Race report

Max Walscheid kicks off season with a strong 2nd

Tour Down Under

Team Sunweb’s Michael Storer was involved in the day’s four-rider breakaway, escaping the clutches of the bunch in the first three kilometres of action. The group immediately opened up an advantage, with Michael staying clear to take five bonus seconds before the group were caught with 30 kilometres to the finish.

 

“We expected a bunch sprint but we wanted Michael in the break to collect bonus seconds,” Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said. “That worked out perfectly and he finished the day with five which sets him up well in the overall.”

 

With the white jersey now on the shoulders of Michael, attention shifted to the upcoming bunch sprint with German powerhouse Max Walscheid.

Luke continued: “The guys found each other really well and everyone contributed to putting Max in a good position for the final corners. Max hit out a little early on his sprint and got a big gap, but Viviani came through the slipstream and overtook. With the white jersey and a really strong 2nd place we can be really happy with how things went today.”

2nd placer of the day, Max Walscheid was really happy with his and the team’s performance today:

“It’s special to deliver directly in the first race of the season with a new, young team. There was headwind on the finish straight and I went pretty early, so my legs were pretty much dying in the last 50 metres. Viviani did great and came perfectly out of the gap, otherwise it looked like nobody else could follow. I’m really proud of how we worked together as a team today. The three Aussie climbers did well until Johannes took over with the link to my lead out with Max and Cees. Big compliments to a 21 and a 23 year old: in their first WorldTour race they deliver me on a world class level. I can’t wait to continue working with the guys like this.”

Tour Down Under continues with stage two between Norwood and Angaston tomorrow – the stage has been reduced by 26.9 kilometres due to extreme heat.

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time
1 PORTE Richie Trek - Segafredo 3:30:14
2 POELS Wout Team Sky ,,
3 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott ,,
6 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 0:06
20 HINDLEY Jai Team Sunweb 0:43
25 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 0:53
69 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 5:36
92 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 7:30
121 WALSCHEID Max Team Sunweb 13:41