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Santos Tour Down Under 2014

Date range:
January 19-26

January 21, Stage 1: Nuriootpa - Angaston 135km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Zeb Woodpower

Hello and welcome to stage 1 of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under due to get started at 11am Adelaide time. Cyclingnews will be providing live updates throughout the race

  1. 08:54:36 CST

     If you haven't caught up on the People's Choice Classic yet, here are the highlights of Marcel Kittel's win

  2. 08:55:31 CST

     If you haven't caught up on the People's Choice Classic yet, here are the highlights of Marcel Kittel's win,

  3. 09:04:20 CST

     If you haven't caught up on the People's Choice Classic yet, here are the highlights of Marcel Kittel's win, click here

  4. 09:04:28 CST

     If you haven't caught up on the People's Choice Classic yet, here are the highlights of Marcel Kittel's win, click here

  5. 09:08:15 CST

    With the inclusion of Menglers Hill on today's stage, Marcel Kittel told Cyclingnews that he is unlikely to make it over at the front end to contest the sprint. Read what he said here

  6. 09:14:53 CST

    Its now just under an hour till racing starts but we'll keep you updated until the riders head out for the 135km ride to Angaston


  7. 09:17:52 CST

    There will be two sprint points in today's race at 26.1km and 71.6km while the KOM points on offer come after 123.3km of racing atop of Menglers Hill


  8. 09:21:28 CST

    Giovanni Visconti will miss the Tour Down Under after his crash on Sunday night but there is some good news regarding the three time Italian road race champion who had successful surgery on his fractured leg


  9. 09:28:19 CST

     Over in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis, Garmin-Sharp recorded their first win of the year courtesy of Phillip Gaimon. Can the American team take another today?

  10. 09:32:18 CST

    While we wait for the action to begin it’s a chance to stroll down memory line with this gallery of images from previous editions of the Tour Down Under. From Pat Jonker’s win all the way to wins for Gerrans, Davis and Rogers.  Click here to see the images


  11. 09:34:55 CST

    And who are you tipping for success in this year’s race? We’ve already seen Marcel Kittel win the People’s Choice Classic but the Cyclingnews team have picked out another riders you should keep you eye on in this year’s race: Click here to see who they are


  12. 09:40:31 CST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    Simon Gerrans comes into the race as perhaps the red hot favourite. He’s won the race on two occasions and will be looking to set a new record with a third overall title. He’s red hot form having claimed the national road race last weekend and has a highly motivated and experienced team on hand.

  13. 09:51:53 CST

    Add your source here: Baden Cooke

    That’s going to be a really interesting race. It’s the first WorldTour event of the year; you can expect a 52km/h average for the first hour. A break should move around the 60 or 80km mark and it will be interesting to see who takes the bull by the horns in the finish because of the Menglers Hill climb 10km out and it’s possible for the break to then stay away.


  14. 09:53:20 CST

    Baden Cooke

    That’s going to be a really interesting race. It’s the first WorldTour event of the year; you can expect a 52km/h average for the first hour. A break should move around the 60 or 80km mark and it will be interesting to see who takes the bull by the horns in the finish because of the Menglers Hill climb 10km out and it’s possible for the break to then stay away.


  15. 09:55:38 CST

    With racing about to get under way, here is the forecast for Stage 1. Sunny with SSE winds that will average 18-23km/h and gusts of 30km/h at times, potentially gusting to 45-50km/h towards the end of the stage, adding to the difficulty of the Menglers Hill climb.

    The temperature is 21 degrees for the start, reaching 27-28 degrees at the finish.


  16. 09:58:06 CST

    The talk of today is all about Menglers Hill and who will make it over the top to challenge for the win. What are the specifics of the climb? 

    The first 2.5km of the climb starts at about 330 metres altitude to about 500 metres altitude (gradient mostly 10-15%, peaking at about 20%)


  17. 10:01:36 CST

    Racing is just about to start with riders making their way forward and team cars getting into position

  18. 10:02:59 CST

    Another rider to watch is Richie Porte. The Sky leader is targeting the Giro but will be looking for a strong result here in the Tour Down Under. You can read all about his aspirations, right here in his exclusive blog for Cyclingnews.


  19. 10:04:10 CST

    The riders are away up Murray Street Nariootpa


  20. 10:06:53 CST

    Mark Renshaw

    It depends how the gc guys will show their legs. If they look at each other we might have a sprint finish but if they attack it'll be hard for us


  21. 10:08:57 CST

    • Break

    Will Clarke (Drapac) and Neil van der Ploeg (UniSA) have attacked quickly forming a 25 second gap


  22. 10:10:30 CST

    • Puncture

    Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is after a new rear wheel


  23. 130km remaining from 135km

    10:12:53 CST

    The gap by the two leaders has swelled to 1:30


  24. 10:14:27 CST

    Nathan Earle

    I'm a little bit nervous after getting this late call up to replace CJ Sutton. But it's all part of being a professional I guess. Luckily I was in Tasmania not too far away. Today I'll just support Richie (Porte) and Geraint (Thomas) and make sure they're out of trouble.


  25. 10:15:58 CST

    Drapac are making their TDU debut and have started with a bang by sending Will Clarke up the road. Clarke has won from a break before but will today yield another win and his first in the red of Drapac?


  26. 128km remaining from 135km

    10:17:10 CST

    • Break

    Clarke and van der Ploeg have grown their lead to 3 minutes


  27. 10:20:48 CST

    Making his WorldTour debut is Matej Mohoric and his Cannondale  teammate Cameron Wurf has him down as a darkhorse for the win today


  28. 10:21:23 CST

    Cameron Wurf

    Michael Matthews is the favourite today. But watch out for my teammate Matej Mohoric. He's the youngest rider in this peloton but also a great downhill rider. Remember how he won the U23 World's.


  29. 127km remaining from 135km

    10:23:31 CST

    Clarke and van der Ploeg have increased their lead to 3:20 minutes over the peloton


  30. 10:27:59 CST

    Yesterday BikeRadar had a look at Jens Voigt's Madone 7 and you can have a look at it here


  31. 121km remaining from 135km

    10:31:00 CST

    The break has continued to build its lead and now have 4 minutes between them and the peloton


  32. 10:32:09 CST

    • Puncture

    Bernie Eisel and Jonathan Cantwell are the next riders to suffer a mechanical


  33. 117km remaining from 135km

    10:34:22 CST

    Orica-GreenEdge and Belkin have moved forward and are staring to control the chase which is at 3:10


  34. 10:36:51 CST

    The two men out in front will soon enter through Tunuda, cross the railway line in Bethany and then contest for the first sprint points of the 2014 race


  35. 10:40:42 CST

    Trek have now come forward to help with the chase as the leaders approach the sprint point


  36. 108km remaining from 135km

    10:45:48 CST

    The gap is at 3:30


  37. 10:46:44 CST

    Taking out the sprint and picking up 5 points and a  three second bonus was Will Clake


  38. 10:49:59 CST

    Sprint point #1

    Will Clarke - 5 points

    Neil van der Ploeg - 3 points

    Simon Geschke - 2 points


  39. 10:53:34 CST

    Michael Matthews is an outside chance for the win today. While he will be riding in support of Gerrans, if he gets over Menglers with the first group he could take out the sprint. Click here to read about Matthews and his aim's for 2014


  40. 104km remaining from 135km

    10:56:56 CST

    Clarke and van der Ploeg are maintaining their lead at around the 3:30 mark with the peloton pulling back 10 seconds then conceding it again. Its all a bit cat and mouse so far


  41. 102km remaining from 135km

    10:59:22 CST

    Once the riders come back through Angaston they will see the feedzone outside of the commercial centre. Will anyone try an attack while their rivals are collecting bidons?


  42. 11:02:14 CST

    Jussi Veikkanen has dropped back to the team car for some help


  43. 98km remaining from 135km

    11:04:05 CST

    its under 100km for the break now who have passed through the feedzone


  44. 11:05:24 CST

    • Feed

    Having gone through Angaston the peloton has slowed with the feedzone approaching and are 3:20 behind the two men out in front

  45. 11:06:40 CST

    André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) is the next rider to call for his team car


  46. 95km remaining from 135km

    11:09:10 CST

    Clarke and van der Ploeg's lead is being cut down to 3:00 minutes

  47. 91km remaining from 135km

    11:13:16 CST

    Team Sky are the next team to come to the front of the race with 3:10 now the lead that Clarke and van der Ploeg have


  48. 43km remaining from 135km

    11:16:20 CST

    Jack Bobridge (Belkin) calls for the team car but its nothing serious


  49. 89km remaining from 135km

    11:20:18 CST

     Jack Bobridge (Belkin) calls for the team car but its nothing serious

  50. 85km remaining from 135km

    11:23:30 CST

    The gap is at 3:10 and nothing much is happening in the main bunch yet. Drapac and UniSA will be happy to get some more exposure but there is no TV coverage for another 10 minutes.


  51. 78km remaining from 135km

    11:34:22 CST

    The lead is still hovering just over 3:00 minutes with TV coverage about to start


  52. 11:36:13 CST

    Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is back at the team car asking for some assistance


  53. 11:39:14 CST

    Luke Durbrdige (Orica-GreenEdge) is on the front of the peloton with Team Sky just tucked in behind him


  54. 77km remaining from 135km

    11:41:05 CST

    The gap is down to under three minutes now


  55. 72km remaining from 135km

    11:43:02 CST

    Durbridge's efforts has seen the breakaway's lead cut to 2:50 minutes


  56. 64km remaining from 135km

    11:47:28 CST

    The break is about to contest for the second set of sprint points


  57. 11:48:37 CST

    With one hour and 45 minutes raced so far, these two out in front, have been away for just about every second of the race


  58. 63km remaining from 135km

    11:50:38 CST

    van der Ploeg has won the second sprint point ahead of Clarke


  59. 11:51:47 CST

    Both riders have picked up 5 bonus seconds now from those two sprints which will be very handy at the end of the day and possibly in the overall


  60. 11:53:22 CST

    Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) just let the peloton know that he wants this race after chasing down third place in the sprint for just 1 bonus second


  61. 63km remaining from 135km

    11:54:23 CST

    Rojas (Movistar) and Danilo Wyss (BMC) had tried to take the sprint but mistimed their efforts as Gerrans came past


  62. 11:58:51 CST

    Back in the peloton, its Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) controlling the chase with Team Sky still waiting in the wings


  63. 12:00:50 CST

    As Turbo Durbo takes a break to have a it to eat, Sky have moved forward to continue the chase with the leaders at 2:20 minutes ahead.


  64. 55km remaining from 135km

    12:03:59 CST

    The race clock has just clicked over two hours out on the road


  65. 12:05:05 CST

    There are some winds around today as we said prior to the race starting so we'll see how that impacts on certain riders launching attacks on Menglers


  66. 12:09:39 CST

    The riders are making their way through the town of Angaston and next time they come through will be for the finishline so expect the breakaway to be swallowed up soon


  67. 12:11:16 CST

    Team Sky are moving forward to reel in the break but the lead has gone back out to 3:05


  68. 44km remaining from 135km

    12:11:59 CST

    The peloton has gone through Angaston and head out for the final lap of course


  69. 37km remaining from 135km

    12:16:50 CST

    The gap is now 2:49 as Eisel (Sky) has come to the front


  70. 12:17:54 CST

    Durbridge is taking turns on the front with Sky while Lampre-Merida have a few riders back there with Europcar moving forward


  71. 12:19:05 CST

    Lampre-Merida may just be working to get Diego Ulissi over Menglers Hill and set him up for the win


  72. 12:20:44 CST

    For the first 90km the average pace has been 39km/h


  73. 12:23:59 CST

    • Break

    The break's lead is 2:21


  74. 40km remaining from 135km

    12:25:04 CST

    While Durbridge insists on remaining at the front of the race, Sky are right behind him and then its Orica-GreenEdge sitting back


  75. 39km remaining from 135km

    12:26:54 CST

    The gap is now 2:26 as Europcar and Ag2r are moving forward but still letting Sky control the chase


  76. 12:29:15 CST

    His teammate may be in the break but that hasn't stopped Caleb Ewan (UniSA) from moving up to around 10th wheel. Is he chasing the win today?



  77. 12:30:56 CST

    The lead is slowly getting closer to two minutes with the peloton led by Sky are chipping away at the breakaway


  78. 35km remaining from 135km

    12:32:17 CST

    Its just 1:54 now between the break and the Sky led peloton


  79. 12:34:26 CST

    The TV footage has found Evans (BMC) who is sitting mid-pack as Astana make their move forward on the right but its still all Sky at the front


  80. 32km remaining from 135km

    12:36:23 CST

    The brown shoulder of Ag2r are becoming more evident while Lotto-Belisol are moving up now

  81. 12:37:37 CST

    In the last 10km the average speed has increased to 45km/h as the breakaway's chances of survival become ever smaller


  82. 12:39:06 CST

    Caleb Ewan

    It's great to be racing here. I've watched this race on TV and dreamed of being here. It's a hard climb so I will try to get over it with the first group. It won't be easy. We have other options if it doesn't come down to a sprint.


  83. 30km remaining from 135km

    12:40:14 CST

    The lead is down to 1:34 now and the break may not make it to Menglers alone now


  84. 12:40:49 CST

    Cadel Evans

    It's a new season, a new start. Everyone is ready to race. It's not going to be an easy stage today. It's windy, there's a selective climb, no one knows where their form is. It makes everyone nervous. A sprinter who can go uphill, maybe can win today. I don't know if you can save much energy today, but it's a short stage. We're ready to race


  85. 29km remaining from 135km

    12:42:02 CST

    The break can look over their shoulders and see the cars and motorbikes of the race now


  86. 28km remaining from 135km

    12:43:06 CST

    Looking to set up the win for Robert Gesink is Belkin who have moved up to the front now


  87. 26km remaining from 135km

    12:45:39 CST

    Its a green looking peloton now as Belkin and Cannondale have moved forward and Sky have relaxed a little now


  88. 12:46:20 CST

    There are 15km left before the peloton hits the climb of Menglers Hill and everyone will be fighting for position until then


  89. 12:47:37 CST

    • Puncture

    Bernard Sulzberger (Drapac) has a front wheel flat


  90. 24km remaining from 135km

    12:48:55 CST

    Tinkoff-Saxo is now at the front and Marcel Kittel is also there but don't expect him to cause any selections of the climb.

    The lead is under 1:30 now as all the teams are getting ready for the final fast km's

  91. 12:50:38 CST

    Belkin are back in front with Sky and Lampre tucked in behind


  92. 12:51:31 CST

    The lead is at 1:12 and its only a matter of time now that the break will be caught


  93. 21km remaining from 135km

    12:52:46 CST

    The peloton is making its last foray into Tanunda for the last time today


  94. 18km remaining from 135km

    12:56:47 CST

    Its Will Clarke by himself now


  95. 12:57:52 CST

    van der Ploeg is caught and its Will Clarke who will win the most aggressive rider for the day


  96. 17km remaining from 135km

    12:58:45 CST

    The gap that Clarke has is just 22 seconds


  97. 16km remaining from 135km

    13:01:40 CST

    Its Team Sky chasing now


  98. 15km remaining from 135km

    13:02:36 CST

    GreenEdge are moving up but with Gerrans


  99. 13:03:10 CST

    Porte leads the peloton up the climb


  100. 14km remaining from 135km

    13:04:08 CST

    Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) is up there


  101. 13:04:40 CST

    • Crash

    Frank Schleck has gone down but he's up again


  102. 13:05:22 CST

    With the high pace, sprinters and riders caught up in the crash are all going backwards


  103. 13km remaining from 135km

    13:07:09 CST

    With Clarke having been caught at the base of the climb, Sky and Garmin are causing a selection with riders continually going backwards


  104. 13:07:58 CST

    Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) is leading the race up the climb


  105. 12km remaining from 135km

    13:09:14 CST

    Evans is sitting on teammate Brookwalter's wheel with Gerrans sitting nearby just watching the race


  106. 13:09:43 CST

    Adam Hansen wins the KOM


  107. 11km remaining from 135km

    13:10:29 CST

    Hansen is now flying down the other side of hill and he could time trial his way to the win here


  108. 10km remaining from 135km

    13:12:20 CST

    The riders who are left are starting to drive what's left of the peloton home with 40 or so riders in that group

  109. 9km remaining from 135km

    13:13:16 CST

    Philip Deignan (Sky) is on the front now


  110. 8km remaining from 135km

    13:14:02 CST

    Europcar are now attacking off the front here


  111. 13:14:49 CST

    Bjorn Thurau and Yukiya Arashira are the riders off the front


  112. 7km remaining from 135km

    13:15:53 CST

    The small peloton that's left will need to get organised here is they want to catch the Europcar riders


  113. 5km remaining from 135km

    13:17:01 CST

    There are about 50 riders in this group now with Lotto and Greipel together


  114. 4km remaining from 135km

    13:18:13 CST

    With Greipel in that group it looks like it may come down to a sprint here as Lotto have several riders who got over that climb. They will need to catch the Europacr duo first


  115. 13:19:00 CST

    There is a slight left hander in the finish with 365m to go then its a straight drag to the finish line


  116. 2km remaining from 135km

    13:20:39 CST

    Thurau is off alone now and its too tough for Arashiro


  117. 13:21:09 CST

    The Eruopcar duo had a lead of 20 seconds but couldn't hold on


  118. 1km remaining from 135km

    13:21:45 CST

    • Crash

    The chasers have crashed but the chase is still on


  119. 13:22:01 CST

    Rory Sutherland attacks

  120. 13:22:26 CST

    Lotto are setting it up for Greipel


  121. 13:22:55 CST

    Gerrans wins ahead of Greipel


  122. 13:23:30 CST

    • Finish

    Gerrans takes the win and with it the Ochre Jersey


  123. 13:28:35 CST

    Results results#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge3:20:24  2Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol   3Steele von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp   4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida   5Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale   6Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana   7Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant-Shimano   8Rafael Valls (Esp) Lampre-Merida   9Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC   10Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin  
  124. 13:30:47 CST

    There you have it. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) takes a huge win ahead of Andre Greipel to take a commanding overall lead and a brilliant start to his 2014 season.

    Greipel now has two second places and it was the slight uphill finish that was to Gerrans' advantage.

    The Australian champion will now look to defend to his lead. Join us tomorrow for another day of live coverage and check for a full report.