Tour Down Under 2017

January 15-22, 2017, Adelaide, South Australia, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Pat Malach

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 Tour Down Under's final stage, a 90km circuit race around the streets of Adelaide.

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  1. 12:56:47 ACDT

    The 2017 Tour Down Under will conclude today on the streets of Adelaide, where the peloton will compete over 20 laps of a 4.5km urban circuit. 


  2. 12:57:38 ACDT

    Stage 6 profile:



  3. 12:59:55 ACDT

    Before we take a look at today's contenders, let's look back to yesterday's Willunga Hill stage won by overall leader Richie Porte, his second stage win of the race.


    Here's the stage 6 top 10:


    1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3:40:13
    2 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:20
    3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott
    4 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
    5 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
    6 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:23
    7 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal
    8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
    9 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
    10 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac


  4. 13:00:43 ACDT

    ...and the General Classification going into today's stage.


    1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 18:00:21
    2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:00:48
    3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:51
    4 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:54
    5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:59
    6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02
    7 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal
    8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
    9 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
    10 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia


  5. 13:14:23 ACDT

    It's very likely the general classification won't change today, but the big question is whether Caleb Ewan can run the table on sprint stages. He's already won stages 1, 3 and 5, and if he wins his fourth stage today, he and Porte will have won every stage of the Tour. That's quite remarkable.


  6. 13:26:19 ACDT

    In other cycling news, the Vuelta a San Juan will start on January 23 and teams are already in Argentina. We've got a gallery for you to check out HERE.


  7. 13:34:32 ACDT

    The racing is underway in Adelaide. Hang on!


  8. 13:35:25 ACDT

    The peloton is making the U turn at King William and Franklin for the first time


  9. 13:37:56 ACDT

    Two riders have a small lead over the field.


  10. 13:40:52 ACDT

    The two riders away are Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Gianluca Brambilla (Quick - Step Floors)


  11. 13:43:15 ACDT

    De gendt, you'll recall, was in yesterday's breakaway as well. He's tied on points with Porte in the mountains classification, so this may be a bid to win that competition while Porte minds his overall lead. There are KOM spots on Montefiore Hill on laps 10 and 15.


  12. 13:46:12 ACDT

    We also have two intermediate sprints today with time bonuses on the line. Riders will be sprinting for time and points at the end of laps 8 and 12


  13. 13:47:33 ACDT

    Jay McCarthy is three seconds behind Nathan Haas' third-place spot, while Haas is three seconds out of Esteban Chaves' second-place spot. That could make the sprints interesting.


  14. 13:48:46 ACDT

    Lap 3 of 20 and the gap to De Gendt and Brambilla is 22 seconds.

  15. 13:52:06 ACDT

    The average speed for the race so far is 46km/h


  16. 13:52:30 ACDT

    The peloton appears to be easing up a bit. The gap might go out now.


  17. 13:53:56 ACDT

    Brambilla is a 29-year-old Italian who has ridden for Quick-Step since 2013. He won stages in both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana this year.


  18. 13:54:19 ACDT

    And just like that, the gap is up to 30 seconds.


  19. 13:55:17 ACDT

    The peloton is now on the 4th of 20 laps.


  20. 13:58:30 ACDT

    Bora-Hansgrohe has two riders on the front of the peloton powering the chase. Sagan would no doubt like to pick up a win today, but he just hasn't had the speed to get past Ewan so far this week. He's got one more chance.


  21. 14:00:29 ACDT

    We're on lap 5 of 20 and the gap is at 22 seconds. The first sprint is at the end of lap 8.


  22. 14:02:05 ACDT

    De Gendt is wearing the mountains jersey although Porte, who is wearing the leader's jersey, leads the classification based on stage finishes


  23. 14:08:49 ACDT

    Lap 6 of 20: The gap is down to 12 seconds as the sprint lap approaches. They may not leave it for De Gendt and Brambilla.


  24. 14:10:04 ACDT

    The peloton is close enough to the break to almost touch them now. They've got a lap to finish them off and have a clean run at the sprint.


  25. 14:18:56 ACDT

    The riders are on lap 8 now. The sprint comes at the end, and they are all together.

  26. 14:20:34 ACDT

    Sagan leading out McCarthy, but it looks like Ewan got it.



  27. 14:21:11 ACDT

    No. it's McCarthy with the win and the three-second bonus. He's not tied with Nathan Haas on overall time in third.


  28. 14:21:40 ACDT

    Nice to have the world champion leading you out, eh Jay?


  29. 14:23:46 ACDT

    Official sprint results:


    1 Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hhansgrohe)
    2 Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)
    3 Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 


  30. 14:25:28 ACDT

    The race is all together after the sprint.


  31. 14:26:16 ACDT

    Attacks are starting to come. One Dimension Data dangling rider off the front.


  32. 14:27:14 ACDT

    We're on lap 10 of 20, and a group of riders has jumped off the front. The group is probably too big to get much leash.


  33. 14:30:45 ACDT

    Adam Hansen pulls Thomas De Gendt away from the group and De Gendt gets the KOM points to take the classification lead from Porte.


  34. 14:31:41 ACDT

    Still on lap 10 of 20, and a group of eight has opened up a small gap


  35. 14:32:16 ACDT

    Starting the second half of the race now. Lap 11.


  36. 14:33:45 ACDT

    KOM results:


    1: Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
    2: Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal)
    3: Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac)


  37. 14:34:20 ACDT

    Six riders are off the front. Trying to get numbers


  38. 14:35:45 ACDT

    Here are the riders in the break:

    Johannes Frohlinger (Team Sunweb)
    Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data)
    Jaco Venter (Dimension Data)
    Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
    Francois Bidard (Ag2R La Mondiale)
    Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors)


  39. 14:37:59 ACDT

    Katusha's Sven Bystrom and Jhonatan Restrepo are in no-man's land chasing the leaders


  40. 14:38:26 ACDT

    Lap 12 of 20: Another sprint is coming up at the end of this lap.


  41. 14:41:07 ACDT

    The gap to the peloton is now 34 seconds,and Bystrom has gone back to the field.


  42. 14:42:17 ACDT

    BMC riders are in the front of the peloton for Porte. It's Ventoso again. He was the workhorse for BMC yesterday.


  43. 14:43:32 ACDT

    The leaders are lining up for the sprint. Jhonatan Restrepo takes it and gets the three-second bonus. And he's sitting up and going back to the group.


  44. 14:46:07 ACDT

    Lap 13 of 20 and the breakaway is still in control of this stage


  45. 14:47:12 ACDT

    None of these riders are a threat to Porte's overall lead, so the sprinters' teams are going to have to pull these guys back if they want a shot at the stage win.


    Current gap is 55 seconds.


  46. 14:51:48 ACDT

    Lap 14 of 20, and the gap is 54 seconds. The peloton obviously doesn't want to give these escapees much time.


  47. 14:53:19 ACDT

    With his time bonus, Jhonatan Restrepo moves into the lead of the Young Rider classification.


  48. 14:54:04 ACDT

    Orica-Scott is powering the chase, followed by Astana and Trek-Segafredo


  49. 14:56:32 ACDT

    Lap 15 of 20 and the gap has shrunk to 30 seconds. Orcia still chasing to set up Ewan for a chance to get his fourth stage win.


  50. 15:00:23 ACDT

    The gap is down to 15 seconds with just over five laps to go. Ewan may indeed get his chance


  51. 15:02:35 ACDT

    Lap 16 of 20. Gap is now down to 10 seconds.


  52. 15:03:11 ACDT

    Reminiscent of yesterday, Jack Bauer has gone off solo


  53. 15:04:02 ACDT

    The peloton is 16 sevonds behind Bauer, with Jaco Venter and Francois Bidard  at five seconds.


  54. 15:05:04 ACDT

    Bauer is really flying, but he's only got 16 seconds over a motivated field.


  55. 15:06:16 ACDT

    Bauer named the most combative rider for the third day in a row. 


  56. 15:06:42 ACDT

    Lap 16 of 20 still in progress


  57. 15:08:31 ACDT

    Power and the peloton just passed each other going opposite directions on side-by-side roads.


  58. 15:10:02 ACDT

    The two chasers have been caught. Now it's just Bauer and the peloton.


  59. 15:10:17 ACDT

    Bauer still has 22 seconds on the bunch.


  60. 15:12:34 ACDT

    Bauer is obviously in pain as his gap dips to 15 seconds.


  61. 15:12:58 ACDT

    We're on lap 17 of 20


  62. 15:14:42 ACDT

    Bauer just looked over his shoulder at the peloton 10 seconds behind. It was a good effort, Jack.


  63. 15:15:20 ACDT

    Bauer about 50 meters ahead of the bunch


  64. 15:15:42 ACDT

    What a fighter Bauer is. He's not giving up.


  65. 15:18:35 ACDT

    Bauer is getting the sign for two laps to go, but the peloton is just dangling two seconds behind.


  66. 15:19:15 ACDT

    And Bauer has been caught


  67. 15:19:39 ACDT

    All together now and there is no urgency.


  68. 15:22:56 ACDT

     Bahrain-Merida and team Sky on the front with just over one lap to go

  69. 15:24:20 ACDT

    The bunch is taking the bell for the final lap. Looks like we're in for a field sprint.


  70. 15:27:42 ACDT

    Orica has taken control of the front of the race with Team Sky right there. Ewan is there, and Sagan and Van Poppel.


  71. 15:28:40 ACDT

    Impey winding it up for Ewan


  72. 15:28:56 ACDT

    Ewan goes. Sagn goes


  73. 15:29:21 ACDT

    It's Ewan! That's four wins in four chances for the young Australian.


  74. 15:29:36 ACDT

    Porte crosses the line to take the overall win!


  75. 15:41:09 ACDT

    Today's top 10:


    1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 1:55:28
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Marko Kump (Cze) UAE Abu Dhabi
    4 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
    5 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    6 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
    7 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
    8 Jasha Sutterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
    9 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
    10 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe


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