After six days of racing, the Tour Down Under wrapped up with a storybook ending…
An Australian cyclist, Victorian Simon Gerrans, riding for an Australian team, Orica-GreenEDGE, won the Australian Tour on the national holiday, Australia Day.
Gerrans stole the Ochre Jersey (Tour Down Under’s maillot jaune’s equivalent) and the win in the last day, beating out 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans by one second.
Gerrans earned the Ochre Jersey in the first two stages, but Evans gained a twelve second advantage over Gerrans in Stage 3. Over the next two stages, Gerrans chipped the gap down to one second and – in a spectacular sprint finish won by Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol, his 16th Stage victory here – was able to keep that one second lead. What a close call!
“I’ve got my third Tour Down Under win thanks to an outstanding team,” Gerrans gushed. “This is an Australian team, on Australia Day, in a World Tour event. What else could I ask for?”
For more on the action down under, visit the following sites:
- Tour Down Under
- Australia’s Channel 7 news coverage
- The Telegraph’s coverage of Stage 6
- The Guardian’s video of Gerrans victory