Tour Down Under: Porte wins on Willunga as Impey takes lead

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) won the Willunga Hill stage of the Tour Down Under for the fifth year in succession but narrowly missed out on the leader's jersey after a late fightback from Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott).

Porte distanced his rivals with two searing attacks and secured the stage win but Impey paced himself up the final climb, coming past a number of challengers – to take second on the stage. He finished eight seconds back and did enough to take the leader's jersey on countback from Porte. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) finished third on the stage and now sits third overall with one stage remaining. Overnight leader, Peter Sagan, cracked on the lower slopes of the climb and dropped down the GC.

""I tell you what that was the hardest one to win so far," Porte said.

The stage came alive just before the climb when EF-Education First accelerated in the crosswinds just before the final climb. The move split the peloton and BMC Racing briefly looked in disarray with Porte scrambling at the back of the reduced peloton as his team failed to manage the situation at first. They regained control before the road kicked up and Rohan Dennis was put to work on the lower slopes of Willunga as the riders faced a stiff headwind.

Dennis' work strung the lead group out and stopped any genuine attacks. The wearing down process looked to have worked when Porte attacked for the first time with 1.8km to go.

By that time Sagan was long gone but Bora-Hansgrohe's Jay McCarthy was able to follow Porte's initial move. If the Bora rider could hold Porte until the top he could have taken the leader's jersey but the Porte’s second acceleration - just as Team Sky's Egan Bernal was coming back - was too much and last year's champion rose out of the saddle for the rest of the climb.

Behind Porte, a number of attacks were made with Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) among those to make moves. However, it was Impey who raced the most intelligent race. First, he chased down the fading McCarthy before setting his sights on the riders still in front of him. As Porte lifted his arms in victory it was Impey who came around the final corner next, with the South African taking vital seconds on the line from Slagter. Finishing second put Impey into the leader's jersey on countback and he will be expected to seal the overall win tomorrow with the stage set to end in another sprint stage.

Impey came into the event as a relative darkhorse with Mitchelton proclaiming that they were coming into the race chasing stage wins with Caleb Ewan. Throughout the Australian season they have played their chances down and heaped the pressure on BMC while racing better and smarter. On Willunga their plan came together perfectly, and although the margin of Impey's lead is based on countback, he is just one stage away from become the first South African to win the race.

“I’ve gone pretty well up Willunga before, maybe not this well, but also I have come here as a bit of a protected rider this year so I think it pays dividends at the end of a race like this. That being said it is always a question mark so when you surprise yourself like today it is special.”

“When Richie attacked I just used everyone there and I knew the guys where still racing for the podium so I just rode my own race. I always knew in the back of my mind I had to do a big sprint to the top and I didn’t actually know where Richie was at the finish, so when I saw the time I knew maybe I could be in the jersey.”

How it unfolded

The early stages of the race were made when a seven-man group formed just after the flag dropped. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) - who was in the break on the same stage last year - was joined by mountains jersey leader, Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data), Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia), Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin), Zakkari Dempster (UniSA-Australia), Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek-Segafredo) and Nuno Bico (Movistar Team).

The Movistar rider had an early crash but battled back to the rest of the group as Bora set about controlling affairs for the first hour. The break of seven established a lead of almost five minutes before BMC Racing injected some pace into proceedings, with a number of teams eventually lending their support as the first ascent of Willunga Hill came into view. Bahrain Merida, LottoNL Jumbo and UAE all looked impressive at that point as Mitchelton sat back and protected Impey.

The climb split the break with De Gendt and Dlamini soon the only two riders at the front of the bunch. The Lotto Soudal rider kicked on over the top and briefly held a minute's advantage over the chasing pack.

He was eventually caught inside the final 10 kilometers as EF Education put the hammer down. That action almost cost Porte any chance of defending his title as he was forced into the gutter, and it certainly cost him some energy. Porte was certainly the strongest climb on Willunga but as the line approached he didn't appear to be turning the pedals with the same cadence as twelve months ago - understandable given the strong headwind. His two attacks were vicious enough to win the stage but not finish Impey.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team3:42:22
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:08
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:00:10
4Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 4 - Cell 2
6Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 6 - Cell 2
8Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:14
9Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 9 - Cell 2
11Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 13 - Cell 2
15Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 14 - Cell 2
16George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mickael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:19
18Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 20 - Cell 2
22Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:24
24Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:35
25Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 24 - Cell 2
26Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:44
27Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:47
28Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:51
29Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:02
30Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:01:12
31Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:16
32Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 31 - Cell 2
33Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 32 - Cell 2
34Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:18
35Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:24
39Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:45
40Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:01:47
41Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 40 - Cell 2
42Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:01:56
43Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:01
44Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:02:06
45Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:02:08
46Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:02:28
48Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:02:33
49Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 48 - Cell 2
50Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:02:45
51Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:55
52Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:03:24
53Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 52 - Cell 2
54Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:42
55Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data0:03:55
56Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:04:04
57Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 56 - Cell 2
58Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:04:26
59Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:04:39
60Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:41
61Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 61 - Cell 2
63Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 63 - Cell 2
65Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 64 - Cell 2
66Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
67William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:04:56
68Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 67 - Cell 2
69Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:18
70Timothy Roe (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:05:53
71Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:06:15
72Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 71 - Cell 2
73Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:06:42
74Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:07:28
76Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 75 - Cell 2
77Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:07:29
78Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:08:08
79Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 80 - Cell 2
82Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:26
83Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky0:08:45
84Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 83 - Cell 2
85Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:09:46
86Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 85 - Cell 2
87Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:56
89Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:10:52
90Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 89 - Cell 2
91Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:47
93Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJRow 94 - Cell 2
96Chris Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 96 - Cell 2
98Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 97 - Cell 2
99Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-MeridaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Alex Porter (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 103 - Cell 2
105Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 105 - Cell 2
107Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 107 - Cell 2
109Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 108 - Cell 2
110Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:12:44
111Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 110 - Cell 2
112Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 111 - Cell 2
113Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 113 - Cell 2
115Zakkari Dempster (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 116 - Cell 2
118Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 117 - Cell 2
119Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 118 - Cell 2
120Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 119 - Cell 2
121Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 120 - Cell 2
122Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:13:00
124Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:13:13
125Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 124 - Cell 2
DNSAnthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 125 - Cell 2
DNSJack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 126 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Snapper Point, km. 63.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo5pts
2Zakkari Dempster (Aus) UniSA-Australia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Snapper Point, km. 103.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal5pts
2Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish line
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team15pts
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Sky11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo6Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - (Cat 1) Willunga Hill, km. 129.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal16pts
2Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida2Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - (Cat 1) Willunga Hill, km. 151.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team16pts
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Sky4Row 4 - Cell 3
6Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida2Row 5 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Sky3:42:32
2Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:00:04
3Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 4 - Cell 2
6Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:09
8Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 7 - Cell 2
9Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:25
10Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:06
11Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:08
12Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:31
14Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:07:19
15Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:07:58
16Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:16
18Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:09:36
19Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:37
20Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Chris Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 20 - Cell 2
22Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Alex Porter (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 25 - Cell 2
27Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:12:34
29Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 30 - Cell 2
32Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:12:50
35Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:13:03
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Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bahrain - Merida11:07:44
2Team Dimension Data0:00:26
3Quick - Step Floors0:01:04
4Team Sunweb0:01:06
5AG2R La Mondiale0:01:40
6Movistar Team0:02:22
7Trek - Segafredo0:02:41
8Team Katusha Alpecin0:02:46
9BMC Racing Team0:03:08
10UAE Team Emirates0:03:29
11Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:03:32
12Mitchelton - Scott0:05:02
13Astana Pro Team0:05:09
14EF Education First - Drapac0:05:24
15Team Sky0:05:31
16Bora - Hansgrohe0:05:43
17UniSA Australia0:08:19
18Lotto Soudal0:09:03
19FDJ0:17:06
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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott18:02:15
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data00:00:16
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:20
5Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 4 - Cell 2
6Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:24
9George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 13 - Cell 2
15Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 14 - Cell 2
16Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:25
18Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:29
19Mickael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 19 - Cell 2
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