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
Cadel Evans and Andre Greipel smile for the cameras at the start.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
”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
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
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
Stage 5 Live Report:
12th Santos Tour Down Under
January 18 - 24
Stage 1: Clare
- Tanunda, 141km
Gawler - Hahndorf, 133.5km
Stage 3: Unley
- Stirling, 132.5km
Norwood - Goolwa, 149.5km
Stage 5: Snapper Point - Willunga, 148km
Stage 5 Live:
Stage 6: Adelaide – Adelaide, 60km
A very satisfied Luis Leon Sanchez on the podium. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
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