FINAL KM: Santos Tour Down Under Stage 5

Giacomo Nizzolo provided NTT Pro Cycling with their first victory after a feisty day of racing. The Italian sprinter was joined on the podium by fellow countryman Simoni Consonii (Cofidis) with Sam Bennett (Deceuninck Quickstep) in third. Daryl Impey finally gets to wear the ochre jersey thanks to some slick teamwork by Mitchelton-Scott in the battle for bonifications.

Stage 5: Glenelg to Victor Harbour 149.1km

Wow! Nizzolo! I put my hands up, I did not expect his name at the top of stage rankings, but what a wonderfully worked finish by NTT, and good to see him firing on all cylinders after his injury problems. The team brought him back after the fireworks on the KOM climb so close to the finish and then delivered him perfectly for his sprint.  A sparkling start for the team formerly known as Dimension Data who only scored seven victories last season – and had to wait until the Dauphine to take their only WorldTour win.

At the team presentation I picked this stage, I thought it could suit me well. Of course, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to contest the sprint because of the late climb and attacks I but had a great team around me today. l lost a few seconds on the climb but they waited for me and brought me back to the chase group, and once we were in the final kilometres, they protected me too.

LOVE this from Trek-Segafredo

Ochre dreams

Mitchelton-Scott worked for the early bonus seconds like clockwork, and yes Impey is back at the top of the leader board by two seconds.

The question is will that be enough with Willunga looming tomorrow? I’m pretty sure Richie Porte and Trek-Segafredo will have something to say on the last day. Place your bets now people, it’s going to be fireworks!

Fire Relief part 2

Earlier this week we brought you news of the fund raising by Mads Pedersen and Koen de Kort, today we bring you EF Pro Cycling’s Mitch Docker and Lachlan Morton incredible efforts. Legends indeed!!!

From the back

Never a dull moment in the peloton

Uncanny likeness

Podium and Jerseys

Lookie lookie, we have rainbows on the podium today 😀

Full race report from Cycling News 

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