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Santos Tour Down Under 2014

Date range:
January 19-26

January 26, Stage 6: Adelaide - Adelaide 85.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Zeb Woodpower

Hello and welcome to the final stage of the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under to take place on the streets of Adelaide's CBD on Australia Day.

  1. 10:22:36 CST

    Henk Vogels (Drapac DS):

    The general classification race may be over but for WorldTour teams and every other team that starts this race (Drapac included) will want to win a stage. There will be a lot of tired boys in the peloton by this point and with the hot weather racing, that's only intensified. It's not an easy circuit and it will hurt at 85km.

     

  2. 10:23:52 CST

    With just 85km left to race of the 2014 Tour Down Under, click here to see the 4.7km circuit the riders will tackle 18 times today

     

  3. 10:49:56 CST

    While Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) has just a one second lead over Cadel Evans (BMC) the racing will be tense as Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) could also take out the win with 19 bonus seconds on offer.

    Gerrans will be confident that he can become the first rider to win the race three times as he defended a lead that was less than one second in 2012 on the final day. His team is the most equipped to defend the lead but Evans will give it best to try to snatch the win

     

  4. 10:51:42 CST

    The riders are out reconning today's stage which while flat has some testing corners on the new city circuit and a small break may just be able to take the win with a late attack before the sprint trains are organised for Andre Geipel and Marcel Kittel

     

  5. 10:53:15 CST

    If you're looking to catch up on yesterday's stage which was won by Richie Porte (Sky). Click here to see the stage highlights.

     

  6. 11:02:29 CST

     Its half an hour until racing starts here today

  7. 11:04:07 CST

    On three occasions the race the race has come down to the final day but only once has the lead changed. That was in 2001 when Stuart O'Grady claimed a time bonus to claim the win by seconds ahead of Kai Hundertmark

     

  8. 11:07:10 CST

    In 2006 Simon Gerrans won the race by seven seconds. In 2012 he won by less than a second and today Gerrans holds a one second lead over Cadel Evans.

     

  9. 11:08:14 CST

    Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) is an outside chance for the win today who only needs five seconds to claim the win and so far has beaten Gerrans on the sprint for the win on Stage 2 and also for the sprint yesterday to take second on Willunga Hill

     

  10. 11:12:20 CST

    Light winds compared to the last few days but pretty hot and sunny. NNE winds 15km/h for the start easing below 10km/h during the race.

    It will be sunny and fairly hot, about 30 degrees for the start, reaching about 33 degrees by the finish, getting a bit hotter later in the afternoon for the festivities with a sea breeze in the evening to cool the city to about 26 degrees by 9pm.

     

  11. 11:13:56 CST

    Caleb Ewan (UniSA)  was third in the People's Choice Classic but a crash and the longer road stages have dented is opportunities to contest for stage wins but today will suit the 19-year-old who could claim a surprise win over the likes of Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel

     

  12. 11:18:20 CST

    Today there are 19 bonus seconds on offer. 10 for the stage winner and three seconds at the intermediate sprint points on Lap 5, 10 and 15

  13. 11:24:03 CST

    Caleb Ewan (UniSA):

    It's been really hard this week, but it's been an awesome experience. It's been great racing against these pros. I've learned a lot. Today will suit Greipel and Kittel better than me. It will be hard to beat them, especially with a downhill sprint. It will be really quick. Hopefully they will go early, I can sit in, and try to sneak around them.

     

  14. 11:25:26 CST

    Just around 5 minutes until we start racing today. Will the Italian Ulissi upset Gerrans?

    We we soon know who is chasing the win with the first bonus seconds on offer after just five laps

     

  15. 11:25:45 CST

    Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge):

    It's always better to go into the final stage with a lead. We only have one second, so we have to race hard today. From Day 1, I said this race always come down to seconds, so I had to take advantage of every opportunity we had. We'll have to pay attention today, with the intermediate sprints and the bonuses on the line.

     

  16. 11:26:59 CST

    Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing):

    It's been a good week here. Maybe a little harder than I expected, but it was good to race again. This is a great way to start the season. The race is well-organized, they really take care of you here. And the fans are as big as we see in any race. Today will be a big sprint, so I will just try to stay out of trouble.

     

  17. 11:28:30 CST

    Last year it was Andre Greipel who won the final day sprint. Can he do it again to make it three in a row?

     

  18. 11:30:10 CST

    National anthem time on Australia day as the riders are just about ready to roll

     

  19. 85.5km remaining from 85.5km

    11:32:42 CST

    • Start

    The riders are off and racing

     

  20. 11:33:17 CST

    Diego Ulissi (Lampre Ulissi):

    I’ll ride in a quiet way. I’m happy where I stand. I’m racing to keep my third place overall.

     

  21. 11:33:50 CST

    Drapac are looking very active on the front of the race trying to get two riders away

     

  22. 11:34:31 CST

    Its Drapac, Katusha and Europcar with riders in thefirst break of the day

     

  23. 84km remaining from 85.5km

    11:35:02 CST

    Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge):

    I have a bigger job today than just sprint for myself: to get Simon Gerrans across the line. We’ll look after him and try to keep him at the front of the race, avoid mishaps and splits in the bunch. We’ve worked so hard all week, we don’t want to lose the race now.

     

  24. 11:35:38 CST

    Julien Berard (Ag2r) is chasing the three leaders

     

  25. 11:36:27 CST

    Steele von Hoff (Garmin-Sharp):

    I’ll race as a team-mate today, not as a criterium champion. Nathan (Haas) is in a great position on GC (5th). Our priority is to keep this. If he’s safe, I’ll do the last sprint for myself.

     

  26. 11:36:54 CST

    The break have taken themselves down and there is a crash

     

  27. 80km remaining from 85.5km

    11:38:16 CST

    Will Clarke is now the leader on the road with Angelo Tulik having lost his front wheel on the corner

     

  28. 11:39:18 CST

    Maxim Belkov (Katusha) was the other man in that break but is now trying to catch Clarke who is out on his own

     

  29. 80km remaining from 85.5km

    11:39:56 CST

    The peloton which is being lead around by GreenEdge are 45 seconds down on Clarke

     

  30. 79km remaining from 85.5km

    11:41:19 CST

    With the break up ahead, Gerrans will be happy to know that Ulissi and Evans will be unable to sprint for bonus seconds at the first intermediate sprint point

     

  31. 11:43:03 CST

    William Clarke (Drapac) has 10 secs on Julien Berard (Ag2r) with Maxim Belkov (Katusha) five seconds back

  32. 11:44:20 CST

    The three leaders have passed through that corner where the crash happened on Lap 1. Clarke has been caught so its Julien Berard (Ag2r) and Maxim Belkov (Katusha) with him and they have around 50 seconds on the bunch 

     

  33. 11:50:03 CST

    On Lap 3 the three riders are still out in front and we will soon see if BMC or Lampre are serious about trying to get bonus seconds on Lap 5

     

  34. 11:50:47 CST

    Team Sky are now driving the chase in hope of getting Porte onto the final podium today

     

  35. 11:52:12 CST

    The riders come around for Lap 4 and its all strung out here as Sky are really putting the hammer down with Deigan on the front

     

  36. 75km remaining from 85.5km

    11:52:43 CST

    The leaders have 1:14 on the peloton

     

  37. 11:53:39 CST

    As the peloton crossed the finish line to start Lap 5, the three leaders had 1:35

     

  38. 72km remaining from 85.5km

    11:54:32 CST

    With Gerrans leading both the points and overall classification, its Ulissi wearing the blue while Gerrans is in Ochre

     

  39. 11:56:05 CST

    Will Clarke (Drapac), Julien Berard (Ag2r) and Maxim Belkov (Katusha) have 1:48 on the peloton

     

     

  40. 11:57:33 CST

    Behind Team Sky its GreenEdge with Gerrans looked relaxed

     

  41. 11:59:21 CST

    BMC have also decided to move up and join the chase of the leaders who have a lead of 1:40 

     

  42. 12:00:05 CST

    The average speed so far is 44km/h and there is no real change to the leaders gap with Sky trying to chase them down

     

  43. 12:00:40 CST

    Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-Quick Step):

    The circuit suits us well as a team. Hopefully it will be a bunch sprint. We haven't had the results this week that we'd hope for. Today we'll work for Andrew Fenn. Hopefully I can put him in the right spot. It's not an easy sprint. It's left, right, then slightly downhill, slightly uphill. It will be a tough sprint. It's hard to judge. I think guys who sit on the wheel long enough will have the best run for the win.

     

  44. 68km remaining from 85.5km

    12:01:30 CST

    The leaders are holding steady with BMC now on the front

     

  45. 12:01:47 CST

    Richie Porte (Sky):

    I'm happy with how the week went. I didn't quite have the legs on the Corkscrew, but to win up Willunga was amazing. I've raced the Tour, with Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux, and there were just as big of crowds up there yesterday. It will make for some exciting racing today with the top-3 so close. I am happy with where I am right now. I don't see any chance to move up today, so I will tighten the seatbelt and watch the race unfold.

     

  46. 12:04:48 CST

    The bell has been rung for the three leaders letting them know that next time around, they'll be sprinting for bonus seconds

     

  47. 12:06:40 CST

    The leaders gap is still around the 1:30 mark as Sky again are on the front trying to bring it back

     

  48. 12:07:02 CST

    • Puncture

    Will Clarke has a rear wheel flat

     

  49. 65km remaining from 85.5km

    12:07:52 CST

    Julien Berard (Ag2r) and Maxim Belkov (Katusha) are now the leaders on the road after Clarke's flat

  50. 12:08:43 CST

    Belkov is looking over his shoulder to see where Clarke is and if he can come back to the front

     

  51. 62km remaining from 85.5km

    12:09:25 CST

    The peloton won't catch this break before the sprint point now

     

  52. 12:11:13 CST

    No contest for the bonus seconds there and Clarke has almost caught the duo now as he is 18 seconds back

     

  53. 62km remaining from 85.5km

    12:11:53 CST

    Julien Berard (Ag2r) then Maxim Belkov (Katusha) took out the points with Clarke third across the line

     

  54. 62km remaining from 85.5km

    12:14:12 CST

    Sky, Garmin and GreenEdge are all at the front of main bunch at the moment

     

  55. 12:16:03 CST

    Clarke is about to rejoin the leaders who know that they are better off with Clarke in the group

     

  56. 12:17:58 CST

    Belkov leads the group over the line for the seventh time

     

  57. 12:19:20 CST

    There is no threat to the overall standings by these three leaders as Julien Berard is 8:23 off Gerrans

     

  58. 12:20:27 CST

    • Feed

    The leaders now have 2:00 on the peloton who are taking on water with the weather heating up

     

  59. 50km remaining from 85.5km

    12:25:52 CST

    Some glass on the road caused Clarke to puncture 

     

  60. 12:26:28 CST

    Lotto-Belisol and a Giant-Shimano rider are now on the front of the bunch as the race about to reach the half way mark

     

  61. 48km remaining from 85.5km

    12:29:23 CST

    The leading three have a gap of 1:50

     

  62. 12:31:39 CST

    Julien Berard (Ag2r) then Maxim Belkov (Katusha) with Will Clarke (Drapac) have gone under the finish line gantry again

     

  63. 42km remaining from 85.5km

    12:33:21 CST

    The leaders are onto Lap 10 and the second sprint point isn't too far which Gerrans will be happy about as the lead is remaining steady and Ulissi and Evans' hope of winning are disappearing

     

  64. 12:35:42 CST

    The lead has gone down slightly to 1:30

     

  65. 12:36:21 CST

    Lap 10/18: GreenEdge are driving the chase now

     

  66. 12:37:34 CST

    Lap 10/18: Tucked into the GreenEdge train is a Giant-Shimano rider and Lotto are just in behind the Australians

     

  67. 12:38:55 CST

    Lap 11/18: Jens Voigt (Trek) didn't make the break today but is now on the front on his farewell stage of the Tour Down Under

     

  68. 12:40:05 CST

    Lap 11/18: The three riders are still working well together and have extended their lead by a few seconds

     

  69. 12:40:57 CST

    Lap 11/18: Both Clarke (Drapac) and Julien Berard (Ag2r) are in skinsuits today

     

  70. 12:44:50 CST

    Lap 12/18: No urgency from the peloton yet as the leaders are maintaining a steady lead of around 1:30

     

  71. 12:46:42 CST

    lap 12/18: the bell has gone for the second intermediate sprint point

     

  72. 12:47:58 CST

    Lap 12/18: the gap is at 1:35 now who are about to go through and claim the bonus points for sprint point two

     

  73. 12:49:59 CST

    Lap 12/18: The race is playing into Gerrans' hand here with no attempt by Evans or Ulissi to chase the bonus seconds on offer

     

  74. 27km remaining from 85.5km

    12:53:14 CST

    The leaders are cruising along here and it appears the peloton is happy for them to stay away before the sprinters team decide to reel them in

     

  75. 12:54:01 CST

    Lap 13/18: Trek are now on the front of the main bunch and may just be thinking about setting up Danny van Poppel for the win

     

  76. 12:55:38 CST

    Sprint point two: 1: Maxim Belkov (Katusha), 2: Julien Berard (Ag2r), 3: William Clarke (Drapac)

     

  77. 12:56:33 CST

    Lap 13/18: Trek and GreenEdge are leading the bunch around now with Gerrans safety protected by his teammates

     

  78. 12:58:10 CST

    The gap is at 1:35 and the leaders are happy to keep on working together

     

  79. 22km remaining from 85.5km

    12:59:35 CST

    Just a tick over 63km has been covered to far with the riders on Lap 14 of 18

     

  80. 13:00:08 CST

    Maxime Daniel  is having a slight seat height adjustment at the back of the bunch

     

  81. 13:03:10 CST

    Lap 14/18: The average speed of the peloton on the last lap was 47km/h

     

  82. 13:04:12 CST

    Trek continues to lead the chase which is now down to 40 seconds after the effort on lap 13. The sprinters teams are looking to make the catch and get ready for some fast final laps before the sprint

     

  83. 18km remaining from 85.5km

    13:04:56 CST

    Lap 15/18: With just 40 seconds lead, the break could be caught this lap with Trek really ramping up the pace

     

  84. 13:07:11 CST

     

    Lap 15/18: The peloton with Lotto now are trying to make this catch happen as soon as possible

  85. 16km remaining from 85.5km

    13:07:44 CST

    Andre Greipel is looking very active today, is he using too much energy before the sprint?

     

  86. 13:08:19 CST

    Just 20 seconds advantage for the leading three and watch for any counter-attacks when the break is caught

     

  87. 13:09:03 CST

    Lap 15/18: The peloton can see the three riders out in front now on Flinders St

     

  88. 13:09:58 CST

    For the third time in the race this year, Will Clarke (Drapac) is the most competitive to cap off a good week for his team's debut Tour Down Under

     

  89. 13:13:06 CST

    Lap 16/18: Julien Berard drops back to the peloton to leave Clarke and Belkov out in front 

     

  90. 13:14:02 CST

    Lap 16/18: GreenEdge are driving the bunch now and looking to make the catch as the leaders are only 100m or so in front now

     

  91. 13:15:34 CST

    Lap 16/18: The catch has happened now with Clarke and Belkov looking over their shoulders and seeing GreenEdge on the front of the peloton who quickly sweep them up

     

  92. 13:16:33 CST

    Lap 16/18: The peloton is all back together now and GreenEdge have their whole team on the front as they try to deliver Gerrans to the overall title and stop BMC from gaining any bonus seconds

  93. 13:17:55 CST

    Lotto and Giant-Shimano will soon be looking to move forward with their sprinters but for now GreenEdge are keeping the pace high

     

  94. 8km remaining from 85.5km

    13:19:49 CST

    Lap 17/18: Its a high pace and the bunch is strung out now with a speed of 44km/h

     

  95. 13:20:56 CST

    Lap 17/18: The Giant-Shimano train is getting itself ready and is sitting in just behind GreenEdge as Cadel Evans moves onto Gerrans' rear wheel

     

  96. 13:22:01 CST

     Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Cannondale are moving their trains forward as well

  97. 4.75km remaining from 85.5km

    13:22:17 CST

    Last lap now

     

  98. 13:22:38 CST

    There is only 4km left in the Tour Down Under

     

  99. 13:23:05 CST

    A touch of wheels by Impey there on Adam Hansen

     

  100. 13:23:20 CST

    Trek, Cannondale and Lotto are at the front now

     

  101. 13:23:56 CST

    Last Lap: all the riders are getting into position now

     

  102. 13:25:02 CST

    Quick Step are moving up and are now leading the race to the line

     

  103. 13:25:26 CST

    Rider are being dropped now with the high pace that Quick Step are setting

     

  104. 3km remaining from 85.5km

    13:26:19 CST

    Everyone is trying to keep position as Quick Step still lead

     

  105. 1.4km remaining from 85.5km

    13:26:45 CST

    Giant-Shimano have moved forward and Lotto are moving forward

     

  106. 1km remaining from 85.5km

    13:27:06 CST

    Lotto are leading and setting it up for Greipel

     

  107. 13:27:41 CST

    Andre Greipel takes the win in the end

     

  108. 13:28:15 CST

    That is three wins in a  row on the final day for Greipel and Simon Gerrans claims the overall

     

  109. 13:29:31 CST

    In the finale it was Andre Greipel, Mark Renshaw and Andrew Fenn

     

  110. 13:35:50 CST

    Simon Gerrans seals his third Tour Down Under victory and Greipel claimed his third consecutive win on the last day of the Australian race. Check back toy our Tour Down Under page for a full final wrap of the race. Thanks for joining us for the first WorldTour race of 2014

     

  111. 13:36:15 CST

    Stage 6 result
    1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol1:55:16
    2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling 
    3Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling 
    4Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
    5Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
    6Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica Greenedge
    7Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp
    8Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
    9Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
    10Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge

     

  112. 13:37:06 CST

    Final overall classification

    1Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge19:57:35
    2Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:05
    3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:05
    4Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky0:00:14
    5Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:27
    6Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:00:30
    7Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge0:00:34
    8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:37
    9Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:47
    10Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:00