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by Shane Stokes
January 23, 2017
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
Having moved up to third overall due to his runner-up slot on Saturday’s Willunga Hill stage, Nathan Haas hoped to hold onto a podium position in the final GC. However the Australian lost out to compatriot Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe) on the final stage, with the latter being helped by Peter Sagan to win the first intermediate sprint ahead of Haas.
Haas tried to fight back by going for the final sprint, but ultimately finished ninth and dropped to fourth overall.
Still, he and his Dimension Data team too encouragement from how they performed in the event.
“The competition at the Tour Down Under was a formidable one and I think we have been presenting ourselves well over the last few days,” he said. “The energy we have in the team feels like a big win, and that is what makes me really proud about this week.
“Apparently the stars didn’t align for us today. McCarthy was strongly led out by Sagan and bumped ahead of me on GC. I fought my best but it just wasn’t meant to be. I came close at the Nationals and I came close here.”
While a podium finish would have been welcome, he has faith that his progress will continue. “I feel like I’m going in the right direction and I think something big is coming, so as a team we’ll go hard at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.”