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January 23, 2013
This is exactly what the Tour Down Under needed – a stage in the middle that throws the race on its head. In previous years the TDU was basically a sprinters race until the overall was decided on Willunga. With the Corkscrew thrown into the mix, it revealed who is on form, and who’s out of contention. The two favorites, Gerrans and Gilbert are over two minutes down and with the way Geraint Thomas was climbing today, it looks like he’s the man to beat.
Geraint Thomas said after the race, “I’m really happy with that. I’ve worked hard since the Olympics trying to lose the track weight and I’ve got some good kilometres in over the winter. I wanted to start this year strong. I knew I had decent form but you never know how well everyone else is going.”
“I always knew that I’d have decent legs on the climb I just wasn’t sure how I’d go. I got a bit excited and attacked a bit earlier on there. With about 400 metres to go I was starting to tie up but fortunately there was that group behind and we were able to work well together.
“To get the win is a massive bonus for all the hard work over the winter.”
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