14th and 15th for Sam Oomen and Chris Hamilton on Willunga Hill

RIDERS

Michael Storer Sam Oomen Chris Hamilton Nikias Arndt Phil Bauhaus MIKE TEUNISSEN Chad Haga

The stage five battle between GC contenders saw Sam Oomen and Chris Hamilton finish the day in 14th and 15th place respectively, both now also sit in the same GC placing. 

Stage five of the Tour Down Under tasked riders with the queen stage of the race, 151.5 kilometres with a finish atop Willunga Hill.

The early stages of the race were dominated by a seven rider breakaway, who’s lead peaked at five minutes before the peloton organised their chase behind. As the final rider was scooped up with 10 kilometres to go, the race in the peloton was well and truly on. The slopes of Willunga dwindled the size of the bunch down to around 30 riders, with Team Sunweb’s Sam Oomen and Chris Hamilton still in contention. Whilst a late attack went clear to the line to take the victory, Sam and Chris rolled home 14th and 15th respectively. The duo also now sit 14th and 15th in the general standings.

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After the race Sam said: “The team were dedicated and did well to set me and Chris up for the climb. In the end I could ride a decent result but I had hoped for a little bit more.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “It was a really strong headwind up the final climb which made it difficult for the pure climbers to make a difference. Only one was strong enough to open up a gap. Both Sam and Chris could ride a respectable result but still not quite what they had hoped for.”