Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 5: McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill - Stage Details

Simon Gerrans claimed the ochre leader’s jersey by just one second atop Willunga Hill, after a phenomenal day of racing on the penultimate stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. The three biggest names traded blows on the final climb up Willunga Hill, with Gerrans ultimately taking third place and a four second time bonus, behind stage winner Richie Porte (Sky). Cadel Evans finished in fourth, six seconds down on Gerrans to put him in second place overall.

“I just managed to sneak back into the overall lead, so it has been a great day. I tried to conserve as much as I could on the climb, because there was quite a strong headwind. The second you put your nose in the wind here you really die down and I could see that Cadel was obviously a bit nervous because he had done a heck of a lot of work. When we jumped away in the finish he wasn’t able to respond.” - Simon Gerrans

“We knew we had to beat Cadel on the stage today, it was as simple as that. It was always going to come down to the final climb over Willunga Hill. BMC wanted to make it a really, really hard climb and put as much pressure on Simon as possible, which they managed to do. Simon knows this climb so well, so he rode a very calculated race. He conserved when he needed to and came back at the end.” - Sport Director Matt White

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Richie Porte (Aus) - Team Sky 3:42:20
2 Diego Ulissi (Ita) - Lampre-Merida 0:00:10
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
4 Robert Gesink (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:14
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
6 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team ST
7 Nathan Haas (Aus) - Garmin Sharp 0:00:17
8 Egor Silin (Rus) - Team Katusha ST
9 Adam Hansen (Aus) - Lotto Belisol ST
10 Geraint Thomas (GBr) - Team Sky 0:00:21
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
28 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:02
57 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:35
78 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:47
79 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
111 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:11:32