Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 3: Norwood - Campbelltown - Stage Details

Cadel Evans (BMC) showed why he is Australia’s most decorated road cyclist, with a dominant performance on stage three of the Santos Tour Down Under. Evans attacked on the final climb of the day and stayed away to take the stage win and the overall lead. Simon Gerrans finished fifth on the stage, and now sits in second place overall, 12 seconds down on Evans. Australian Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) sprinted to second place in Campbelltown, with Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) rounding out the podium in third. 

Evans launched the winning attack at the foot of the Corkscrew climb, and soloed away to take the stage victory and a ten second time bonus for the win. Simon Gerrans and Richie Porte (Sky) swapped off in pursuit of Evans over the top of the Corkscrew and on the steep descent of the climb, and were quickly joined by a chase group of 12 riders, including Gerrans's teammate Daryl Impey. Despite chasing hard, the group finished 15 seconds behind Evans, with Gerrans fifth and Impey in ninth. ORICA-GreenEDGE had followed their plan of trying to control and limit the damage for Gerrans on the climb, and were content with their efforts.

“We obviously would have liked to have kept the jersey. We’ve got a little bit of work to do now to get those 12 seconds back, but we’ve also got a couple more stages left to do it and there are plenty of time bonuses available out on the road and in the finishes. Gerro is in super form and the guys are supporting him really well, so it’s not over yet.” - Sport Director Matt White

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team 3:34:06
2 Nathan Haas (Aus) - Garmin Sharp 0:00:15
3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
4 Adam Hansen (Aus) - Lotto Belisol ST
5 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
6 Rory Sutherland (Aus) - Tinkoff-Saxo ST
7 Brent Bookwalter (USA) - BMC Racing Team ST
8 Ben Hermans (Bel) - BMC Racing Team ST
9 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
9 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
16 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:43
61 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:17
68 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
127 Matt Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:11:44
129 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST