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Action and interviews from the final stage of the Tour Down Under.
Featuring winner Andre Greipel, second placed Allan Davis, British rider Jeremy Hunt, and the voice of cycling Phil Liggett.

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Action and interviews from stage 5 of the Tour Down Under — the toughest day of the tour.
Featuring Phil Liggett, stage winner and overall leader Andre Greipel, and British rider Jeremy Hunt.

Source: TDU Website

Andre Greipel (Team High Road) today paid homage to the heritage of Hahndorf, first settled by Germans in 1839, by giving the fans a German winner on Stage 2 of the 2008 Tour Down Under but it’s an Australian, Graeme Brown, who wears the race leader’s ochre jersey after a countback to separate three riders deadlocked on time.

Greipel, who won the Down Under Classic curtain raiser event at Glenelg on Sunday, unleashed a furious sprint kick to win the 148km stage from Stirling in a time of 3hr46min55sec holding off Australians Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Allan Davis (Australia-UniSA) who finished second and third respectively.

“I feel like I am in Germany here and before the race I thought it would be nice to win here because it is a German city,” said Greipel. “I think the people from Hahndorf are also proud of me.” Continue Reading »

A video highlights for Tour Down Under 2008, including interview with Andre Greipel, Graeme Brown and Sean Yates.

Source: TDU Website
By Paul Verkuylen & Greg Johnson, in Hahndorf

In a virtual repeat of yesterday, an audacious and ambitious attack was snuffed out by the sprinters’ teams who set up the finish in typical style, with very little kilometers remaining, for their big guns to fire. Despite many counter attacks in the final 30km it was all together for the final bunch kick and barrelling into Hahndorf was the German powerhouse on Team High Road, Andre Greipel, who took out the stage, followed by Rabobank’s Graeme Brown in second place, and UniSA’s Allan Davis in third.

Greipel, who was discovered by the same coach as 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, once again started his sprint from a long way out to hold off Australian’s, Brown, and Allan Davis to take his second victory this season after he also won Sundays opening criterium in Glenelg.

“I feel good and I am in good shape,” Greipel explained. Continue Reading »

Young German rider Andre Greipel has taken out the 2008 Down Under Classic in Australia and in the process given Team High Road their first victory. Unfortunately Andre’s win does not count in the Tour Down Under Classification! Still it is comforting for the former T-Mobile Team to make their presence felt.

The win is definitely a boost for the German based ProTour squad who had to recover from losing their main sponsor, T-Mobile at the end of 2007 due to the ongoing doping controversies that have enveloped the sport.

The Down Under Classic was held in mild and windy conditions, but right from the opening gun the attacks were on. Rabobank made the first move of the evening – sending Bram De Groot on an experimental excursion to test the waters. However after two circuits of the 2 km course, all riders were back together.

The first few laps were raced at a hectic pace before things started to settle down into a steady rhythm. With sprints held at the end of every 5 laps, the attacks were still quite regular, although no one was able to get a substantial break on the Rabobank controlled peloton.

The Dutch based squad had all riders on the front controlling the pace and setting the scene for their main hope of the night, Graeme Brown.

With 5 kilometres remaining, a couple of other pre-race favourites in Robbie McEwen and Allan Davis started to make their move towards the front of the group.

Team High Road, who had remained rather inconspicuous during the night also started to show their hand with both Greipel and Austrian Bernhard Eisel looking like they could pose a threat. As the riders entered the final straight it looked liked a battle between Brown who was starting to struggle, and last years’ winner Mark Renshaw.

Greipel however, finished strongest as riders had to contend with a stiff headwind. Renshaw was able to hold onto second from the wily McEwen whilst Davis collected fourth.

Final Results:

Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road 1.09.20
Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole
Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto
Allan Davis (Aus) UniSA-Australia
Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne
Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step
Denis Flahaut (Fra) Saunier Duval-Scott
Matthew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre
Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner

Riders will now enjoy a day off – no doubt filled with a training run, before the start on Tuesday of the Tour Down Under.

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