Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) stormed away on the final climb to take victory by five seconds from Team Sunweb’s Robert Power and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). The addition of a ten second win bonus gives the Tasmanian a six second lead over defending champion Daryl Impey with two stages to come.
A tricky stage with a testing finish tempted out those with a penchant for an uphill sprint. The stage and race lead went to Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan who closed down and passed defending champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the run to the line. Nathan Haas (Cofidis) held for third. Unfortunately, a crash inside the last 3km left some race hopefuls with more than a bruise or two.
The racing has started Down Under, we have full-fan Bernie tweets, we look at no booze rules, we answer the question ‘Who’s Afraid of MvdP?’, we have some racers talkin’ big and bad about the Tour already, and much much more.