The Tour Take | Tour Down Under Stage 3
1st – Peter Sagan (Bora- hansgrohe)
2nd – Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team)
3rd – Daryl Impey ( Mitchelton-Scott)
Stage 3 had over 3300 metres of climbing on the agenda. The profile looked like shark teeth with hardly a bit of flat road in the 146.2 kilometre stage. Setting off from Lobethal, the riders headed to Uraidla to complete six local laps. It was here in the final few laps where the race got grippy. A quick, downhill sprint would conclude the stage.
A little more purpose was shown by the breakaway today. Seven riders got clear early including Elia Viviani, Michael Potter, and James Whelan. Unlike previous stages, the riders showed a genuine interested to push for the finish line. Alberto Bettiol bridged across to the break with 40 kilometres to go and was the last man standing being caught by the rampaging peloton with 20 kilometres to go.
Another hot day meant that the pace really only got cranked up in the last 20 kilometres when Mitchelton-Scott came to the front and took control. Hayman, Hepburn, and Durbridge did the early work in the trenches to keep their leader Daryl Impey safe for the last climb. Kenny Elissonde and Michael Woods both tried their luck in the last five kilometres but couldn’t get the gap required to go to the finish. Lucas Hamilton provided the chase and then the lead out for Impey who hit out from long range on the quick downhill finish. He finished in third with Peter Sagan taking the win ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez in second.
3- Lucas Hamilton- Super in the finale for team leader Daryl Impey. Rode the last few climbs on the front and did the final leadout for the South African champ.
2- James Whelan- Really had a dip out in the break today. Worked in the service of teammate Bettiol after realising his legs were done.
1- Peter Sagan- Best in the business. Bigger fish to fry this year but always shows up to TDU with legs good enough to win. Too fast in the finish.
See you back at the social club,