Aussie Simon Gerrans wins the first stage of the Tour Down Under

Orica-Greenedge lead rider Simon Gerrans has taken out the first stage of the 2014 Tour Down Under, sprinting past Andre Greipel to steal the win.

 

Photo: Sarah Reed/The Advertiser

Photo: Sarah Reed/The Advertiser

 

The win gives 33 year old Gerrans a 10 second bonus on the leader board, providing him with the best opportunity to win the tour overall.

 

The Stage One course went through the Barossa Valley, starting in Nuriootpa and finished in Angaston.

 

There were two sprints through the town of Bethany as well as a King of the Mountain climb at Menglers Hill, just 15 minutes before the finish line.

 

Gerrans completed the 135km in course in just three hours and 20 minutes.

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Several riders, including Australian David Tanner (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) who broke his collarbone, were part of a crash just one kilometre from the finish line.

 

Stage Two begins in Prospect tomorrow at 11.00am and will finish in Stirling at approximately 3.00pm.

 

The 150km ride will go through the Adelaide Hills, including Lobethal, Oakbank and Hahndorf.

 

Top 10 after Stage One

 

1 – Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge)(AUS)

2 – Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)(GER)

3 – Steele Von Hoff (Garmin-Sharp)(AUS)

4 – Simon Geschke (Giant Shimano)(GER)

5 – Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)(ITA)

6 – Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale)(FRA)

7 – Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Proteam)(ITA)

8 – Rafael Valls (Lampre-Merida)(ESP)

9 – Cadel Evans (BMC)(AUS)

10 – Robert Gesink (Belkin Pro Cycling Team)(NED)

 

Written by Samantha Thomas

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