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06 Jan 2019 06:19

Massive failure by Meyer. Just needs to continue riding with Harper and he beats him in a sprint.Sit up and allow Freiberg back from the dead.
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06 Jan 2019 06:19

lol poor old CM will not get another chance like that again but I think Harper's strength got to him.
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06 Jan 2019 06:22

Chris Harper has been knocking on the door for a while. Should be getting div2 or stagiare ride soon after a couple of good seasons
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06 Jan 2019 06:23

Time/Gap
1. 32 Michael FREIBERG 4h44:48
2. 20 Chris HARPER +1
3. 4 Cameron MEYER +1
4. 2 Luke DURBRIDGE +1:23
5. 23 Dylan SUNDERLAND +3:24
6. 19 Scott BOWDEN +3:24
7. 113 Mark O'BRIEN +3:24
8. 8 Lucas HAMILTON +3:24
9. 9 Nicholas SCHULTZ +3:29
10. 12 Jai HINDLEY +4:16
11. 40 Conor MURTAGH +4:36
12. 98 Drew MOREY +4:39
13. 21 Jason LEA +5:27
14. 152 Reece TUCKNOTT +5:27
15. 122 Brendan JOHNSTON +6:14
16. 13 Michael STORER +6:55
17. 94 Nathan ELLIOTT +6:55
18. 99 Ben HILL +7:16
19. 96 Cyrus MONK +7:16
20. 18 Adam HANSEN +7:19
21. 14 James WHELAN +7:40
22. 5 Damien HOWSON +9:26
23. 49 Liam WHITE +9:30
24. 22 Lionel MAWDITT +11:45
25. 29 Alistair DONOHOE +12:42
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06 Jan 2019 06:24

A number of very good riders will be kicking themselves not getting in the first big move
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06 Jan 2019 06:32

Thanks for the updates.
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06 Jan 2019 06:45

Ferminal wrote:lol poor old CM will not get another chance like that again but I think Harper's strength got to him.
reckon he was trying to be smart but ended up embarrassing himself. Will deserve a bake from ds
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06 Jan 2019 06:49

O'Connor DNF. He was putting in the most effort in the chase group along with Hindley and Whelan. Hamilton, Schultz and Sunderland all looked strong back there. Race could have played out a number of ways but ultimately I think the strategy for the two big teams was good (guess it has to be when your best riders and the two strongest in the race go to the line in a two-up).
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06 Jan 2019 07:18

It's always a bit sad when the National jersey is lost in the back blocks of the world.
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06 Jan 2019 07:28

It was always heading to Perth today...
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06 Jan 2019 08:16

Ferminal wrote:O'Connor DNF. He was putting in the most effort in the chase group along with Hindley and Whelan. Hamilton, Schultz and Sunderland all looked strong back there. Race could have played out a number of ways but ultimately I think the strategy for the two big teams was good (guess it has to be when your best riders and the two strongest in the race go to the line in a two-up).

Sunweb should have shown some guts and worked with Hansen and O'Connor to try and set things up for Hindley who is riding well.
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06 Jan 2019 13:16

My two outsiders for the GC at TDU are Latour and Pogacar - Corkscrew Hill stage places more riders into GC contention.
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06 Jan 2019 13:59

Which rider do you think can get closest to Porte on Willunga Hill? The list is now full.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-down-under/2019/gc/startlist
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06 Jan 2019 14:19

Velolover2 wrote:Which rider do you think can get closest to Porte on Willunga Hill? The list is now full.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-down-under/2019/gc/startlist

George Bennett and Michael Woods.
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06 Jan 2019 14:25

Alexandre B. wrote:
Velolover2 wrote:Which rider do you think can get closest to Porte on Willunga Hill? The list is now full.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-down-under/2019/gc/startlist

George Bennett and Michael Woods.

I was thinking about three: Bennett, Woods and Poels. All should be able to hang on to Porte but only for a while.

Problem with Willunga Hill is that it's not really a punchy climb. It's not steep or irregular.

It's like the short version of a high cadence climb. Froome, Dumo and Thomas might be the only ones who can hang on to Porte on such a hill.
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06 Jan 2019 16:29

Corkscrew Hill on stage 4 will probably be the decisive stage - Porte dominated that stage in 2017.
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06 Jan 2019 16:39

I'm also going with Woods. Remember, the (I think) only time Valverde ever raced the TDU he won that stage in 2012. Hence the reason I'd give Woods a shot at staying close to Porte. Ruben Fernandez has also done well on that climb in the past.
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06 Jan 2019 16:54

yaco wrote:Corkscrew Hill on stage 4 will probably be the decisive stage - Porte dominated that stage in 2017.

They didn't do it in 2017, as far as I know. The climb that Porte dominated was the Paracombe one.

I think the Corkscrew road has been done three times. Porte was in the front group in 2016 (10-man sprint won by Gerrans) and in the 12-man group 11 seconds behind Evans in 2014. Geraint Thomas won in 2013, 1 second ahead of Moreno & Hermans and 4 seconds ahead of a 12 man group.
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06 Jan 2019 19:07

Squire wrote:
yaco wrote:Corkscrew Hill on stage 4 will probably be the decisive stage - Porte dominated that stage in 2017.

They didn't do it in 2017, as far as I know. The climb that Porte dominated was the Paracombe one.

I think the Corkscrew road has been done three times. Porte was in the front group in 2016 (10-man sprint won by Gerrans) and in the 12-man group 11 seconds behind Evans in 2014. Geraint Thomas won in 2013, 1 second ahead of Moreno & Hermans and 4 seconds ahead of a 12 man group.


Yes it was Paracombe - Still think Corkscrew will be the decisive stage and having Willinga as the last stage should make for more exciting racing.
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