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Five things we learned from the Tour Down Under

Five things we learned from the Tour Down Under

Simon Gerrans won the Tour Down Under, but his victory wasn’t the only standout performance of the week in Australia. Here is what else we learned The Australians take it pretty seriously

Caleb Ewan and Simon Gerrans after stage 6 of the 2016 Tour Down Under (Watson) Come on guys, give someone else a chance! Australian riders won all six stages, wore the ochre jersey every day and cleaned up all but one of the main classifications.

Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) took the first stage , Jay McCarthey (Tinkoff) took the second , Simon Gerrans (Orica) took two in a row , followed by Richie Porte (BMC) on stage five and Ewan wrapped it up on stage six .

Add to that the general classification and points jerseys won by Gerrans and the young rider jersey was taken home by McCarthy.

UCI president Brian Cookson bemoaned the fact that there weren’t enough marquee international riders at the Tour Down Under, and can you blame them when they can’t get a look in?

I jest, of course, the quality of the field was very strong this year, so the fact that the Australians can dominate shows the strength of cycling Down Under at the moment. […]

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