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2011 Santos Tour Down Under, Attendance totals: Cancer Council Classic 108,000, IG Markets Stage 1: 101,000, IG Markets Stage 2: 102,000, Colemans Group Stage 3: 107,000, Mutual Community Stage 4: 110,000, Jayco Stage 5: 125,000.
IG Markets Stage 6: 119,000. Total: 772,000.(This a Santos Tour Down Under record surpassing the 2010 total by1500 fans).
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 07:28:41 +0000 (GMT)
IG Markets Stage 6: stage speed: 47.7kph. average race speed: 42.6kph. 130 riders started and 129 finished. Simon GERRANS (AUS) - SKY PRO CYCLING abandoned.
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 07:05:01 +0000 (GMT)
Official results, IG Markets Stage 6, 2011 Santos General Classification. selected results. 11: Alessandro BALLAN (ITA) - BMC RACING TEAM @ 0:28. 14: Jose Joaquin ROJAS (ESP) - MOVISTAR TEAM @ st, 28: Robbie McEWEN (AUS) - TEAM RADIOSHACK @ 2:03, 50: Stuart O'GRADY (AUS) - LEOPARD - TREK @ 3:26, 52: Jack BOBRIDGE (AUS) - GARMIN-CERVELO @ 3:37, 67: Lance ARMSTRONG (USA) - TEAM RADIOSHACK # 6:42, 129: Mark CAVENDISH (GBR) - HTC-HIGHROAD @ 33:51.
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 06:58:56 +0000 (GMT)
Brilliant racing, crunching crashes, massive crowds but above all, the emergence of the next generation of elite Australian cyclists.
See you next year!
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 06:29:04 +0000 (GMT)
Cameron Meyer is the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under winner after a 20 lap thrillfest that was the IG Markets Stage 6, the traditional 90km race around the Adelaide street circuit. It was meant to be a shootout between the two of the young guns of Australian cycling Cameron Meyer and Matt Goss, but the two Jayco Sprints changed the ball game and the finale became a race in three as another Aussie starlet made his late dash for glory. To try and stop team HTC setting up for the Goss to win the stage and reclaim the Ochre jersey, team Garmin-Cervelo attacked from the start of the race and forced HTC to chase. Matthew WILSON (AUS) - GARMIN-CERVELO was first to launch and he soon had some support, firstly from Stuart O'GRADY (AUS) - LEOPARD - TREK and then Dimitri CHAMPION (FRA) - AG2R, Iñaki ISASI (ESP) - EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI and eventually Luke DURBRIDGE (WA) - UNI SA-AUSTRALIA. But when the peloton decided that break should end, another Garmin rider Brett LANCASTER (AUS) - GARMIN-CERVELO took off to try and keep the pace high. We would see that pattern repeated throughout the day with Travis MEYER (AUS) - GARMIN-CERVELO and Tyler FARRAR (USA) - GARMIN-CERVELO also doing their bit to work the team plan. The 1st Jayco sprint after eight laps was always going to be important in deciding the outcome of the race and so it proved. In an amazing sprint, Michael Matthews was too strong for Goss and put himself right back into STDU calculations. The three second time bonus moved him to 3rd on GC @ nine secs, while Goss picked up two secs to close to within six seconds of Meyer. Before we could enjoy the2nd Jayco Sprint there was the small matter of the Skoda KOM (lap 10), a two-out tussle between Luke ROBERTS (SA) - UNI SA-AUSTRALIA and Ben HERMANS (BEL) - TEAM RADIOSHACK with eight points between them on the standings. Well as it turned out Hermans never even showed his face and Roberts, who attacked at the end of lap nine, was unchallenged in winning the 16 points on offer at Montenfiore Hill to establish an unassailable 24 point lead. Once again a break went away, as the race closed in on lap 12 but it never seriously threatened to stay away and we looked set for a dramatic 2nd Jayco Sprint (lap 12). But the drama came in unexpected fashion as the sprint trains messed -up big time and ultimately none of the contenders managed to grab any time bonuses.
Goss was so angry he could be seen waving his arm behind him as two Rabobank riders Jos van EMDEN (NED) - RABOBANK and Tom LEEZER (NED) - RABOBANK took the first two place ahead of Allan DAVIS (AUS) - ASTANA. So down to the wire it would come with Meyer hanging on by six seconds from Goss, with Matthews @ nine secs. This time the sprinters got it right, but the work Garmin-Crevelo made HTC do in chasing down the breaks had worked to perfection and Goss was left with too much to do by himself. In a repeat of last year’s final stage Team Sky grabbed a one-two finish--Ben SWIFT (GBR) - SKY PRO CYCLING winning his second stage of the week just in front of his teammate Greg Henderson.
Matthew Goss was a gallant 3rd, but it wasn’t enough, as he finished a tiny two seconds shy of Meyer in 2nd position, a result that equals the second closest finish in Santos Tour Down Under history. In 2001 Stuart O’Grady won by the same margin from Kai Hundertmark but the closest result came in 2003 when Mikel Astarloza won on count-back from Lennie Lange Kristensen. So at 23 Cameron Meyer adds another significant title to go with the multiple World, Commonwealth and National championships he has won.Meyer also claimed the Cycle Instead Young Rider jersey with Matthew Goss winning the Jayco Sprint Classification, Luke Roberts the Skoda KOM, and Stuart O’Grady the Hindmarsh Most aggressive for today’s stage. O’Grady in what looked for all money like a farewell ride was brilliant today . He featured in the first break but refused to surrender, and even when the race came back together he got his breath back and went again when another attack was mounted. Roberts also won the Tanya Denver Memorial Ward for being the highest ranked South Australian rider.Lance Armstrong had a quiet day in the bunch in his final pro race outside of the US, but his contribution to the Santos Tour Down Under will never be forgotten. In fact this 13th edition of the STDU will do likewise because of what we have seen over the past week.
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 06:28:20 +0000 (GMT)