Adelaide - Ausratlie - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Dennis Rohan (BMC Racing Team)   pictured during  stage - 6 of the Santos Tour Down-Under  2015 from  Adelaide to Adelaide, Australie - photo Wessel van Keuk/Cor Vos © 2015
  • Here are a few more riders I’ll be keeping an eye on:

    – Nathan Haas and Cam Meyer: both rode very well at the Road Nationals last week and both should feature (Haas is a smokey for Stirling)
    – Jay McCarthy: he’s in good form and is looking superfit
    – Paddy Bevin: can’t wait to see what he’s capable of at the WorldTour level
    – The whole UniSA squad: some terrific riders there. Looking forward to seeing how they fare.

    • Robert Merkel

      Yep.

      Gotta think a guy like Bevin, who can sprint against Caleb Ewan and can climb with Cam Meyer is a chance to win some races at the top level.

      • I would expect him to be in the top 5 on stage 2. Along with Nathan Haas.

  • mt

    How good would it be to see Bevin firing!

    • If the Stirling finish is too hard for Wippert (which I suspect it will be), Bevin will probably get the nod that day. He could well be in the mix. But let’s not discount Simon Clarke either!

      • Dave

        The last two winners on the Stirling circuit are both in the field this year – Diego Ulissi and JJ Lobato.

        I would back Movistar to go two years in a row there, but maybe with Rojas this year and not Lobato.

  • Ralph

    Big welcome from SA to the riders, teams and visitors from interstate and beyond! Enjoy the racing, weather and whatever! C’mon Richie! Good luck to UniSA too.

  • Dave

    Your preview of stage 4 lacks local knowledge.

    The crosswinds from Strathalbyn right to the start of the Crows Nest Road climb will certainly have their say in this. All the talk in Adelaide is that this one will go to a solo winner or a small breakaway.

    • Sam Young

      Personally I reckon the breakaway predictions have been a bit overstated, especially seeing as the forecast at the moment is for light southerly winds on Friday. Crows Nest is not a hard climb, and until Goolwa it’ll be more of a headwind than cross. I still think there’s an interesting chance for echelons after Goolwa, which might catch some riders out.

      • Dave

        This is exactly the sort of local knowledge that I was talking about lacking.

        A forecast of light southerly winds for Adelaide means nothing on the south coast. The winds always roar across the plains down there, coming off Lake Alexandrina and Encounter Bay.

        It will be a day where the rider (or team) that wants it the most will win, and sticking to TdF-style defensive tactics could lose the race for a number of GC contenders.

        • Michele

          Dave …

          The race route doesn’t go to Encounter Bay. It gets close, but the direction the peloton go to the finish line is the exact opposite to coming from Goolwa.

          The TDU has come to Victor from Goolwa on at least 4 occasions that I can remember. Only once has the winds been so strong to cause chaos in the bunch. That was the year Griepel crashed out.

          One year I recall the stage was completed a considerable amount of time before the expected finish time because of the favourable conditions – our media van didnt g to Victor for the finish in time.

          I ride to Victor twice a year during summer holidays and invariably go through Stirling. Probably done so 18-20 times. I reckon probably 3 times I’ve found the wind a major factor.

          The fact the likes of Andre and Allan Davis have won in Victor on a near identical route suggests a bunch sprint could be considered “most likely” as suggested.

          And I’m a local.

        • Sam Young

          I am a local! The wind isn’t something to be discounted, but it’s no mistral.

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