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2010 Santos Tour Down Under - Stage 6 Report & Photos
By Chris Graetz
Date: 1/24/2010
2010 Santos Tour Down Under - Stage 6 Report & Photos

2010 Santos Tour Down Under – Stage 6 Report
Team Sky finish the tour with a bang. Stage six saw Chris Sutton crossing the line in first. However, the week belonged to Andre Greipel who claimed his second Tour Down Under.

The final stage of the 2010 Tour Down Under was a formality for Andre Greipel and his Columbia-HTC team. Starting the day 11 seconds ahead only a crash would stop the German from claiming his second win in three years and when he crossed the line safely with the peloton in 5th position, he could finally celebrate an outstanding victory.

Greipel, Sutton and Brown  Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

However, a stage win was up for grabs and the question was asked whether or not Greipel can make it four wins or if an Australian could win the stage. It was the latter with 25 year old Christopher Sutton claiming the best victory of his career over team-mate Greg Henderson and Graeme Brown (Rabobank).

The weather was fine for a fast race around the Adelaide streets and nothing like compared to other years when the Mercury was in excess of 40 Degrees Celsius.

Approximately 123,000 fans lined the streets of Adelaide to cheer on the cyclists and the day started off with a bang with immediate attacks. The first successful attack was a three man break consisting of local Rohan Dennis (Uni-SA) and Swiss riders Martin Kohler (BMC) and Martin Elmiger (Ag2r). They only got a maximum lead of about 10 seconds until they were reeled back in.

The peloton were together at the site of the first sprint which was won by Greg Henderson. Robbie Hunter and Baden Cooke finished second and third.

Not long after, the first king of the mountain sprint was contested on Montefiore Hill, and with Thomas Rohregger leading by 24 points, he made a bold attack out of the peloton to seal the jersey. He finished in third place and secured eight points which was enough for him to win the KOM competition. Mikael Cherel (Francaise des Jeux) and Valeriy Dmitriyev came second and third.

The next break of the day came with Mikael Cherel, Martin Pedersen (Footon Servetto-Fuji), Koos Morenhout (Rabobank) and Thomas Rohregger. They immediately got just over 30 seconds at the half way mark of the race.

Over the next few laps, the peloton slowly reeled in the break and knowing they won’t survive, Cherel made a bold attack on the bell lap for the next sprint. Unfortunately he was swallowed up by the peloton 300 metres from the line. Robbie McEwen took the sprint ahead of Robbie Hunter and George Hincapie.

The next and final break of the day came with three riders trying to get off the front. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ), Trent Lowe (Garmin-Transitions) and Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas) all got a break of 20 seconds on the peloton.

The lead grew to over 30 seconds as the trio took on the final climb of the Tour. Italian Sabatini secured maximum points ahead of Sulzberger and Lowe.

With 4 laps to go their lead was 43 seconds with only Astana at the front of the peloton setting the pace. A lap later the deficit was 35 seconds and that’s when the other sprinters teams in Sky, RadioShack and Katusha came to the front and with 2 laps to go the trio had a 17 second advantage.

The leaders got the bell lap and when the peloton crossed had a 15 second advantage and it was then they thought about potential survival.

Unfortunately, for them, Team Sky was leading the peloton and just before the final corner the group was caught and a sprint finish was in store for the thousands of fans that flocked the street.

Sky had a sensational lead out and it was Chris Sutton who made a break for the line and crossed in first position with Henderson on his wheel. Graeme Brown made a late lunge for third with Robbie McEwen and Andre Greipel on his heels.

”I couldn’t believe it when I crossed the line in first. It was a perfect lead out with Greg one of the fastest men in the world helping me. We spoke about the team tactics last night and this morning and it was all about team work today,” a happy Sutton said.

This was his best win of his career. “It’s definitely my biggest win. To win here is was great. I had my father in the crowd and it’s just incredible. My sister said he nearly had a heart attack he was that excited,” Chris added.

Double Team Sky: Chris Sutton and Greg Henderson celebrate the one - two victory on the final stage in Adelaide. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Sutton also noted how well Sky is working together saying; “It’s all about learning and team work. We are getting used to each other and how everyone rides and to get a sprint train organized requires a lot of work. First and second here today, we can’t complain and it’s a credit to the team for the hard work they have put in.”

However, it was Greipel that was the toast of the Tour. The German secured his second Tour Down Under in three years and it was a sign of a strong Columbia team and a solid performance by Greipel. There is only one other rider who has won this event twice and that was local Stuart O’Grady. Greipel will come back next year to attempt to break the record.

”I’m really happy, not for myself but for the team as well. They did a really good job,” Andre said.Team Director, Allan Peiper, was thrilled with the victory.

”We have worked hard the last few weeks and we have got the rewards with stage wins (3) and an overall win,” Peiper mentioned.

Columbia flew into Melbourne in the first week of January to check out the World’s course and immediately were on their bikes putting in plenty of miles in hot conditions in excess of 30 degrees (Celsius). When they arrived in Adelaide it was hotter and they continued to train hard to be competitive this week.

”It’s a credit to the boys for how they have applied themselves. Andre would have never have won without his team and it shows we’ve got a pretty strong team,” Peiper went onto say.

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) finished 5th overall, 21 seconds behind and Lance Armstrong came in 25th position, just over a minute back and considering the course doesn’t suit climbers, they were awesome performances, particularly at this stage of the year when they want to peak for July.

Andre Greipel won the points classification on 24 points ahead of Kiwi Greg Henderson (Sky) with 18 and Australian Robbie McEwen (Katusha) on 16 points.

King of the Mountains: Thomas Rohregger gets his kisses from the Misses.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Austrian cyclist Thomas Rohregger (Milram) secured the King of the Mountains jersey in a dominant display collecting an amazing 62 points. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) finished on 36 and David Kemp (Uni-SA), third on 28 points.

Top Young Gun, Jurgen Roelandts

Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) claimed the Young Riders Classification ahead of Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) 13 seconds behind and Jose Rojas (GCE) a further 7 seconds back.

French team Ag2r led the team classification from start to finish and won by two seconds over Spanish outfit Caisse d’Epargne two seconds behind and American Garmin-Transitions third 29 seconds behind the winner.

Team Ag2r la Mondiale came to the podium to receive top team honors.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

The week, however, belonged to Andre Greipel and team Columbia-HTC who raised the bar and sent a message out to the rest of the cycling world that they are still strong and want to be competitive in every race they participate and win as many times as they can.

Andre Greipel gets his final ochre jersey and kisses from the Austral misses.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

and returns to the podium for more kisses and the jersey and prize as Points leader of the 2010 Tour Down Under. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

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January 18 - 24
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Stage 3: Unley - Stirling, 132.5km
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Stage 4: Norwood - Goolwa, 149.5km
Stage 5: Snapper Point - Willunga, 148km
Stage 5 Live: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
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Stage 6: Adelaide – Adelaide, 60km
Stage 6 Live: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
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Race Website

12th Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 6 – Results (Top 30)
Adelaide Street Circuit

90km – 1.53’20 – 47.647km/h

1.Christopher Sutton (SKY) 1.53’20
2. Greg Henderson (SKY) s.t
3. Graeme Brown (RAB) s.t

4. Robbie McEwen (KAT) s.t
5. Andre Greipel (THR) s.t

6. Allan Davis (AST) s.t
7. Matthew Goss (THR) s.t
8. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) s.t
9. Gert Steegmans (RSH) s.t
10. Jose Rojas (GCE) s.t
11. Peter Sagain (LIQ) s.t
12. Jurgen Roelandts (OTO) s.t
13. Jonathan Cantwell (AUS) s.t
14. Baden Cooke (SAX) s.t
15. Robert Forster (MRM) s.t
16. Danilo Wyss (BMC) s.t
17. George Hincapie (RSH) s.t
18. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t
19. Luke Roberts (MRM) s.t
20. Eduard Vorganov (KAT) s.t
21. Ben Swift (SKY) s.t
22. Denis Galimzyanov (KAT) s.t
23. Juan Jose Haedo (SAX) s.t
24. Thomas Leezer (RAB) s.t
25. Manuel Cardoso (FOT) s.t
26. Julian Dean (GRM) s.t
27. Andriy Grivko (AST) s.t
28. Stijn Vandenbergh (KAT) s.t
29. Markus Fothen (MRM) s.t
30. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) s.t

Final General Classification (Top 30)
1. Andre Greipel (THR) 18.47’05
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (GCE) +0.11
3. Greg Henderson (SKY) +0.15

4. Robbie McEwen (KAT) +0.17
5. Luke Roberts (MRM) s.t

6. Cadel Evans (BMC) +0.21
7. Eduard Vorganov (KAT) +0.25
8. Jurgen Roelandts (OTO) +0.26
9. Robbie Hunter (GRM) s.t
10. Markus Fothen (MRM) +0.27
11. Baden Cooke (SAX) +0.29
12. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t
13. Andriy Grivko (AST) s.t
14. Jurgen Van de Walle (QST) +0.30
15. Julian Dean (GRM) s.t
16. Martin Elmiger (ALM) s.t
17. Rene Mandri (ALM) s.t
18. Ivan Velasco (EUS) s.t
19. Alejandro Valverde (GCE) +0.32
20. Aitor Perez (FOT) +0.39
21. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) s.t
22. Jose Alberto Benitez (FOT) s.t
23. Jose Rojas (GCE) +0.46
24. Michael Rogers (THR) +0.58
25. Lance Armstrong (RSH) +1.03
26. Fabio Sabatini (LIQ) +1.24
” 27. Seguei Klimov (KAT) +1.27
28. GOrka Izagirre (EUS) +1.35
29. Peter Sagan (LIQ) +1.38
30. Peter McDonald (AUS) +1.47

Jayco Sprint Classification (Top 10)
1. Andre Greipel (THR) 24pts
2. Greg Henderson (SKY) 18pts
3. Robbie McEwen (KAT) 16pts

4. David Kemp (AUS) 16pts
5. Martin Kohler (BMC) 12pts

6. Mickael Delage (OTO) 12pts
7. Eduard Vorganov (KAT) 10pts
8. Valeriy Dmitriyev (AST) 10pts
9. Alejandro Valverde (GCE) 10pts
10. Thomas Rohregger (MRM) 8pts

Skoda King of The Mountains Classification (Top 10)
1. Thomas Rohregger (MRM) 62pts
2. Valeriy Dmitriyev (AST) 36pts
3. David Kemp (AUS) 28pts

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

6. Fabio Sabatini (LIQ) 16pts
7. Mikael Cherel (FDJ) 16pts
8. Mauro Finetto (LIQ) 14pts
9. Luis Leon Sanchez (GCE) 12pts
10. Luke Roberts (MRM) 12pts

Cycle Instead Young Rider Classification (Top 10)
1. Jurgen Roelandts (OTO) 18.47’31
2. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) +0.13
3. Jose Rojas (GCE) +0.20

4. Fabio Sabatini (LIQ) +0.58
5. Gorka Izagirre (EUS) +1.09

6. Peter Sagan (LIQ) +1.12
7. Cameron Meyer (GRM) +1.44
8. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +3.00
9. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) +3.10
10. Romain Sicard (EUS) +3.33

Brilliant Blend Teams Classification
1. Ag2r – La Mondiale (ALM) 56.22’45
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-Fuji +2.29
13. Euskaltel – Euskadi (EUS) +4.11
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 (OTO) +12.50
19. Quick Step (QST) +19.04

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