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9th Tour Down Under - 2.HC

Australia, January 16-21, 2007

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Stage 4 - Saturday, January 20: Willunga - Willunga, 147km

Elmiger sprints into overall lead via bonus

Belgians win the day, Menzies puts up valiant fight

By Mark Zalewski in Willunga, South Austalia

The field sprint to the line in Willunga
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Dark clouds greeted the riders for the second day in today's penultimate stage of the Tour Down Under, with many expecting today to be a storm of activity in the fight for the overall lead. With second place Martin Elmiger (AG2r Prevoyance) sitting one second behind race leader Karl Menzies (Australia - UniSA) it was sure to be an all out battle to the line. At the start Elmiger was all quiet on the race strategy, saying only that he would be watching Menzies. As it turns out, Elmiger was targeting the KOM to make his move, but had to settle for the time bonuses on the finish line, leapfrogging Menzies in the outright standings via the two seconds he earned with a third place sprint finish, behind winner Pieter Ghyllebert (Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen).

"It was my goal today to make up some seconds in the mountains but it came down to the final, so I had to sprint," said Elmiger. "We played a good card with Simon Gerrans and Yuriy Krivtsov in the front with me. They were going hard because the [leader's] jersey was behind by thirty seconds after the hill. I was thinking that's it for us, but then they chased hard behind and I had to sprint for third and for the jersey."

Elmiger is excited to be in the leader's jersey, poised to win it all with one stage to go. "Last year I didn't win a race so it's long enough!" said Elmiger. "It's big for me. I've never won a stage race."

The TDU rolls through the vineyard region
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Stage winner Ghyllebert was also happy with the win, after helping his teammate take out a stage the other day in Hahndorf. "It was a very hard last lap and on the climb - I gave everything to hold the second group, then the CSC riders closed the gap to the front group, but you need a little bit of luck. The other day I was second to my team-mate and I was also very strong but today it's my turn."

Menzies was understandably upset upon hearing the result after riding out of his skin to stay within reach of Elmiger and the other GC threats on Willunga Hill, only to lose the jersey by a time bonus. "I followed the man I had to but he slipped away in the final metres," he said. "But credit to him, he rode strong all day and up the climb."

"The team rode beautifully all day," he continued. "Having Robert up there for us was perfect. And Jongewaard rode with me all the way up the climb. Then Robert was there waiting at the top and they did all they could - I only had to do like one turn. CSC didn't have anyone up there either so Roberts, Goss and O'Grady came through too."

The American and Aussie flags were flying by the beach
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"There were a few guys doing some stupid things," said Menzies about the final sprint. "Maybe I was a bit too concerned about following him and not sprinting for myself."

This sets up a battle royale on the streets of downtown Adelaide on Sunday, with a flat and fast 4.5 kilometre course featuring three opportunities for time bonuses, two intermediate sprints and the finish line. "For sure we'll give it a go tomorrow," said Menzies. "One second down and I can sprint ok, so we'll go hammer and tongs. The legs feel good still and I miss those podium girls pecking me on the cheek!"

Elmiger is confident that he and his team can put up a quality defence tomorrow, despite being down a few riders. "We have a good quality of riders, maybe not the quantity but a good quality," he said. Regarding the race so far he joked: "It's like the Tour de France, no? Where they don't attack!" But on a more serious note he added: "We have to ride clever, I can sprint well so I will fight for the overall classification. I'm confident that I can sprint as well, like Menzies. It will be a tough final but it's good for the last stage - normally the leaders jersey is decided by now."

How it unfolded

The main bunch
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"Come to the Tour Down Under - it never rains!" was a phrase used to convince this seppo Cyclingnews correspondent to travel around the world. Well to that I say, "Codswallop!" (Look it up if you are not from Down Unda'!) Two back-to-back days of rain made the local farmers sing and the soaked riders curse.

As has been the case in every stage of this Tour Down Under, early attacks produced a large breakaway that ate up all of the time bonuses out on the road, much to the liking of the Australia-UniSA team, who otherwise would have to keep an eye on seventeen riders with a shot at the overall. Menzies even had the numbers written on tape placed on his top tube. "I sure used a big font, but I didn't even use it today," he said. The main break on the day today was setting up to be a battle for the red sprinters jersey, between Laurent Brouchard (Bouygues Telecom) and the new leader Viktor Rapinski (Navigators Insurance), who claimed the lead by being in the long break yesterday.

The lead group under threatening skies.
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But early bad luck struck Rapinski with a rear puncture, sending him out of the break. The strong man from Belarus toughed it out for a few kilometres chasing solo, but eventually made the wiser decision to sit-up and live to fight another day. The rest of the break contained: Samuel Dumoulin (AG2r Prevoyance), Allan Johansen (Team CSC), Julian Dean (Credit Agricole), Matt Wilson (Unibet.com), Glenn D'hollander (Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen), Darren Lill (Navigators Insurance Cycling Team), Fabrizio Guidi (Barloworld), Diego Caccia (Barloworld), Ludovic Turpin (AG2r Prevoyance), Hans Dekkers (Agritubel), Robert McLachlan (Australia - UniSA), Heath Blackgrove (New Zealand National Team), Clinton Avery (New Zealand National Team).

The first sprint of the day pushed Brouchard into the lead by two points as he took four for second place. Back in the peloton, a variety of teams took turns working, with the majority of the early gas contributed by CSC, with Lars Bak sitting just seven seconds in the rears of Menzies and director sportif Scott Sunderland tired of seeing the same race play out day after day. "It is a funny race," he told Cyclingnews before the stage. "The trend the last few days has been for a break to go up the road to take all of the bonuses. It makes for a negative race - a boring race just doing the in between stuff."

The break seemed to hover under three minutes for most of the day, at least until the second intermediate sprint was eaten up by the non-GC threatening breakaway. Brouchard took the second sprint, increasing his lead on Rapinski and the others. Still the peloton only was able to eat away a slice of the advantage, sitting at just over two minutes until the breakaway entered downtown Willunga for the final time before the KOM.

Is he gonna make it?
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On the line before the climb it was an advantage of 1.45, with the pace starting to finally quicken. As the break went up the climb, the long day took its toll on half the riders. Eventually, only six remained to the top: Brochard, d'Hollander, Blackgrove, Guidi, Dean and Caccia. Behind, dropped riders struggled up while Menzies' teammate in the break Robert McLachlan waited to help his team leader stay in contact with the race.

The gap to the peloton, still containing Menzies, dropped rapidly as the climb steepened. By the top, the six remaining break riders only had around thirty seconds on what became a split in the peloton, containing: Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2r Prevoyance), Matthew Lloyd (Predictor - Lotto), Matt Wilson (Unibet.com), Gustav Larsson (Unibet.com), Matteo Carrara (Unibet.com), Clinton Avery (New Zealand National Team), Gene Bates (SouthAustralia.com-AIS), Martin Elmiger (AG2r Prevoyance), Wesley Sulzberger (SouthAustralia.com-AIS), Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance Cycling Team), Juan Miguel Mercado (Agritubel), Alexandre Botcharov (Credit Agricole), Eduardo Gonzalo (Agritubel), Simon Gerrans (AG2r Prevoyance), Nicolas Crosbie (Bouygues Telecom), Serge Pauwels (Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen).

Martin Elmiger (AG2r Prévoyance)
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Another thirty-odd seconds behind was the Menzies group, keeping the threats up the road within reach for the final 18 kilometres of the descent and finish. But Menzies would have to catch the group by the line in order to finish with the same time as second place Elmiger. As expected, the big engine of Menzies chipped away at the lead, aided by a strong CSC contingent, catching the leaders which resulted in a pack of around twenty-four riders. This set-up a field sprint for the valuable time bonuses on the line - six, four and two seconds respectively.

The final three kilometres was a gradual drag uphill to the finish line, with thousands waiting and hoping the rains would hold off. The final kilometre produced a fast sprint with the Euro-pros loving the weather and riding accordingly. "My teammate Jens Renders, he goes [on the front] two kilometres from the finish on the left side and it was a very strong wind from the right side," said Pieter Ghyllebert. "He took me to 300 metres and then I went on the left side - nobody was on my wheel."

The closest riders were Sergey Lagutin (Navigators Insurance) and Martin Elmiger, who snatched the other two time bonuses on the line. "Stuart [O'Grady] went to the left and then I have to brake - then I was coming back for the third place. Stuart did not sprint for the third place once he could not win so I came past him and it was a little bit easier. It was really left-right-left-right, side wind, and I was only doing the best sprint for me, I wasn't looking for Menzies."

Photography

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Results

1 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen    3.25.38
2 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                    
3 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r Prévoyance                                      
4 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                             
5 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Barloworld                                           
6 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram                                       
7 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                     
8 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                                   
9 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
10 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                           
11 Karl Menzies (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                     
12 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
13 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld                                    
14 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                    
15 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                 
16 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                      
17 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                                
18 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                              
19 Simon Clarke (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                
20 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                          
21 Gene Bates (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                  
22 Johnnie Walker (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                              
23 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
24 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                                          
25 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.07
26 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                      
27 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
28 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                    
29 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                          
30 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor - Lotto                                  
31 Jonathon Clarke (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                             
32 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen             0.11
33 Clinton Avery (NZl) New Zealand National Team                            
34 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com                                           
35 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) New Zealand National Team                         
36 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r Prévoyance                                     
37 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen     0.16
38 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                 
39 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                                          
40 Serge Pauwels (Ned) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen              
41 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team           0.19
42 Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen           0.27
43 Martin Mueller (Ger) Team Milram                                     0.29
44 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen          
45 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                           
46 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                        
47 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                0.34
48 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                          0.36
49 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                 
50 Robert McLachlan (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                 
51 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                    0.42
52 James Perry (RSA) Barloworld                                             
53 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                                  0.46
54 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                            
55 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                   0.50
56 Matt Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                                         1.43
57 Darren Lill (RSA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  2.01
58 Tim Gudsell (NZl) New Zealand National Team                          5.06
59 Ben Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                       
60 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                            
61 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  
62 Oliver Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
63 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                      
64 Allan Davis (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                      
65 Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                      7.24
66 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                         
67 Benoit Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                            
68 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen             
69 Peter Latham (NZl) New Zealand National Team                             
70 Matthew Haydock (NZl) New Zealand National Team                          
71 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                             
72 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                          
73 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
74 Gordon McCauley (NZl) New Zealand National Team                          
75 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                          
76 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                  
77 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Unibet.com                                           
78 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                         
79 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen           
80 Scott Lyttle (NZl) New Zealand National Team                             
81 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                          
82 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                        
83 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                             
84 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                     
85 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
86 Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                       
87 Nicki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                         
88 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) Team Milram                                     
89 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                       
90 Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                     
91 Fred Rodriquez (USA) Predictor - Lotto                                   
92 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                    
93 Michael Ford (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                
94 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                       
95 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                           
96 Matthew White (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                    
97 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
98 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Crédit Agricole                                      
99 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                        
100 Miles Olman (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                
101 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld                                          
102 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld                                         
103 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                
104 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                            
105 Logan Hutchings (NZl) New Zealand National Team                         
106 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                           
107 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                 
DNF Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                                        
DNF Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                           
DNS Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance           

Mountains

1 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) New Zealand National Team                        16 pts
2 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen         12
3 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  8
4 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Barloworld                                          6
5 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                        4

Sprint # 1 - The Esplanade, Snapper Point near Butterworth Rd - 58.8 km
 
1 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                             6 pts
2 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  4
3 Matt Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                                             2
 
Sprint # 2 - The Esplanade, Snapper Point near Butterworth Rd - 100.7 km
 
1 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  6 pts
2 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                             4
3 Clinton Avery (NZl) New Zealand National Team                            2
 
Sprint # 3 - Main Road, Willunga at Kell Street - 147.0 km
 
1 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen          8 pts
2 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                   6
3 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r Prévoyance                                     4


Most Aggressive Rider

1 Glenn D’Hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques

Teams

1 Team CSC                                                          10.16.54
2 Bouygues Telecom                                                          
3 SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                                    
4 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                                     0.07
5 Crédit Agricole                                                           
6 Predictor - Lotto                                                         
7 Unibet.com                                                            0.18
8 Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                               0.27
9 Team Milram                                                           0.29
10 Barloworld                                                           0.42
11 AG2r Prévoyance                                                      0.45
12 Australia - UniSA                                                    1.12
13 New Zealand National Team                                            5.28
14 Agritubel                                                            7.31

General Classification

1 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r Prévoyance                              14.02.15
2 Karl Menzies (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                  0.01
3 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                               0.08
4 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                 0.10
5 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                                       0.18
6 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                           0.47
7 Gene Bates (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                   
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld                                 0.52
9 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
10 Simon Clarke (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                            1.05
11 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               2.49
12 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                  2.55
13 Mario Aerts (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                  3.05
14 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                           
15 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               3.12
16 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                3.14
17 Serge Pauwels (Ned) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen          3.37
18 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                        9.02
19 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen      9.10
20 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            9.11
21 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                          
22 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                      9.13
23 Koen Barbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen             9.15
24 Jonathon Clarke (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                         9.18
25 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                9.20
26 Martin Mueller (Ger) Team Milram                                     9.33
27 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com                                      10.30
28 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team             10.32
29 Gordon McCauley (NZl) New Zealand National Team                     10.45
30 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor - Lotto                             12.36
31 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Australia - UniSA                            12.49
32 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                         13.03
33 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                               13.05
34 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                   13.12
35 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            15.29
36 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          16.19
37 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen      16.21
38 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen        16.28
39 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                     
40 Benoit Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                            
41 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Crédit Agricole                                      
42 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                      16.43
43 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                   16.48
44 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                        19.30
45 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                       20.17
46 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             20.18
47 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                             21.04
48 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Unibet.com                                        22.28
49 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  22.39
50 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld                                          
51 Miles Olman (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                 
52 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Australia - UniSA                             22.52
53 Michael Ford (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                           22.59
54 Scott Lyttle (NZl) New Zealand National Team                        23.00
55 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Milram                                   23.02
56 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld                                      23.43
57 Logan Hutchings (NZl) New Zealand National Team                     23.59
58 Clinton Avery (NZl) New Zealand National Team                       24.52
59 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             26.12
60 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team              26.18
61 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Barloworld                                     26.22
62 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram                                      
63 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole                                
64 Johnnie Walker (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                              
65 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r Prévoyance                                26.33
66 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen    26.38
67 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com                                          
68 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team          26.41
69 Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen          26.49
70 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) New Zealand National Team                         
71 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen     26.51
72 Robert McLachlan (Aus) Australia - UniSA                            26.58
73 James Perry (RSA) Barloworld                                        27.04
74 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                                 27.08
75 Diego Caccia (Ita) Barloworld                                            
76 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                  27.12
77 Matt Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                                        28.20
78 Darren Lill (RSA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                 28.39
79 Allan Davis (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                 31.28
80 Oliver Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
81 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                      
82 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                            
83 Tim Gudsell (NZl) New Zealand National Team                              
84 Ben Brooks (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  31.44
85 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                        33.41
86 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                               33.46
87 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Agritubel                                          
88 Geert Steurs (Bel) Predictor - Lotto                                     
89 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                         
90 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team CSC                                         
91 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                       
92 Peter Latham (NZl) New Zealand National Team                             
93 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
94 Nick Gates (Aus) Predictor - Lotto                                       
95 Matthew White (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                    
96 Ben Day (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                          
97 Dennis Haueisen (Ger) Team Milram                                        
98 Nicholas Sanderson (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                          
99 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                                       
100 Enrico Degano (Ita) Barloworld                                     34.02
101 Matthew Haydock (NZl) New Zealand National Team                         
102 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                
103 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Unibet.com                                          
104 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                         
105 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) Team Milram                                    
106 Fred Rodriquez (USA) Predictor - Lotto                                  
107 Nicki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram                                        
DNF Moises Duenas (Spa) Agritubel                                           
DNF Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                                        
DNS Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                        

Points Classification

1 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 20 pts
2 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen         14
3 Viktor Rapinski (Blr) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                 12
4 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2r Prévoyance                                    12
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                             10
6 Gene Bates (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                 10
7 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                          10
8 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                            10
9 Karl Menzies (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                     8
10 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen          8
11 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com                                            8
12 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                             8
13 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                6
14 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  6
15 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC                                                 4
16 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC                                           4
17 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor - Lotto                                 4
18 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                4
19 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) Agritubel                                     2
20 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                       2
21 Scott Lyttle (NZl) New Zealand National Team                            2
22 Clinton Avery (NZl) New Zealand National Team                           2
23 Matt Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com                                            2

King of the Mountains Classification

1 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                   28 pts
2 Serge Pauwels (Ned) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen             16
3 Gianpaolo Cheula (Ita) Barloworld                                       16
4 Heath Blackgrove (NZl) New Zealand National Team                        16
5 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Unibet.com                                         12
6 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                  12
7 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen         12
8 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Barloworld                                    8
9 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                    8
10 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Predictor - Lotto                                 8
11 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 8
12 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  6
13 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Australia - UniSA                                6
14 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Barloworld                                         6
15 Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Team Milram                                     6
16 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                4
17 Markus Eichler (Ger) Unibet.com                                         4
18 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                             4
19 Julian Dean (NZl) Crédit Agricole                                       4

Under 23 Classification

1 Simon Clarke (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                         14.03.20
2 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com                                        9.25
3 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team CSC                                          11.58
4 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                       15.38
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Barloworld                                      21.34
6 Miles Olman (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                  
7 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Australia - UniSA                              21.47
8 Michael Ford (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                            21.54
9 Clinton Avery (NZl) New Zealand National Team                        23.47
10 Johnnie Walker (Aus) SouthAustralia.com-AIS                         25.17
11 Matthew Haydock (NZl) New Zealand National Team                     32.57

Teams Classification

1 SouthAustralia.com-AIS                                            41.45.56
2 Team CSC                                                              3.35
3 Unibet.com                                                           15.04
4 Bouygues Telecom                                                     18.27
5 Crédit Agricole                                                      18.46
6 Predictor - Lotto                                                    24.00
7 Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                              25.10
8 Navigators Insurance Cycling Team                                    38.39
9 Barloworld                                                           40.06
10 AG2r Prévoyance                                                     43.16
11 Team Milram                                                         49.05
12 Agritubel                                                           49.26
13 Australia - UniSA                                                   49.53
14 New Zealand National Team                                           59.38

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