Hamilton surpasses Tour Down Under goal
Chris Hamilton came into the Tour Down Under with designs on the general classification but surpassed his and the team’s goal for the race by winning the young rider’s classification and taking sixth overall. And he achieved it in fine style on Willunga Hill.
Tour Down Under wrap: time to party, plus Porte's new pre-Tour de France plan
Time to party for Mitchelton-Scott as Daryl Impey makes Tour Down Under history and Mat Hayman ends his professional cycling career. Plus, Richie Porte reveals he will race less in Europe ahead of the Tour de France.
Hamilton key for Impey on Tour Down Under climbs
A tremendous performance secured a historic back-to-back Tour Down Under overall win for Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) but keen observers handed out near-equal plaudits for key teammate on the climbs, Lucas Hamilton.
Tools, bits and tips from the WorldTour pits
If you’re looking for unsung heroes of the travelling circus that is the WorldTour, take a walk in the pits. Pro mechanics are up earlier and into bed later than the riders, and their jobs are often without compliment, only complaint in the rare case things do go wrong. Still, the team mechanics are truly … The post Tools, bits and tips from the WorldTour pits appeared first on CyclingTips .
Poels: Porte was too strong on Willunga Hill
Team Sky may have come away from the Tour Down Under without the victory they set out for, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Sunday’s final stage to Willunga Hill saw the team race aggressively, with Wout Poels taking second place at the finish. Despite their efforts, it was Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) who took the stage win, his sixth in a row on Willunga, while Poels crossed the line just metres behind, securing third place overall. The Dutchman reflected on his efforts after the stage. "It was a good climb but unfortunately Richie [Porte] was too strong," he said. "It was a good ride but unfortunately not a win." Poels’ teammate Kenny Elissonde attacked with him on both ascents of Willunga, a fixture at the Tour Down Under. "Kenny? We didn’t really plan it, but sometimes you have to race on feeling. I think it was a good move ...
TDU: Impey and Porte repeat on Willunga
Richie Porte and Daryl Impey closed out the Tour Down Under on Sunday in what was an almost but not quite a case of déjà vu.
Woods goes down swinging
Woods growing in confidence and ambition despite leaving Tour Down Under empty-handed. Read the full article at Woods goes down swinging on VeloNews.com .
Daryl Impey retains Tour Down Under crown as Richie Porte wins again on Willunga Hill
Overnight leader Patrick Bevin fades from contention due to injuries sustained in Saturday's crash
Frustration for Sanchez after slipping off Tour Down Under podium
Luis León Sánchez (Astana Pro Team) returned to the 2019 Tour Down Under having previously won the race back in 2005. The Spaniard finished in the top-10 three times - plus an 11th place - over the six stages this week but, despite the consistency, was unable to match the effort up Willunga Hill and fell off the podium on the final day . Sánchez crossed the line in a respectable fifth place, but, having started the day third overall, ended his week in fourth place, behind winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Wout Poels (Team Sky). Despite the strong results and respectable overall finish, Sanchez was frustrated with the superior form of Australian riders and named Impey as another rider who has benefitted from missing the European winter. "Before today we had a good feeling but it's always the same, the Australian riders and also Impey are ...
Hayman: I couldn't think of a better way to retire
Mathew Hayman had to spend another three months training in order to tack one extra week onto the end of his career, but it was more than worth it as he bowed out in style at the Tour Down Under . The 40-year-old Australian rode his last full season in 2018 but wanted to bring an end to his 19-year career, which included a famous victory at Paris-Roubaix, on home turf in front of home fans. It couldn't have gone much better, as his Mitchelton-Scott claimed their fifth Tour Down Under title in eight years, with Daryl Impey sealing back-to-back overall victories by keeping Richie Porte at bay up the double ascent of Willunga Hill on the final day. "You don't get to choose, but I couldn't think of a better way to go out," Hayman told Cyclingnews beyond the finish line. "Half-way up the climb I was thinking about ...
Crowdpleaser Bevin vows to return to Tour Down Under
Although Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) was able to start the final stage of the Tour Down Under on Sunday, despite his injuries from a crash the day before, the testing climb of Willunga Hill proved a bridge too far, and the New Zealander had to surrender his leader's jersey to Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey. Bevin nevertheless battled through the stage to come away with the blue points jersey, and will now attempt to sufficiently recover from his injuries in readiness for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race next Sunday. "To take the blue jersey away from this race is a nice result for the week's work," he told reporters after the stage. "Obviously it's tough to have touched down yesterday and watch part of my work evaporate on the GC. But that's bike racing; there are no guarantees." Bevin said that he'd enjoyed huge crowd support as he attempted to ...
Same winners, different race: The TDU results don’t tell the full story
At a glance, it might look just like last year’s Tour Down Under. Richie Porte wins on Willunga Hill, again, and finishes second overall. Daryl Impey wins the overall again after an impressive podium finish on Willunga. But don’t be fooled — the results sheet doesn’t tell the full story of the 2019 Tour Down … The post Same winners, different race: The TDU results don’t tell the full story appeared first on CyclingTips .
Richie Porte: I've never had to chase like that
If you want to beat Trek-Segafredo 's Richie Porte on Willunga Hill, you need to give yourself a decent enough head start. However, even that didn't prove to be enough for two of Team Sky's best climbers after Wout Poels and Kenny Elissonde were brought back on the climb and beaten by the now six-time winner on the climb on the final stage of the Tour Down Under on Sunday. Porte, who had an outside chance of winning the overall title on the climb, responded when Poels and Elissonde attacked, bridging over to the Dutchman before going clear to take his first win in Trek-Segafredo colours. While Porte celebrated the stage win, it wasn't enough to nudge defending champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott) off the top step of the podium. The South African claimed back-to-back Tour Down Under crowns with Porte 13 seconds adrift. Poels rounded out the podium. "This ...
Woods: I blew up and felt like I was just treading water
Michael Woods (EF Education First Pro Cycling) returned to the Tour Down Under for the third time in his short professional career this week. Despite a hillier course than previous years, Woods was unable to best his fifth place on general classification from three years ago, finishing seventh on the final stage at Willunga Hill and seventh on GC. Going into the final stage, and based on previous editions of the race, a group of climbing specialists including Woods , George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), were all hoping to be aggressive in the hope of at least taking the stage and with a faint possibility of taking the overall. Attacks from Team Sky's Poels and Kenny Elissonde were ultimately fruitless, however, as Richie Porte surged to the line to take a sixth consecutive stage victory on Willunga Hill. Woods did his best to match ...
TDU News: White's 'optical illusion' and Viviani's 'stupid' sprint
Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White has dismissed popular sentiment that the peloton waited for injured Tour Down Under leader Patrick Bevin to re-join the bunch following a crash on stage five.
Impey takes his second Tour Down Under title in a row
Daryl Impey 's overall victory at the 2019 Tour Down Under on Sunday was the first time that a rider had ever defended their title in 21 editions of the men's event. The Mitchelton-Scott rider had begun the final stage with a 19-second buffer to eventual runner-up Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), and with the day's breakaway hoovering up the bonus seconds available on the stage's two intermediate sprints, it was going to come down to the final climb of Willunga Hill to decide the overall winner. While Porte attacked to win on Willunga for the sixth year in a row, in an almost carbon copy of last year's race – when Impey and Porte finished with the same overall time, but Impey won the race overall in 'countback' – the South African was able to keep Porte within sight, and dug deep enough to latch on to second-placed Wout Poels (Team ...
Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory
Bevin loses grip on GC to allow Impey to become first rider in race's history to retain title. Read the full article at Tour Down Under: Porte takes sixth consecutive Willunga win, Impey seals overall victory on VeloNews.com .
Impey wins the 2019 Tour Down Under as Porte takes Willunga
Richie Porte ( Trek-Segafredo ) claimed his sixth straight win on Willunga Hill on stage 6 of the 2019 Tour Down Under as Daryl Impey ( Mitchelton-Scott ) became the first rider in the race's history to retain his crown. Porte attacked several times on the final ascent, first to battle back and catch Wout Poels (Team Sky) and then to push clear inside the final 600 meters. Impey, just as he did in 2018, paced his effort perfectly to finish just a few bike lengths behind Porte and Poels. Overnight race leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) battled through the stage but was dropped on the first ascent of Willunga Hill, clearly suffering the effects of his stage 5 crash. In the battle for the overall, Impey finished clear of Porte by 13 seconds, with Poels rounding out the podium four seconds later. Impey came into the final stage seven ...
Southam: No one sought to profit from Bevin's Tour Down Under crash
Following Patrick Bevin 's crash 10km from the end of Saturday's fifth stage from Glenelg to Strathalbyn at the Tour Down Under , there was some uncertainty as to whether the other teams had actually waited for him to come back – and if they didn't, whether they should have. With so much at stake – both for the sprinters' teams looking for the stage win and for Bevin trying to retain his race lead – but with the kilometres rapidly ticking down, any lull could only be brief. As Bevin chased back to the front of the race thanks to his CCC teammates and some canny use of his team car, the sprinters' teams soon had no choice but to organise themselves for the sprint finish. "Everyone was really nervous, and everyone was trying to hold position," EF Education First directeur sportif Tom Southam told Cyclingnews ahead of the ...
Bevin cleared to defend Tour Down Under lead after medical checks
Patrick Bevin has been cleared to start the final stage of the Tour Down Under . The race leader crashed heavily on stage 5, and although he eventually finished in the bunch he was taken straight to hospital for X-rays and medical checks. CCC Team announced on Saturday evening that Bevin would need to go through a series of medical tests Sunday morning ahead of the final stage before any confirmation could be confirmed with regards to a possible start. The team stated that Bevin would go through a test for concussion. Just before 9am local time the team announced that Bevin had passed the examinations and would start the stage. The New Zealand rider carries a seven-second lead into stage 6, with last year's winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton Scott) breathing down his neck. This is Bevin's first WorldTour race in the colours of CCC Team after the Polish company ...