Santos Tour Down Under Adelaide 2011 - Stage 1 &
You know what I love about bike racing... spectator involvement.- One word sums
it up...Involved, And that is exactly what stage one had... involvement.
By Simon Cadzow
“It’s Goss. You called it again.”
“Yep. Pass the bamboo.”
Wang Wang and Funi Pandas,
Adelaide Zoo on the Santos Tour Down Under 2011 Stage 1 Result
On form Goss outdistances Greipel and McEwen
Photo © 2011
You know what I love about bike racing... spectator involvement. Like the guy
100 meters from the KOM line atop Black Top Road. 60 seconds before
Luke Roberts Uni SA whose attacking with all
he’s got reaches the line first to claim the KOM jersey, this guy is leaping
onto the road, right in the path of the convoy, to remove the red balloon his 5
year old daughter has thrown away allowing her to clap for the riders. What
guts!! What passion!!
One word sums it up...Involved.
And that is exactly what stage one had... involvement.
On the start line during sign on time one look at the riders and their teams
told you that.
Simon interviews Matt Goss before the stage start Photo © 2011
“I’m feeling great. Racing with these guys is like
having a second Australian team. We’re definitely looking to get into it.”
“This is my favourite race and I am sooo looking
forward to it. Racing with these guys is fantastic. I love being here.” Luke
Roberts Uni SA (and yes he did say he would be doing things today)
Geraint Thomas Team Sky “After
weeks in my garage training on the turbo because of snow, being here is great.
I’m just glad it’s not too hot.”
Oh, and to sum it all up...
“Adam Hansen, what do you want to do today?”
“Win.” Adam Hansen Omega Pharma-Lotto
11:00 on the dot the train left Mawson Lakes with 138,000 meters ( it sounds
more if you speak in metres) to the finish line in Angaston, Wine Country,
Barossa Valley and with the KOM being contested around 10 km from the start, the
Tour Down Under had truly begun.
From the small break that attacked, Luke Roberts
Uni SA (see above) emerged and rode solo over the line of the 6% 3 km climb to
the screams of the locals. More involvement. Gorka
Izagirre Euskaltel-Euskadi of the orange boys of Spain and
Julien Loubet AG2R followed him.
Photo © 2011
Next came the sprints and a group of 5 leapt from the peloton to go out and
grab some TV time and hopefully some points. Simon
Clarke Astana (3rd first and 2nd second sprint),
Mitch Docker Uni SA (1st first sprint),
Miguel Minguez (2nd first and 3rd second sprint
– reverse of Clarke) and Jon Izagirre
Euskaltel-Euskadi - any relation to Gorka - mental note to self; must find
out, and Matthieu Perget AG2R (1st second
sprint) gave a local and international flavour to the group.
Did I mention involvement?
With 2 laps of a 28 km loop through Angaston and Nuriootpa to do the break
originally at 4 min, had been reeled to 2 min by work from HTC.
By the 10 km to go mark, the break, had been broken courtesy Sky, OPL and
But to quote Jim Carreys, “Trueman”
movie, ”How will it end?”
(Left to right) McEwen, Goss and Greipel
Photo © 2011
The storyteller turned the page and Mark Renshaw
HTC was in his scripted place. And at 250 meters to go, so was
Matt Goss HTC.
At 0m, it was all Goss with air trailing
The gorilla Greipel Omega Pharma-Lotto got so
close with second and Robbie McEwen
RadioShack in third got his second top 3 in two races.
And Matt Goss in a typically understated
way summed it up “I managed to hold on to the end. It’s an
ideal start but there is a lot of days of racing left. ” And as he always says,
it isn’t just him in the team, it’s the whole team.
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Matt Goss receives his Ochre jersey of race leader
Photo © 2011 Jarrod Partridge
Goss wears Ochre tomorrow for stage 2
with Andre Greipel 4 sec back and
Robbie M 6 sec back. Luke Roberts is
KOM, Sky lead the teams and Simon Clarke is
Most Aggressive. Bring on stage 2.
Matt Goss receives a hero's welcome from the fans
Photo © 2011
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