Greipel grabs number one in Tanunda

HTC-Columbia continues love affair Down Under

After a week of fingers pointing at him as favourite for this year's Tour Down Under, André Greipel has backed up the tag with a win on stage one in Tanunda. With HTC-Columbia still smarting after defeat in the Cancer Council Helpline Classic on Sunday, Allan Peiper's riders controlled the second half of the race with a three-rider break spending most of the day off the front of the bunch.

“We came here to win a stage and now we’ve won one, so our main goal has been reached. Everything else is now on top of that,” said Greipel. “We waited and spoke with the other teams but nobody wanted to ride with us, so Bert Grabsch chased them down just like he does in time trials.

“Of course it’s just the first stage, we have to take the responsibility to win every race now as we have in the last two years,” said Greipel. “So for sure that’s the focus now again.”

Asked if winning stages was his answer to defending the yellow jersey through to Sunday, Greipel mustered enough breath to share a joke. “And no crashes,” he responded, referring to the collision with a parked Police motorbike that took him out of last year’s race.

The news wasn’t as good for defending champion Allan Davis, who is all but out of the general classification contention. Davis’ Astana squad didn’t bring radios to Tour Down Under, leaving all within the Kazakh team unaware he was at the peloton’s rear when it split on the climb.

As Davis’ teammates kept a watchful eye on the action up front, they were blind to the fact Davis was back in the second group. Likewise Davis wasn’t aware the race had split until it was too late.

“It was just a bit of a miscommunication, we didn’t have radios,” said Davis. “I was just riding within myself up the climb and found myself 50 metres behind my teammates and they didn’t realise. They just started pulling and I didn’t realise I was on the back so it left me behind.”

After talking about the importance of a taking a stage victory in its debut last week, Team RadioShack came frustratingly close to doing exactly that on the first ProTour stage of 2010. After half a season without racing Belgian rider Gert Steegmans couldn’t overcome his German rival in the closing metres, forcing him to settle from second, ahead of Omega Pharama-Lotto’s Jurgen Roelandts.

The UniSA-Australian National Team ensured it continued tradition by featuring in the day’s main breakaway with Tim Roe. The up and coming rider, who has signed with Trek-Livestrong for this season, launched a solo attack from the three strong lead group on the day’s only climb.

Roe’s hard work was undone when he overshot a turn on the descent, leaving him riding on the grass near one of the Barossa Valley’s many vineyards. Still, Roe claimed both the King of the Mountains and Most Aggressive Rider jerseys following the opening stage.

“I thought if I got to Mengler’s Hill with the two guys I would have a fair crack at getting away, but I wasn’t going super like I was hoping but I’m still happy with it,” said Roe. “Once I got over the top of Mengler’s I knew I wasn’t travelling good enough. The time gap just came down way too quickly.”

BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans, the current International Cycling Union World Road Champion, had a tough start to his first race on home shores in the rainbow jersey. Evans was amongst the many caught up in a crash before the race had barely began, the consequence of which was some handy on the road repair work to his shoe using electrical tape.

“It was hard but that’s always the first race of the year,” said Evans. “With a really good quality field here when it goes fast it really goes fast but mostly for me personally just getting everything going with the team and being at work on the road, it’s good.

“I think overall for a team that came here without a sprinter to have two jerseys is already a good start,” he added.

Season opens with a bang

Nearly immediately after the race radio announced the first ProTour race of 2010 was underway the voice transmitted a simple message: crash. Just like that within 300 metres of the start nearly half the peloton was on the ground as an Euskaltel-Euskadi rider crashed mid-peloton after hitting a reflector on the road…and just as another Euskaltel-Euskadi made a solo move off the front.

While Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) didn’t get caught in the drama, Evans did. “I started on the front row and still managed to get in the middle of it, but that happens and from there on in everyone was a bit nervous of course,” said Evans. “I had a one in two chance of being in it.”

Despite the incident Gorka Izaguirre's solo attack never gained any serious ground and as Jonathan Cantwell (UniSA-Australian National Team) waited for a replacement bike the Spanish rider was returned to the peloton.

Shortly after Izaguirre was captured a trio – Tim Roe (UniSA), Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) and Biel Kadri (Ag2R La Mondiale) – moved ahead of the peloton. The gap grew quickly. Two minutes, then five, seven right out until it nudged the 10 minute mark.

Having attacked 20km into the stage, the trio rode together until the KOM at Menglers Hill outside Tanunda, when the young South Australian Roe attacked in a solo bid for glory. As the race neared 20km remaining the break's time off the front was over, with Kadri, then Kohler and finally Roe, aided by the off-road excursion, succumbing to the tempo set by the HTC-Columbia crew.

Despite a flurry of late attacks from accomplished climber Thomas Rohregger (Milram), the irresistible force of Greipel's group of men proved too much, with the German winning ahead of Belgian sprinting duo Steegmans and Roelandts.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia3:15:30 
2Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
3Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
4Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
5Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Sky  
6Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
7Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
8Robbie McEwen (Aus) Katyusha  
9Jose Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
10Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
11René Mandri (Est) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
12George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
13Robbie Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions  
14Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
15Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
16Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon Servetto  
17Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
18Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
19Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
20Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
21Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
22Arthur Vichot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
23Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
24Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Astana  
25Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
26Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katyusha  
27Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
28Michael Matthews (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
29Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
30Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
31Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
32Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
33Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
34Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
35Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
36Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
37Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
38Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
39Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Transitions  
40Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
41Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
42Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
43Perget Mathieu (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
44Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
45Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
46Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioShack  
47Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon Servetto  
48Mathew Hayman (Aus) Team Sky  
49Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
50Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
51Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
52Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
53Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
54Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
55Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katyusha  
56Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
57Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
58Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
59Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux  
60Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
62Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
63Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
64Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
65Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
66Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
67Peter Mcdonald (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
68Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
69Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
70Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
71Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
72Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Columbia  
73Tiziano Dall'antionia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
74Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia  
75Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions  
76Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon Servetto  
77Serguei Klimov (Rus) Katyusha  
78Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
79Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
80Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Columbia  
81Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo  
82Daryl Impey (RSA) Team RadioShack  
83Juan Ripoll Horrach (Spa) Katyusha  
84Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team RadioShack  
85Marcel Sieberg (Ger) HTC-Columbia0:00:11 
86Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:00:13 
87Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack  
88Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Sky0:00:34 
89Jack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin-Transitions0:01:38 
90Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Columbia  
91Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:02:58 
92Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:06:22 
93Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:22 
94Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
95Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
96Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
97Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
98Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
99Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
100David Kemp (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
101Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon Servetto  
102David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon Servetto  
103Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky  
104Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Columbia  
105Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram  
106Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
107Björn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram  
108Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
109Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
110Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux  
111Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
112Simon Clarke (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
113Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
114Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
115Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
116Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katyusha  
117Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katyusha  
118Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon Servetto  
119Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
120David Vitoria (Swi) Footon Servetto  
121Jose Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
122Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram  
123Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
124Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
125Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
126Gerben Lowik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
127Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
128Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
129Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
130Jason McCartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
131Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
132Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram0:10:43 
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team6 pts
2Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale4 
3Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia2 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team6 pts
2Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale4 
3Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia2 
Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia8 pts
2Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack6 
3Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
KOM - Menglers Hill Rd
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia16 pts
2Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale12 
3Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team8 
4Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram6 
5Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo4 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ag2R La Mondiale9:46:30 
2BMC Racing Team  
3Astana  
4Rabobank  
5Team Sky  
6Caisse d'Epargne  
7Garmin - Transitions  
8Euskaltel - Euskadi  
9Team Katusha  
10Quick Step  
11Team Saxo Bank  
12Milram  
13Liquigas-Doimo  
14Francaise des Jeux  
15Team RadioShack  
16Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
17HTC-Columbia  
18UniSA - Australia  
19Omega Pharma - Lotto0:08:22 
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia3:15:20 
2Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:04 
3Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
4Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:06 
5Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
6Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia0:00:08 
7Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:10 
8Greg Henderson (NZl) Team Sky  
9Baden Cooke (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
10Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
11Robbie McEwen (Aus) Katyusha  
12Jose Rojas (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
13Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
14René Mandri (Est) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
15George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
16Robbie Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions  
17Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
18Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
19Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon Servetto  
20Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
21Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
22Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
23Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
24Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
25Arthur Vichot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
26Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
27Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Astana  
28Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky  
29Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katyusha  
30Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
31Michael Matthews (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
32Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
33Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
34Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
35Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
36Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
37Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
38Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
39Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
40Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
42Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Transitions  
43Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
44Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step  
45Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
46Perget Mathieu (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
47Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
48Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
49Lance Armstrong (USA) Team RadioShack  
50Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon Servetto  
51Mathew Hayman (Aus) Team Sky  
52Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
53Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
54Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
55Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
56Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
57Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
58Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Katyusha  
59Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
60Stuart O'grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
61Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
62Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux  
63Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
64Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
65Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
66Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
67Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
68Peter Mcdonald (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
69Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
70Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions  
71Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
72Bernhard Eisel (Aut) HTC-Columbia  
73Tiziano Dall'antionia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
74Michael Rogers (Aus) HTC-Columbia  
75Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions  
76Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon Servetto  
77Serguei Klimov (Rus) Katyusha  
78Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
79Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
80Hayden Roulston (NZl) HTC-Columbia  
81Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo  
82Daryl Impey (RSA) Team RadioShack  
83Juan Ripoll Horrach (Spa) Katyusha  
84Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Team RadioShack  
85Marcel Sieberg (Ger) HTC-Columbia0:00:21 
86Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:00:23 
87Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack  
88Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Sky0:00:44 
89Jack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin-Transitions0:01:48 
90Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Columbia  
91Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:03:08 
92Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:06:32 
93Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:32 
94Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
95Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
96Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
97Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
98Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
99Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
100David Kemp (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
101Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon Servetto  
102David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon Servetto  
103Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky  
104Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Columbia  
105Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram  
106Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
107Björn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram  
108Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
109Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
110Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux  
111Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale  
112Simon Clarke (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia  
113Mickael Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
114Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
115Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
116Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katyusha  
117Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katyusha  
118Michele Merlo (Ita) Footon Servetto  
119Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
120David Vitoria (Swi) Footon Servetto  
121Jose Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
122Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Team Milram  
123Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
124Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step  
125Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
126Gerben Lowik (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
127Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
128Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
129Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
130Jason McCartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
131Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
132Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram0:10:53 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team12 pts
2Andre Greipel (Ger) HTC-Columbia8 
3Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale8 
4Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack6 
5Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
6Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia4 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Roe (Aus) Team UniSA-Australia16 pts
2Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale12 
3Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team8 
4Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram6 
5Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo4 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ag2R La Mondiale9:46:30 
2BMC Racing Team  
3Astana  
4Rabobank  
5Team Sky  
6Caisse d'Epargne  
7Garmin - Transitions  
8Euskaltel - Euskadi  
9Team Katusha  
10Quick Step  
11Team Saxo Bank  
12Milram  
13Liquigas-Doimo  
14Francaise des Jeux  
15Team RadioShack  
16Footon-Servetto-Fuji  
17HTC-Columbia  
18UniSA - Australia  
19Omega Pharma - Lotto0:08:22 

 

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