Santos Tour Down Under stage 1: race report19. January 2016, Adelaide, (AUS) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team faced hot and dry conditions in the first stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, which was won by Caleb Ewan (ORICA GreenEDGE) in a bunch sprint.
Floris Gerts was the best-placed BMC Racing Team rider who finished the 130.8 kilometre stage from Prospect to Lyndoch in 58th place.
For Gerts, today’s stage was his first UCI WorldTour race with BMC Racing Team.
“I’m really happy with how today’s stage went. To be honest the heat wasn’t so bad, I felt good and the legs felt good too. It was really different racing with the team in this sort of race. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s stage and the rest of the racing this week.”
Despite the conditions, defending champion Rohan Dennis said he felt good in today’s opening stage.
“Today was a little bit stressful. Before we got to Williamstown it seemed like there was going to be a lot of cross winds. The first lap was a little bit nervous. It died down a bit and everybody became a little more relaxed. In the end it was a sprint. I felt good and I stayed out of trouble and just made sure I didn’t lose time.”
Dennis is predicting another sprint finish for tomorrow’s 132 kilometre stage from Unley to Stirling.
“I think there will be 50-60 guys in the finish after five laps. We’re just going to try and make sure we don’t lose time but there’s always splits in the last kilometre.”
Santos Tour Down Under stage 1
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