Tour Down Under: Porte wins again on Willunga Hill

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) solidified his overall lead at the Tour Down Under on Saturday, once again proving he's easily the strongest rider at the WorldTour opener by riding away from the rest of the contenders on Willunga Hill to take his second stage win of the race. Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) put in an impressive effort on the climb, finishing ahead of Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) to take second.

Porte now leads the overall by 48 seconds over Chaves, while Haas jumped to third overall, 51 seconds back. Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), who started the day second overall, struggled on the final climb and dropped out of the top 10.

Porte arrived at the bottom of the climb with all the major contenders after the peloton reeled in the survivors from the day's breakaway. Team Sky set the tempo at the bottom for Sergio Henao, but Port was having none of it and jumped away with about 2km remaining. Rafael calls (Lotto Soudal) and Chaves initially tried to stay with him, but just like on the stage 2 climb to Paracombe, they were no match of this power.

Porte acknowledged his performance on Willunga Hill made his job on Sunday a bit easier with another dominant performance on Willunga Hill.

"I think it will make tomorrow a little bit more relaxed for us," he said.

Porte also said his performance so far this week, with another stage win on the difficult Paracombe climb, bodes well for his season.

"This is not an easy climb, so to win it is great for morale," he said. "Obviously the biggest goal this year is in July at the Tour de France, but things are going well."

How it happened

While it may have been dethroned of its status as ‘queen stage’ of the Tour Down Under, the familiar stage 5 roll out from McLaren Vale, out to the beach for three circuits, and up Willunga Hill twice was buzzing with anticipation and nerves from riders and fans alike.

The McLaren Vale start saw 132 riders burst out of the blocks with Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale) and Will Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) quick to make a move as Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) and Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) decided it was a break they wanted to infiltrate. The peloton thought otherwise and brought the duo back.

Clarke tried again and was joined by Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) in the KOM jersey, Jeremy Maison (FDJ), and yesterday’s co-most combative rider Jack Bauer (Quick - Step Floors). The quartet established a minute lead over the chasing peloton in a matter of kilometres as the bunch considered then accepted the breakaway.

The BMC-controlled peloton let the break get out to a touch over 2:30 and let it hover over the circuits around Aldinga and back through the start line in McLaren Vale. BMC’s presence of six riders dropped to four as the race closed within 50km of the finish line, but the gap continued to hover around two minutes. De Gent decided to push the pace and as a result, the break’s advantage ballooned out to almost three minutes.

At the 30km to go mark, the four leaders turned onto lap one of two up Willunga with a 2:30 minute advantage over the bunch. Clarke was the first casualty in the breakaway, going backwards as the quartet started to ascend the 3km climb. Team Sunweb and UAE Abu Dhabi came to the fore of the chasing peloton behind the now-three leaders before Chris Hamilton decided to have a dig and shake things up.

Bahrain-Merida’s Giovanni Visconti jumped onto Hamilton’s wheel with the duo hanging out in front the peloton. At the head of the race, De Gent temporarily took the lead in the KOM classification by 16 points over Porte as he led Bauer over the finish line for lap one, 1:45 minutes ahead of Hamilton and Visconti and the peloton 10 seconds behind the duo.

Team Sky, Lotto Soudal, Orica-Scott and BMC swelled to the front after cresting to the climb and racing down Crest Road. On the back half of the lap around Penny’s Hill Road and McCurtie Road before taking the left-hand turn into Main Road on the long straight into the base of the climb, the gap continued to fall towards the one-minute mark.

With 10km to go, the gap was down to 45 seconds for the three leaders, with Sky, Orica and BMC continuing the chase to set up it leaders for the final ascent. Ian Stannard buried himself along Main Road to ensure hard and fast run into the climb, further shredding the size of the already reduced peloton. Daryl Impey did the same for Orica-Scott as Porte was down to just one teammate in Rohan Dennis. With 6km left in the race the three leaders quickly spat out the back once caught by the peloton, bar Bauer who turned workhorse for one final dig.

Izaguirre was quickly going backwards on the first few hundred metres of the climb with Kenny Elissonde taking up the pace for Henao. Sebastian Heano took over when Elissonde pulled off, then briefly slipped away and had his own gap as Chaves looked to others to chase him down. That was enough to spur on Porte, who jumped out of the saddle, quickly caught and passed Sebastian Henao then drilled it for the line, padding his overall lead by another 20 seconds.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team3:40:13
2Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:20
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 4 - Cell 2
6Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:23
7Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team SkyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 9 - Cell 2
11Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 10 - Cell 2
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:28
14Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:00:32
15Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:35
17Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:39
18Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida0:00:40
19Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:44
21Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:00:46
22Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:01:00
23Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:01
24Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 23 - Cell 2
25José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 26 - Cell 2
28Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:01:09
29Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 28 - Cell 2
30Víctor de la Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:01:22
32Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:25
35Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:33
36Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:44
38José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:50
39Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 39 - Cell 2
41Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:00
45Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors0:02:10
46Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:18
47Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:25
48Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 47 - Cell 2
49Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:54
51Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-MeridaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:03:20
53Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 53 - Cell 2
55Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott0:03:31
56Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-ScottRow 55 - Cell 2
57Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:36
59Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:58
60Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac0:04:05
62Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 61 - Cell 2
63Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:04:14
65Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:00
66Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:05:12
67Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:56
68Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:05:58
70Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 69 - Cell 2
71Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 70 - Cell 2
72Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:06:28
73Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:06:35
75Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 74 - Cell 2
76Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 75 - Cell 2
77Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi0:06:37
79Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 78 - Cell 2
80Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 79 - Cell 2
81Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:06:41
82Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:06:47
83Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:49
84Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:06:58
85Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:07:05
86Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 85 - Cell 2
87Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 86 - Cell 2
88Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:07:20
89Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:07:31
90Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:07:41
91Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:08:05
93Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 92 - Cell 2
94Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:08:10
95Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 94 - Cell 2
96Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data0:08:52
97Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:08:57
98William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 97 - Cell 2
99Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 98 - Cell 2
100Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:09:37
101Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:22
102Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step FloorsRow 101 - Cell 2
103Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-MeridaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
105Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 104 - Cell 2
106Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:11:25
107Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:12:24
108Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-ScottRow 107 - Cell 2
109Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:13:41
110Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 110 - Cell 2
112Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 111 - Cell 2
113Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu DhabiRow 112 - Cell 2
114Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:14:48
115Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:15:19
116Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:16:06
117Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 116 - Cell 2
118Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 117 - Cell 2
119Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
120Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 119 - Cell 2
121Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 120 - Cell 2
122Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:18:26
123Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 122 - Cell 2
124Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 126 - Cell 2
128Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 128 - Cell 2
130Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 129 - Cell 2
131Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFJames Shaw (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 131 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1, Snapper Point - 63.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ5pts
2William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2,Snapper Point - 103.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal5pts
2Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors3Row 1 - Cell 3
3William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team15pts
2Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac6Row 9 - Cell 3
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KOM 1, Willunga Hill - 129.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal16pts
2Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ8Row 2 - Cell 3
4William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb2Row 5 - Cell 3
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KOM 2, Willunga Hill, 151.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team16pts
2Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia2Row 5 - Cell 3
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin3:40:41
2Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:00:04
3Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:07
4Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:00:18
5Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:33
6Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:41
9Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:05
10Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:16
12Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:52
13Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:04:44
14Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:06:00
15Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott0:06:37
16Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ0:07:37
17Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:13:13
18Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:14:51
21Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:15:38
22Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:17:58
23Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 23 - Cell 2
25Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UniSA Australia11:02:38
2Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:52
3Trek - Segafredo0:01:09
4Movistar Team0:01:15
5BMC Racing Team0:01:18
6Bahrain - Merida0:01:20
7Team Dimension Data0:01:48
8AG2R La Mondiale0:01:57
9Quick - Step Floors0:02:08
10Team Sky0:02:45
11Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team0:03:30
13Lotto Soudal0:04:28
14UAE Abu Dhabi0:04:51
15Orica - Scott0:05:23
16Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:06:06
17Astana Pro Team0:08:04
18Bora - Hansgrohe0:08:22
19Team Sunweb0:10:04
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General Classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team18:00:21
2Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott0:00:48
3Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:00:51
4Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:54
5Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi