The Tour Take | Down Under Classic

Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

The Steps

1st – Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal)

2nd – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)

3rd – Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

The Votes

3- Caleb Ewan. He was hot at Bay Crits, and he’s still looking good now that all the big boys are here too.

2- Roger Kluge. Kluge’s followed Ewan over from Mitchelton-SCOTT, and their chemistry is clear. He duly nullified Oss in the final metres and delivered Ewan to the line.

1- Peter Sagan. New year, same old Sagan. Every sprint finish, he’s always there or thereabouts.

 

The Route

The Down Under Classic took place on a 1.7km street circuit around Rymill Park in Adelaide. A timed race, the length was set at 1 hour + 1 lap. The finishing straight is long, with the last corner at 500m to go, before the peloton headed down a dip, and back up a long drag.

The Break

The first break of the race formed in lap three, as Lachie Morton, Neil Van Der Ploeg, Ben O’Connor, and Will Clarke jumped away. They found a 30 second gap, and looked strong until the halfway point of the race, when Morton attacked the rest of the group. The other three headed back to the peloton, while Scully was soon brought back too.

After 40 minutes, another break went away of Joey Rosskopf, Steve Morabito and Chris Harper. They didn’t last long though, and it was gruppo compacto with 10 minutes to go.

The Finish

Into the final few laps, and no team could properly control the race, as Trek, Sky and Lotto all spent time on the front.

Crashes in the final laps caused chaos though, as the Bahrain Merida leadout was derailled by a corner taken too wild. Then, as the field was strung out with 750m to go, a crash in tenth wheel split the pack. Elia Viviani was the big name held up, and the front of the pack was a mess too.

Daniel Oss had taken a flyer around the final corner, and had a small gap with 500m to go, however Roger Kluge was in pursuit, with Caleb Ewan on his wheel. Peter Sagan and Alex Edmondson remained the only two in tow, and the winner was sure to come from that group as Oss was pulled back.

Kluge launched Ewan, and despite Sagan comign hard in the final metres, Ewan took a huge first official win for his new team.

See you back at the social club,

Josh

 

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