Race report

Cees Bol steps up in the sprint for 7th

Tour Down Under

After a couple of tough days climbing in the Adelaide Hills, the Tour Down Under peloton geared up for the penultimate stage set for the sprinters with a finish in Strathalbyn for stage five of Tour Down Under.

Three riders animated early proceedings, before an early catch was made and another two riders tried their luck with a second attack.

With the duo were caught with 35 kilometres to go, teams continued to put the hammer down in the wind in attempt to split the pack. Despite a few nervous moments, the peloton stayed complete for a fast run into the finish.

 

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said: “It was a pretty nervous stage with some strong winds in the south of Adelaide. The bunch were racing hard into the final, but other than a few small breaks it kept regrouping.

Team Sunweb managed to avoid a crash which held up multiple riders in the last 10 kilometres, brought Chris Hamilton to GC-safety and set up for the sprint.

It was lead-out man Cees Bol involved in the action with the fast men today, after a dangerous moment took Max out of contention. Cees stepped up and relished the opportunity to take a solid 7th place at the line.

Cees said: “I was doing a lead-out for Max and made my move with 800 metres to go, but unfortunately a dangerous move made it impossible for Max to follow me – it’s so disappointing this plan didn’t work out. I decided to sprint for myself since it was only 500 metres to go. I didn’t have much left after the lead-out but I’m still happy I could take my first WorldTour top 10.

Luke continued: “Things were going well into the final two kilometres but some dangerous moves in the peloton pushed Max out of contention. Cees was still there in good position, but unfortunately without Max. He then went for it in the sprint and it was a nice result for him.”

Chris Hamilton moves to 8th on the GC ahead of the final stage at Willunga Hill tomorrow.

*The results of the sprint were amended after an incident involving the stage winner.