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Santos Tour Down Under 2016: Stage 5


Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 5 at the Tour Down Under. Today is the much-anticipated Willunga Hill stage that will play a big part in deciding the general classification.

To refresh your memory of where the race stands, here's the general classification after stage 4:

Simon Gerrans has been on fire so far in this race, taking two consecutive wins on stages 3 and 4. Here's the top 10 from yesterday's stage. Read more about it here.

Our TDU meteorologist Brett Dutschke has been providing race weather forecasts all week, and he just checked into the Cyclingnews blimp with the latest for today. What do you say, Brett?

In case you missed today's action at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina, you can read all abut the stage here.

A crash 30km from the finish today in Argentina caught out many of the general classification favourites. Our Sadhbh O'Shea has the rundown here.

Well, while we were looking back at the Tour de San Luis, the race sneaked away fem the start line. Their underway on along straight road through and agricultural area.

The riders are pedalling through some vineyards, but they won't have time for any wine tasting as the pace is full gas.

As one might expect, Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White had a lot to say about this important stage:

An AG2R rider is stretching to his legs off the front, trying to establish a breakaway. 

Alexis Gougeard, the AG2R rider dangling off the front, has been caught.

Five riders are trying to escape the bunch now. A crosswind is really tearing things up. They're lined out single file under this effort.

137km remaining from 151km

The crosswinds are wreaking havoc as two riders go down in the back of the field. They're both back up and on their way.

One of the riders is Primoz Roglic, the former ski jumper.

The four riders off the front now are  Pim Ligthart, Lars Boom, Nelson Oliverira and Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg.

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29-year-old Pat Shaw is competing in his first WorldTour race this week with UniSA. Our Zeb Woodpower caught up with him before the stage. You can read about Shaw here.

We've picked five riders to watch dying today's stage. You can read about our picks here. Who's your favourite for the win today?

In case you missed it, Birdie O'Donnell set a new women's UCI Hour Record last night. The 41-year-old raised the bar to 46.882km. Read about her record ride here.

While we've been catching up with the latest news, the four breakaway riders have been busy building their advantage to more than 3:30.

Australian Hilton Clarke, who has been plying the US criterium circuit for the past few years with UnitedHealthcare, has found a new team this year. He'll ride for US Continental team Cylance-Incycle p/b Cannondale. Read about the team here.

112km remaining from 151km

Despite not feeling as well as he's felt the last two years at the Tour Down Under, Richie Porte is confident of his new BMC team's chances of success by week's end. Read what Porte had to say here.

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Big Lars Boom is leading the breakaway though a sweeping left-hand turn. They're working well together and motoring along nicely. They're in an exposed part of the course, but any winds don't appear to be having much of an impact on the riders.

Orica-GreenEdge are leading the chase now for Gerrans, followed by a long line of Tinkoff riders, including overall runner-up Jay McCarthy.

89km remaining from 151km

The peloton is cruising along the coast now. I'm sure the water looks refreshing, but they'll have to wait for a dip.

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Lighart took the first intermediate sprint of the day, followed by Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg and Lars Boom.

At 1:49 down, Pim Ligthart is the closest to Simon Gerrans on GC and is now the virtual leader on the road. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg is 3:28 down, followed by Nelson Oliverira @ 4:15 and Lars Boom @ 12:41.

It looks like Caleb Ewan on the front f the bunch now, followed by the long line of Tinkoff riders.

Ewan must be applying a lot of pressure, as they're lined out single file behind him.

Just a reminder bout the finish: The peloton will tackle Willunga Hill twice in the final 25km of the race, but the real shoot-out on the 7 percent climb will surely come the second time around.

Michael Albasini and Michael Hepburn representing Orica-GreenEdge on the front of the bunch now. Tinkoff, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale are line u p behind them.

They're heading through the feed zone now. Dinner time!

The gap is coming back slightly, but the escapees are still looking comfortable.

BMC and AG2R have moved near the front now, but the work is still left to Orica-GreenEdge.

53km remaining from 151km

Willunga Hill is filling up with fans. The race will be there soon enough.

The main field has slowed down and are spread across the road. Meanwhile, the gap is back up to 5:55.

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It looks like they're riding a steady pace through the sprint, with Ligthart taking the lead again. The gap is an even six minutes.

Tinkoff have taken control of the chase. Has Orica called their bluff.

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Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg is still within site of the other three escapees, who've got 2:28 on the field

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Multiple trains are competing for the front now: BMC, Sky, Lotto, Tinkoff, Cannondale, Lampre and Orica.

4km remaining from 151km

The final climb is 2.9km

Team Sky are in the front with Rowe and Kennaugh

Kennaugh is going, but they've brought him back. Orica posed to attack now.

Sky setting the pace, Orica waiting, followed by Tinkoff, Cannondale and BMC. All the contenders are there.

They're still all together.

Simon Clark goes, maybe to soften up the others for Woods.

Rohan Dennis is dropped.

There are 1,4km to go and Hamilton has a good gap.

George Bennett catches Hamilton

NoNow it's Porte attacking and Wood following.

Porte and Henao riding away. 

Porte will get the win.

Henao is second

Woods is third

Gerrans has finished. He's saved his tour by eight seconds

Top 10 from today's stage:

Top 10 in the general classification:

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