After two days for the sprinters, stage three at Tour Down Under headed to hillier terrain in the Adelaide Hills. After the first sprint was contested, six riders managed to jump ahead of the peloton, whilst Team Sunweb remained back in the bunch.
With just over 30 kilometres to go, the remaining three up front were caught by three who’d attacked from the bunch, bringing fresh legs and power to the breakaway. The group re-extended their lead and after an attempt by two to stay clear, the peloton made a timely catch on the last lap.
With Michael also finishing in the select group at the finish and after the five seconds he picked up earlier in the race, he retakes the lead in the young rider’s competition.
Going into stage four tomorrow Michael Storer sits 4th overall with Chris Hamilton in 9th. Max Kanter abandoned during stage three for preventative measures after suffering light muscular complaints.