Surprises in the new style Schelderprijs, time trial dominance at the Healthy Ageing Tour and a scrappy-do of a sprint finish at Itzulia.
It looked odds on for another Mitchelton-Scott sprint victory on a scorcher of day in Adelaide – right up until it wasn’t.
Often a bridesmaid in this event, Richie Porte (BMC) laid to rest demons in finally winning the Santos Tour Down Under. He took emphatic victories with stunning solo attacks on both summit stages, including his fourth consecutive victory atop Willunga Hill, to end the race 48secs and 51secs ahead of Esteban Chaves and Jay McCarthy respectively. In July, will we look back on this triumph as the first step towards Porte’s successful assault on the Tour? Continue reading