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Santos Tour Down Under 2015: Stage 5


Welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the Santos Tour Down Under stage 5.

Hello race fans, and thanks for joining is for this fifth stage of the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under. It's been a cracking race so far, with upset wins and a blistering pace.

Let's take a look at the top 10 from yesterday's stage:

And the top 10 in the general classification after four stages:

Orica's Daryl Impey is leading the points classification:

Former race leader Jack Bobridge is on top of the mountains classification:

There's just 500 metres of neutral today, so the racing should start fairly early.

The 151km route today features Willunga Hill, which was first climbed in the 2003 Santos Tour Down Under. The Willunga climb is where the general classification is traditionally decided.

And the riders are off!

Both of today's Jayco sprints will be at Snapper Point at 63.4km and 103.4km. The course then heads toward Aldinga along Port Road. A left on to South Road is followed by a right onto Tatachilla Rd and then a left onto Caffrey St in McLaren Vale. One more turn right and the riders are back on Main Rd McLaren Vale for the end of the first of four laps.

Jack Bobridge is characteristically active today and has attacked.

The field weren't having it, and they pulled Bobridge and 10 other riders back. But Bobridge has jumped again. Greg Henderson and John Kerby have joined him this time.

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The crash during yesterday's finale wreaked havoc on the peloton. You can read more about the crash and its effects here.

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UCI vice president Tracy Gaudry spoke with the press yesterday about women's cycling, Astana and CIRC. Click here to read more about what Gaudry had to say.

Steele von Hoff's sprint win yesterday was the biggest of his career. You can watch video highlights of his big day here.

127km remaining from 151km

Rohan Dennis is a surprise leader for BMC this week as all eyes have been on Cadel Evans in his final WorldTour event. Dennis commented on the situation before today's stage:

Sky's Richie Porte was one of the riders caught in yesterday's crash. Click here to read what he had to say about the melee.

Floyd Landis was critical today of Greg LeMond's stance on Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban. You can read what Landis had to say here.

The Tour of California announced the 18 teams that will compete in the race this May. WorldTour squads include Sky, Etixx-QuickStep, Cannondale-Garmin, BMC, Giant-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Tinkoff-Saxo andTrek Factory Racing. You can read about the rest here.

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The gap has dipped just below five minutes now as they race across a flat, straight road. The peloton is lined out. They must be flying.

The breakaway has turned into Willunga.

Crosswinds have hit the peloton now, and the head of the field has started to form and echelon.

Race radio is reporting that Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) has abandon today.

The field is making a U-turn in the road now. For the finale they'll go straight at this point instead of turning around.

A divided road has split the field on either side of the median strip. Plenty of road furniture in this section, but the riders have made it through unscathed so far.

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The view form the Cyclingnews blimp reveals a long, straight road. This should remind Rohan Dennis of some of the routes at the Tour of Alberta, a race he won in 2013 while riding for Garmin-Sharp. You can read about Dennis' Canadian victory here.

The pace in the field is starting to take its toll on the breakaway, and the gap has dipped to 4:12 as the escapees turn onto Snapper Point.

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Richie Porte won last year's race to the top of Willunga Hill. You can relive the 2014 excitement with this video.

Speaking of Porte's win in Willunga, here's what he had to say about today's stage:

If Porte wants to win this year, he'll have to get past a clearly on form Dennis. Here's what Dennis had to say about today's stage:

Third overall Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) says he's ready for today's GC battle.

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The Cyclingnews blimp has just dropped off our own Zeb Woodpower at the finish. Zeb confirms that there is a big tailwind currently blowing up the final climb.

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Lunch is served as the peloton makes its way through the Powerade Hydration Station, AKA the feedzone.

The peloton is making the U-turn in Willunga.

Bobridge can clinch his blue polka dot climber's jersey today if he can stay away long enough to win the first KOM climb at Willunga Hill (129.4km). He'll pick up 16 points if he wins the first KOM, and with the 20 he already has, his overall win in the mountains classification will be in the bag.

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The peloton has really reared its head as the gap is down another 30 seconds to three minutes.

Henderson crosses the sprint line first, but the breakaway riders didn't contest the points. They're focused on staying away as long as possible.

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But as we speak the gap is going back up toward three minutes.

The peloton is spread across the road as teams begin to bring their leaders forward.

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The race appears to have settled down a bit again, with the two riders up the road holding their advantage at just under three minutes on this long straight road.

BMC is at the pointy head of the spear. Big Michael Schar is driving the pace for his team.

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Luke Durbridge had a bike change and is now working his way back through the cars to the peloton.

The leader's are at the base of Willunga Hill for the first time with 1:47 gap. Can Bobridge keep the advantage all the way to the top and clinch his blue polka dot jersey?

Bobridge is really into the climb now. He's sitting down grinding out a furious pace to make it to the top.

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He's within the last kilometre to the KOM now.

Bobridge has got it. Great ride today for the young Australian.

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BMC's duo of Dennis and Evans are lined up behind the Astana riders.

BMC's duo of Dennis and Evans are lined up behind the Astana riders.

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Astana is still on the front for Luis Leon Sanchez.

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Race moto shows the riders are approaching 100km/h

Astana are lined up on the front drilling this descent.

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Crowsswinds on the road are wreaking havoc as Astana have spilt the field. Evans and Dennis are up there. Porte is out of the leads group.

The group of front hace also caught out Michael Rogers and Tom Dumoulin

Dennis and Evans are working hard in the front group.

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Orica are setting the pace now. Daryl Impey is in fifth position.

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Impey, Dennis, Machado, Evans, Sanchez and more. They're all there behind the Orica line up.

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Porte attacks!

Evans has dropped. Dennis is there with Dumoulin. Porte attacks and again. He and Dennis have dropped Dumoulin.

Porte can't drop Dennis.

Porte pulls away from Dennis!

Stage win for Porte. Did he get enough time to take the ochre jersey? Dennis is second.

Porte will get a 10-second bonus for the win, while Dennis will get six for second. Did Porte put enough time into Dennis to take the overall lead? The official time spilt will ell the tale. tic tic tic.

Porte beat Dennis by nine seconds and Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) by 16.

Cadel Evans was fourth, and Dumoulin fifth, both 16 seconds down.

1 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 3:37:32
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
3 Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:16
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:19
7 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 0:00:24
8 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin 0:00:26
9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:28
10 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 17:19:09
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:02
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20
4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:22
5 Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:31
7 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:38
8 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 0:00:46
9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:52
10 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling

What a day of racing! Willunga Hill delivered again, and Porte nearly pulled off the overall lead with his attack. Dennis, however, proved his mettle when everyone else around him faltered.

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