Posted by Editoress on 01/15/19
A headwind sprint made for an intriguing start to the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under, with Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Elia Viviani taking the line for Stage 1 and winning the honour of earning the Ochre Leader’s jersey.
It was the perfect start to the Italian National Champion’s season as the 29-year-old comfortably engaged the track power he honed at the Adelaide SuperDrome during the prior week. Launching from the fourth row to reel in Sunweb’s man mountain Max Walscheid to comfortably seize the win.
Walscheid – the 25-year-old German who has flown under the radar thanks to other high profile sprinters in Adelaide – finished second ahead of another Italian in the CCC Team, rider Jakub Mareczko.
Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Merida) was fourth while Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) was fifth across the line.
Slovak triple world champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) was eighth, while Down Under Classic winner Caleb Ewan was down the order in 22nd across.
Mike Woods (EF Education First Pro Cycling) finished 37th, comfortably in the bunch.
Despite a south-westerly wind forecast for Adelaide’s high-temperature day, the peloton was forced to battle a steady headwind coming into Port Adelaide. Powering to the line was no problem for the world’s fastest sprinters, but getting there was a battle of tactics.
The peloton eased its pace with 20km to go as it made its way through the northern suburbs of Adelaide in anticipation of its western deviation to the Port.
The pace kicked as the peloton closed within 10 kilometres of the finish through Mawson Lakes onto the long, unprotected Port River Expressway. Spreading across the full three width of the carriageway, teams began moving into formation for the finish.
But with two final 90-degree turns within the final kilometre (a long drive to the finish), the bunch scrambled for organisation as the finish closed in.
Jumbo Visma was in train early, but it was Walscheid who broke best heading to the line before Viviani swooped – not unlike his win in Victor Harbor last year – to claim the opening stage.
He will now wear the Santos Ochre jersey when the race re-starts in Norwood on Wednesday for Novatech Stage 2, while his sprinter’s jersey will fall to the shoulders of Walscheid as next best-placed.
A familiar sight to start
The Santos Tour Down Under is one of the few UCI WorldTour races where the home country’s national representative team is given a start. Because of that, UniSA-Australia’s riders – all of whom are looking to impress for pro contracts – are usually featured in the early breakaway.
It was no different on Stage 1, with Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia) joining Artyom Zakharov (Astana), Paddy Bevin (CCC Team) and Michael Storer (Team Sunweb) in the early break.
They eked out a maximum four-minute lead, which the peloton whittled down to just over two by the time they reached the foot of the Subaru King of the Mountain climb at Snake Gully.
The 9% gradient was tough in plus-45-degree conditions, and so when Zakharov kicked with 100m to go, the response would be important to prevent him from claiming the Subaru polka dot jersey in Port Adelaide. Only one rider – Lea – answered the call, and successfully took the inside line up the final bend to the Subaru checkpoint to claim maximum points and the honour of the polkadots on Stage 2.
Breakaway caught within final run to Snake Gully
Zakharov bailed out of the breakaway after failing to claim the Subaru KOM checkpoint, and left it to the Trans-Tasman alliance of Aussies Lea and Storer, and Kiwi Bevin, to chalk up the sprints in Inglewood.
Bevin and Storer split the winnings between them on the two sprint marks, before pushing out along the crest of Hermitage with Lea in tow.
The breakaway didn’t last much longer than its foray through the technical descent back to Snake Gully – caught just over 40km from the finish.
|Stage 1: North Adelaide to Port Adelaide, 129 km|
|1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck - Quick-Step||3:19:47|
|2 Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb|
|3 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team|
|4 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida|
|5 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data|
|6 Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates|
|7 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky|
|8 Peter Sagan (Svk) BORA-hansgrohe|
|9 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|10 Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ|
|11 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott|
|12 Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team|
|13 Daniel McClay (GBr) EF Education First Pro Cycling|
|14 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo|
|15 Dimitrii Strakhov (Rus) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|16 Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|17 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|18 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates|
|19 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates|
|20 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team|
|21 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates|
|22 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb|
|23 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal|
|24 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team|
|25 Lluís Mas (Esp) Movistar Team|
|26 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky|
|27 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|28 George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|29 Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Astana Pro Team|
|30 Neil Van der Ploeg (Aus) UniSA-Australia|
|31 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|32 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|33 Michael Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team|
|34 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|35 Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ|
|36 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|37 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling|
|38 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo|
|39 Nic Dlamini (RSA) Team Dimension Data|
|40 Jens Debesschere (Bel) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|41 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ|
|42 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky|
|43 Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi (Esp) CCC Team|
|44 Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|45 Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|46 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team|
|47 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|48 Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky|
|49 Chris Harper (Aus) UniSA-Australia|
|50 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data|
|51 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|52 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick-Step|
|53 Jay McCarthy (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe|
|54 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|55 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Team Dimension Data|
|56 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida|
|57 Eduard Prades (Esp) Movistar Team|
|58 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|59 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo|
|60 Rubén Fernandez (Esp) Movistar Team|
|61 Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe|
|62 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team|
|63 Michael Morkov (Den) Deceuninck - Quick-Step|
|64 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale|
|65 Jaime Castrillo Zapater (Esp) Movistar Team|
|66 Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal|
|67 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky|
|68 Héctor Carretero (Esp) Movistar Team|
|69 Ivo Emanuel Oliveira Alves (Por) UAE Team Emirates|
|70 Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck - Quick-Step|
|71 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck - Quick-Step|
|72 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Team Katusha-Alpecin|
|73 Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb|
|74 Yukiya Arashiro (Esp) Bahrain-Merida|
|75 Joey Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team|
|76 Rafael Valls (Esp) Movistar Team|
|77 Lars Bak (Den) Team Dimension Data|
|78 Dylan Sunderland (Aus) UniSA-Australia|
|79 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|80 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo|
|81 Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia|
|82 Steve Morabito (Sui) Groupama-FDJ|
|83 Victor De La Parte (Esp) CCC Team|
|84 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida|
|85 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo|
|86 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|87 William Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo|
|88 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|89 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Team Dimension Data|
|90 Tom Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma|
|91 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky|
|92 Kilian Frankiny (Sui) Groupama-FDJ|
|93 Ayden Toovey (Aus) UniSA-Australia|
|94 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida|
|95 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|96 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|97 James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling|
|98 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky|
|99 Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb|
|100 Remi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step|
|101 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal|
|102 Nico Denz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale|
|103 Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|104 Leo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ|
|105 Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) UAE Team Emirates|
|106 Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team|
|107 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck - Quick-Step|
|108 Herman Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida|
|109 Scott Davies (GBr) Team Dimension Data|
|110 Mat Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott|
|111 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team Emirates|
|112 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb|
|113 Michael Potter (Aus) UniSA-Australia|
|114 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal|
|115 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal||all s.t.|
|116 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:15|
|117 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-Merida||0:24|
|118 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma||0:30|
|119 Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal||s.t.|
|120 Ryan Mullen (Ire) Trek-Segafredo||0:32|
|121 Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb||s.t.|
|122 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal||0:40|
|123 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First Pro Cycling||s.t.|
|124 Oscar Gatto (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe||0:43|
|125 Daniel Oss (Ita) BORA-hansgrohe|
|126 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) BORA-hansgrohe||both s.t.|
|127 Nick White (Aus) UniSA-Australia||0:53|
|128 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma||0:56|
|129 Max Kanter (Ger) Team Sunweb|
|130 Lukas Postlberger (Aut) BORA-hansgrohe||both s.t.|
|131 Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro Cycling||1:29|
|132 Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling||1:54|
|133 Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling||3:17|
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