TDU: People Choice Classic

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Back to the road racing, from far. I was in bed when the People Choice Classic strated. It's a cold Sunday day in this side of the planet. By the other side, down under, it's warm, even hot. Caleb Ewan won. It was madly fast.
And in a few days the Tour Down Under and the Tour of San Luis will give the real start of the road season. Form men: the women are already racing both in Australia and in America, but I can't follow everything. 
Today for me it's still a cyclocross Sunday, be tollerant.

Embedded image permalinkCaleb Ewan:
“I felt really good coming into this race. I’ve had some good races leading up to this and I think I should be peaking pretty well this week. 
We said before the race that we would sit back in the bunch a little bit and because there are no really sharp corners it was really easy to sit in. We conserved a lot of energy early in the race and about mid-way through we started making our way up through the bunch and I think what we did worked perfectly. It’s always hard to go into a race as the favourite, and to be able to actually pull it off is another thing, so I’m really relieved that I won today and it gives me a whole lot of confidence going into the next races as well.”

Manuele Boaro:
“We're here with a great team and we want to perform on every occasion. We had Adam for the sprint and today was a good day to test the legs that's why I went up the road so it was a good test. For me coming to Australia is always a pleasure so I looked at coming in the best possible form and I broke away because cycling here is a spectacle and I wanted to give something back to the crowd for their great support.”

Giacomo Nizzolo:
"What can I say? We start again with a second place. But, no, actually the feeling is different this time. Ewan has been racing already for a few weeks, and for us it's the first race and looking at it that way I think we have started from a good point.I think in hindsight that my gear was too small. I tried to anticipate the sprint, thinking that maybe it was the right choice – and maybe it could be – but Ewan went up in just in the last meters. But like I said, this is a good start for us, and now we look forward."

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

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