First WorldTour race of the year winds up with the Adelaide circuit sprint. It was hectic, it was fast, there were some cheeky chances taken and I don’t think anyone predicted the final GC podium.
Stage 6: Adelaide to Adelaide, 90km
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) claimed victory by a bike throw after he hunted down Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Caleb Ewan in the final metres. Points jersey winner Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) rounded out the podium. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) finished safely to claim the overall on countback from BMC’s Richie Porte with Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) in 3rd at +16secs. Two neopros go home with jerseys: Egan Bernal (Sky) as best young rider and Dimension Datas’s Nickolas Dlamini the polkadots. Best team overall was Bahrain-Merida.
A tightly packed top 20 on GC and bonus seconds available on the sprints meant top 10 positions to play for. Trek-Segafredo’s Ruben Guerreiro and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) both took their chances and moved up to 9th and 8th respectively. Well played!
That’s a wrap from the first FINAL KM of 2018, look out for our Race Report later…
Full report at Cycling News
Header image: Andre Greipel on a bike throw © BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images