The Secret Excitement Of Circular Stuff: Tour Down Under and Tour de San Luis Stage 1

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Caleb Ewan in Ocra
Irrepressible, unstoppable, mad: the road season kicks off and I feel great. Here the sun shines in a perfect blue sky and in spite of the cold I went reading in the park my big book by Derrida. There is a secret excitement in circular stuff: you know it will come, you miss it and wait for it, you enjoy the day when it comes and get gradually used, you finally feel slightly fed up and it ends, but still you know it's going to come again. And again, and again... 
I'm hanging out with this one :)
Yeah! it's a kind of mild addiction. So now I'm eager to watch a road race, no matter the quality of the broadcast nor the time. Last night I watched the Tour de San Luis stage 1 and it was honestly poor. I watched it anyway, all cheerful for the amateur direction and the patchy comment. I didn't watch the Tour Down Under because it was incompatible with my body clock. I used to change my time zone when Andy Schleck was involved and as a consequence to going around as a zombie. No more. I got my freedom.
Down under races are properly produced though so I know I'm missing something good. As far as the race itself, I missed another stunning victory by Caleb Ewan and the sparkling self introducion of the young Sean Lake, a name to sign down. In San Luis Etixx-QS won the inaugural - boring - TTT. It was hot. Maximiliano Richeze is leading the overall.

Caleb Ewan:
“I was feeling good and the team showed their faith in me by riding on the front all day. It’s a really big confidence boost and that’s exactly what I need going into the season. It’s a really proud moment for me, I’ve never led a WorldTour race before and to do it for the first time in my home country is a real honour for me.”

Sean Lake:
"Stoked to pick up the Kom jersey today in first world tour race, didn't make it look easy…"

Tour Down Under
Stage 1
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 3:24:13  
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
3 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale  
4 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida  
5 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff  
6 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo  
7 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
8 Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
9 José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Team Movistar  
10 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 3:24:13  
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Dimension Data 0:00:04  
3 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
4 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale 0:00:06  
5 Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:07  
6 Marko Kump (Slo) Lampre–Merida 0:00:10  
7 Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff  
8 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek–Segafredo  
9 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
10 Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
11 José Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Team Movistar  
12 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal  
13 Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
14 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL–Jumbo  
15 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale  
16 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
17 Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana  
18 Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx–Quick-Step  
19 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
20 Koen De Kort (Ned) Giant–Alpecin  
21 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team Katusha  
22 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
23 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
24 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
25 Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Esp) Team Movistar  
26 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
27 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica–GreenEdge  
28 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge  
29 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Giant–Alpecin  
30 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Rsa)  
31 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana  
32 Patrick Shaw (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
33 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre–Merida  
34 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale  
35 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre–Merida  
36 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
37 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana  
38 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
39 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek–Segafredo  
40 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek–Segafredo  
41 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto Soudal  
42 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana  
43 Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale  
44 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Dimension Data  
45 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
46 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling  
47 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana  
48 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana  
49 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
50 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx–Quick-Step  
51 Jascha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Movistar  
52 Carlos Verona (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step  
53 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
54 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff  
55 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ  
56 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff  
57 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky  
58 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff  
59 Ruben Fernandez Andujar (Esp) Team Movistar  
60 Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
61 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre–Merida  
62 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Team Movistar  
63 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
64 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
65 Murilo Fischer (Bra) FDJ  
66 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
67 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff  
68 Daryl Impey (Rsa) Orica–GreenEdge  
69 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
70 David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling  
71 Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Lampre–Merida  
72 Bram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo  
73 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
74 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff  
75 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
76 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
77 Nathan Earle (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
78 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
79 David De La Cruz (Esp) Etixx–Quick-Step  
80 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
81 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
82 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
83 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal  
84 Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale  
85 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL–Jumbo  
86 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo  
87 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Movistar  
88 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL–Jumbo  
89 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek–Segafredo  
90 Jesús Herrada (Esp) Team Movistar  
91 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo  
92 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana  
93 Georg Preidler (Aut) Giant–Alpecin  
94 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale  
95 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff  
96 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
97 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98 Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling  
99 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre–Merida  
100 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step  
101 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx–Quick-Step  
102 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
103 Gavin Mannion (USA) Drapac Pro Cycling  
104 Songezo Jim (Rsa) Team Dimension Data  
105 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team  
106 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
107 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
108 Patrick Lane (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
109 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale  
110 Carter Jones (USA) Giant–Alpecin  
111 Chris Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
112 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
113 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
114 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Team Katusha  
115 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
116 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek–Segafredo  
117 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
118 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
119 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek–Segafredo  
120 Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx–Quick-Step  
121 Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La Mondiale  
122 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre–Merida  
123 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
124 Jaco Venter (Rsa) Team Dimension Data  
125 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
126 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha  
127 Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Pro Cycling  
128 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek–Segafredo  
129 Bert De Backer (Bel) Giant–Alpecin 0:00:19  
130 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 0:00:22  
131 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:40  
132 Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant–Alpecin  
133 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Dimension Data 0:00:48  
134 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 0:01:01  
135 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:05  
136 Cheng Ji (Chn) Giant–Alpecin  
137 Marcel Aregger (Sui) IAM Cycling 0:02:46  
138 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 0:05:29  
139 Martijn Keizer (Ned) LottoNL–Jumbo  
140 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 0:08:06
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 15 pts
1 Sean Lake (Aus) UniSA-Australia 10 pts
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica–GreenEdge 3:24:03
1 Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 10:12:39
Tour de San Luis
1 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:23:53  
2 Movistar Team 0:00:08  
3 Astana 0:00:18  
4 Tinkoff Team 0:00:24  
5 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:00:54  
6 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:56  
7 Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:00:58  
8 Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec 0:00:59  
9 Cannondale  
10 Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:00  
11 Holowesko-Citadel 0:01:05  
12 Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:01:08  
13 SEP San Juan 0:01:13  
14 Costa Rica 0:01:15  
15 Lampre-Merida 0:01:16  
16 Strongman-Campagnolo 0:01:20  
17 Jamis 0:01:22  
18 San Luis Team 0:01:23  
19 Italy 0:01:25  
20 Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:01:30  
21 Uruguay 0:01:44  
22 Mexico 0:01:50  
23 Argentina 0:01:57  
24 Chile 0:02:00  
25 Brazil 0:02:20  
26 Los Matanceros 0:02:33  
27 Inteja - MMR 0:03:10  
1 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:23:53  
2 Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
3 Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
4 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
5 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:08  
7 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
8 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team  
9 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
10 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
11 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17  
12 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
14 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team  
15 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:22  
16 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team 0:00:23  
17 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
18 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team  
19 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
20 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
21 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:39  
22 Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:00:54  
23 Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
24 Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Col) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
25 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
26 Matthew Busche (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
27 Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:56  
28 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32 Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:00:58  
33 Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
34 Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
35 Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
36 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:59  
37 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
38 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39 Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
40 Andrew Talansky (USA) CannondalePro Cycling  
41 Phillip Gaimon (USA) CannondalePro Cycling  
42 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) CannondalePro Cycling  
43 Lawson Craddock (USA) CannondalePro Cycling  
44 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
45 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
46 Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:00  
47 Timothy Roe (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
48 Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
49 Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
50 Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko-Citadel 0:01:04  
51 John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko-Citadel  
52 Robbie Squire (USA) Holowesko-Citadel  
53 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel  
54 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:01:07  
55 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
56 Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
57 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
58 Travis Mccabe (USA) Holowesko-Citadel 0:01:08  
59 Gaston Emiliano Javier (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan 0:01:13  
60 Emiliano Ibarra (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
61 Ignacio Perez (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
62 Mauricio Muller (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
63 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
64 Josué González (CRc) Costa Rica 0:01:15  
65 Juan Carlos Rojas Villegas (CRc) Costa Rica  
66 Paul Betancourt (CRc) Costa Rica  
67 Pablo Mudarra (CRc) Costa Rica  
68 Roman Villalobos (CRc) Costa Rica  
69 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
70 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
71 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
72 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
73 Gonzalo Joaquin Najar (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan  
74 Oscar Eduardo Sanchez Guarin (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo 0:01:20  
75 Jaime Suaza Lopez (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo  
76 Stiven Calderon Porras (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo  
77 Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Strongman-Campagnolo  
78 Jonathan Millan (Col) Strongman-Campagnolo  
79 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda (Ecu) Strongman-Campagnolo  
80 Eric Marcotte (USA) Jamis 0:01:22  
81 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Jamis  
82 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Jamis  
83 Brayan Stiven Sanchez Vergara (Col) Jamis  
84 Kyle Murphy (USA) Jamis  
85 Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) San Luis Team 0:01:23  
86 Sergio Daniel Godoy (Arg) San Luis Team  
87 Alfredo Orlando Lucero (Arg) San Luis Team  
88 Enzo Moyano (Arg) San Luis Team  
89 Edoardo Affini (Ita) Italy 0:01:25  
90 Riccardo Minali (Ita) Italy  
91 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy  
92 Edward Ravasi (Ita) Italy  
93 Emmanuel Domingo Guevara Arguello (Arg) San Luis Team  
94 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:01:30  
95 Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
96 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
97 Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
98 Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:01:32  
99 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Italy 0:01:34  
100 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:01:38  
101 Roderick Asconegui (Uru) Uruguay 0:01:44  
102 Richard Mascaranas (Uru) Uruguay  
103 Ramiro Cabrera Gonzalez (Uru) Uruguay  
104 Jorge Bravo (Uru) Uruguay  
105 Anderson Maldonado (Uru) Uruguay  
106 Matias Pérez (Uru) Uruguay  
107 Andres Giuliano Mini (Arg) San Luis Team  
108 Juan Pablo Magallanes Aranda (Mex) Mexico 0:01:49  
109 Flavio De Luna (Mex) Mexico  
110 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Mexico  
111 Frayre Moctezuma Eder (Mex) Mexico  
112 Miguel Luis Álvarez (Mex) Mexico  
113 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
114 Cesar Rojas Villegas (CRc) Costa Rica 0:01:55  
115 Juan Ignacio Curuchet (Arg) Argentina 0:01:57  
116 Rubén Ramos (Arg) Argentina  
117 Nicolas Navaro (Arg) Argentina  
118 Alejandro Antonio Duran (Arg) Argentina  
119 German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Arg) Argentina  
120 Marco Arriagada (Chi) Chile 0:02:00  
121 Francisco Moreno Cornejo (Chi) Chile  
122 Elias Tello Bolvaran (Chi) Chile  
123 Luis Fernando Sepulveda (Chi) Chile  
124 Matias Arriagada (Chi) Chile  
125 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:13  
126 Felix Nodarse (Cub) Cuba 0:02:15  
127 Jan Carlos Arias Perez (Cub) Cuba  
128 José Mogica (Cub) Cuba  
129 Pedro Portuondo Torres (Cub) Cuba  
130 Endrigo Da Rosa Pereira (Bra) Brazil 0:02:20  
131 Andre Eduardo Gohr (Bra) Brazil  
132 Rodrigo Dos Santos Quirino (Bra) Brazil  
133 Antonio Fernando Prestes Garnero (Bra) Brazil  
134 Caio Godoy Ormenese (Bra) Brazil  
135 Lucas Motta (Bra) Brazil  
136 Julian Paulo Gaday Orozco (Arg) Los Matanceros 0:02:33  
137 Walter Gaston Trillini (Arg) Los Matanceros  
138 Sebastian Jose Tolosa (Arg) Los Matanceros  
139 Ariel Sivori (Arg) Los Matanceros  
140 Rene Corella (Mex) Mexico 0:02:38  
141 Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:02:45  
142 François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:59  
143 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis 0:03:03  
144 Nathan Brown (USA) CannondalePro Cycling 0:03:05  
145 Leandro Marcos Viqueiro (Cub) Cuba 0:03:09  
146 Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team 0:03:10  
147 Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
148 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
149 Israel Nuno Arguelles (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
150 Joel García (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
151 Juan Jose Cueto Montero (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team 0:03:13  
152 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:03:30  
153 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff team 0:03:45  
154 Davide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:03:47  
155 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel 0:04:09  
156 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:04:25  
157 Guido Emanuel Palma (Arg) Los Matanceros 0:04:52  
158 Lucas Gaday Orozco (Arg) Argentina 0:04:56  
159 Alex Howes (USA) CannondalePro Cycling 0:05:05  
160 Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:05:09  
161 Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Chile 0:05:16  
162 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:35  
163 Yasmany Viamonte (Cub) Cuba 0:06:17  
164 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Italy 0:06:30  
165 Emiliano Contreras (Arg) Sindicato de Empleados Publicos de San Juan 0:06:47  
166 Jason Lowndes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:07:03

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