Stage victory and overall race lead for Simon Gerrans as the overall contenders fight for position on the Tour Down Under’s first significant climb
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– Photos by Graham Watson Simon Gerrans in the overall lead after winning stage three of the 2016 Tour Down Under Simon Gerrans has turned his fortunes around winning the third stage of the Tour Down Under to take the leader’s jersey at the mid-point of the race.
Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won a reduced group sprint from defending champion Rohan Dennis (BMC) and Michael Woods (Cannondale) on what was a decisive day for the general classification with Team Sky now set to adjust its focus.
Gerrans suffered minor skin abrasions in a late crash that prevented him from sprinting for line honours yesterday, though showed no sign of weakness today as the front group hit speeds in excess of 100km/h in the descent to the finish line.
“To have a mishap so close to the finish when I was feeling so good was bitterly disappointing for myself and the entire team, so to come away 24 hours later with the win and now the lead I think […]