Gerrans crowned Tour Down Under champion in Adelaide

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) has taken his third Tour Down Under victory, and his fourth win for the week after a text book sprint down King William Road. Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) tried to compete but was unable to come by the German's wheel on the uphill sprint. Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) was a close third.

The bunch finish was nearly spoiled however by Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge) who made a bold solo move with a little over a lap to go. Meyer's overall hopes had been dashed yesterday when he missed the select front group on the first time up Old Willunga Hill. The field would not be denied, particulalry Andre Greipel's Lotto Belisol team who put the him in a perfect position - the German finishing off with ease.

Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) meanwhile did all he needed to, successfully finishing in the bunch to take out his second overall title after his career defining 2006 triumph while riding for the French AG2R-Prévoyance team.

For his GreenEdge team, it was another tick in the box after their recent successes in the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships and the Jayco Bay Classic Series in Victoria.

The team set out to take the overall title, and despite not winning a stage, can be wholly satisified with a truly team performance that gives them the early lead in the prestigious WorldTour.

"It’s just fantastic," said a clearly excited Gerrans at the finish.

"I can’t thank my team mates enough. I was pleasantly surprised when I was told I had the lead [yesterday]. It’s such a fantastic victory for GreenEDGE. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect way to start the season."

"It’s an even sweeter victory than my first one here in 2006. It gives me the opportunity to thank for the first time the Ryan family and Shayne Bannan for putting this team together. It couldn’t be a better start for us."

Stage winner Greipel was similalry appreciative of his Lotto-Belisol team who have shown definitively to be the best organised when it comes to a bunch dash.

"What can I say," said Greipel. "Lotto-Belisol has just been amazing in leading me out to my third win of the week. It looks easy but it’s not. I was nowhere in the front on GC this year but I’m happy with the sprint finishes."

Greipel's stage win was not enough to take out the points classificaiton however. His three stage wins were cancelled out by his absences on Willunga and in Tanunda, ultimately costing him vital points that Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) was able to bank. The Norwegian would have liked a win but was happy nonetheless.

"It’s an early start to the season and to be on top form now is difficult.I’m happy to be on okay form but I can still get better."

UniSA-Australia had plenty of reason to celebrate, taking out the King of the Moutains for the second year running as well as cleaning up with Rohan Dennis who also took out best young rider.

How it unfolded

With the overall tied on time, and Gerrans a clear leader on countback, GreenEdge were happy to see a sizeable break form very early in the 20 lap circuit race in Adelaide.

It included Bernard Sulzberger, Jay McCarthy (UniSA-Australia), Luke Durbridge, Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge), Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Barracuda), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Sergey Lagutin (Vacansoleil-DCM), Mathew Hayman (Sky), Gorka Izagirre (Euskatel-Euskadi), Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Davide Cimolai (Lampre-ISD), Jens Voigt (Radioshack-Nissan), William Bonnet (FDJ-BigMat), Sergio Paulinho and Jonas Jorgensen (Saxo Bank).

They built up an advantage of close to 40 seconds before Rabobank who had missed the move came to the front to bring them back.

With the group within reach Michael Matthews soloed across the final 10 second gap, enough to encourage the peloton that the break should come back into the fold.

With the first intermediate sprint looming and dangerous seconds on the line, GreenEdge sent Luke Durbridge up the road again and he was joined by Davide Cimolai. Cimolai took out the sprint from Durbridge who didn't contest. Jack Bauer (Garmin-Barracuda) jumped out of the peloton to take third.

Once again the speed of the peloton after the prime was enough to nullify the break, and it was all together once more.

Bakelants makes his charge

Jan Bakelants (Radioshack-Nissan), who before today sat seventh on GC, used the lull to make a bid for the bonus second on offer at the second sprint.  He needed just two seconds to get in front of Edvald Boasson Hagen and picked up all three on offer, ahead of Cameron Meyer (GreenEdge) who managed to bridge to Bakelants solo.

Shortly thereafter Romain Sicard (Euskatel-Euskadi) also bridged to make it a trio of strong riders at the front. As the laps ticked by, and the gap failed to reduce Bakelants was becoming a real threat to the overall lead of Simon Gerrans. He was just 16 seconds behind Gerrans at this stage and with the 40 second advantage the break held was virtual leader.

Justifiably he got very little help from Sicard as the race entered the closing kilometres, with Meyer playing ticket collector on the back.

The bunch was having none of it however and with Lotto-Belisol, Lampre-ISD and Liquigas-Cannondale ramping things up for their sprinters the gap rapidly fell away.

Inside 6 kilometres to go and Bakelants decided to raise the white flag, happy enough with his sixth overall. Meyer meanwhile wanted the stage win. He went alone and entered the final 4 kilometre lap with a small advantage.

Though Meyer's fight was admirable, nothing would deny the bunch on the fast city circuit, and with half a lap to go it was all together for a bunch sprint. Lotto-Belisol best placed their man, and it was Andre Greipel who took the sprint from Renshaw and Petacchi.

Gerrans crossed the line safely in the main field to take the overall.

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Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol1:56:48
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) RabobankRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 2 - Cell 2
4Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ - BigMatRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) MovistarRow 4 - Cell 2
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 7 - Cell 2
9Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 8 - Cell 2
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 11 - Cell 2
13Luca Paolini (Ita) KatushaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ - BigMatRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-BarracudaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Borut Bozic (Slo) AstanaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 17 - Cell 2
19Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 18 - Cell 2
20Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 19 - Cell 2
21Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto-BelisolRow 20 - Cell 2
22Robbie Hunter (RSA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 22 - Cell 2
24Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MovistarRow 24 - Cell 2
26Robbie Mcewen (Aus) GreenEDGERow 25 - Cell 2
27Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGERow 26 - Cell 2
28Michael Matthews (Aus) RabobankRow 27 - Cell 2
29José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) MovistarRow 28 - Cell 2
30Steele Von Hoff (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Eduard Vorganov (Rus) KatushaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) AstanaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Xavier Florencio Cabrè (Spa) KatushaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Angel Madrazo (Spa) MovistarRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-NissanRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 35 - Cell 2
37Martin Kohler (Swi) BMCRow 36 - Cell 2
38Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mattéo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 39 - Cell 2
41Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 40 - Cell 2
42Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 41 - Cell 2
43Imanol Erviti (Spa) MovistarRow 42 - Cell 2
44Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Javier Moreno (Spa) MovistarRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jay Mccarthy (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Gatis Smukulis (Lat) KatushaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Adam Blythe (GBr) BMCRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 49 - Cell 2
51Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jos Van Emden (Ned) RabobankRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 52 - Cell 2
54Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-BelisolRow 54 - Cell 2
56Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMCRow 55 - Cell 2
57Vincente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto-BelisolRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 57 - Cell 2
59Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 58 - Cell 2
60Wilco Kelderman (Ned) RabobankRow 59 - Cell 2
61Adrián Saez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 60 - Cell 2
62Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 62 - Cell 2
64Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Rabobank0:00:16
65Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) AstanaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:17
67Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ - BigMatRow 66 - Cell 2
68Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 68 - Cell 2
70Maxim Belkov (Rus) KatushaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-BarracudaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 72 - Cell 2
74Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) KatushaRow 74 - Cell 2
76William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank0:00:27
78Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-BelisolRow 77 - Cell 2
79Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEDGE0:00:30
80Matt Goss (Aus) GreenEDGERow 79 - Cell 2
81Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Stuart O'grady (Aus) GreenEDGERow 81 - Cell 2
83Sérgio Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:00:36
84David Lopez (Spa) MovistarRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ - BigMatRow 84 - Cell 2
86Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 85 - Cell 2
87Mathias Frank (Swi) BMCRow 86 - Cell 2
88Oscar Freire (Spa) KatushaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) AstanaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-BarracudaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Gorka Izagirre Inausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 90 - Cell 2
92Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 91 - Cell 2
93Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMCRow 92 - Cell 2
94Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) AstanaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lachlan Norris (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tom Palmer (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:00:41
98Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISDRow 98 - Cell 2
100Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 99 - Cell 2
101Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 100 - Cell 2
102Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale0:00:54
103Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:00:58
104Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto-Belisol0:01:02
105Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo BankRow 104 - Cell 2
106Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale0:01:05
107Stefano Agostini (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 107 - Cell 2
109Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-BarracudaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 109 - Cell 2
111Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 110 - Cell 2
112Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMCRow 111 - Cell 2
113Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 112 - Cell 2
114Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil -DCMRow 113 - Cell 2
115Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ - BigMatRow 114 - Cell 2
116Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISDRow 115 - Cell 2
117Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC0:01:38
118Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:42
119Leigh Howard (Aus) GreenEDGERow 118 - Cell 2
120Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEDGE0:02:15
121Dmitri Muravyev (Kaz) Astana0:02:43
122Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana0:02:44
123Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:02:48
124Jonas Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:03:03
125Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:28
126Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:05:02
DNFAndreas Klier (Ger) Garmin-BarracudaRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ - BigMatRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFVictor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 129 - Cell 2
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Stage finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol15pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ - BigMat12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil -DCM9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale6Row 9 - Cell 3
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Finish Arch Lap 8 (36km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD5pts
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEDGE3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Barracuda2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish Arch Lap 12 (54km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan5pts
2Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEDGE3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Barracuda2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Montefiore Hill Lap 10 (Cat 3 at 42.5km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC3pts
2Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEDGE1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Montefiore Hill Lap 15 (Cat 3 at 64km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEDGE3pts
2Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Young rider's classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling1:56:48
2Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 1 - Cell 2
3Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Matthews (Aus) RabobankRow 3 - Cell 2
5Steele Von Hoff (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Angel Madrazo (Spa) MovistarRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jay Mccarthy (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Gatis Smukulis (Lat) KatushaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Adam Blythe (GBr) BMCRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Wilco Kelderman (Ned) RabobankRow 11 - Cell 2
13Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana0:00:16
15Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank0:00:27
16Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEDGE0:00:30
17Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gorka Izagirre Inausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:36
19Lachlan Norris (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tom Palmer (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:00:41
22Stefano Agostini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale0:01:05
23Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas - CannondaleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-BarracudaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 24 - Cell 2
26Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 25 - Cell 2
27Leigh Howard (Aus) GreenEDGE0:01:42
28Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEDGE0:02:15
29Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:28
30Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:05:02
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Team's Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sky Procycling5:50:24
2Omega Pharma-QuickStepRow 1 - Cell 2
3MovistarRow 2 - Cell 2
4Vacansoleil -DCMRow 3 - Cell 2
5Lotto-BelisolRow 4 - Cell 2
6KatushaRow 5 - Cell 2
7RabobankRow 6 - Cell 2
8RadioShack-NissanRow 7 - Cell 2
9AG2R La MondialeRow 8 - Cell 2
10UNI SA - AustraliaRow 9 - Cell 2
11BMCRow 10 - Cell 2
13FDJ - BigMat0:00:17
14Garmin-BarracudaRow 13 - Cell 2
16Lampre - ISD0:00:36
17Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Liquigas - Cannondale0:00:41
19Team Saxo Bank0:00:44
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General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE20:46:12
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MovistarRow 1 - Cell 2
3Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:08
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:14
5Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA - AustraliaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:16
7Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:18
8Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar0:00:23
9Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank0:00:29
10Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha0:00:32
11Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:34
12Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:42
13Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:00:47
14Angel Madrazo (Spa) Movistar0:01:15
15Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC0:01:16
16Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar0:01:27
17Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:01:28
18Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:30
19Xavier Florencio Cabrè (Spa) Katusha0:02:33
20José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) MovistarRow 19 - Cell 2
21Wilco Kelderman (Ned) RabobankRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas - Cannondale