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

2016 Il Lombardia winner Esteban Chaves has finished in third placed up the famous Willunga climb on the penultimate day of the Tour Down Under.

Chaves finished 20seconds behind race leader Richie Porte (BMC), who all-but secured the 2017 title with a second stage win, to move into second overall with one stage to go.  Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) finished second on the stage to move in third on the general classification.

ORICA-SCOTT and Team Sky worked hard on the front of the peloton in attempt to isolate Porte and split the bunch in the approach to the final climb, but Porte was too strong and claimed his fourth consecutive win up Willunga. 

Chaves praised Porte and the Australian crowd, but was equally happy with a strong week of racing so early in the season. 

“It was really hard, especially on the climbs but it was beautiful at the same time,” Chaves said. “There was a lot of people at the border, it was like the Tour de France for three kilometres, twice.”

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Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Richie Porte (AUS) - BMC Racing Team 3:40:13
2 Nathan Haas (AUS) - Dimension Data 0:00:20
3 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:00:20
4 Diego Ulissi (ITA) - Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:20
5 Jay McCarthy (AUS) - Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:20
6 Nathan Earle (AUS) - UniSA-Australia 0:00:23
7 Rafael Valls (SPA) - Lotto Soudal 0:00:23
8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL) - Team Sky 0:00:23
9 Robert Gesink (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:23
10 Tom Jelte Slagter (NED) - Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:23
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
3 Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:00:20
55 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:03:31
56 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:03:31
86 Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:07:05
87 Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:07:05
94 Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:08:10
108 Roger Kluge (GER) - ORICA-SCOTT 0:12:24