Simon Gerrans wins the 2016 Tour Down Under

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) safely negotiated the final stage of the Tour Down Under to claim an unprecedented fourth overall title while his team also celebrated the stage victory with Caleb Ewan. The win was the sixth from six stages for Australian riders in the sole Australian WorldTour race.

Ewan was the first to launch his sprint on the finish straight as he powered away in his low aero position for his second, and Orica-GreenEdge’s fourth, stage of the race. Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data) held off Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) for second place as Gerrans crossed the line in 11th place.

“It obviously wasn’t just a good week for me, the team showed this week that they are by far the strongest,” Ewan said immediately after winning the stage. “Going into the race with two ambitions of trying to win sprint stages and the GC with Simon but I think he did it perfectly and I am so happy we came away with four stage wins and overall.

Ewan started the sprint in less than ideal position but once he launched, there would be no stopping the 21-year-old.

“I actually got caught a fair way back coming down here, ideally I wanted to be in the first eight wheels but I was way back in the bunch and had to dive in inside the corner, I locked up a few times and it was a bit sketchy but luckily I got into position that I wanted to and my team came up in the end to help me and they placed me behind Sky which was the perfect place to be.”

For Gerrans, a fourth overall win ten years on from his first was built on the back of wins on stage 3 and 4 to see the 35-year-old also take the lead in the WorldTour standings.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more of the guys this week, they really did a sensational job this week. They kept me up the front and out of trouble this week and we tried to get Caleb the best run to the line that we could but what a fantastic week we’ve had.

"We are so lucky to have this race here in Australia, its fantastic to the race the Santos Tour Down Under with Orica-GreenEdge, an Aussie team wining the only WorldTour race we have in Australia, the opening WorldTour race of the season. It’s just awesome, a great way to star the season

How it unfolded

A five-man break of Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Carlos Verona (Etixx-Quick Step), George Bennett (Lotto Jumbo) and Adam Phelan (Drapac) managing to get 20 seconds clear at maximum but they were brought back on lap 5.

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) jumped away following the catch on lap 6 with Sam Spokes (Drapac) trying to bridge across. Nathan Earle continued Drapac’s aggressive approach to the stage as he jumped off the front in pursuit of De Gendt and Tjallingii.

On lap 7, Cannondale and Tinkoff moved riders forward to try and bring back De Gendt and Tjallingii ahead of the intermediate sprint point. Tjallingii rolled across for the maximum points as Tinkoff lead out Jay McCarthy for the one bonus second, challenged by Cannondale who were looking after Michael Woods, but it was Daryl Impey stealing in for third place.

A crash at the back of the peloton brought down Floris Gerts (BMC) and Anthony Roux (FDJ) on lap 10 as De Gendt rode over Montefiore Hill to claim maximum points with the breakaway’s advantage reaching 30 seconds at the half-way mark of the stage, which averaged 46.6kmh for the first hour.

Trek-Segafredo and UniSA-Australia sent Peter Stetina and Pat Lane, respectively, to control the pacemaking ahead of the second intermediate sprint point. On the approach to the finish, Johan Le Bon (FDJ) jumped clear to try and join the two-leaders as De Gendt won the sprint point without contest. The IAM Cycling-led peloton crossed the line 30 seconds down as Le Bon was shortly back in the bunch.

On Lap 15 the peloton had trimmed the breakaway’s advantage to leave it around 20 seconds. Tjallingii was awarded the combative rider prize as he crested Montefiore for the second KOM prize. On lap 16 Astana attacked the peloton via Laurens De Vreese and Lieuwe Westra as Tjallingii rode away from De Gendt.

Tjallingii was then joined by Westra on lap 17 with Drapac and Lotto Soudal at the front of the race. Dimension Data and Tinkoff came through to up the pace and caught the two leaders on lap 19.

Coming though on the bell lap, the Lotto Soudal and Tinkoff teams lead on other side of the road. Team Sky and Dimension Data moved forward while Luke Durbridge then upped the pace for the final climb over Montefiore Hill. Into the final kilometre and it was a foregone conclusion, with Ewan launching his sprint and simply powering away to claim his seventh win of 2016 by several bike lengths.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge1:55:02
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension DataRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Adam Blythe (GBr) TinkoffRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team KatushaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 7 - Cell 2
9Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Wouter Wippert (Ned) CannondaleRow 9 - Cell 2
11Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto SoudalRow 13 - Cell 2
15Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Team MovistarRow 14 - Cell 2
16Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Koen De Kort (Ned) Giant–AlpecinRow 16 - Cell 2
18Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant–AlpecinRow 17 - Cell 2
19Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 18 - Cell 2
20Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Team MovistarRow 20 - Cell 2
22Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre–MeridaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jay McCarthy (Aus) TinkoffRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto SoudalRow 24 - Cell 2
26Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 25 - Cell 2
27Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL–JumboRow 26 - Cell 2
28Patrick Bevin (NZl) CannondaleRow 27 - Cell 2
29Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Dimension DataRow 29 - Cell 2
31Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant–AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Simon Clarke (Aus) CannondaleRow 32 - Cell 2
34Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Team MovistarRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michael Woods (Can) CannondaleRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Team MovistarRow 35 - Cell 2
37Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) AstanaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJRow 38 - Cell 2
40Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJRow 39 - Cell 2
41David De La Cruz (Esp) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 40 - Cell 2
42Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre–MeridaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Davide Malacarne (Ita) AstanaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 44 - Cell 2
46Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek–SegafredoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) AstanaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jesús Herrada (Esp) Team MovistarRow 49 - Cell 2
51Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Carlos Verona (Esp) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–MeridaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 57 - Cell 2
59Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre–MeridaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre–MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La MondialeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Rein Taaramäe (Est) Team KatushaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Nelson Oliveira (Por) Team MovistarRow 66 - Cell 2
68Alberto Bettiol (Ita) CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek–SegafredoRow 70 - Cell 2
72Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek–SegafredoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 72 - Cell 2
74George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL–JumboRow 73 - Cell 2
75Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre–MeridaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling0:00:12
78Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:00:14
79Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 78 - Cell 2
80Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant–AlpecinRow 79 - Cell 2
81Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) TinkoffRow 82 - Cell 2
84Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge0:00:19
87Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek–SegafredoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx–Quick-StepRow 88 - Cell 2
90Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Peter Stetina (USA) Trek–SegafredoRow 90 - Cell 2
92Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 92 - Cell 2
94Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–JumboRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Patrick Lane (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:00:25
100Murilo Fischer (Bra) FDJ0:00:26
101Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 100 - Cell 2
102Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Pro CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
103Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant–AlpecinRow 102 - Cell 2
104Manuele Boaro (Ita) TinkoffRow 103 - Cell 2
105Carter Jones (USA) Giant–AlpecinRow 104 - Cell 2
106Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Moreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 107 - Cell 2
109Cheng Ji (Chn) Giant–AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
110Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo0:00:42
111Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL–JumboRow 110 - Cell 2
112Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team MovistarRow 111 - Cell 2
113Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 112 - Cell 2
114David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling0:00:44
115Jaco Venter (Rsa) Team Dimension Data0:00:52
116Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek–Segafredo0:00:54
117Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge0:01:14
118Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Ivan Rovny (Rus) TinkoffRow 118 - Cell 2
120Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) AstanaRow 119 - Cell 2
121Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:19
122Laurens De Vreese (Bel) AstanaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:01:22
124Lars Boom (Ned) Astana0:01:23
125Songezo Jim (Rsa) Team Dimension Data0:01:27
126Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Dimension Data0:01:29
127Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:01:31
128Michael Gogl (Aut) TinkoffRow 127 - Cell 2
129Lieuwe Westra (Ned) AstanaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:48
131Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 130 - Cell 2
132Patrick Shaw (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:02:04
133Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa)0:02:06
134Oscar Gatto (Ita) TinkoffRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL–JumboRow 134 - Cell 2
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Intermediate sprint 1 - Lap 8 - km 36
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo3
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2
3Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEdgeRow 2 - Cell 2
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Intermediate sprint 2 - Lap 12 - km 54
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal5pts
2Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ2Row 2 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge15pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-Step8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale6Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Montefiore Hill - km 43.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal3pts
2Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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