Santos Tour Down Under
Stage 1 - Unley to Lyndoch - Stage Details

People’s Choice Classic winner Caleb Ewan has backed up his performance of two days ago to take out the opening stage and the first leader’s jersey of the Tour Down Under for ORICA-SCOTT in Lyndoch.

Race organisers decided to shorten the day’s racing from 145km to 118km, as scorching conditions saw the temperature hit 40 degrees.

In what was a close finish, the 22-year-old just got the better of Danny Van Poppel (SKY) and Sam Bennett (BOR) having once again been dropped off by new teammate Roger Kluge.

Ewan, who won the same stage in 2016, was pleased to come away with the victory after a tough day on the bike and a messy bunch sprint.

“It was really stinking hot out there today,” Ewan said at the finish line. “I think everyone felt the heat and it was probably a good idea for organisers to shorten it a little bit."

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 3:24:18
2 Danny van Poppel (NED) - Team Sky ST
3 Sam Bennett (IRL) - Bora-Hansgrohe ST
4 Marko Kump (SLO) - Team UAE Abu Dhabi ST
5 Niccolò Bonifazio (ITA) - Bahrain-Merida ST
6 Nikias Arndt (GER) - Team Sunweb ST
7 Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) - Katusha-Alpecin ST
8 Edward Theuns (BEL) - Trek-Segafredo ST
9 Miles Scotson (AUS) - BMC Racing Team ST
10 Sean De Bie (BEL) - Lotto Soudal ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 3:24:18
44 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
50 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
52 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
70 Roger Kluge (GER) - ORICA-SCOTT ST
129 Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:00:50
130 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:03:35