8th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.HC
Australia, January 17-22, 2006
Results & report
Stage 5 - Sunday, January 22: Adelaide City Council Circuit, 81km
Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from Les Clarke
Live coverage starts: 13:35 ACDT
Estimated finish: 15:30 ACDT
Welcome to our live coverage of the
fifth and final stage of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, an 18 lap (81 km)
circuit race around King William Rd and Montefiore Hill. It's the traditional
closing stage to this race, and is typically dominated by the sprinters. The
likes of Robbie McEwen, Allan Davis, Thor Hushovd, Mark Renshaw, Jaan Kirsipuu,
Simone Cadamuro, and Dmitri de Fauw will be looking to show themselves today.
The race for the general classification isn't over yet, even though Simon Gerrans
enjoys a seven second lead coming into the last stage. To overhaul him, second
placed Luis Sanchez would have to win a fair chunk of the total of 12 bonus
seconds on offer today - a big ask for a non sprinter. There are two intermediate
sprints on laps 8 and 12, each worth 3, 2, 1 seconds for top three. The final
sprint is worth 6, 4, 2 seconds. So you can do the sums on that. A Sanchez breakaway
without Gerrans is highly unlikely, too, and Robbie McEwen, although a better
sprinter, is at 18 seconds down on GC and likely won't challenge.
It could be interesting for the points competition, with Russell Van Hout (UniSA)
and Daniel Becke (Milram) tied on 18 points, and a number of other riders capable
of taking that jersey today. Allan Davis, perhaps?
In the mountains
competition, Cadel Evans leads Samuel Dumoulin by 4 points, with Van Hout and
Gene Bates 16 points behind Evans. But there are two KOM sprints today, on laps
10 and 15 on Montefiore Hill, and each are worth a very generous 16 points for
a win. So it's quite possible that Evans could lose the jersey, although he's
won it twice in the past already so he knows what to do.
factor today (again) will be the heat and the wind, with suffocating NW winds
continue to blow across Adelaide before a cooler change is expected this afternoon.
That may come during the race, but it may not. It's currently nudging 40 degrees
in downtown Adelaide, up from about 35 at 7:00am this morning and 38 at 2:30am
last night. I can personally verify these figures, at the expense of some sleep.
The countdown finishes and they're
off and racing in the final stage, to a huge cheer from the big crowd gathered
by the sides of King William Road. 18 laps to go...
We spoke to race leader Simon Gerrans
before the start, and the Ag2r rider was looking confident. "I'm absolutely
rapt to be in the lead, and I hope to hold onto the lead today," he said. "The
team is really pleased with how we've gone this week, but they're happy it's
the last stage today. They're rapt to have me in the lead and it's definitely
a win for the team, a fantastic way to start the year."
change your status within the team? "It definitely puts me in a higher position
in the team and for races like this, I will definitely be in a high position."
Race favourite Robbie McEwen was looking
a little better than he did after yesterday's stage. "The climb itself was OK,
but in the last few k's I had a bit of heat stress at the finish," he recalled.
"Yeah I'm going to have a go today. But I'll try not to expend too much energy.
Maybe it'll be a sprint today but we'll see how it goes."
evening crit be better, given the temperatures? "Look, it could be 40 degrees
in the evening, so it doesn't make too much difference."
currently in third overall, and even has an outside chance of picking up second.
Does this give him confidence in his stage racing ability? "I've finished second
here before and I really need a stage race that isn't too hilly, without time
trials - all on time bonuses!" McEwen has won the Etoile des Bessèges and Circuit
Franco-Belge in the past.
13:47 CST 8km/73km to go
The riders have completed
the first lap, with the field very strung out as it does the U-turn at the top
of King William Rd. There's already an early break with four UniSA riders in
Carlos Barredo and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Liberty Seguros), Hilton
Clarke (Navigators Insurance), Mathew Hayman, Paul Crake, Sean Sullivan, Chris
Jongewaard (Uni SA - Australia) and Matthew Rex (United Water - Australia U/23)
are the men in front, with 20 seconds on the peloton.
UniSA is going for the teams classification,
which is something they should win comfortably over Liberty Seguros. But having
four riders in a break doesn't hurt.
Matt Hayman told us this morning
that, "The teams classification is something that's worth riding for. We set
ourselves up on the first day and couldn't really give it away. It actually
worked out to be an advantage to have a couple of guys in the breaks on each
day so we could take this classification.
Sean Sullivan added, "This
week we've had a solid group of guys in decent shape. And we've been sharing
the workload really well. We've achieved far more than we'd hoped for and it's
a good start to the season."
The plan today: "Russ is leading the
points classification so we'll concentrate on that. The Lotto boys will be looking
for a bunch sprint for Robbie, but we'll have to see how it goes on the course
that is really windy today.
13:50 CST 9km/72km to go
Luca Paolini (Liquigas)
has made his way across to the break, which now has 15 seconds on the main field.
Guess who are on the front? Ag2r. It's not a bad idea to let this break go to
soak up the bonus seconds.
13:57 CST 13.5km/67.5km to go
The breakaway splits
on the third lap, but comes back together as Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole)
and an SA.com rider try to bridge up. It's tough out there, with the wind and
14:06 CST 18km/63km to go
The fourth lap causes
some damage to the break, as Bodrogi (CA - not Renshaw), Sean Sullivan (Uni
SA - Australia) and Luca Paolini (Liquigas) split off the front. They are joined
by Hayman and Barredo, to form a group of five.
At the end of lap
five, this group is 50 seconds ahead of the peloton, and the rest of the early
break is in between.
14:10 CST 22.5km/58.5km to go
The front group
is the following riders: Carlos Barredo (Liberty Seguros), Luca Paolini (Liquigas),
Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole), Mathew Hayman, Sean Sullivan (Uni SA - Australia).
The second group on the road has been absorbed by the Ag2r controlled peloton,
which is 36 seconds behind the leaders.
It increases to 42 seconds - impressive
work by the front guys.
They're working well together in the
break as Hayman pounds away doing some big turns. He and Barredo were in the
break the other day to Yankalilla, and were the real drivers.
is quite happy with this situation.
Liberty's Alby Davis was looking forward
to today's finale, which is another opportunity for him to get a stage win.
Luis Sanchez basically conceded defeat yesterday: "It would be very hard for
him to get the win now," said Davis. "Gerrans would have to have a lot of bad
luck to lose the lead, and I can't see that happening."
How do you
see Sanchez performing this season? "He's another year older and he's even stronger
this year. I think he's in for a big year."
And yourself? "That's
the idea, to have a good year, especially coming into March with Milan San Remo.
I'm very happy with my performance this week and hopefully this good form can
14:19 CST 27km/54km to go
Sergey Lagutin (Navigators)
has pulled the pin after lap 6. He suffered a lot yesterday in the heat.
The break is still ahead, commanding a 40 second lead over the peloton.
With the first mountain sprint coming
on lap 10, we can look at the chances of Matt Hayman. He has six points on the
KOM GC, so if he wins both mountain sprints, then he could take the jersey from
Evans. Unlikely. He's the only one that can threaten the Davitamon-Lotto rider.
14:24 CST 31.5km/49.5km to go
The end of the
seventh lap sees the break consolidate its lead at 45 seconds. The next lap
will be for sprint points.
The breakaways are riding a steady tempo
now, not using too much energy. It's still very windy and hot and plenty of
water is needed.
Davitamon-Lotto are providing some assistance to
Ag2r in the chase.
14:27 CST 36km/45km to go
Sean Sullivan (Uni
SA - Australia) takes out the first sprint, ahead of his teammate Mathew Hayman
(Uni SA - Australia) and Luca Paolini (Liquigas). In two laps is the first
14:30 CST 40.5km/40.5km to go
It's cooling down
a little as the southerly change starts to hit Adelaide. That's a welcome relief
for everyone. The wind is still strong, but the crowds are a little down.
There is no cow.
The gap comes down to 33 seconds as
we hit the halfway point of the race, end of lap 9.
14:34 CST 42km/39km to go
The break is now on
lap 10, where they will contest the first mountain sprint.
Henk Vogels (Davitamon-Lotto) has
abandoned on the 10th lap. That's one of Robbie McEwen's key leadout men gone.
None of these riders in the break
remotely threatens Simon Gerrans. Sean Sullivan is the best placed, at 15'54
down on GC.
14:40 CST 45km/36km to go
The five leaders up
their advantage to 46 seconds at the completion of lap 10. We'll give you the
KOM results as soon as we get 'em.
14:49 CST 50km/31km to go
11 laps down now, and
this break of five (Carlos Barredo (Liberty Seguros), Luca Paolini (Liquigas),
Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole), Mathew Hayman, Sean Sullivan (Uni SA - Australia))
continues to animate the race. But Davitamon-Lotto and Ag2r are keeping a close
eye on things and it's 49 seconds.
Luca Paolini (Liquigas) won the
KOM sprint ahead of Mathew Hayman (Uni SA - Australia) and Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit
Agricole). That's put paid to Hayman's
chances of claiming the mountains
14:52 CST 54km/27km to go
The second sprint at
the end of lap 12 sees Luca Paolini again in front, with Carlos Barredo (Liberty
Seguros) and Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole) in second and third. That's essentially
put paid to Sanchez' chances of winning the overall, unless he can attack.
Barredo's chances of getting the sprints
jersey from Russ Van Hout have also ended. He needed to win both sprints, but
the UniSA riders worked to ensure that he didn't. Interesting race within a
14:56 CST 58.5km/22.5km to go
Sullivan is dropped
from the break as Josh Wilson (United Water) abandons from the peloton. There
have been a few withdrawals today, after yesterday's seven DNFs.
The temps have dropped about 10 degrees in the last hour, and it's quite a bearable
31 degrees now.
We spoke to William Walker this morning,
and the young Victorian was pretty happy with his week, which has netted him
an Australian title and a fourth overall in the JCTDU.
seem as concerned about the heat as some of the others: "Well, the weather doesn't
make too much difference to the early season racing, but it's still good to
get some racing in in the early season. I've gained some decent form recently
and I hope it stays with me."
Rabobank was also a bit tentative about
Walker racing the Bay Crits, but they're not too worried about him being injured
The gap is 13 seconds after 13 laps
as the main field starts to lift the pace. This will surely end in a bunch sprint.
The break is losing its wheels as
Bodrogi drops off next. That leaves just Paolini, Hayman and Barredo out in
15:05 CST 63km/18km to go
At the end of the 14th
lap, Davitamon-Lotto has put its team on the front of the peloton and the gap
is 31 seconds going into the second KOM lap.
15:07 CST 65km/16km to go
Paolini takes the second
KOM sprint as well, leading Barredo and Hayman over the top. But that won't
be enough to threaten Cadel Evans, who will be the mountains champion of the
Barredo wasn't contributing a lot
to the break when they were five. Now he is.
From the man himself:
Simon Gerrans is pronounced with a hard "g", not a soft one, contrary to earlier
Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r - Prevoyance)
took fourth in the KOM ahead of Cadel Evans (Davitamon Lotto), which means Evans
does indeed take the jersey. Had he not scored any points, Dumoulin would have
15:11 CST 67.5km/13.5km to go
End of the 15th
lap, and Hayman, Barredo and Paolini are fighting a losing battle against the
Davitamon-Lotto controlled peloton. Can they finish it off for Robbie McEwen?
During the 16th lap, the pace lifts
even more as the sprinters start to jostle for position in the peloton.
15:18 CST 72km/9km to go
During the 16th lap,
the pace lifts even more as the sprinters start to jostle for position in the
The breakaway has been caught though. All together with
a couple of laps to travel.
15:20 CST 74km/7km to go
Ben Brooks (Navigators)
and Aaron Kemps (Liberty) attack on the 17th lap. Really putting it to the peloton,
but it'll be a hard task.
15:21 CST 77km/4km to go
Brooks and Kemps are
caught before the bell lap. All together with one lap to travel! McEwen is in
third wheel behind his mini-train, but Alby Davis is right behind the Davitamon
15:23 CST 79km/2km to go
They go up Montefiore
Hill for the last time and it's lined out as the sprinters fight for McEwen's
wheel. Everyone knows who to mark.
15:23 CST 80km/1km to go
Robbie slips into fourth
wheel as the wind up begins from a km out.
The sprint starts at the bottom of
King William Road. It's a loooong slightly uphill drag.
15:26 CST 81km/0km to go
And it's Alby Davis
who gets his second stage win!!!! McEwen takes second. Denied.
Gerrans crosses the line with a big smile on his face as the overall winner
of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under. Brilliant ride by him and particularly
his team, who used their men to perfection.
We're still confirming third place
- it may be Daniel Becke. That's going to be close for the sprints jersey.
We have third place confirmed: Simone
Cadamuro (Milram). So Alby wins the final stage from Robbie and Simone. There's
a nice ring to that.
Apart from Gerrans taking home the
leader's jersey (Ag2r's third overall win here), Allan Davis should win the
sprints jersey, Cadel Evans the mountains, and Will Walker the U23.
That wraps it up from the commentary team at the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under,
where it's been hot from start to finish. Thanks for joining us this week, and
we'll have more live coming your in the near future.
1 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team 1.49.47
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
3 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Team Milram
4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
5 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-T Interim
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
7 Matthew Goss (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS Cycling
8 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS Cycling
9 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
10 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram
22 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prevoyance
Final general classification
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prevoyance 16.36.54
2 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team 0.07
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 0.14
4 William Walker (Aus) United Water-Australia U/23 0.46
5 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA-Australia 1.48
6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance 2.42
1 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros
King of the Mountain classification
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto
U23 rider classification
1 William Walker (Aus) United Water-Australia U/23
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