Simon Gerrans Makes History With Third Tour Down Under

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Simon Gerrans became the first three-time winner of the Santos Tour Down Under, in front of a home crowd in Adelaide on Australia day. Gerrans went into the final stage with a lead of just one second over Cadel Evans (BMC) and finished with the same narrow margin. Gerrans finished on the same time as stage winner AndrĂ© Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) who bested Mark Renshaw (Belkin) and Andrew Fenn … [Read more...]

Porte Wins Stage, Gerrans Takes Tour Down Under Lead

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ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 25, 2014 (AFP) - Tasmanian Richie Porte won the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under following a brilliant solo attack up the second ascent of Willunga Hill in South Australia on Saturday. Porte (Team Sky) waited until halfway up the final climb to the finish line on top of the mountain before powering past race leader Cadel Evans and racing away to win by 10 … [Read more...]

Andre Greipel Takes Stage Win, Cadel Evans Retains Lead

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ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 24, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's Andre Greipel blitzed his rivals to win the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under Friday as Cadel Evans saw his overall lead slip to just seven seconds. Greipel had too much speed for the rest of the field on the final sprint into Victor Harbor to win by over two bike lengths. The stage win was Greipel's 15th at the season-opening … [Read more...]

Diego Ulissi Surprises Tour Down Under On Stage 2

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 22, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Diego Ulissi edged out Australian Simon Gerrans in a powerful final sprint to win the second stage of the Tour Down Under in southern Australia on Wednesday. Ulissi, 24, attacked from 100 metres out on a long, uphill finish and went clear of the chasing pack, finishing three bike lengths ahead of Gerrans and Australia's Cadel Evans. … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans Edges Out Greipel at Tour Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 21, 2014 (AFP) - Australia's Simon Gerrans timed his sprint finish to perfection edging out German Andre Greipel to win the first stage of the Tour Down Under in South Australia on Tuesday. Gerrans stayed on Greipel's wheel on the uphill homestretch into the South Australian town of Angaston, then pounced in the last few metres to beat the big German by half a … [Read more...]

Marcel Kittel Grabs Early Bragging Rights Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 19, 2014 (AFP) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel grabbed early bragging rights over Andre Greipel after the Tour Down Under warm-up criterion through the streets of Adelaide on Sunday. Kittel was perfectly placed on Greipel's wheel coming into the final straight before overhauling his fellow countryman to win by half a wheel. Greipel looked in the perfect … [Read more...]

Bushfire May Threaten Stage 1 Of Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Jan 18, 2014 (AFP) - Bushfires may force the cancellation of the first stage of the Tour Down Under cycling event, officials in South Australia said Saturday. After a street race in Adelaide on Sunday, the Tour begins on Tuesday with a 135 kilometre race from Nuriootpa to Angaston in the Barossa region -- an area currently under threat of fire. "From a race point of view, … [Read more...]

Thomas Voeckler Breaks Collar Bone, No Tour Down Under

Voeckler Winning Stage 10 SYDNEY, Jan 15, 2014 (AFP) - French star Thomas Voeckler broke his collar bone when he crashed into a car during training on Wednesday and is out of the Tour Down Under, race organizers said. The 34-year-old was taken to a sports clinic for X-rays immediately after the accident, which happened on a ride near the Adelaide beach suburb of Glenelg just hours … [Read more...]

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler To Debut In Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Dec 31, 2013 (AFP) - French star Thomas Voeckler will race the Tour Down Under for the first time when his Europcar team debuts in Australia's leading cycling event in January. Race director Mike Turtur said Voeckler's climbing abilities make him well suited to the 2014 route in and around Adelaide. "Having worn the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on two occcasions … [Read more...]

French Favorites Return to Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Nov 27, 2013 (AFP) - French outfit Ag2r La Mondiale Wednesday confirmed a return to the Tour Down Under with a strong team, led by explosive climber Maxime Bouet, aiming for stage wins. Ag2r is the only team to have competed every year since the race began, and they are bringing a seven-man roster led by Bouet for the January event, with compatriots Maxime Daniel and Sebastien … [Read more...]