TDU 6 and Final: Happy People!

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Happy ORICA GreenEdge! They won almost everything: Caleb Ewan the last stage, Simon Gerrans the Ocra Jersey and the Points' Jersey.
Happy Team Sky: the Mountain Jersey stays with Sergio Henao, who's also 3rd on the final GC. Happy Tinkoff: Jay McCarthy brings home the White Jersey. Happy Cannondale, crowned Best Team. And happy BMC, with Willunga win and the 2nd overall of Richie Porte.
Happy Trek-Segafredo? Giacomo Nizzolo was a  regular on the podium but always missed the top spot...

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Simon Gerrans:
“This one feels just as good as the first one did. I had to keep my wits about me, I was fully concentrated there for the full 90 km but it certainly feels good now that it’s over and done with and I’ve secured the win. It’s a race of such a high caliber these days and it feels like the level of racing increases every year. This fourth one, even though I think it was my largest winning margin, it was still less than ten seconds so it’s a closely fought race. 
Everyone really had to step up to the plate this week with two objectives in the race. Often you see teams that want too much and come away with nothing so it was a bit of a risk but everyone did exactly what was asked of them, and then some. We saw some fantastic riding by Heppy (Hepburn) and Durbo (Durbridge) on the front, Albasini as well. Mat Hayman was protecting us really well in the bunch and Daryl Impey was doing some sensational lead outs both on the hillier stages and on the flat stages. Everybody really lifted their game this week and it’s really nice to be able pay the guys work back with such a successful week.”

Caleb Ewan:
“We got a little bit swamped coming in to get the bell for the last lap. Then coming back down the hill past the finish line on the way back I had to dive bomb into the last corner but I got up to the place I wanted to be and once I was there I was fine. A few of my teammates came back up to help me and they did a great job to put me on the wheels I needed to be on and from then on I was feeling alright. Obviously it gives me a lot of confidence going into the season. There’s not the best four or five sprinters in the world here but I felt like I was winning pretty convincingly. I’m another year stronger and I think I can get closer to those best guys now as well.”

Richie Porte:

"I didn't really expect to be second, that's the honest truth. I lost eight seconds in a bit of a silly move on the stage into Victor Harbor but it didn't really matter in the end. I don't think Simon was beatable, he was incredible here. To come here and be second, and second in the time trial at nationals, I can say that it's been quite a good summer. 

I actually felt better up there this year than I did in past years. I was really happy with how I went. Sergio (Henao) is a fantastic climber and I think Team Sky brought him here to win the race. So to ride him off my wheel like that is a great sign. 

The real racing starts in March with Paris-Nice and Volta Ciclista a Catalunya for me so it's nice to not have done that much training and still come away with a really good result."
Rohan Dennis:
"We've got a great team here. Floris Gerts was a big stand out being in his first WorldTour race. He read the race well, he knew where to be, he knew what he had to do. So that's great to have someone at such a young age and so inexperienced to be able to read the race and not have to be directed. It didn't end the way I wanted it to. Obviously I planned to try and win this race again, going back to back, but having Richie come out and win in Willunga yesterday was a great result for the team."

Alessandro De Marchi:
"It was a good week. I think we did almost everything that we planned and the team has done a good job to have walked away with Richie's win on Willunga Hill. Yesterday's win on Willunga was fantastic not only for the team, but also for me. I helped Richie and Rohan a lot on the climb and I think it is a good example of what we can do this season."

Sergio Henao:
"It's been a good week for me and a good week for the team. It's a very important race and I'm very happy to get a podium. I felt strong yesterday on Willunga but Richie was even stronger. All you can do when someone beats you like that is to congratulate them. It's my first time at the Tour Down Under and I've really enjoyed the race. I hope to be able to come back here next year and win."

Giacomo Nizzolo:
"Boy made a perfect lead-out at the end. I just waited too long in the sprint, and I used the wrong gear for the uphill finish. There's nothing more to say."

Jay McCarthy:
"Obviously, I'm very pleased with the outcome at Tour Down Under. the guys were awesome all week. I finished just off the podium in the overall classification but I can be satisfied with my performance and I have to thank the team for this opportunity and the support they gave me."


1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 1:55:02
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo
4 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff
5 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha
6 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
7 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida
8 Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-Step
9 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling
10 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 19:11:33
2 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
3 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:00:11
4 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff 0:00:20
5 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale
6 Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Team Movistar 0:00:28
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto Soudal 0:00:36
9 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ 0:00:49
10 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale 0:00:50
11 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre–Merida 0:00:52
12 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Dimension Data 0:00:56
13 Jesús Herrada (Esp) Team Movistar 0:00:58
14 Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia
15 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana 0:01:02
16 Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–Merida 0:01:04
17 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:11
18 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
19 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL–Jumbo 0:01:15
20 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale 0:01:18
21 David De La Cruz (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step
22 Carlos Verona (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step 0:01:19
23 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:22
24 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:01:27
25 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant–Alpecin
26 José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Team Movistar
27 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx–Quick-Step
28 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:01:35
29 Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant–Alpecin 0:01:38
30 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:01:44
31 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step 0:01:46
32 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana 0:01:54
33 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek–Segafredo 0:01:59
34 Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:02:10
35 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek–Segafredo 0:02:13
36 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 0:02:22
37 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Team Katusha 0:03:00
38 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
39 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:03:06
40 Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Movistar 0:03:15
41 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Dimension Data 0:03:20
42 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:50
43 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:03:51
44 Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEdge 0:04:04
45 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx–Quick-Step 0:04:54
46 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL–Jumbo 0:05:32
47 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:05:46
48 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana 0:05:57
49 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha 0:06:15
50 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:06:23
51 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 0:07:32
52 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal 0:09:04
53 Carter Jones (USA) Giant–Alpecin 0:09:33
54 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre–Merida 0:10:00
55 Patrick Lane (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:10:05
56 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:11:00
57 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Team Movistar 0:11:35
58 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 0:11:54
59 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre–Merida 0:11:58
60 Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:12:17
61 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 0:12:24
62 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff 0:12:25
63 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:12:30
64 Jaco Venter (Rsa) Team Dimension Data 0:12:48
65 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) 0:12:51
66 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:13:12
67 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek–Segafredo 0:13:39
68 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 0:13:54
69 David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:15:35
70 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ 0:16:04
71 Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:17:01
72 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team 0:17:33
73 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre–Merida 0:17:43
74 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale 0:18:15
75 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana 0:18:32
76 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica–GreenEdge 0:18:46
77 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Movistar 0:19:11
78 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre–Merida 0:19:31
79 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:19:47
80 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek–Segafredo 0:21:15
81 Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:21:21
82 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 0:21:24
83 Songezo Jim (Rsa) Team Dimension Data 0:21:33
84 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 0:21:56
85 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana 0:22:04
86 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff 0:22:16
87 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff 0:22:30
88 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 0:23:01
89 Patrick Shaw (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:23:14
90 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale 0:23:20
91 Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant–Alpecin 0:23:36
92 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 0:23:40
93 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:24:18
94 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:24:53
95 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team 0:25:09
96 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:25:33
97 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek–Segafredo 0:25:44
98 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:25:58
99 Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Team Movistar 0:26:16
100 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana 0:26:20
101 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo 0:26:41
102 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal 0:26:49
103 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff 0:26:53
104 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo 0:27:35
105 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale 0:28:33
106 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step 0:31:11
107 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:31:36
108 Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:32:24
109 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale 0:32:44
110 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling 0:33:37
111 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo 0:33:38
112 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ 0:34:21
113 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling 0:34:24
114 Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo 0:34:47
115 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling 0:35:35
116 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff 0:36:34
117 Murilo Fischer (Bra) FDJ 0:36:50
118 Koen De Kort (Ned) Giant–Alpecin 0:36:56
119 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data 0:37:24
120 Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-Step 0:37:44
121 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:37:56
122 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek–Segafredo 0:38:45
123 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff 0:39:05
124 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 0:39:24
125 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:40:41
126 Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant–Alpecin 0:40:45
127 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 0:44:06
128 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale 0:44:12
129 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling 0:44:36
130 Cheng Ji (Chn) Giant–Alpecin 0:48:16
131 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Dimension Data 0:49:11
132 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida 0:50:12
133 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:52:11
Points classification
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 51 pts
2 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff 46
3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 38
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo 36
5 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 33
Mountains classification
1 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 38 pts
2 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 28
3 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale 20
4 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa) 16
5 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana 12
6 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff 10
7 Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-Australia 10
8 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 9
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 8
10 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Team Movistar 8
Youn Rider Classification
1 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff 19:11:53
2 Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Team Movistar 0:00:08
3 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale 0:00:30
4 Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:38
5 Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–Merida 0:00:44
1 Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 9:37:15
2 Movistar Team 0:00:09
3 Etixx - Quick Step 0:01:12
4 Team Katusha 0:01:32
5 Lotto Soudal 0:01:49
6 Astana Pro Team 0:02:52
7 Lampre - Merida 0:03:02
8 UniSA Australia 0:03:40
9 AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:23
10 Drapac Professional Cycling 0:04:28
11 Team Sky 0:06:11
12 Trek - Segafredo 0:06:38
13 FDJ 0:07:36
14 Dimension Data 0:08:52
15 Team Giant - Alpecin 0:09:36
16 Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo 0:10:26
17 Orica GreenEdge 0:10:32
18 BMC Racing Team 0:12:50
19 IAM Cycling 0:21:49
20 Tinkoff 0:22:47

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