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Tour Down Under Stage 1 Win For….
PeloPic: André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the first stage at Tour Down Under, the first WorldTour race of the year. It’s his seventeenth stage win in Australia.



Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie bidons drinks TEAM MOVISTAR pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
A hot day in Adelaide

The stage between Port Adelaide and Lyndoch was a traditional sprint stage. After two kilometres three riders escaped the bunch and they got a maximum advantage of five minutes. With temperatures above 30°C the riders took it easy the first two hours. The sprint teams controlled the gap. William Clarke managed to stay in front until eight kilometres to go. Jens Debusschere then dropped off André Greipel perfectly for the sprint. The German rode an impressive sprint, beating Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) was fourth. Thanks to his stage win André Greipel is the first overall leader Down Under.

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie William CLARKE (Australia / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale) - Nickolas Dlamini  pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
Break of the day - William Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia) and Nickolas Dlamini (Dimension Data)

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
The peloton took their time before the chase

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  the lonely man Bjorg LAMBRECHT (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
Bjorg Lambrecht rode the stage solo as he was not allowed to start due to a mix up

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie  pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
The peloton pass the KOM

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal): "I am very happy with this victory. This was the first official UCI race of the year and the first WorldTour race too. That I take the win here, feels really great. Not all top sprinters are here, but I do beat guys like Ewan, Sagan and Viviani."

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
It can only be Australia

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Thomas DE GENDT (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal) - Jens DEBUSSCHERE (Belgium / Team Lotto Soudal)  pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
Lotto Soudal led André Greipel out perfectly

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Andre GREIPEL (Germany / Team Lotto Soudal) - Caleb EWAN (Australia / Team Mitchelton - Scott) - Peter SAGAN (Slowakia / Team Bora - hansgrohe) - Elia VIVIANI (Italy / Team Quick - Step Floors) pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
First 2018 WorldTour win for Greipel

Santos Tour Down Under Stage 1 Result:
1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal in 3:50:21
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
5. Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6. Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Sunweb
7. Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
8. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida
10. Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana.

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Andre GREIPEL (Germany / Team Lotto Soudal)  pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2018
A strong sprint ahead of Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan

Lyndoch - Australia - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Andre GREIPEL (Germany / Team Lotto Soudal) pictured during  20th Santos Tour Down Under (2.UWT) stage -1 from Port Adelaide  to  Lyndoch (145KM) - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2018
TDU Overall lead for Greipel

 


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