Aussie Simon Gerrans wins the Tour Down Under on Australia Day

Australian Orica-Greenedge rider Simon Gerrans has won the Tour Down Under, wearing the Ochre Jersey for most of the event.

Simon Gerrans celebrates winning the 2014 Tour Down Under. Photo: AAP/www.sbs.com.au

Simon Gerrans celebrates winning the 2014 Tour Down Under. Photo: AAP/www.sbs.com.au

 

Gerrans now holds the record for the most Tour Down Under wins, this victory is his third.

 

Lotto-Belisol’s Andre Greipel won the last stage of the Tour Down Under in a sprint finish, his 16th Tour Down Under stage win.

 

As Griepel celebrated the win as he crossed the line, Gerrans was seen just a few metres behind celebrating his overall victory.

 

Andre Greipel crossing the line in the final stage of the Tour Down Under. Photo:www.sbs.com.au

Andre Greipel crossing the line in the final stage of the Tour Down Under. Photo:www.sbs.com.au

Gerrans finished just shy of the top ten in today’s stage but crossed the line far enough in front of Cadel Evans to retain the Ochre Jersey.

 

After almost 20 hours of riding over the week, Gerrans finished just seconds in front of fellow stage winners Evans and Diego Ulissi.

 

766,000 people attended the event, a record attendance for the Tour Down Under.

 

Santos Tour Down Under Ochre Leader’s Jersey: Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge)(AUS)

Skoda King of the Mountain: Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol)(AUS)

Adam Internet Sprint: Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge)(AUS)

Cycle Instead Young Rider: Jack Haig (UniSA-Australia)(AUS)

Europcar Most Competitive Rider: William Clarke (Drapac Professional Cycling)(AUS)

Hindmarsh Winning Team: Orica-Greenedge

 

Ochre Jersey top 10:

 

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

2 – Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)(AUS)

3 – Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)(ITA)

4 – Richie Porte (Team Sky)(AUS)

5 – Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp)(AUS)

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

7 – Daryl Impey (Orica-Greenedge)(RSA)

8 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)(GBR)

9 – Egor Silin (Katusha)(RUS)

10 – Rory Sutherland (Tinkoff-Saxo)(AUS)

 

Written by Samantha Thomas.

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