The Tasmanian attacked on the final ascent of the stage and despite being briefly joined by rival Cadel Evans (Team BMC) the Sky captain was strong enough to dispatch the veteran and hold on for the win, with Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) taking second and third.
Gerrans eventually came out on top and won the 2014 race but the Orica GreenEdge rider is out this year after breaking a collarbone. Porte, meanwhile, has found some of his best form and claimed the national time trial championships in some style last weekend. He lines up for the Tour Down Under as one of the main favourites for the overall.
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