Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 1: Nuriootpa - Angaston - Stage Details

Former champion Simon Gerrans signalled his intentions early at the Santos Tour Down Under, taking a dominant sprint win and the Ochre leader’s jersey on stage one into Angaston. Gerrans narrowly edged out Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Steele Von Hoff (Garmin-Sharp), from a 40-man bunch reduced by the challenging Menglers Hill that came with 12 kilometres to go. 

“I didn’t imagine I’d be able to come past Greipel until the very end. But in the final two kilometres all of the Lotto guys were looking tired and had been working hard and I thought maybe Greipel wouldn’t be able to do his normal sprint. So I took his wheel in the sprint, and it was only in the last 100 metres that I felt confident I would be able to come past him.” - Simon Gerrans

"It was a bigger group than I expected to make it to the finish today. I didn’t think Greipel would get there- he was the only pure sprinter who really made it. Most people wouldn’t bet on Gerro taking out Greipel in a sprint, but it was a hard run in to the line. It was quite deceptive and a real grind of a sprint. Gerro got there fresher than Andre, and he was dropped off very, very well by Impey and Matthews. If the right circumstances come about, Simon is very hard to beat.” - Sport Director Matt White

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 3:20:24
2 Andre Greipel (Ger) - Lotto Belisol ST
3 Steele von Hoff (Aus) - Garmin-Sharp ST
4 Diego Ulissi (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
5 Maxime Bouet (Fra) - Ag2r-La Mondiale ST
6 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) - Astana ST
7 Simon Geschke (Ger) - Giant-Shimano ST
8 Rafael Valls (Esp) - Lampre-Merida ST
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC ST
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) - Belkin ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 3:20:24
14 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:04
27 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
52 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
118 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:08:08
119 Matt Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
121 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST