He spoke with Alex Malone back in Mt Barker and I've got a feeling he'll be pretty pleased with the way the race is panning out.
"Ideally we want a small group. They will let a small group go, they won't let a big group go. They won't get six minutes because they will ride it back so maybe two minutes and then gas it down the hill. You can go as fast as the chase group. Maybe we can get to the bottom of the hill a minute in front.
"We've got two or three guys who can get up the hill maybe in top-10. Zak or Anthony or even Calvin Watson but don't underestimate Damien Howson – he's going. He's not far from the level Rohan Dennis was last year. We believe that. Anything is possible. Our guys are race fit, a lot of the others are fit but not really race fit. It's a little bit of a different appraisal to other times of the year."