André Greipel sprinted to victory in Adelaide on the last day of Tour Down Under, his second stage win of the week! The last stage of Tour Down Under was a criterium in the streets of Adelaide. The peloton had to cover twenty laps of 4.5 kilometres. There were several attempts, but only Ben O’Connor and Logan Owen succeeded in building up a small lead of two minutes. With three laps to go both riders were caught and the sprint teams could take their leader in the best possible position to the finish. After an exciting sprint André Greipel beat Caleb Ewan on the line. Peter Sagan completed the top three.
André Greipel: “It’s fantastic to end Tour Down under with two stage wins. Ewan, Sagan and Viviani had won one stage, just like me, and I was really eager to beat them again. And so I did! This feels great.”
“It was a hectic stage today, but as a team we stayed very calm and concentrated. The first half of the stage we didn’t come to the front. Afterwards Thomas De Gendt did most of the work and as a team we came to the front on the right moment. Caleb Ewan was fast as a cannon ball and it wasn’t easy to pass him by, but I managed to do so on the line.”
“The past taught me that the Tour Down Under and stage wins here always are the start of a good season. I hope it will be the case too this time. I am going home with a very good feeling after two beautiful weeks in Australia. Now I will take rest for a few days, before building up to my next goals.”