Tour Down Under Stage 5 recap
The Queen stage of this year’s Tour Down Under lived up to its hype with a pulsating finale, throwing up surprises until the very end (with no help from channel nines coverage). Richie “the king of Willunga” Porte again showed the rest of the peloton why he is now undefeated here in 5 years!
It’s one thing to win here 5 times, but it’s another thing to do it with your rivals knowing exactly what you are going to do, and yet they are still left helplessly trying to respond to your attack. Porte attacked with roughly 1.5km and was climbing towards the summit like a homesick angel, with Jay McCarthy following initially but eventually blowing up and losing 24 seconds to Porte, in doing so ending his GC chances after such a promising week for the BORA - Hansgrohe squad.
With no one being able to follow Porte, he was left to fly solo to the line and take the victory by 8 seconds to Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Daryl Impey, who has been there or there about all week. 2nd yesterday, 2nd at Stirling and 2nd today was enough for the South African to take the leaders jersey into tomorrow’s final stage. 2013 Tour Down Under winner Tom- Jelte Slagter rolled back the clock to finish third on the stage.
Porte may get all the accolades for his barn storming finish but surely all the light should be shed on the new Ochre Jersey wearer Daryl Impey, who said post-stage “I’ve put in a lot of work for this race, but never thought I’d be in the leader’s jersey.” Impey is a rider who puts his teammates first and when given the opportunity as a leader, he takes it with both hands. He has had big results in the past with stage wins in World Tour stage races and has worn the yellow jersey in the Tour De France in 2013, but if he can pull off the overall victory tomorrow around the streets of Adelaide, it will be his biggest victory of his career.
Impey heads into tomorrow’s stage equal on time with Porte, but going off the Tasmanians sprinting history, he won’t be featuring in the intermediates, unless BMC somehow manages to blow the field to bits. Mitchelton-SCOTT with the leader himself, Impey or Caleb Ewan will be on the hunt for the time bonuses, or perhaps a better tactic for the Australian register squad is to let the breakaway chew up the time bonuses and for Impey to not lose any time at the finish.
A fairytale in the making for a man who gives so much for his team and not for a second will he be letting this chance slip. He may still help Ewan win the stage but the primary goal will be the overall victory.
Ewan for the stage and Impey for the overall!
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