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Source: TDU Website

Germany’s Andre Griepel stomped on hopes of a local win to celebrate Australia Day when he claimed his third stage victory to take over the lead in the Tour Down Under.

The Team High Road cyclist sprinted home in a time of 3hr26min46sec edging out Australian Allan Davis (Australia-UniSA) and Spaniard Jose Benitez (Saunier Duval) after a 147 kilometre stage through the McLaren Vale wine growing region on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. His win has moved him to the top of the classification with a seven second buffer over Davis in second place. Spain’s Jose Rojas (Caisse d’Epargne) is sitting in third overall, 20 seconds off the race lead. Continue Reading »

Action and interviews from the Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under.

Featuring comment from Phil Liggett, stage winner Allan Davis, overall leader Mark Renshaw, and Brit rider Jeremy Hunt.

Source: TDU Website

It was an all Australian day on the Tour Down Under today with Queensland’s Allan Davis (Australia-UniSA) claiming stage three honours and Mark Renshaw (AUS – Credit Agricole) wresting back the overall lead in the event.

Davis, who is the only rider to have contested all ten Tour Down Under events, has been close in every stage so far with fourth place on Stage 1 and third yesterday, but today he proved unbeatable as he powered clear in a furious final sprint. He crossed the line in a time of 3hr13min49sec holding off Renshaw and Canberra’s Mathew Hayman (Rabobank) who finished second and third for an Australian cleansweep of the podium.

“The win was a great relief, but I just want to thank UniSA,” said Davis. “We had Wes (Sulzberger) in the break all day which made our job pretty easy behind him and then the boys did a great job in the last four kilometres.” Continue Reading »

Here is the provisional result for Stage 3 of Tour Down Under Australia 2008:

1 Allan Davis (Aus) UniSA – Australia 3.13.48
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole st
3 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank Continue Reading »

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 Continue Reading »

A video clip of Tour Down Under 2008 (Australia) Stage 1 highlights with an interview with Mark Renshaw, the winner of Stage 1.

Credit Agricole’s Mark Renshaw has taken out stage 1 of the 2008 Tour Down Under. In something of a rarity for the opening day’s racing, the boy from Bathurst, New South Wales won in a bunch sprint.

The 129 km stage took riders from Mawson Lakes into the picturesque Barossa Valley – home to some of the finest wines Australia has to offer.

All the pre-stage talk was if a breakaway would again succeed and dwindle down the overall contenders to just a select few. Riders and directors believed that although there would be escapees, all teams had too much to play for in the first ProTour race of the year and a sprint would determine the winner.

The day’s only King of the Mountain points were on offer after just 12 kilometres of racing. No significant attacks took place on the Gould Creek climb which saw Francaise Des Jeux’s Philippe Gilbert take maximum points. 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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