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Welcome to Cyclingnews' live coevrage of stage six at the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under from Adelaide's North Terrace... We have Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo) in the ochre leader's jersey, although HTC-Highroad's Matthew Goss is breathing down his neck, only eight seconds in arrears. With two intermediate sprints on offer and the associated bonus seconds, it's going to be a crazy ride!
We're away in stage six of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under, a 90km journey around Adelaide's North Terrace...
We already have a crash, as several riders have been caught up in the barriers...Come on boys, get it together!
Matthew Wilson is already up the road in an attemtpt to get a breakaway going that will take points away from Matt Goss and HTC-Highroad...
Defending champion Andre Greipel was involved in that first-lap bingle but he's getting back onto the bunch, sitting on the back of the Omega Pharma-Lotto car
Wilson has been joined by Stuart O'Grady (LEOpard-Trek), Dimitri Champion (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Inaki Isasi (Euskaltel-Euskadi)...
This is a pwoerful break and as they pass the finish line for the first time, it's HTC-Highroad in pursuit...
There's a group of three chasing the leaders up Montefiore Hill - we'll get you the names of these riders shortly...
One of the UniSA-Australia boys is coming across to the leaders - it's Luke Durbridge with a powerful display at the front.
It's now a group of five at the front, with plenty of horsepower driving towards the first intermediate sprint.
The gap is unofficially 12 seconds...
The break remains off the front with a gap of around 10 seconds with 24km before the first intermediate sprint - can it stay away and snare the bonus seconds?
The gap is unofficially 18 seconds, although Cyclingnews is today working off Citizen timing (insert advertising slogan here)
As the peloton takes on the fourth lap, HTC-Highroad is still stretched out at the front in pursuit of the leading quintet
The break has 14 seconds according to Cyclingnews timing - Marco Bandiera gets a wheel change and is getting a ride back onto the bunch via the team cars...
The leading quintet is working well together, with the combined horsepower maintaining the gap, which is in excess of 10 seconds despite the work of HTC-Highroad in pulling it back. There's about 16km to the first intermediate sprint...
The gap has stayed at 14 seconds and doesn't look like coming down too soon
The peloton, still led by HTC-Highroad, has taken back three seconds and the gap now sits at 11 seconds as the race enters its seventh of 20 laps.
With Garmin-Cervelo's Matthew Wilson up the road he's undertaking the plan devised by the team at the start of the day - to take as many available seconds off Matt Goss as possible.
O'Grady attacks from the leading quintet, which has become three as Matt Wilson doesn't appear to be in the group
O'Grady is joined by Durbridge but the pair has been caught as they approach the finish line to begin the eighth lap
Travis Meyer is the next Garmin-Cervelo rider to have a dig off the front of the field, attacking as the peloton started the eighth lap
The next time the peloton hits the finish line there will be an intermediate sprints, with vital bonus seconds on offer - HTC-Highroad will be gunning to get Matt Goss up for the time on offer
Now Brett Lancaster goes off the front to prevent Goss from getting maximum bonifications...
Goss takes second in the first intermediate sprint and now trails Cam Meyer by six seconds although Michael Matthews took first and is now nine seconds down on Meyer in the race for the overall classification
The race for the overall title has got even tighter...
As the riders begin lap 10, Luke Roberts gets a little gap with Bruno Pires (LEOpard-Trek) to go for the KOM points, which are on offer at the 42.5km mark
Luke Roberts (UniSA-Australia) takes another 16 points towards the Skoda King of the Mountains classification
David Tanner (Saxo Bank), Bruno Pires (LEOpard-Trek), Juan Horrach (Katusha) and Luke Roberts (UniSA-Australia) are off the front and have been together for the last two kilometres. They have 18 seconds on the peloton, still led by HTC-Highroad
We're over halfway through the race and we have a group of four away, with the second intermediate sprint just over five kilometres away. The gap to the escapees is seven seconds away...
As the peloton heads into its 12th lap, HTC-Highroad is massing at the front to take Matt Goss to the front for the intermediate sprint
The break's been caught and it's time for another sprint, folks... be prepared for fireworks!
No points for Goss as Graeme Brown, Jos Van Leijin and Allan Davis take the bonus seconds on offer
Before the start, Travis Meyer spoke with Cyclingnews and explained the tactics for Garmin-Cervelo today, saying, "Our role is very important today - we want to keep Cam in the jersey. It's really difficult because Gossy is sprinting really well. If we can get a group away it will put the pressure on Goss to take the time bonuses on offer and that's where Tyler comes into play."
A group of seven has been off the front since lap 13 and includes Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervelo), Francesco Reda (Quick Step), Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank), Mitchell Docker (UniSA) and Stuart O'Grady (LEOpard-Trek), with an advantage of 21 seconds at the start of the 15th lap..
BMC Racing's Simon Zahner is also in the lead group, which has a 13-second advantage
We've had a pileup near the back of the field which has meant Jose Joaquin Rojas is waiting for a new bike...
The winner of the corresponding stage in last year's Santos Tour Down Under, Chris Sutton, is hanging out with Cyclingnews for today's stage, obviously disappointed not to be out there racing due to injuries suffered in a crash during stage two in Mannum. We hope the Team Sky Aussie gets better soon...
The most experienced man in this breakaway, Stuart O'Grady, told reporters before today's stage: "I am not really here to win all the races anymore; more for experience and to help young guys out. It’s a different challenge and I am really enjoying it..."
That group of seven is: Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervelo), Francesco Reda (Quick Step), Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank), Mitchell Docker (UniSA) and Stuart O'Grady (LEOpard-Trek and Simon Zahner (BMC Racing), Alessandro Spezialetti (Lampre-ISD), David Tanner (Saxo Bank) and has a lead of 14 seconds heading into the 18th lap
Stuart O'Grady is riding with the strength of 10 men as he has joined two other riders in a counter attack: his former teammate Nicki Sorensen and Simon Zahner
At the start of the 19th lap, the trio of O'Grady, Sorensen and Zahner has seven seconds
Zahner and Sorensen go it along on the penultimate lap...
The peloton has caught the remnants of the break heading into the final lap
Team Sky has gathered at the front to try and replicate the finish of last year's final stage at the Tour Down Under
Goss is sitting in 12th wheel with a kilometre to go...
Andre Greipel's moving up into the closing metres...
Around the final bend...
Ben Swift takes the victory!!!
Sky teammate Greg Henderson second and Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) takes third