Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 23, 2017

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In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte wins the 2017 Tour Down Under, Caleb Ewan takes a fourth stage win; Roe triumphs on day one of the New Zealand Cycle Classic; Van der Har heads Telenet-Fidea one-two-three in Hoogerheide World Cup; Vos the boss in Hoogerheide World Cup; Haas edged out for Santos Tour Down Under podium; De Gendt scoops King of the Mountains jersey on final stage; Positive test followed by suicide of rider’s coach; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 5 highlights; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 6 highlights; VTWO/CyclingTips Carpark Climb; 360 degree video from Hoogerheide World Cup

Richie Porte wins the 2017 Tour Down Under, Caleb Ewan takes a fourth stage win

by Matt de Neef

ADELAIDE, Australia (CT) – History will show that Richie Porte (BMC) won the 2017 Tour Down Under on stage 2 when he rode into Paracombe on his own. His win on Willunga Hill three days later — his fourth straight victory on that climb — only padded out his eventual winning margin.

Of course, the race wasn’t properly over until Porte crossed the line in Adelaide at the end of today’s sixth and final stage. And when he did, the overriding emotion was one of relief. It was his first overall victory at the race after finishing second in the past two editions, including by just two seconds in 2015.

“It’s an incredible relief,” Porte said. “I think back to nine years ago — this race really kicked off my career. This is where I came as a wildcard [with the UniSA-Australia team] then two years later I was in the WorldTour.

“So to win it’s a massive relief. I’ve been close two times before so it just feels fantastic.”

Porte is hoping that Sunday’s victory will put him good stead for the season ahead. He’ll race the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Geelong next weekend before heading back to his European base in Monaco. Then it’s off to Paris-Nice — a week-long race he’s won twice before — as he builds towards the Tour de France.

For the first time, Porte will go into the world’s biggest race as the outright leader of his team.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 22nd January 2017

1. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
19:55:49
2. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
ORICA-Scott
0:48
3. au
MCCARTHY Jay
Bora - Hansgrohe
0:51
4. au
HAAS Nathan
Dimension Data
-
5. it
ULISSI Diego
UAE Abu Dhabi
0:59
6. au
DENNIS Rohan
BMC Racing Team
1:02
7. es
VALLS FERRI Rafael
Lotto Soudal
-
8. nl
GESINK Robert
Team LottoNL-Jumbo
-
9. nl
KELDERMAN Wilco
Team Sunweb
-
10. co
RESTREPO Jhonatan
Team Katusha - Alpecin
1:04

Click through here to read Saturday’s stage 5 report, and here for the report from Sunday’s concluding stage.

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