Posts Tagged ‘Tour Down Under’

Source: TDU Website

Germany’s Andre Griepel today won overall honours in the Tour Down Under and he did it in style claiming his fourth stage win of the six stage event.

Seventy thousand fans lined the Adelaide City Council street circuit in perfect summer weather for a thrilling finale to the opening UCI ProTour event of 2008.

” I’m really proud, and my team is proud of me,” said Greipel. “Everyone trusted me and I’m happy to be in Australia for the first time, and I’ve won the first Pro Tour race (here).” Continue Reading »

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

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 »

KUALA LUMPUR – RIDERS bound for Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 have regarded the Fraser’s Hill climb as “equally challenging” as the Genting climb with some expecting an open race and exciting competition in the race which starts in Alor Setar on Feb 9.

Some of the riders, who are now competing in the Tour Down Under, were of the opinion that the exclusion of Genting would not at all affect the excitement and competitiveness of the annual race.

For Credit Agricole’s new signing Simon Gerrans, despite Fraser’s Hill being at a lower level than Genting, he
predicts tough challenges ahead.

“I’ve never done Genting before as this will be my first ride in Le Tour de Langkawi. I’m not sure how it feels to
ride in Genting but my teammates who have done Genting told me that it would be really really tough so in a way, I’m kind of glad not to do it at this point of time,” said Gerrans who is currently competing in in Adelaide. Continue Reading »

Source: TDU Website

After several attacks from the gun, after 20km we have a lead group of five that formed including Greg Henderson (NZl) of Team High Road, Carlo Westphal (Ger) of Gerolsteiner and Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) of Euskaltel – Euskadi, along with Julien Mazet (Fra) of Astana and Renaud Dion (Fra) from Ag2R-La Mondiale. At the 114km point, they were caught after spending over 90km off the front, even though their lead was over 4 minutes at one stage. The peloton cam back together for the climb of Willunga Hill and as expected, the fireworks started. Continue Reading »

About 2 years ago, one of the most shocking news in the world of sports was during the Soccer World Cup 2006 final match between France and Italy. French captain Zidane headbutts Italian defender Materazzi in extra time and eventually France lose 5-3 in the following penalty shootout.

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Source: Turkeypress

Tour Down Under chief commissaire Michael Robb described the headbutt by Italian Elia Rigotto which put Australian cyclist Mathew Hayman out of the race Friday as the most vicious he had seen in a long time.

Rigotto knocked Hayman off his bike with 300 metres (980 feet) of the 134 kilometre (80 mile) fourth stage remaining, although a teammate of the Australian said he thought it was accidental. Continue Reading »

Source: Yahoo News

ADELAIDE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Italian cyclist Elia Rigotto was disaqualified from the Tour Down Under on Friday for causing an accident that left Australia’s Mathew Hayman with a broken collarbone.

Race officials accused the Italian of “headbutting” the Australian in a frantic sprint to the finish line. He was disqualified from the race and fined, although he insisted it was an accident and Hayman accepted his apology. Continue Reading »

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Tour Down Under Race Doctor Peter Barnes has advised that Rabobank rider Mathew Hayman, who crashed today in the final 300 metres of the sprint into Strathalbyn at the end of Stage 4, has undergone successful surgery to repair his fractured left collar bone. Continue Reading »

Highlights by ABC News:

This video has footage from the controversial crash at the end of the race that led to the disqualification of Elia Rigotto after he headbutted Matthew Hayman. It also includes comment from Phil Liggett, overall leader Mark Renshaw, and stage winner Andre Greipel. Continue Reading »