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2010 Santos Tour Down Under - Stage 5 Report & PPhotos
By Chris Graetz
Date: 1/23/2010
2010 Santos Tour Down Under - Stage 5 Report & PPhotos

2010 Santos Tour Down Under – Stage 5 Report
Cadel Evans showcased the rainbow jersey in front of his home crowd as Luis Leon Sanchez took the stage victory. Greipel maintains his overall lead but only by 11 seconds.

Cadel Evans and Andre Greipel smile for the cameras at the start.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage 5 from Snapper Point to Willunga was tipped to be huge and a stage that would determine the winner of the Tour Down Under and it didn’t disappoint. In front of an estimated 120,000 spectators Luis Leon Sanchez upstaged the sprinters and attacked his small break group to claim his first win in 2010 ahead of Luke Roberts (Milram) and team-mate Alejandro Valverde.

The day started in near perfect conditions in Snapper Point at Aldinga Beach, located South of Adelaide and there were immediate attacks with Australian David Kemp (Uni-SA) one of the first to break free. His move was short-lived however and a larger group, including Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne) and Gert Steegmans (RadioShack), tried a move with about ten other riders.

The break of the day opens a gap... Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

When things were sorted out Steegmans and Pereiro dropped back to the peloton and the break of the day was eight riders. There was some massive horsepower amongst the group with riders like, Cameron Meyer and Matthew Wilson (Garmin-Transitions), Valeriy Dmitryev (Astana) and Eduard Vorganov (Katusha). Alongside them were Vorganov’s team-mate Sergiy Klimov, Ag2r rider Ludovic Turpin, David Gutierrez (Footon-Servetto-Fuji) and Michael Matthews (Uni-SA).

The group had a lead of a minute, 20 km into the stage and it increased to the highest margin of the day, 2 and a half minutes. The peloton kept them in check knowing the strong composition of the breakaway.

Two intermediate sprints were held on today’s stage at Snapper Point and Dmitriyev claimed the first and the second was won by Vorganov.

Team HTC leads the chase with race leader Andre Greipel third wheel. Caisse d'Epargne follow attentive at the front. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Heading up Old Willunga Hill for the first time the gap was brought down to under a minute and it was a matter of time until they were going to be reeled back in and it was a question of who was going to attack next.

Thomas Rohregger, wearing the King of the Mountain’s Jersey attacked to claim some points and cement his lead in the competition and within a blink of an eye overtook the lead group and went through the top first. 10km later the peloton caught them and the next to attack was Quick-Step rider Thomas Kvist. He didn’t get far nd his limelight was short lived.

Starting the climb for the last time, Cadel Evans launched an attack and immediately got a break on the peloton. Wes Sulzberger (Francaise des Jeux) jumped on his wheel but the pace Evans was climbing proved too much for the second year professional.

Michael Matthews and , Lodovic Turpin  lead the escapees on the final climb of Willunga. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Knowing that this could be perhaps a race winning move two strong Spaniards in Alejandro Valverde and Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) both attacked and bridged across with Peter Sagan (Liquigas) coming with them. With 1km to the summit the four riders had an immediate 20 second advantage over the peloton and over the top had nearly 40 seconds.

With three strong riders in the break, they were using their skills in time-trialing to stay free. They sustained a lead of 37 seconds for the next five kilometres and it was brought down to 33 seconds with 8km to go and with the peloton not organized, they had a strong likelihood of success.

Andre Greipel was safely in the peloton but his leaders jersey was in threat with the small group of approximately 40 riders struggling to make ground.

It was then that Hayden Roulston, Matt Goss and Michael Rogers started to bring the break back and got some help from some Katusha riders wanting to set McEwen up.

Knowing that he probably won’t catch up to win the stage, it was Greipel doing a mountain of work on the front to keep his jersey safe and with 4 km to go, the gap was just over 20 seconds.

Heading into the final three kilometres the leaders were starting to tire a bit and it was Sagan who tried to launch a bold move. With under 2km to go the gap was hovering around 15 seconds and it appeared that Greipel and his team-mates did enough to keep the jersey on his shoulder.

Into the final 1000 metres, the four were struggling and the peloton were edging closer and it was then that Luis Leon Sanchez made his winning move. The 26 year old attacked 600 metres from the line and wasn’t headed and despite a late attack from Luke Roberts (Milram) out of the peloton, Sanchez claimed his first win of 2010.

Luis Leon Sanchez celebrates followed by Luke Roberts of Milram second.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Greipel and the main peloton arrived 9 seconds later and the German kept the leaders Ochre Jersey.

”We didn’t panic – we had to chase because we had a huge deficit. Michael Rogers, Hayden Roulston and Matthew Goss started to chase and it was awesome. It was just awesome from the guys – they stayed with me on the climb. They were brilliant supporting me all week,” the German said.

Team Director Allan Peiper was thrilled,  ”The plan was to have Roulston, Rogers and Goss with Greipel on the climb. When you have 3 of the best riders in the world in a break and holding the gap steady you had to dig deep to cut the margin. We definitely had it in our mind to pull it back to 17 seconds. We had no choice, we had to pull it back and they all rode brilliantly,” he said.

When asked the race was won heading into tomorrow he added, “It’s never over till the end of the race. Other teams will want to do something tomorrow to claim a win. Robbie McEwen is getting better every stage, Steegmans is better for RadioShack, Sky not securing a win yet – it’s those teams that are a danger. We have to control the first half of the race and let it take its course.”

Columbia-HTC has been in Australia since January 2nd and Peiper said; “The guys have been training the house down the last two weeks. We’ve been here since early January and they deserve the success from their hard work. We invested a lot of time and effort to do well here and it’s paid off.”

Cadel Evans was on the attack and when questioned about it Peiper mentioned; “It was fantastic to showcase the world champion jersey in Australia. This stage went live throughout Australia and Europe and it was great to see and will definitely help cycling in this country.”

Cadel Evans was  happy with his performance...  Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

”I was going pretty hard but not as fast as in July. It might have looked like we were going in slow motion at the finish but the headwind was strong. It took me a while to get going on the climb and once I did, it was a great feeling. It felt cool wearing the jersey and showing it in front of my home crowd,” he said.

Race Director Mike Turtur was pleased with the crowd that showed up.

”I have never seen as many fans on a climb outside of the Tour de France that I saw today. It was a huge atmosphere up there. Tens of thousands of fans lined the hill and some even camped out overnight to get a good vantage point. When the crowd heard that Evans attacked they went nuts. It was the best stage in Tour Down Under history and it’s great to see,” the hard working Turtur said.

The Aussie Tifosi turned out in big numbers for stage 5 as they have all week.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The general classification now sees Greipel leading from Sanchez and Roberts, 11 and 17 seconds behind respectively. Rounding out the top five we have Robbie McEwen (Katusha), 30 seconds behind and Cadel Evans (BMC) a further second back.

Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) has all but sealed the Cycle Instead Young Rider Classification with a 13 second lead on Wesley Sulzberger (Francaise des Jeux) and Jose Rojas (Caisse d’Epargne) 53 seconds behind.

Ag2r retain their lead in the teams classification and now have a two second buffer over Caisse d’Epargne and 29 over Garmin-Transitions.

Greipel safely defends his Jayco Sprint Jersey with 24 points over David Kemp of Uni-SA (16) and BMC’s Martin Kohler (12).

Thomas Rohregger, who has attacked all week has won the Skoda King of the Mountain Classification. He has amassed an amazing 54 poins and leads David Kemp (28) and Valeriy Dmitriyev (24).

Lance Armstrong finished in the main group today and is in 24th overall, 47 seconds off Greipel.

A 90km circuit race around Adelaide greets the riders tomorrow in the final stage. With all the classifications looking like they are decided, expect attacks and plenty of them from teams that want to finish the Tour on a high.

Watch out particularly for Team Sky, who won the prelude but hasn't had success during the week. McEwen has looked very strong over the last few days and to finish in the main group today was a fine effort and he could take the win tomorrow.

Daily Peloton will be bringing you an exclusive live ticker for the final stage so if you can’t watch it on TV, follow it here as Nick Bull will be bringing you the coverage and being a Pom, he will hope that Team Sky does something.
Stage 5 Live Report: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

12th Santos Tour Down Under
January 18 - 24

Stage 1: Clare - Tanunda, 141km
Stage 2: Gawler - Hahndorf, 133.5km
Stage 3: Unley - Stirling, 132.5km
Stage 4: Norwood - Goolwa, 149.5km
Stage 5: Snapper Point - Willunga, 148km
Stage 5 Live: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Stage 6: Adelaide – Adelaide, 60km
Race Website

A very satisfied Luis Leon Sanchez on the podium. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

12th Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 5 – Results (Top 25)
Snapper Point - Willunga

148km – 3.29’39 – 42.356 km/h

1.Luis Leon Sanchez (GCE) 3.29’39
2. Luke Roberts (MRM) +0.02
3. Alejandro Valverde (GCE) +0.04

4. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t
5. Peter Sagan (LIQ) +0.06

6. Markus Fothen (MRM) s.t
7. Sebastien Rosseler (RSH) s.t
8. Cameron Meyer (GRM) s.t
9. Greg Henderson (SKY) +0.09
10. Fabio Sabatini (LIQ) s.t.
11. Robbie Hunter (GRM) s.t
12. Robbie McEwen (KAT) s.t
13. Jose Rojas (GCE) s.t
14. Baden Cooke (SAX) s.t
15. Peter McDonald (AUS) s.t
16. Julian Dean (GRM) s.t
17. Andre Greipel (THR) s.t
18. Daryl Impey (RSH) s.t
19. Jurgen Roelandts (OTO) s.t
20. Aitor Perez (FOT) s.t
21. Martin Elmiger (ALM) s.t
22. Yuriy Krivtsov (ALM) s.t
23. Andriy Grivko (AST) s.t
24. Maciej Paterski (LIQ) s.t
25. Josep Jufre (AST) s.t

General Classification after Stage 2
1. Andre Greipel (THR) 16.53’45
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (GCE) +0.11
3. Luke Roberts (MRM) +0.17

4. Robbie McEwen (KAT) +0.20
5. Cadel Evans (BMC) +0.21

6. Greg Henderson (SKY) +0.24
7. Eduard Vorganov (KAT) +0.25
8. Jurgen Roelandts (OTO) +0.26
9. Markus Fothen (MRM) +0.27
10. Andriy Grivko (AST) +0.29
11. Robbie Hunter (GRM) +0.30
12. Baden Cooke (SAX) s.t
13. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t
14. Rene Mandri (ALM) s.t
15. Jurgen Van de Walle (QST) s.t
16. Martin Elmiger (ALM) s.t
17. Ivan Velasco (EUS) s.t
18. Julian Dean (GRM) s.t
19. Alejandro Valverde +0.32
20. Aitor Perez (FOT) +0.39
21. Jose Alberto Benitez (FOT) s.t
22. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) s.t
23. Jose Rojas (GCE) +0.46
24. Lance Armstrong (RSH) +0.47
25. Michael Rogers (THR) +0.58

Jayco Sprint Classification – Top 10
1. Andre Greipel (THR) 24pts
2. David Kemp (AUS) 16pts
3. Martin Kohler (BMC) 12pts

4. Mickael Delage (OTO) 12pts
5. Eduard Vorganov (KAT) 10pts

6. Valeriy Dmitriyev (AST) 10pts
7. Robbie McEwen (KAT) 10pts
8. Alejandro Valverde (GCE) 10pts
9. Thomas Rohregger (MRM) 8pts
10. Luis Leon Sanchez (GCE) 8pts

Skoda King of The Mountains Classification – Top 10
1. Thomas Rohregger (MRM) 54pts
2. David Kemp (AUS) 28pts
3. Valeriy Dmitriyev (AST) 24pts

4. Timothy Roe (AUS) 22pts
5. Alejandro Valverde (GCE) 16ps

6. Mauro Finetto (LIQ) 14pts
7. Luis Leon Sanchez (GCE) 12pts
8. Luke Roberts (MRM) 12pts
9. Biel Kadri (ALM) 12pts
10. Mickael Delage (OTO) 12pts

Cycle Instead Young Rider Classification - Top 10
1. Jurgen Roelandts (OTO) 16.54’11
2. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) +0.13
3. Jose Rojas (GCE) +0.20

4. Gorka Izagirre (EUS) +0.53
5. Fabio Sabatini (LIQ) +0.58

6. Peter Sagan (LIQ) +1.12
7. Cameron Meyer (GRM) +1.28
8. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +2.44
9. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) +3.10
10. Romain Sicard (EUS) +3.17

Brilliant Blend Teams Classification
1. Ag2r La Mondiale (ALM) 50.42’45
2. Caisse d’Epargne (GCE) +0.02
3. Garmin – Transitions (GRM) +0.29

4. Team Katusha (KAT) +0.32
5. HTC-Columbia (THR) +0.51

6. Team RadioShack (RSH) +0.56
7. Astana (AST) +0.58
8. Liquigas Doimo (LIQ) +1.08
9. Francaise Des Jeux (FDJ) +1.40
10. Milram (MRM) +2.02
11. BMC Racing Team (BMC) +2.07
12. Footon-Servetto-Fuju (FOT) +2.29
13. Euskaltel-Euskadi (EUS) +3.39
14. Team Sky (SKY) +4.24
15. Team Saxo Bank (SAX) +4.36
16. Uni-SA – Australia (AUS) +5.15
17. Rabobank (RAB) +8.02
18. Omega Pharma – Lotto +12.18
19. Quick Step (QST) +18.38

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