The Cycling News Podcast

Hot hot heat at the Tour Down Under

January 18, 2018

Hear from Sunweb on how to handle 47 degrees, Viviani on his first Quick-Step win, and Matt White on stage 4

The third stage of the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under was one of the hottest in the race's history, ending with a conclusive sprint victory for Elia Viviani over race leader Caleb Ewan. In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast – brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo and Pinarello – we hear from Viviani, Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White, and Sunweb's sports director Luke Roberts.

The win was Viviani's first for his new team Quick-Step Floors as the Belgium squad nailed their leadout and took advantage of Ewan hesitating in the final 200 metres into Victor Harbor. Ewan has the consolation of remaining in the leader's ochre jersey while Viviani jumps into second place overall at 10 seconds. Mitchelton-Scott's Daryl Impey, a dark horse for stage 4, is third at 14 seconds to Ewan.

In the podcast, we hear from Viviani about his victory and how a recon of the finale paid off. We also hear White's preview of the new stage 4 finish into Uraidla and his take on how the stage will play out. Finally, we hear from Roberts, who provides his insight into how to keep riders cool and functioning when the temperature closes in on 50 degrees.