Tour Down Under 2008 Stage 3 unofficial Result

Source: Cyclingnews

Live commentary by Gerard Knapp, with reporting from Paul Verkuylen and Greg Johnson

14:50 CST
Immediately after the finish, Allan Davis from UniSA – Australia said, “mate, it’s a big relief (to get the stage win). I’d like to thank my team-mates from UniSA. The boys did a great job and I’d like to thank all of them.” Davis said coming into the final straight he was “in a good position and about 350 metres out I gave it a good go, and I had a look between my legs and saw that nobody was there … it’s a really good win for me today, thanks mate”. Our reporter on the line believes Davis was followed across the line by Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole) and Graeme Brown (Rabobank), but that’s unofficial for now, although Davis is definitely the winner of the stage.

14:54 CST
Ah, so it was close but no cigar once again for the brave breakaway lads. At least Wes Sulzberger can have a beer tonight with Alby and celebrate the stage win. Although UniSA is a ‘composite’ team in a ProTour event, one look at its roster shows a mixture of serious cycling talent with experience, talent, strength and finishing skill. After all, Davis did bag second at Milan – Sanremo last year.

14:58 CST
Thanks for the comments and sharing the spirit, so to speak, willing our leaders home – just for once wouldn’t it be great to see them stay away? One reader thinks the use of race radios has made it far too hard for breaks to stay clear, as it puts all the advantage with the chasing peloton. Dan in Newport Beach wrote in to say, “Again it would be such a better race without the on-rider radios. Without that they slow about 2kmh because the motors don’t know when to launch and to send a rider back to the team car, get the info and work that back into the field is impossible at ‘FULL’ speed.” We’re still waiting for confirmation of those minor placings, but if Renshaw did bag second, and Brown in third, then the ochre jersey will go back to Renshaw. Possibly.
15:10 CST   
Apologies for the delay providing confirmation of the minor placings in today’s stage, as the judges need to double-check the finish, but it seems that the organge and blue jersey in third may have been that of Mat Hayman from Rabobank (Brown was in ochre), while our reporters are pretty sure it was Renshaw in second. No doubt about Alby, though. Also, Philippe Gilbert from FDJ put in a bold attack with just over a kilometre to go and was hugging the barricades, but with the speed of the chasing peloton he was caught just before the line.

15:14 CST   
Latest word is that there are countbacks underway to determine the general classification, but the final placings should be out soon. Just have to be sure …

1. Allan Davis (UniSA)
2. Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole)
3. Graeme Brown (Rabobank)


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