The Tour Take | Tour Down Under Stage 6
1st – Richie Porte (Trek- Segafredo)
2nd – Wout Poels (Team Sky)
3rd – Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)
The Willunga stage. The riders cut laps around the valley of McLaren Vale before taking on two accents of the famous Willunga climb. 151.5 kilometres all up.
A strong breakaway hit the open roads this morning including Lukas Postlberger, Thomas De Gendt, Alex Dowsett, Danny Van Poppel, Jasha Sutterlin and Nicholas White. The gap stayed consistent at around three minutes for most of the day until the gap was slashed on the approach to Willunga for the first time. White was the last rider to be caught one kilometre from the top of the first KOM.
With race leader Paddy Bevin getting dropped on the first climb due to his injuries sustained yesterday, it was going to be a showdown between Richie Porte and Daryl Impey for the overall title. The tempo was fierce from the bottom of the second climb, shelling riders left, right, and centre. Richie did what Richie does, drop everyone on Willunga. Lucas Hamilton paced Impey until 500 metres to go where the South African set off after Porte. It was all too late with Porte hanging on for victory ahead of Poels, with Impey coming in third, on the same time as Porte to secure back to back Tour Down Under victories.
3- Daryl Impey- Back to back. His team were super all week but today he stood up and put in one of his best performances of his career.
2- Richie Porte- Six times in a row a winner at this finish. Incredible stuff. Everyone knows what he is going to do, but nothing can be done. The Willunga king.
1- Lucas Hamilton- The key to Impeys success on three key days. Today was no different with the Ararat boy towing his leader up the climb at a time where support was crucial.
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