Porte Soloes to Victory in Tour Down Under; Gerrans Reclaims Race Lead

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01/25/2014| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
Team Sky Pro Cycling's Richie Porte soloes to victory in stage 5 of 2014 Santos Tour Down Under Fotoreporter Sirotti

Porte Soloes to Victory in Tour Down Under; Gerrans Reclaims Race Lead

Simon Gerrans (Team GreenEdge) set himself up to become the first three-time winner of the Santos Tour Down Under in a dramatic day of racing that saw Richie Porte (Team Sky Pro Cycling) win stage 5.

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"It’s really good to be the king of the mountains here," said Hansen who also jumped up into the top ten and now sits eighth overall. "I’m a bit surprised that I made it.

"It wasn’t my priority but I decided to go for it the first time up Willunga Hill. Jurgen Roelandts led me out but I didn’t want to go full gas against the AG2R rider (Axel Domont) who was sprinting for KOM points as well.

"It’s very nice to get the jersey."

Meanwhile in front Voigt kicked again in the final ten kilometres in a desperate bid to steal a win but the stakes were too high for the overall contenders Voigt was reeled in at the foot of the final ascent.

But the 42 year old, the oldest man in the, did earn the Europcar Most Competive Rider award.

"When we got caught after breaking away attacked again, but what else should I do? Just disappear?" Voigt asked. "I didn’t have to work for a leader or anything and I wasn’t gonna win the stage against the favourites, so I thought I’d better do it in style, put on a show, entertain the people.

"But actually, it could have worked as well, had those guys laughed and said ‘oh!, this is just Jens, he’s an old man with number 42 on his back, like his age, let him go’. And then, with a good lead, I wouldn’t have been caught again."

Gerrans also leads the Adam Internet Sprint Classification by 19 points from Ulissi.

In the "Cycle Instead" Best Young Rider category 20 year old UniSA-Australia's Jack Haig finished 20th on the stage and remains 1:19 ahead of Spaniard Carlos Verona (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) his nearest rival for the honour.

"I saw him at the end of the climb the first time, after which I was left with no team-mate while he had his whole team with him.," said Haig. "So I was just hanging on to the wheels. I pushed myself so hard. It scared me racing in the wind like this.

"In the final climb, I was pretty tired," said Haig. "I had to go really deep but I just marked Carlos all the way up."

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