Controversy at the Tour Down Under

January 19, 2019

We're at the Tour Down Under and we've seen one of the most dramatic stages in the race's history, with a relegated winner and a crash and major scare for the overall leader on stage 5.

 Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) crossed the line first, but was relegated by the race jury for a headbutt on Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates), who was promoted to victory.

 In the GC, Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) crashed inside the final 10km but was paced back to the bunch to retain his lead. He's back in the team hotel after a trip to hospital and, subject to a concussion test tomorrow morning, will start the final stage to Willunga Hill on Sunday. He currently leads Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) by seven seconds. It's still all to play for.

 In the podcast we hear from Ewan's DS Mario Aerts and eventual stage winner Philipsen, along with Robbie McEwen and Richie Porte.

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Tour Down Under: Impey and Bevin square up in GC battle

January 18, 2019

We have a bumper edition of the Cyclingnews podcast after stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. We hear from Richie Porte, Daryl Impey, Patrick Bevin, Matt White, Tom Southam, and Michael Woods.

The stage saw Impey edge out overall leader Patrick Bevin and reduce the New Zealand rider's advantage to just seven seconds with two days of racing remaining.

The stage came alive on the Corkscrew climb, with Porte, George Bennett, Wout Poels and Michael Woods - the best four climbers in the race - going clear.

It looked as though Bevin was in trouble but he paced himself, and used Impey’s Mitchelton-Scott team to bring the race back together on the technical descent.

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Bevin blitz hits Tour Down Under

January 16, 2019

In today’s episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we look back at stage 2 of the Tour Down. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) stole the show with a blistering turn of speed to win the stage and the Kiwi now leads the race from Elia Viviani by five seconds, but for the second day in a row Bevin stolen a march on the pre-race GC riders and has a 15 second buffer on the likes of Daryl Impey, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis. Game over?

 We hear from Bevin, Matt White and Caleb Ewan, who finished second, before previewing stage 3 and a crucial day that could see Bevin’s team stretched to their limit. We have an actual race on our hands.

 

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Tour Down Under: Viviani triumphs

January 15, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we look back at stage 1 of the Tour Down Under.

The stage saw a sprinting masterclass from Elia Viviani, with the Italian winning in Port Adelaide and taking the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race. We hear from Viviani, Caleb Ewan, Patrick Bevan, who was in the break and has emerged as a possible GC contender, and we’ve also got an exclusive interview with Dimension Data’s Michael Valgren on his Classics campaign and move from Astana to Dimension Data.

 

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Tour Down Under: Porte power and underdog Impey

January 11, 2019

Welcome back to the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville.

We’ve had our winter break but we’re back and at the Tour Down Under. And we’re kicking off the season with an exclusive interview with Trek Segafredo’s Richie Porte. We’ll also hear from the race’s defending champion Daryl Impey of Mitchelton-Scott.

Porte moved from BMC Racing in the winter and has big hopes and aspirations when it comes to stage racing this, along with one final crack at the Tour de France. We talk to Porte about the hunt for success at the Tour, mental as well as physical pressure, and how he has settled with his new teammates ahead of the Tour Down Under.

Impey, who denied Porte the 2018 Tour Down Under title, returns to lead the line at Mitchelton Scott and talks tactics over a race that will be decided by seconds.

 

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