Bobridge wins Tour Down Under opening stage

Jack Bobridge (UniSA) took the first win of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under Tuesday in Campbelltown after surviving in a four-rider breakaway that just held off the charging peloton.

Bobridge timed his move perfectly, jumping in the final 200 meters and holding off day-long breakaway mates Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) and Maxim Belkov (Katusha). Niccolò Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) won the field sprint for fifth.

"I’ve always been aggressive...but to take out the first stage and wear the leader’s jersey tomorrow - I’m speechless," Bobridge said after the win. "To be honest, coming through Williamstown half way was, I think it was down to 30 seconds or 40 seconds and we thought, all the guys had pretty much given up out there. Again it's always games you know, breakaway vs bunch. All day a game. We planned it perfect. We kept our cool when they were playing games with us and then we played the big game at the end and stayed away."

As it happened

A four-rider breakaway that escaped in the opening kilometres animated the day's racing. With no neutral start to the 133km stage from Tanunda to Campbelltown, the attacks started from the opening gun until Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge), Westra (Astana) and Belkov (Katusha) peeled off the front just a few kilometres into the race. The leaders were quickly joined by Bobridge (UniSA) to form the group of four that would be off the front most of the day.

The quartet pressed the pace early and opened a gap of one minute less than 10km into the race. The advantage had ballooned to 2:30 just 5km later before Team Sky and Giant-Alpecin decided the peloton had given the escapees enough leash, going to the front and limiting the advantage there. With 50km remaining the gap was down to 2:05 as BMC threw several riders into the chase.

By the team the leaders reached the second sprint of the day 60.4km into the race the chase had pulled the gap down to 1:45, and the advantage continued to shrink from there. The gap hovered at just about a minute before it shrunk to 35 seconds as the breakaway approached the day's only KOM on Checker Hill 104.1km into the race.

With the breakaway in sight, the peloton stretched across the road and eased back, but the riders at the front punched it one more time up the hill and opened the gap back up to more than minute. Bobridge took the honours over the climb, but as the leaders crested Checker Hill their gap had shrunk once again to 30 seconds.

The bunch as mostly intact over the top of the climb, and the sprinters' teams started to think about the 29km mostly downhill run to the finale in Campbelltown. The descent off the climb hit 100km/h as the four leaders pressed their chances to stay away, but the speed in the bunch behind continued to eat into their advantage.

With just 10km remaining, the escapees still had a 25 second gap on the chase, which seemed to lack a single team willing to take control. Etixx-QuickStep lined out on the front, but the gap grew to 40 seconds with 5km remaining. Giant-Alpecin moved forward, but Marcel Kittel's Dutch squad left it too late.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Bobridge (Aus) UniSA-Australia2:59:44
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdgeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 12 - Cell 2
14Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Barry Markus (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 15 - Cell 2
17Miles Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Tanner (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jack Haig (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Richie Porte (Aus) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 27 - Cell 2
29Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 35 - Cell 2
37George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 36 - Cell 2
38Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 39 - Cell 2
41Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team SkyRow 45 - Cell 2
47Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 46 - Cell 2
48Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Team KatushaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alex Edmondson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 51 - Cell 2
53Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-MeridaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 59 - Cell 2
61Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.frRow 65 - Cell 2
67Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Timothy Roe (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.frRow 73 - Cell 2
75Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 75 - Cell 2
77David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 79 - Cell 2
81Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Rick Flens (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 82 - Cell 2
84Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Robert Power (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.frRow 87 - Cell 2
89Lars Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team KatushaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 92 - Cell 2
94Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team KatushaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Stef Clement (Ned) IAM CyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Daniel McConnell (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 99 - Cell 2
101Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 100 - Cell 2
102Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 101 - Cell 2
103Neil van der Ploeg (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdgeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:17
107Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
110Campbell Flakemore (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:23
111Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 110 - Cell 2
112Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:25
113Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 112 - Cell 2
114Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:37
115Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:44
116Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:46
117Koen de Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:59
118Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:09
120Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:28
121Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:08
122Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:05:40
123Martin Kohler (Swi) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 122 - Cell 2
124Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 123 - Cell 2
125Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 124 - Cell 2
126Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:11
127Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 126 - Cell 2
128Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 127 - Cell 2
129Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:08:36
133Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:10:50
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Sprint 1 - Bethany
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jack Bobridge (Aus) UniSA-Australia5pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Bethany
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge5pts
2Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jack Bobridge (Aus) UniSA-Australia15pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge6Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Checker Hill
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jack Bobridge (Aus) UniSA-Australia10pts
2Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha2Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge2:59:44
2Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 2 - Cell 2
4Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Barry Markus (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 4 - Cell 2
6Miles Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jack Haig (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory RacingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 14 - Cell 2
16Alex Edmondson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-MeridaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.frRow 19 - Cell 2
21Robert Power (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Campbell Flakemore (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:23
26Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:37
27Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:05:40
28Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:11
30Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:08:36
33Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:10:50
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Most aggressive rider
Rider Name (Country) Team
Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UniSA Australia8:59:12
2Orica GreenEdgeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Astana Pro TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Movistar TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Team KatushaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team Giant - AlpecinRow 5 - Cell 2
7Trek Factory RacingRow 6 - Cell 2
8I AM CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Team SkyRow 8 - Cell 2
10Team LottoNL- JumboRow 9 - Cell 2
11Lampre - MeridaRow 10 - Cell 2
12BMCRacing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tinkoff - SaxoRow 13 - Cell 2
15FDJ.frRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ag2r La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Etixx - Quick StepRow 16 - Cell 2
18Drapac Professional CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Team Cannondale - GarminRow 18 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Bobridge (Aus) UniSA-Australia2:59:31
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team0:00:04
3Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:06
4Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:10
5Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:13
6Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 5 - Cell 2
7Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdgeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 12 - Cell 2
14Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Barry Markus (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 15 - Cell 2
17Miles Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 16 - Cell 2
18David Tanner (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jack Haig (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory RacingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Richie Porte (Aus) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 27 - Cell 2
29Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 35 - Cell 2
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