Tour Down Under – Stage 3

by CyclingTips


It was a disappointing day for Rabobank who are still trying to nail their leadout. The stage was for Matthews to win with Leezer, Brown and Renshaw trying to launch him to the finish in a bunch kick.

Matthews was visibly disappointed with not being able to hold the wheel on his own train. I spoke with Matthews yesterday and he says his confidence is still lacking after a bad crash he had at the ToC last year during a large sprint finish. He admits he’s much more confortable in the smaller sprints where he doesn’t need to fight for wheels. Alex Hinds wrote a good article on cyclingnews about how it didn’t go to plan for Rabobank today.

Tomorrow will be a big day of riding for the spectators on bikes. We head all the way up to Menglers Hill near the finish at Tanunda which will be a great place to watch. I’m going to keep this post short and sweet and get some sleep. Good luck to ~7000 people riding the Bupa Challenge on the race course tomorrow.

Results

Stage 3 Results: 134.5km, Unley – Victor Harbour

1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 3:21:55
2. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-BigMat
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
4. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank
5. Robbie McEwen (Aus) GreenEDGE
6. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
7. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda
8. Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
9. Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
10. Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky

General Classification After Stage 3

1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 11:54:52
2. Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC 0:00:08
3. Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:12
4. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil -DCM 0:00:14
5. Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 0:00:16
6. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
8. Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
9. Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA 0:00:17
10. Xavier Florencio Cabre (Esp) Katusha 0:00:20

full results