Stage 6: McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill
Mat Hayman's view
If you've gone well up Paracombe, then you ought to be pretty confident about Willunga. On so many occasions, the race has come down to the seconds gained and lost here. We've managed to pull it off with Daryl Impey for the last couple of years, but Richie Porte has been the king of Willunga for a number of years. I've almost lost count, but he's not won the race too many times.
He's worked the climb out, though, and what he’s done there is phenomenal. Teammates on that stage are important on the first lap of the climb because there can be a bit of a cross-tailwind but then going into the final ascent you're fine with just one or two riders leading you into the foot of the climb. It's a really important day and this was actually my last pro race. The atmosphere on the climb really emulates the climbs in Europe and it was a great place to end my career.
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