Tour Down Under: Nizzolo wins stage 5 sprint in Victor Harbor

Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) took out the bunch sprint victory during stage 5 of the Tour Down Under on Saturday, but it was Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) who grabbed the top prize of the ochre leader's jersey after the 2019 champion finished second and first at the day's two intermediate sprints and collected enough time  bonuses to jump ahead of overnight race leader Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) by two seconds.

Nizzolo scored the first win for his newly branded NTT team by relying on his teammates to both bring him back after a late climb and then drop him off in the perfect position in Victor Harbor to charge up the right-hand side of the road and easily hold of all challengers.

Nizzolo's fellow Italian, Simone Consonni (Cofidis), was second, followed by stage 1 winner Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Bennett's lead-out man Michael Mørkøv. Sprint classification leader Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) was fifth.

"I can't thank my teammates enough. They did a great, great job," Nizzolo said in Victor Harbor. "That was the plan, that if I was a bit off they would come back and wait for me on the climb. They did it perfectly, and then they did a perfect lead-out as well. I was in the perfect place, and then I just put everything I had through the pedals. It worked in the end, so I'm so happy."

Impey now leads Porte in the general classification by two seconds, with Rob Power (Team Sunweb) in third at nine seconds. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is fourth at 13 seconds, and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) remains in fifth place at 16 seconds back.

How it unfolded

The 149.km fifth stage from Glenelg to Victor Harbor is similar to other routes that have been used at the Tour Down Under, with a final climb 20km from the finish making it a difficult-but-doable duty for the sprinters.

With the important time bonuses once again in play early, Impey's team drilled back anyone who tried to go up the road save for one lone Frenchman, Axel Domont of AG2R La Mondiale, who Mitchelton-Scott pulled back with plenty of time for the teams to line up for the first sprint at 33.9km.

Mads Pedersen played the perfect teammate for Porte and took the top bonus there, pushing Impey into second and a two-second bonus. But that was good enough for the Mitchelton rider to pull within one second of Porte.

Mitchelton-Scott then went to work again keeping things welded together to give Impey another shot at the second intermediate sprint, which came at 56km in the town of Meadows. This time the versatile South African beat sprint classification leader Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) into second to take the three-second bonus and move two seconds ahead of Porte, whose teammate Pedersen got third.

From there the only plumb to be picked on the stage, aside from the finish, was the single KOM on Kerby Hill up Crow's Nest Road in Port Elliot. The 2.9km category 2 climb averaged a 5.9% gradient, and Mitchelton-Scott also had plans for that section.

Before the race could get there, however, a breakaway of four riders formed that included Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Josef Cerny (CCC Team), Ian Stannard (Team Ineos) and Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Cerny started the day 1:59 off the overall lead and was quickly virtual leader on the road as the quartet's advantage went up to over two minutes. That was about as much as the peloton was willing to give the escapees, however, and their advantage languished there for some time. As the KOM approached, the gap started to come down precipitously.

Indeed, with teams fighting for position ahead the climb, the accelerations brought the leaders back at the bottom of the climb and the general classification fireworks started to ignite from there. 

Astana came forward, and, along with MItchelton-Scott, set a pace that started to dismantle the field. Mitchelton had hoped to shed the fastmen so that Impey could have a chance at the stage win and collect another 10-second bonus, giving him a larger cushion over Porte before Sunday's final stage and its Willunga Hill summit finish. Mitchelton-Scott's plan almost worked.

As the field began to splinter and sprinters began to shed out the back at the hands of Mitchelton's pace, a select group of GC riders started to form at the front. Impey, Porte, Power, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) and Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) were all there.

With Porte sitting on, Impey and several riders pressed the pace and tried to prevent the sprinters from coming back in the chase group that had quickly formed when the chaos of the climb subsided.

The sprinters, with massive efforts from their teammates, made contact with the leaders with around six kilometres to go, and after a momentary lull in which Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) attacked, the lead-out trains started to assemble for the final rush to the line.

Results

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Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 3:32:45
2Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis Solutions Credits
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-QuickStep
4Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
5Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
6André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
7Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) EF Pro Cycling
8Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
9Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Pro Team
10Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
11Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
12Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro Cycling
13Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos
14Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
15Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
16Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain McLaren
17Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
18Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
19Jarrad Drizners (Aus) UniSA-Australia
20Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
21Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
22Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Ineos
23Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team
24Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb
25Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team
26Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling
27Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
28Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
29Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team
30Danilo Wyss (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling
31Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos
32Luis Mas (Spa) Movistar Team
33Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis Solutions Credits
34Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
35Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
36Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
37George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
38Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren
39Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
40Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
41Stefan De Bod (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
42Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren
43Chris Harper (Aus) Team Jumbo-Visma
44Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
45Lawrence Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
46Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
47Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
48Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb
49Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
50James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
51Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
52Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
53Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
54Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
55Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
56Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling 0:00:18
57Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:00:21
58João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:05
59Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:14
60Juri Hollmann (Ger) Movistar Team 0:02:02
61Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
62Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
63Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
64Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation
65Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
66Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team
67Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
68Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team
69Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Movistar Team
70Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
71Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
72Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
73Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
74Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
75Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
76Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
77Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
78Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
79Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling
80Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
81Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team
82Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos 0:03:16
83Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb
84Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:03:33
85Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis Solutions Credits
86Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis Solutions Credits
87Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team
88Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb
89Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Lotto Soudal
90Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
91Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren
92Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits
93Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team
94Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
95Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
96Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
97Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
98Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
99Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
100Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
101Tom Scully (NZl) EF Pro Cycling
102Shane Archbold (NZl) Deceuninck-QuickStep
103Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
104Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team 0:06:38
105Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Ineos
106Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Ineos
107Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Movistar Team
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
109Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
110Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
111Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb
112Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe
113Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
114Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
115Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team
116Taco Van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:09:49
117Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Pro Cycling
118Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
119Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
120Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
121Nicholas White (Aus) UniSA-Australia
122Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-Australia
123Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
124Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
125Cameron Scott (Aus) UniSA-Australia
126Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia
127Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:12:50
128Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
129Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
130Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
131Marco Mathis (Ger) Cofidis Solutions Credits
132Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
133Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
DNSSzymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team
DNSLaurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
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Sprint 1 - 33.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 5
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 3
3Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb 2
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Sprint 2 - 56km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 5
2Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates 3
3Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo 2
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Finish - 149.1km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 15
2Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis Solutions Credits 14
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-QuickStep 13
4Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 12
5Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates 11
6André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 10
7Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) EF Pro Cycling 9
8Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 8
9Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Pro Team 7
10Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 6
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Mountain 1 - Kerby Hill - 129.1km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 10
2Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 6
3Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 4
4Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos 2
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Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates 3:32:45
2Jarrad Drizners (Aus) UniSA-Australia
3Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos
4Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren
5Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb
6Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:00:21
7João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:05
8Juri Hollmann (Ger) Movistar Team 0:02:02
9Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
10Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
11Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling
12Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
13Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:03:16
14Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:03:33
15Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team Sunweb 0:06:38
16Nicholas White (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:09:49
17Ide Schelling (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
18Cameron Scott (Aus) UniSA-Australia
19Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia
DNSSzymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Deceuninck-QuickStep 10:38:15
2NTT Pro Cycling Team
3UAE Team Emirates
4EF Pro Cycling
5Astana Pro Team
6Team Ineos
7Bahrain Mclaren
8Mitchelton-Scott
9Israel Start-Up Nation
10AG2R La Mondiale
11Team Sunweb
12Lotto Soudal 0:02:02
13Trek-Segafredo
14CCC Team
15Jumbo-Visma
16Cofidis 0:03:33
17Movistar Team 0:04:04
18Groupama-FDJ
19Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:06
20UniSA-Australia 0:19:38

General classification

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General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 17:12:15
2Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:02
3Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:09
4Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:13
5George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:16
6Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:17
7Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team
8Rohan Dennis (Aus) Team Ineos
9Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos
10Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:25
11Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:27
12Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
13Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain McLaren
14Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
15Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:00:30
16Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:35
17Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos
18Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren
19Chris Harper (Aus) Team Jumbo-Visma
20Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb
21Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
22Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:39
23Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team
24Jarrad Drizners (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:43
25Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:46
26Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana Pro Team
27Luis Mas (Spa) Movistar Team
28Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain McLaren
29Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
30Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb
32Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team 0:00:58
33James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
34Danilo Wyss (Swi) NTT Pro Cycling 0:01:10
35André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:01:22
36Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:39
37Lawrence Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:01
38Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:02:11
39Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
40Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:18
41Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:29
42Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain McLaren 0:02:31
43Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
44Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:34
45Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro Cycling 0:02:42
46Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal 0:02:48
47Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:50
48Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team 0:03:04
49Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
50Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:08
51Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team 0:03:35
52Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:03:59
53Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:04:33
54Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:35
55Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:41
56Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:42
57Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) EF Pro Cycling 0:04:45
58Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:52
59Juri Hollmann (Ger) Movistar Team 0:04:55
60Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:05:11
61Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
62Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:05:18
63Stefan De Bod (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling 0:05:25
64Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:05:48
65Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:06:21
66Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling
67Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:06:47
68Simone Consonni (Ita) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:06:55
69Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:07
70Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:07:32
71Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team 0:07:55
72Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren 0:08:22
73Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:08:35
74Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Team 0:08:39
75Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:08:40
76Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
77Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team 0:09:03
78Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:09:16
79João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:09:41
80Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:10:14
81Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:15
82Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:10:19
83Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling 0:10:26
84Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Movistar Team 0:10:49
85Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 0:10:59
86Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:11:01
87Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:11:53
88Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Pro Cycling 0:11:59
89Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:12:02
90Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:12:19
91Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:21
92Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos 0:13:01
93Shane Archbold (NZl) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:13:12
94Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:13:49
95Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:13:50
96Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 0:14:48
97Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:14:52
98Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:15:21
99Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team 0:15:37
100Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:15:47
101Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:16:14