8th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.HC
Australia, January 17-22, 2006
Results & report
Stage 4 - Saturday, January 21: Willunga - Willunga, 147km
Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from Les Clarke
Complete live report
Live coverage starts: 11:00 ACDT
Estimated finish: 14:44 ACDT
Welcome to the penultimate stage of
the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, where it just keeps on getting hotter. Today
we're in Willunga for what will probably be the deciding stage: 147 km including
three laps of the Aldinga Beach circuit before the final circuit incorporating
Willunga Hill, a 3 km climb averaging 7.5 percent. Traditionally, this is where
the race is decided, and we can expect a tough battle between defending champ
Luis Sanchez (Liberty Seguros) and tour leader Simon Gerrans (Ag2r). Many are
predicting that Sanchez will be able to drop Gerro on the climb, but you can
never write the little Aussie from Mansfield off.
predicted to hit 42 degrees Celsius today, and that is going to make things
tough. Sanchez is sporting bandages after his skin peeled off several times
as a result of "acclimatising" to the Australian sun. There's only one way to
do that: put as much 30+ on as possible and cover up!
The stage starts with a 2 km neutral
section to allow the riders and caravan to exit Willunga, stage left. They then
head out along Aldinga road towards the beach, then do a short section along
the beach front before turning inland again and heading back to Willunga via
McLaren Vale. Each circuit is just under 40 km, and the pace is usually on from
There are two sprints today, at km 58.8 and km 100.7, both
in Aldinga Beach. The KOM climb is on Willunga Hill, after 127.4 km.
The wind today is from the south east, it looks like, so they'll have a headwind
on the climb.
11:09 CST 5km/142km to go
They're racing in stage
four, and as usual, the attacks string out the peloton along Aldinga Road.
The field rides through the vineyards
of McLaren Vale as the heat is intense and the wind very challenging. It's going
to be a long day. The terrain is flat and dry.
Race leader Simon
Gerrans (Ag2r) told us that, "It's going to be a scorcher today but everyone's
suffering in the same conditions. We knew today was going to be the decider
so we'll be going out to put ourselves up there."
Gerrans' Ag2r team
has been on the front for most of the last two stages. "They've worked really
well and done a fantastic job. I couldn't ask for anything more. Today we'll
just try and get over the top first and I'll be there with them. Today I'll
just stick to Sanchez, stay on his wheel all the way up the hill and to the
That's the plan for Gerro.
11:19 CST 10km/137km to go
Carlos Barredo, was on the attack again after 7 km, but he was brought back.
Liberty's game plan will again be to put pressure on Ag2r right up until the
11:21 CST 12km/135km to go
After 10 km, we have
three riders clear: Henk Vogels (Davitamon Lotto), Hilton Clarke and David O'Loughlin
(Navigators Insurance). They have a small gap on a group of eight, with the
peloton close behind.
11:29 CST 19km/128km to go
The breaks all come
The bunch is riding along the beach front now and there are
plenty of bikinis out (not being worn by the riders). There's a split in the
field, but it comes back together.
Dimitri De Fauw (Chocolade Jacques)
attacks and is joined by 10 riders.
11:34 CST 21km/126km to go
There's been a crash!
Riders hit the deck after 21 km, including Serge Pauwels (Chocolade Jacques).
Meanwhile, more attacks are going off the front of the peloton.
11:38 CST 24km/123km to go
Ag2r is controlling
the field as breakaways form and come back.
The riders in the crash
were Nicola Loda (Liquigas), Serge Pauwels (Chocolade Jacques) and Henk Vogels
(Davitamon Lotto). Only Vogels is back in the peloton.
Allan Davis, from Liberty Seguros,
reckons that his team will be able to deliver Sanchez to the line in first place
today. "We're not feeling too bad and the boys are pulling up well after every
stage," he said. "It's going to be very hard. There'll be lots of bonus seconds
tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes. We came here with the objective of the overall
win and Luis wants to come away with a victory."
11:45 CST 27km/120km to go
After 27 km, a break
of 14 riders has 23 seconds on the main field. Several teams are well represented,
with the break containing:
Aaron Kemps, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Liberty
Seguros), Jose Luis Arrieta, Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r - Prevoyance), Johan Vansummeren,
Nick Gates (Davitamon Lotto), Manuel Quinziato, Michael Albasini (Liquigas),
Glenn d'Hollander, Frederick Willems (Chocolade Jacques), Glen Chadwick, Sergey
Lagutin, Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), James Meadley (South Australia.com
Notable absences from the break are
Credit Agricole, Milram, Bouygues, UniSA and United Water. Ag2r is got a couple
riders up here though.
Glenn d'Hollander is the best placed, in
11th overall at 4'40. Also Lagutin is at 5'24 and Meadley and Kemps are at 12'14.
11:50 CST 30km/117km to go
Daniele Colli (Liquigas)
and Serge Pauwels (Chocolade Jacques) have abandoned after 30 km. They were
involved in a crash earlier.
11:57 CST 35km/112km to go
The break has grown
to 16 riders after 35 km, and they have a 1'50 gap as they near the end of the
The run-down: Aaron Kemps, Jose Joaquin Rojas (Liberty
Seguros), Jose Luis Arrieta, Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r - Prevoyance), Johan Vansummeren,
Nick Gates (Davitamon Lotto), Simone Cadamuro (Milram), Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas),
Rony Martias (Bouygues Telecom), Glenn d'Hollander, Frederick Willems (Chocolade
Jacques), Glen Chadwick, Sergey Lagutin, Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance),
James Meadley (South Australia.com - AIS), Russell Van Hout (Uni SA - Australia).
11:59 CST 37km/110km to go
Elia Rigotto (Milram),
Matthew Lloyd (South Australia.com - AIS), Paul Crake (Uni SA - Australia) and
Mitch Docker (United Water - Australia U/23) are trying to bridge up to the
16 leaders. Going to be hard though, with that gap.
12:02 CST 39km/108km to go
Credit Agricole and
United Water are now the only teams without riders in the front group, although
Mitch Docker is in the chase group for United Water. Interestingly, both Liberty
and Ag2r have riders up there.
They're heading into Willunga for
the completion of the first lap, and the sun-baked crowd gives them a big cheer.
They might have to be careful of their shoes though, because the molten tar
put paid to a few pairs of shoes yesterday in Yankalilla!
12:08 CST 42km/105km to go
The 16 leaders have
upped their advantage to 4'02 over the main peloton, which means that Glenn
d'Hollander is within 40 seconds of the virtual ochre leader's jersey. The chasing
four are at 1'17.
12:17 CST 48km/99km to go
Nicola Loda (Liquigas)
has also abandoned, along with Colli and Pauwels.
The leading 16
have lost some of their advantage, and it's down to 3'12. But the chasing four
aren't making any ground, and are still at 1'15. The temps are hovering at around
37 - almost body temperature.
12:19 CST 53km/94km to go
A new time check, after
53 km (they're really hammering today). The leaders have 5'55 over the main
field, which puts d'Hollander in the leader's jersey by 1'15. The leaders are
on Aldinga Beach Rd for the second time, heading towards the first intermediate
One rider in the break, Aaron Kemps
(Liberty) told us today that, "We'll just follow any moves that go clear and
have a go on Willunga Hill. We've put all our eggs in one basket, but we think
we're strong enough to do it.
"Luis is confident that he'll be able
to ride away. Gerrans made it to the top in the front group last year, so obviously
we'll be keeping our eyes on him. The wind will make it a bit harder, but we
think it'll be ok. We hope the race stays together so we can get our team on
the front. Arg2r are looking a little tired after the work they've done recently,
but we're looking good."
12:27 CST 58km/89km to go
Gerrans' (and Sanchez'
for that matter) GC ambitions are coming a little unstuck as this big break
of 16 rides out to a 7'36 advantage. That gives Glenn d'Hollander a 3'00 gap
over Gerrans on the virtual GC. Things can change, as we know, but there are
some tired legs in the peloton, and Ag2r and Liberty probably don't want to
chase down a break with their teammates in it. They might have to, though.
The chasing quartet are still stranded at 1'10.
There's a Tiger Moth
plane flying over Aldinga Beach.
We've just got some results of the
final round in the Adelaide Advertiser women's series at Aldinga Beach. Liv
Gollan (NSW) triumphed over Alexis Rhodes (SA), Sally Cowman (Qld), Kate Bates
(NSW) and Jenny MacPherson (Vic). The latter is the overall winner of this very
12:37 CST 61km/86km to go
After 61 km, the break
has grown to 20 riders, with the chasing four managing to bridge the gap after
the first sprint.
The results of the sprint: 1. Rony Martias (Bouygues
Telecom), 2. Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), and 3. Glen Chadwick (Navigators
The full break is now: Aaron Kemps, Jose Joaquin Rojas
(Liberty Seguros), Jose Luis Arrieta, Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r - Prevoyance), Johan
Vansummeren, Nick Gates (Davitamon Lotto), Simone Cadamuro (Milram), Manuel
Quinziato (Liquigas), Rony Martias (Bouygues Telecom), Elia Rigotto (Milram),
Glenn d'Hollander, Frederick Willems (Chocolade Jacques), Glen Chadwick, Sergey
Lagutin, Phil Zajicek (Navigators Insurance), James Meadley and Matthew Lloyd
(South Australia.com - AIS), Russell Van Hout and Paul Crake (Uni SA - Australia),
Mitch Docker (United Water - Australia U/23).
Credit Agricole is
the only team without a rider up in front.
The gap is up to 8'47 as Liberty and
Ag2r control the field.
12:48 CST 70km/77km to go
The Belgian journalists
are enjoying themselves today, as Glenn d'Hollander is the man in virtual ochre.
Chocolade Jacques team manager Walter Planckaert says that Glenn feels better
now and is looking forward to having a go.
Credit Agricole have missed the break
today, but that wasn't the plan, according to Mark Renshaw: "We were already
on the back foot when we lost Patrice [Halgand] but we're going alright with
Botcharov in the break yesterday and we'll see if we can get in any breaks again
13:03 CST 74km/73km to go
The stage has settled
down a little, as the front 20 continue to ride hard in pursuit of at least
a stage win. For some, including Glenn d'Hollander and Sergey Lagutin, there's
a chance of overall victory.
At the halfway point, the gap has come
back to 7'40 as Ag2r and Liberty control the bunch.
(South Australia.com - AIS) has been dropped from the peloton and will probably
withdraw. It's hot out there.
13:08 CST 77km/70km to go
The gap drops to 7'15
as they approach the start of the final beach circuit. This is smart riding
by Ag2r and Liberty, who could find their men up the road very handy after Gerrans
and Sanchez get over Willunga Hill. Having teammates there to help them to the
finish could be crucial. But the gap will have to come down a bit more before
they're within striking distance, unless the Ag2r/Liberty guys in the break
It's the hottest day of the JCTDU
so far, which means 42 degrees Celsius on parts of the course. The wind has
picked up to around 50 km/h.
Peter Dawson has abandoned.
13:19 CST 92km/55km to go
The 20 leaders pass
through 92 km, well into the final lap, and they still have a healthy advantage
over the main peloton. Navigators director Ed Beamon is particularly happy with
his three riders in the break and says the riders are really affected by the
heat more than any other day.
13:23 CST 96km/51km to go
The gap is coming down
now as Ag2r and Liberty crank it up behind. We're nearly halfway through lap
3, and it's 6'45. d'Hollander has roughly two minutes to play with on virtual
GC, and he'll definitely need all of that once he gets to Willunga Hill.
13:30 CST 100km/47km to go
Ivan Santos (Liberty
Seguros) has withdrawn from the race.
The gap is 6'18 and falling
as the field races through 95 km. Meanwhile, the leaders have passed the second
sprint point in Aldinga Beach, with Glen Chadwick (Navigators Insurance) taking
it out ahead of Russell Van Hout (Uni SA - Australia) and Phil Zajicek (Navigators
13:36 CST 105km/42km to go
The leaders make the
turn back towards Mclaren Vale, with the peloton in hot pursuit. It's 5'35 between
the two groups as Glenn d'Hollander punctures in the break! But he gets back
on - that could have been disastrous for the Jacques rider.
Watch the time gap fall as the leaders
appear to be sitting up. The sting has gone out of the attack as Ag2r and Liberty
wind it up behind.
The cow report
No cows of note have been spotted so far today. The cow spotting team apologises
for this, but what can you do? The smart Friesians are probably in the shade.
Robbie McEwen, who is still in third
overall, commented that "It's been a very hot Tour Down Under, which has made
it hard. The Europeans must have a mild winter or a pretty good training plan
because they don't seem to be suffering the effects of the heat! We expected
it to come down to today so you've just got to put yourself in the right moves."
13:46 CST 108km/39km to go
The field is now past
105 km, and has clawed back the gap to 5'05. Glenn's time in virtual ochre (is
that really a colour?) is limited. He has 25 seconds effective lead over Gerrans
at the moment, and that will melt like the tar on the roads when he reaches
Willunga Hill. But, there's still a chance for him to improve his GC spot.
13:52 CST 113km/34km to go
It's under five minutes
now as the bunch closes in on the break at 4'53. One of these 20 could still
win, of course, but it's now unlikely that Gerrans (or Sanchez) will lose the
Fans are holding up signs saying 'It's 40 degrees!' and it
sure is, if not more. It's very dry heat too, which really burns your throat
13:58 CST 116km/31km to go
Rony Martias (Bouygues
Telecom) is the first rider to attack the break as the gap falls to 4'20. It's
now or never - they don't want the bunch to close to them.
One rider looking to do well today
is Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto). He punished the break on the climb out of
Victor Harbor yesterday to take the KOM points and move into the jersey. And
today he'll be looking for more points on Willunga.
"I know the Willunga
climb pretty well. It's hard getting there with the wind, but I'm sure I will
get there and have a go," he told us.
Can Liberty be beaten? "After
the way they rode last year, it's going to be tough. But we will see what we
can do to beat them."
14:02 CST 120km/27km to go
The third lap is over,
and the leaders race through Willunga towards the foot of the hill. It's 3 km
at 7.6 percent, and it's going to be tough. Martias has 20 seconds on the rest
of the break, and 4'00 over the main field.
14:08 CST 123km/24km to go
Martias pounds away
as he nears the foot of Willunga Hill, cheered on by the baking spectators.
14:12 CST 124km/23km to go
Martias has been caught
as the break explodes on the climb. Paul Crake and Russell Van Hout (Uni SA
- Australia) are leading, with a small gap.
14:15 CST 125km/22km to go
They're halfway up
the climb now with Crake and Van Hout leading Johan Vansummeren (Davitamon Lotto),
Elia Rigotto (Milram), Glen Chadwick (Navigators Insurance), Rony Martias (Bouygues
Telecom) and Matthew Lloyd (South Australia.com - AIS).
Back in the
bunch, Luis Sanchez (Liberty) has attacked! Simon Gerrans gets his wheel, but
can't hold it. Sanchez has 50m.
14:17 CST 129km/18km to go
The break is over
the KOM now, and en route to the finish, with Van Hout and Crake still in the
lead. Sanchez has kept his 50m gap over the top of the climb with
Gerrans, Sylvain Calzati (Ag2r - Prevoyance) and Shaun Higgerson (South Australia.com
- AIS) in hot pursuit! This is going to be close.
This is going to be a very tight finish,
and it looks like most of the big breakaway will stay away. But there's still
15 km to go. Sanchez is doing his best to hold off Gerrans, Calzati and Higgo
behind him - he only needs seven seconds to catch Gerrans on GC.
14:21 CST 131km/16km to go
KOM results: Russell
Van Hout (Uni SA - Australia), Paul Crake (Uni SA - Australia), Matthew Lloyd
(South Australia.com - AIS), Johan Vansummeren (Davitamon Lotto) and Rony Martias
Sanchez is catching the remnants of the break,
as Gerrans is joined by another teammate Jose Luis Arrieta. Sanchez leads that
group by 100m.
Sanchez has 10 seconds on the Gerro
group at 130 km and looking good. But it's not over until Willunga. Sanchez
should have help from Kemps and Rojas, who were in the break.
Crake and Van Hout are doing their best to pull off a UniSA 1-2 stage win.
14:25 CST 134km/13km to go
Russ and Paul, to
refer to them by their first names, have a 41 second advantage over a group
with Johan Vansummeren (Davitamon Lotto), Elia Rigotto (Milram), Glen Chadwick
(Navigators Insurance), Rony Martias (Bouygues Telecom), and Matthew Lloyd (South
Australia.com - AIS). Great riding by the two UniSA riders.
main battle is for the jersey, between Luis Sanchez and Simon Gerrans. The gap
between those two is still not more than 10 seconds.
The two leaders are driving it for
all they are worth, and it will hopefully net them a stage win in theJacob's
Creek Tour Down Under in Willunga. Van Hout, the Australian champion, and Crake,
who just missed out on a stage the other day, are both strong riders in the
This will also probably secure UniSA's
place in the teams classification, depending on how Liberty rides.
14:31 CST 139km/8km to go
The first chasers behind
Van Hout and Crake are down to four as Matthew Lloyd (South Australia.com -
AIS) is first dropped, then crashes on a descent.
Gerrans is past
10 km to go, but still pursuing Sanchez.
14:34 CST 142km/5km to go
Van Hout and Crake
pass five clicks to go with an unbeatable 50 second lead on the chase group.
Sanchez, we believe, still leads the Gerrans group by 10 seconds. We'll find
out very soon as the race reaches its climax.
Van Hout and Crake are into the final
few kilometres as they near the town of Willunga, where they will get a popular
welcome as the first and second place getters in this stage.
14:38 CST 147km/0km to go
And it's Russell Van
Hout (UniSA) who takes out the fourth stage!! Crake has to settle for second,
We are still waiting for the third
place getter and the official GC results. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten!
Rony Martias (Bouygues Telecom) has
taken third place in the stage, but we're still awaiting the results of the
And Simon Gerrans has kept the leader's
jersey, after catching Sanchez in the final kilometres!! He goes into tomorrow's
finale with a fairly comfy 7 second buffer. Great ride by him and the Ag2r boys.
It also looks like Robbie McEwen has
held onto his third place overall. We're not sure yet whether Will Walker is
still in fourth, but the full results will be posted within an hour or so.
That wraps it up at the end of another hot, exciting day from the JCTDU. It
was a great stage and the first time that an early break has stayed away in
the Willunga stage. Full credit to Gerro and his team for pulling back Sanchez,
who had escaped on the climb.
We'll be back at 1:30pm local time
tomorrow with the final stage of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, the Adelaide
city circuit. Until then!
1 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA-Australia 3.32.54
2 Paul Crake (Aus) UniSA-Australia
3 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 1.03
4 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
5 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
6 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram
7 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram 1.13
8 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
9 Mitchell Docker (Aus) United Water-Australia U/23 1.22
10 Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-T Interim 1.25
General classification after stage 4
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prevoyance
2 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team 0.07
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 0.18
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