Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1: Getting Through Unscathed16. January 2018, Lyndoch (AUS) — Road Team
Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under saw BMC Racing Team’s seven riders get through unscathed in the sprint finish in Lyndoch, where Patrick Bevin just missed out on a top ten finish.
The start of the 148.5km stage returned to Port Adelaide and after ten kilometers of racing, a three-rider breakaway had established an advantage of more than five minutes over the bunch.
The peloton sat up and allowed the trio to maintain their advantage and as the race crossed the finish line in Lyndoch for the first of three laps, it was just Will Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) and Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data) in front.
Defending champion Richie Porte was kept safe by his teammates as the sprinters’ team assumed control and picked up the pace while up ahead, Clarke launched a solo effort.
The peloton chipped away at Clarke’s advantage and eventually made the catch inside 10km to go, following which it was a fast and furious battle at the front of the race.
Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) took the stage win and first Ochre jersey of the race, in front of Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton Scott) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), while Bevin crossed the line first for BMC Racing Team in 11th place.
The peloton returns to familiar territory on stage 2 with 148.5km from Unley to Stirling on the cards.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It’s a dangerous finish and the guys were really good around me. Danilo Wyss was doing his usual job of getting me through. He’s such a good guy to follow and I trust him. Tom Bohli and Miles Scotson were in there as well. It’s one of those days that is just good to get out of the way and done with.”
“Tomorrow is one of the days that maybe Simon Gerrans hasn’t won here so hopefully he can stretch the legs. It’s another hard day and it’s hot so I think that will take its toll on everyone.”
“It wasn’t really my type of sprint it was more of a pick a spot and go type of sprint but it was a pretty good result. It’s tactical to have a guy up there on day one and have a better car position. When you need someone to do it you just get your elbows out and get amongst it. It’s nice to get the ball rolling for 2018 and we live to fight another day.”
Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 1 Port Adelaide > Lyndoch (148.6km)
Top 3: 1. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), 2. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton Scott), 3. Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 11. Patrick Bevin, 54. Danilo Wyss, 57. Tom Bohli
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