1.25.2015

Tour Down Under Finale


View this content on Cyclingnewsfeed's websiteCurtain down, the show is over. It has been a great finale in Adelaide but it changed nothing. The stage winner is a surprise. All the rest remains. For Richie Porte a bitter taste in the mouth, 2'' from the victory. For Rohan Dennis a sweet one, 2'' into the biggest result of his short career. For Cadel Evans probably a mixed feeling: 3rd on the last podium of his long career. 
Daryl Impey - and Green Edge - got - only - the points jersey. Jack Bobridge the mountain's one, but his TDU has been way more than that. Movistar won the best team classification and 5th in GC is a big result for its Rubén Fernandez.
A Sum Up will require more time and concentration... still I can say Trek Factory Racing has nothing to celebrate. Not even a top 20 in the final GC. Not a stage or a jersey. Eugenio Alafaci's 9th seems gold. Of course that's just the first race of the year...

Wouter Wippert:
"It was a really nervous race today. The team were all day on the front, but after a few laps I was tired and I went to the back. Then near the end of the race one of my teammates came back and brought me up.
It's fantastic to win here being part of an Australian team in Australia for a WorldTour race."

Rohan Dennis:
"It is an incredible feeling to win the Santos Tour Down Under. Doing it with Cadel during his last WorldTour race took a lot of pressure off me. But I was not comfortable at all in this last stage.
I had to make sure I kept within distance of Richie, especially after that little spill Dennis. It was all about following him and making sure there if there was a split, it was not too hard to jump across and making sure there were no splits in the finish.

Richie Porte:
“It was quite a stressful day but the boys were awesome again and kept me out of harm’s way. We were so far up that we didn’t even know about the crash which is good. On a stage like that you’ve got a lot to lose. I can’t thank the boys enough for what they did today. Second at the Tour Down Under is a good way to start the season.”

Cadel Evans:
"To go out on the podium – not quite at the top, top – I think puts me at No. 3 ranked in the world. To bow out of cycling at that level is probably a little bit more than I hoped. Most of all, I have been here as an optimal teammate and to pass on the baton to the next generation of riders and to bring Rohan here in the jersey and the lead."

RESULTS

STAGE

1 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:56:09  
2 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
3 Boris Vallée (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
4 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge  
6 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
7 Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
8 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
9 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Team Katusha  
10 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr
Final GC
1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 19:15:18  
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:02  
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:20  
4 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:22  
5 Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24  
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:31  
7 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:35  
8 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:52  
9 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:00:53  
10 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:57  
11 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-Merida 0:01:00  
12 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 0:02:00  
13 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
14 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:14  
15 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:28  
16 Jack Haig (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:02:31  
17 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:02:33  
18 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:41  
19 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:02:43  
20 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:46
POINTS
1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge 55 pts
2 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida 39  
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 37  BEST

MOUNTAIN

1 Jack Bobridge (Aus) UniSA-Australia 36 pts

2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 34  
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 22  

BEST YOUTH

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 19:15:18  

2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:22  
3 Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24

BEST TEAM

1 Movistar Team 57:48:48  

2 BMC Racing Team 0:01:21  
3 Lotto Soudal 0:04:24  

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