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Santos Tour Down Under Adelaide 2011 - Stage 1 & Photos
 
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Date: 1/18/2011
Santos Tour Down Under Adelaide 2011 - Stage 1 & Photos
 

Santos Tour Down Under Adelaide 2011 - Stage 1 & Photos
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 Jarrod Partridge

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 Jarrod Partridge

“I’m feeling great. Racing with these guys is like having a second Australian team. We’re definitely looking to get into it.” Cam Meyer Garmin-Cervelo

“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.


Luke Roberts
Photo © 2011 Jarrod Partridge

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 HTC. Involvement.

But to quote Jim Carreys, “Trueman” movie, ”How will it end?”


(Left to right) McEwen, Goss and Greipel
Photo © 2011 Jarrod Partridge

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 behind.

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.

    Involvement.


Matt Goss receives a hero's welcome from the fans
Photo © 2011 Jarrod Partridge


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