Race Report: Andre Greipel takes first stage at Tour Down Under
Jan 16 2018 01:29 pm CET

Race Report: Andre Greipel takes first stage at Tour Down Under
Race Report: Andre Greipel takes first stage at Tour Down Under
Tour Down Under

Lotto-Soudal's Andre Greipel has won the opening stage at the Tour Down Under. The German took the leader's jersey at the first WorldTour race of the season.

The first stage of the Australian race was 145 kilometres long between Adelaide and Lyndoch. The day started with a breakaway formed by Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data), Will Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) and Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia), which reached a gap of almost five minutes with the peloton.

Eventually, the trio was caught and the sprint trains prepared for the anticipated final. The first one to launch the sprint was Quick-Step Floors' Elia Viviani but he was soon overtaken by Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).

Greipel calculated his timing for the biggest effort and crossed the finish line ahead of Ewan and Bora-hansgrohe's Peter Sagan. The German becomes the first non-Australian since 2015 to win a stage in the Tour Down Under.

Viviani and Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) completed the top five of the day.




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