We’ve had the cute joey snaps and now it’s time for the racing. The opening stage of the first WorldTour race of the year was one for the fast men. The temperatures soared but who would bring the sizzle to the Santos Tour Down Under?
Stage 1: Port Adelaide to Lyndoch, 145km
Andre Greipel and his Lotto Soudal team delivered a sprint masterclass to give the German his 17th Tour Down Under stage victory. He nabbed the wheel of Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) as he opened to the right before surging through the centre to claim the win. Peter Sagan (BORA hansgrohe) battled through to snatch 3rd from Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors). Greipel holds the ochre leader’s jersey by 4secs from Ewan.
We’re thrilled to see the Gorilla back to winning ways here at VeloVoices Towers.
Announcing our #YoungDude for the race
Last year we followed Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) and Lennard Hofstede (Sunweb) as they made their debuts. This year we’ve chosen Dimension-Data’s Nickolas Dlamini to cheer for on Aussie roads. The 22 year old South African made a superb start to his professional career – making the break of the day AND claiming podium time as leader in in the KOM competition. #Chapeau
Give Nikolas a follow on Twitter and lets cheer him on.
I just love it when a team goes the extra mile.
You know it’s hot when…
Quote of the Day…
Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) pinned his GC colours to the mast by hunting for bonus seconds. He also takes the quote-of-the-day prize.
Mr Porte may be lean and mean, but I’ve got a good feeling about Mr Haas. #MidgeTip
Full report at Cycling News.
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