The Tour Take | Tour Down Under Stage 5
1st – Jasper Philipsen (UAE- Team Emirates)
2nd – Peter Sagan (BORA- hansgrohe)
3rd – Danny Van Poppel (Team Jumbo-Visma)
The riders set off from the coastal town of Glenelg headed for Strathalbyn. A key KOM and and two intermediate sprints shaped the first two hours. Crosswinds affected the last 50 kilometres and the final kilometres were technical in nature with multiple corners. A stage that on paper didn’t offer much, it created the biggest moments of the tour so far.
Jason Lea, Ayden Toovey, and Clement Chevrier established the early move, in a bid to capture the KOM points on offer. Lea took the maximum points, then the leaders were quickly absorbed by the Mitchelton-Scott led peloton who were hunting the intermediate time bonuses. Ayden Toovey and Matthieu Ladagnous pressed on after the second intermediate and were quickly pinned back in the final 20 kilometres.
Race leader Paddy Bevin hit the deck with 10 kilometres to go. It looked like he wouldn’t get back on his bike, but somehow, the Kiwi latched onto the peloton with 2 kilometres to go, keeping a grip on the Ochre Jersey. In the final kilometre, Caleb Ewan was bashing bars with Jasper Philipsen, fighting for the wheel of Peter Sagan. Ewan stepped off the wheel of the three-time World Champion and hung on ahead of the Philipsen for his first stage win of this years Tour. However, just before the podium protocol, the decision came through that Ewan would be DQed for his actions in the final, resulting in the win going to the 20 year old Philipsen.
3- Paddy Bevin- Crashed 10 kilometres to go. Was scooped off the floor by his team mate and chased back on like a mad man. The most courages 15 minutes of cycling you will see. Will he start tomorrow? Time will tell.
2- Jasper Philipsen- 20 years old and bashing bars with the best in the world. This kid is going to be some sprinter. Not the way he would have wanted to take his first World Tour win, but he will take it.
1- Ayden Toovey- In the two breaks of the day. Helped teammate Lea for the KOM and probably should have been awarded the most combative. A solid day out for the boy from Mudgee.
See you back at the social club,