People's Choice Classic - Santos Tour Down Under - Race Overview

It was a quiet first outing in Adelaide for ORICA-GreenEDGE at the People’s Choice Classic, the lead-in race for the Santos Tour Down Under. German sprint powerhouses Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) finished 1-2 in the hectic sprint finish, ahead of young gun Caleb Ewan (UniSA-Australia) in third. ORICA-GreenEDGE finished outside of the top ten.

The Tour Down Under warm up was raced on a new closed street circuit in downtown Adelaide, with 25 laps around the Victoria Drive course making up the 50 kilometre long race. The evening criterium promised to deliver a bunch sprint finale, but a nervous lead-in affected the team’s pre-race plan. 

“The plan was to save ourselves during the race for the final sprint. But that changed mid-race.  There was quite a big crash early on with about seven or eight guys involved, and one seriously injured. There was an ambulance on the course following that. The race kept going, but it was chaotic. We were lucky none of our guys were caught up in the crash. But things were a bit dangerous out there, so the guys decided not to contest the final sprint, mainly due to the tricky last corner. It was a good decision- the big picture for us is Tour Down Under.” - Sport Director Matt White





Place Rider/Team Time
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) - Giant Shimano 1:04:35
2 André Greipel (Ger) - Lotto Belisol ST
3 Caleb Ewan (Aus) - UNiSA ST
4 Christopher Sutton (Aus) - Team Sky ST
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) - Movistar ST
6 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) - Omega Pharma QuickStep ST
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) - Omega Pharma QuickStep ST
8 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) - Drapac Cyclng ST
9 Ella Viviani (Ita) - Cannondale ST
10 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) - Lotto Belisol ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
68 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
70 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:48
92 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:46
107 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:49
108 Daryl Impey (Rsa) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
109 Matt Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
113 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST