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2016 Santos Tour Down Under (World Tour), Australia

Stage 5: McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill

Stage 5, Saturday, January 23: McLaren Vale - Willunga Hill, 151.5 km

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Richie Porte wins stage 5

Richie Porte wins stage 5. Second place Sergio Henao can be seen back down the road.

The Race. Here is the race organizer's excellent narrative:

Richie Porte triumphed on Willunga Hill for the third straight year to take out the BikeExchange Stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under while Simon Gerrans looks set to claim a fourth Tour crown.

All the major contenders were together when the race hit the bottom of Willunga Hill with just three kilometres to go in the 151.5 kilometre stage through the McLaren Vale wine growing region. A flurry of attacks splintered the bunch but it was the surge of speed, a kilometre from home, by BMC Racing’s new recruit, that proved decisive.

“To be honest I never expected that one,” said Porte who finished well ahead for a solo win. “Today the BMC guys were absolutely incredible and they backed me here, which is nice and I have only just started in this team.

“It’s always nice to win in Australia and on top of Willunga for the third time in a row, I am really happy,” said Porte. “The crowds are just incredible, the Australian public just get behind this race so much. It really does feel like riding the Tour de France up this climb, incredible feeling.”

Porte’s win moves him into second place overall, nine seconds, behind Gerrans who dug deep in defence of his lead and will almost certainly secure a record fourth Tour title. The Orica-GreenEdge rider crossed the line in eighth place, 17 seconds behind Porte but close enough to retain the Santos Ochre Leader’s Jersey.

“It was extra tough,” said Gerrans.  “The calibre of climbers in this race, those three guys who attacked off the front, they’re some of the best in the world, it was bloody tough. You never discount Richie Porte in a finish like that, he obviously loves it and this is the toughest stage of the race where the GC (overall) is genuinely decided every year,” said Gerrans who has the trophy within reach.  “One stage to go, I have come out just in front today, hopefully that is enough.”

His quest for a fourth win will be strengthened by Porte’s concession after the stage.

“I’m not going to fight for time bonuses tomorrow,” said Porte of the possible maximum sixteen seconds on offer in the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6. “That's not my forté. I'm already happy with how this race went (because) I wasn't targeting the overall. It's just nice to get the first win in the BMC jersey,” said Porte of his first stage race with his new team.

Canadian Michael Woods (Cannondale) responded to Porte’s attack talking Colombian Sergio Luis Henao (Team SKY) with him but either was strong enough to bridge the gap. Henao then got the better of Woods in the final metres to clinch second place, six seconds behind Porte.

“It was a very hard stage,” said Henao who now holds an unassailable lead in the Subaru King of the Mountain classification. “I tried to follow the wheel of Richie, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“I believe we did a good job and you’d always like to win but I had good sensations,” said Henao who’s moved up to third overall, 11 seconds off the lead. “My rivals are very strong, and I wasn’t able to win, but it’s a good sign that I am off to a good start to the season.”

Woods came home third on the stage, nine seconds behind Porte, and has moved up to fifth place overall. “I felt very good today, I just wasn’t as strong as Porte,” said Woods.  “I tried going with him, but I made a little mistake by trying to do it by myself, and I took Henao with me, and that cost me second in the stage.

“(But) I can’t be disappointed with the week,” he said. “The crowd is amazing here, I’ve never done the Tour de France, but everyone is saying it’s the same level of crowds.”

Dropping out of the top three overall today was Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) who earlier in the week was the race leader after his win into Stirling. “I’m a bit disappointed to get off the podium but I gave everything today, I (just) didn’t feel great,” said McCarthy who is now sitting fourth overall at 20 seconds but leads the Europcar Young Rider competition. “The team put me in a good position, I had just to keep pushing and I definitely have no regrets.

“I’ve won in Stirling and I’ve stayed pretty close to the first place overall. Being fourth I still take a lot away from this race and I’m happy with how the week went so far.”

BikeExchange Stage 5 was always set to be a classic Santos Tour Down Under showdown and the 122 thousand fans who flocked to the race were not disappointed. Milder temperatures and a sea breezes made for comfortable viewing as the race wound it’s way through the Fleurieu Peninsula vineyards, along the coast and then onto the Willunga Hill finishing circuit.

As the race headed down to Aldinga Beach for the first of three loops back through McLaren Vale the cross winds wreaked havoc. The peloton lined out single file with several riders flicked into the gravel at the back of the race. Meantime up the road a quartet had ridden clear to try their luck.

Dutchmen Pim Ligthart (Lotto Soudal) and Lars Boom (Astana), South African Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data) and Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira (Movistar).

With Ligthart trailing the race leader by only 1min49sec he soon became the leader on the road as the breakaway stretched its lead out past two minutes but it also meant he was a threat too the success of the break. The margin had grown to 5min40sec by the time the leaders reached the first iiNet sprint of the day at Snapper Point after 63.4km. Ligthart led them over the line ahead of Janse Van Rensburg with Boom (Astana), third.

The quartet’s lead stayed fairly constant for the next 50 kilometres with Orica GreenEdge directing traffic on the front of the bunch in support of Gerrans, who was riding nestled amongst his team mates.

The second iiNet Sprint was again won by Ligthart ahead of Janse Van Rensburg with Boom taking third place this time through. The peloton was almost six minutes behind at the halfway mark of the stage which is when the chase moved up a gear and the gap began to shrink.

Janse Van Rensburg broke clear for the first Subaru King of the Mountain contest up Willunga Hill claiming the maximum points followed by Boom, Oliveira and Ligthart in that order. But the chase was gathering momentum and the next rider under the Subaru arch, Astana’s Lieuwe Westra, was only a little over two minutes behind. The quartet regrouped after the first climb in last ditch bid for stage honours but they couldn’t match the speed of the peloton.

SKY, BMC Racing, Tinkoff, Cannondale, Lotto Soudal, and, of course Orica GreenEdge hit the gas in pursuit of the leaders and four kilometres from home the job was done. It was then a battle for position as the big guns prepared to fire on the final climb to the finish line.

“We were up the road with a group of pretty strong riders,” said Janse Van Rensburg who was named the Alpecin Most Competitive Rider of the stage. “We had quite a big gap and when we went to Willunga Hill the first time I was feeling very strong. But the gap was coming down quick and they just rode me down again,” he explained. “It was a good try (but) unfortunately I couldn’t finish it off.”

2015 Tour Champion Rohan Dennis dropped out of contention for the overall placings today. “I told the team that I didn’t think I will be ready to hold it, so our best bet was to put the leadership with Richie,” said Dennis. “Maybe we could set him up for the stage, or even the GC.

“I am not in the same shape as I was last year after the lead up to my hour record attempt gave me a little more punch. I am fitter in some ways, but not in others and my punch is not quite as good as it was last year,” Dennis said.

Tomorrow’s Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 will bring the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under to a close and it is primed to be an action packed two hours of racing in what is traditionally a massed sprint finish across the line.

Complete Stage 5 Results:

1 Richie Porte BMC  3hr 34min 16sec
2 Sergio Henao Team Sky @ 6sec
3 Michael Woods Cannondale 0:00:09
4 Diego Ulissi Lampre–Merida 0:00:17
5 Rafael Valls Lotto-Soudal s.t.
6 Ruben Fernandez Movistar s.t.
7 Domenico Pozzovivo Ag2r s.t.
8 Simon Gerrans Orica–GreenEdge s.t.
9 Jarlinson Pantano IAM Cycling s.t.
10 Patrick Bevin Cannondale s.t.
11 Chris Hamilton UniSA-Australia s.t.
12 Jesús Herrada Movistar s.t.
13 Cameron Meyer Dimension Data s.t.
14 Lucas Hamilton UniSA-Australia s.t.
15 Jay McCarthy Tinkoff s.t.
16 Louis Meintjes Lampre–Merida s.t.
17 George Bennett LottoNL–Jumbo 0:00:34
18 David De La Cruz Etixx–Quick-Step 0:00:37
19 Carlos Verona Etixx–Quick-Step 0:00:38
20 Egor Silin Katusha s.t.
21 Steve Morabito FDJ s.t.
22 Luis Leon Sanchez Astana s.t.
23 Tiago Machado Katusha s.t.
24 Julian Arredondo Trek–Segafredo 0:00:44
25 Simon Clarke Cannondale 0:00:54
26 Petr Vakoc Etixx–Quick-Step s.t.
27 Anthony Roux FDJ s.t.
28 Rohan Dennis BMC  s.t.
29 Tobias Ludvigsson Giant–Alpecin s.t.
30 José Joaquin Rojas Movistar s.t.
31 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
32 Nathan Earle Drapac s.t.
33 Daryl Impey Orica–GreenEdge s.t.
34 Cyril Gautier Ag2r @ 1min 1sec
35 Georg Preidler Giant–Alpecin 0:01:05
36 Jack Bobridge Trek–Segafredo 0:01:07
37 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 0:01:08
38 Pieter Serry Etixx–Quick-Step 0:01:13
39 Sergey Lagutin Katusha s.t.
40 Patrick Lane UniSA-Australia s.t.
41 Davide Malacarne Astana s.t.
42 Jascha Sütterlin Movistar s.t.
43 Peter Stetina Trek–Segafredo s.t.
44 Lars Ytting Bak Lotto-Soudal 0:01:27
45 David Tanner IAM Cycling 0:01:35
46 Samuel Spokes Drapac s.t.
47 Nathan Haas Dimension Data 0:01:48
48 Anthony Giacoppo UniSA-Australia s.t.
49 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r s.t.
50 Martin Velits Etixx–Quick-Step 0:01:57
51 Luka Pibernik Lampre–Merida 0:02:04
52 Geraint Thomas Team Sky 0:02:07
53 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
54 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
55 Adam Phelan Drapac s.t.
56 Rein Taaramäe Katusha 0:02:19
57 Gert Dockx Lotto-Soudal 0:02:43
58 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay Lampre–Merida s.t.
59 Gediminas Bagdonas Ag2r s.t.
60 Yoann Offredo FDJ s.t.
61 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL–Jumbo 0:02:49
62 Ryder Hesjedal Trek–Segafredo 0:03:03
63 Jesse Sergent Ag2r s.t.
64 Alexey Tsatevitch Katusha s.t.
65 Michael Albasini Orica–GreenEdge 0:03:49
66 Luke Durbridge Orica–GreenEdge s.t.
67 Lieuwe Westra Astana 0:03:53
68 Songezo Jim Dimension Data 0:04:00
69 Johan Le Bon FDJ 0:04:42
70 Michael Valgren Andersen Tinkoff s.t.
71 Luke Rowe Team Sky s.t.
72 Peter Kennaugh Team Sky s.t.
73 Leigh Howard IAM Cycling 0:04:54
74 Rory Sutherland Movistar s.t.
75 Martijn Keizer LottoNL–Jumbo s.t.
76 Simon Geschke Giant–Alpecin s.t.
77 Carter Jones Giant–Alpecin s.t.
78 Manuele Boaro Tinkoff s.t.
79 Jaco Venter Dimension Data 0:05:56
80 Danilo Wyss BMC  s.t.
81 Alberto Bettiol Cannondale s.t.
82 Manuele Mori Lampre–Merida s.t.
83 Maxim Belkov Katusha s.t.
84 Federico Zurlo Lampre–Merida s.t.
85 Ian Stannard Team Sky 0:06:12
86 Maarten Tjallingii LottoNL–Jumbo s.t.
87 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal s.t.
88 Peter Velits BMC  0:07:00
89 Alessandro De Marchi BMC  s.t.
90 Lars Boom Astana 0:07:38
91 Pim Ligthart Lotto-Soudal s.t.
92 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg  Dimension Data s.t.
93 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
94 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
95 Mathew Hayman Orica–GreenEdge 0:07:52
96 Arman Kamyshev Astana 0:10:14
97 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana s.t.
98 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling s.t.
99 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Etixx–Quick-Step s.t.
100 Steele von Hoff UniSA-Australia s.t.
101 Patrick Shaw UniSA-Australia s.t.
102 Bram Tankink LottoNL–Jumbo s.t.
103 Christophe Riblon Ag2r 0:10:21
104 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL–Jumbo 0:11:36
105 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale s.t.
106 Alexis Gougeard Ag2r 0:11:58
107 Sean Lake UniSA-Australia s.t.
108 Greg Henderson Lotto-Soudal 0:12:16
109 Roger Kluge IAM Cycling 0:17:06
110 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling s.t.
111 Benoit Vaugrenard FDJ s.t.
112 Laurent Pichon FDJ s.t.
113 Kiel Reijnen Trek–Segafredo s.t.
114 Tyler Farrar Dimension Data s.t.
115 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek–Segafredo s.t.
116 Marko Kump Lampre–Merida s.t.
117 Boy Van Poppel Trek–Segafredo s.t.
118 Ben Swift Team Sky s.t.
119 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data s.t.
120 Vladimir Isaychev Katusha s.t.
121 Adam Blythe Tinkoff s.t.
122 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff s.t.
123 Murilo Fischer FDJ s.t.
124 Oscar Gatto Tinkoff s.t.
125 Davide Martinelli Etixx–Quick-Step s.t.
126 Floris Gerts BMC  s.t.
127 Cheng Ji Giant–Alpecin s.t.
128 Juan José Lobato Movistar s.t.
129 Koen De Kort Giant–Alpecin s.t.
130 Bert De Backer Giant–Alpecin s.t.
131 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
132 Moreno Moser Cannondale s.t.
133 Caleb Ewan Orica–GreenEdge s.t.
134 Michael Hepburn Orica–GreenEdge 0:17:38
135 Wouter Wippert Cannondale 0:17:54
136 Primoz Roglic LottoNL–Jumbo s.t.

GC after stage 5:

1 Simon Gerrans Orica–GreenEdge 17hr 16min 31sec
2 Richie Porte BMC  @ 9sec
3 Sergio Henao Team Sky 0:00:11
4 Jay McCarthy Tinkoff 0:00:20
5 Michael Woods Cannondale s.t.
6 Ruben Fernandez Movistar 0:00:28
7 Domenico Pozzovivo Ag2r s.t.
8 Rafael Valls Ferri Lotto-Soudal 0:00:36
9 Steve Morabito FDJ 0:00:49
10 Patrick Bevin Cannondale 0:00:50
11 Diego Ulissi Lampre–Merida 0:00:52
12 Cameron Meyer Dimension Data 0:00:56
13 Jesús Herrada Movistar 0:00:58
14 Chris Hamilton UniSA-Australia s.t.
15 Luis Leon Sanchez Astana @ 1min 2sec
16 Rohan Dennis BMC  0:01:03
17 Louis Meintjes Lampre–Merida 0:01:04
18 Egor Silin Katusha 0:01:11
19 Tiago Machado Katusha s.t.
20 George Bennett LottoNL–Jumbo 0:01:15
21 Simon Clarke Cannondale 0:01:18
22 David De La Cruz Etixx–Quick-Step s.t.
23 Carlos Verona Etixx–Quick-Step 0:01:19
24 Anthony Roux FDJ 0:01:27
25 Tobias Ludvigsson Giant–Alpecin s.t.
26 José Joaquin Rojas Movistar s.t.
27 Petr Vakoc Etixx–Quick-Step s.t.
28 Lachlan Norris Drapac 0:01:35
29 Georg Preidler Giant–Alpecin 0:01:38
30 Jack Bobridge Trek–Segafredo 0:01:40
31 Jarlinson Pantano IAM Cycling 0:01:44
32 Pieter Serry Etixx–Quick-Step 0:01:46
33 Davide Malacarne Astana 0:01:54
34 Peter Stetina Trek–Segafredo s.t.
35 Nathan Earle Drapac 0:01:56
36 Lars Ytting Bak Lotto-Soudal 0:02:08
37 Geraint Thomas Team Sky 0:02:40
38 Cyril Gautier Ag2r 0:02:41
39 Rein Taaramäe Katusha 0:03:00
40 Jascha Sütterlin Movistar 0:03:15
41 Nathan Haas Dimension Data 0:03:20
42 Adam Phelan Drapac 0:03:39
43 Matteo Montaguti Ag2r 0:03:50
44 Daryl Impey Orica–GreenEdge 0:04:05
45 Lieuwe Westra Astana 0:04:26
46 Martin Velits Etixx–Quick-Step 0:04:40
47 Lucas Hamilton UniSA-Australia 0:05:27
48 Enrico Battaglin LottoNL–Jumbo 0:05:32
49 Peter Kennaugh Team Sky 0:05:44
50 Sergey Lagutin Katusha 0:06:09
51 Alexey Tsatevitch Katusha 0:06:15
52 Pim Ligthart Lotto-Soudal 0:09:04
53 Carter Jones Giant–Alpecin 0:09:07
54 Patrick Lane UniSA-Australia 0:09:46
55 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay Lampre–Merida 0:10:00
56 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg  Dimension Data 0:10:45
57 Anthony Giacoppo UniSA-Australia 0:11:00
58 Adam Hansen Lotto-Soudal 0:11:28
59 Nelson Oliveira Movistar 0:11:35
60 Jaco Venter Dimension Data 0:11:56
61 Luka Pibernik Lampre–Merida 0:11:58
62 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
63 Manuele Boaro Tinkoff 0:11:59
64 Samuel Spokes Drapac 0:12:04
65 Johan Le Bon FDJ 0:12:25
66 Ryder Hesjedal Trek–Segafredo 0:12:45
67 Gert Dockx Lotto-Soudal 0:13:12
68 Danilo Wyss BMC  0:13:54
69 David Tanner IAM Cycling 0:14:51
70 Yoann Offredo FDJ 0:16:04
71 Jesse Sergent Ag2r 0:17:01
72 Laurens De Vreese Astana 0:17:13
73 Peter Velits BMC  0:17:33
74 Federico Zurlo Lampre–Merida 0:17:43
75 Ian Stannard Team Sky 0:17:59
76 Alberto Bettiol Cannondale 0:18:15
77 Rory Sutherland Movistar 0:18:29
78 Michael Albasini Orica–GreenEdge 0:18:46
79 Manuele Mori Lampre–Merida 0:19:31
80 Lars Boom Astana 0:20:01
81 Songezo Jim Dimension Data 0:20:06
82 Michael Gogl Tinkoff 0:20:59
83 Patrick Shaw UniSA-Australia 0:21:10
84 Julian Arredondo Trek–Segafredo 0:21:15
85 Steele von Hoff UniSA-Australia 0:21:21
86 Mathew Hayman Orica–GreenEdge 0:21:37
87 Luke Durbridge Orica–GreenEdge 0:21:47
88 Michael Valgren Andersen Tinkoff 0:22:02
89 Dmitriy Gruzdev Astana 0:22:04
90 Simon Geschke Giant–Alpecin 0:23:10
91 Ruben Zepuntke Cannondale 0:23:20
92 Luke Rowe Team Sky 0:23:26
93 Leigh Howard IAM Cycling 0:24:18
94 Thomas De Gendt Lotto-Soudal 0:24:19
95 Alessandro De Marchi BMC  0:24:53
96 Floris Gerts BMC  0:25:09
97 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff 0:25:39
98 Maxim Belkov Katusha s.t.
99 Boy Van Poppel Trek–Segafredo 0:25:44
100 Bert-Jan Lindeman LottoNL–Jumbo 0:25:59
101 Juan José Lobato Movistar 0:26:16
102 Arman Kamyshev Astana 0:26:20
103 Greg Henderson Lotto-Soudal 0:26:49
104 Maarten Tjallingii LottoNL–Jumbo 0:27:21
105 Gediminas Bagdonas Ag2r 0:28:33
106 Bram Tankink LottoNL–Jumbo 0:30:45
107 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck Etixx–Quick-Step 0:30:52
108 Ben Swift Team Sky 0:31:36
109 Sean Lake UniSA-Australia 0:32:05
110 Moreno Moser Cannondale 0:32:18
111 Laurent Pichon FDJ 0:32:59
112 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling 0:33:12
113 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek–Segafredo 0:33:42
114 Martijn Keizer LottoNL–Jumbo 0:34:05
115 Graeme Brown Drapac 0:34:10
116 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling 0:35:35
117 Murilo Fischer FDJ 0:36:24
118 Adam Blythe Tinkoff 0:36:34
119 Koen De Kort Giant–Alpecin 0:36:56
120 Oscar Gatto Tinkoff 0:36:59
121 Mark Renshaw Dimension Data 0:37:30
122 Christophe Riblon Ag2r 0:37:37
123 Davide Martinelli Etixx–Quick-Step 0:37:44
124 Kiel Reijnen Trek–Segafredo 0:38:45
125 Caleb Ewan Orica–GreenEdge 0:39:34
126 Alexis Gougeard Ag2r 0:40:15
127 Bert De Backer Giant–Alpecin 0:40:31
128 Benoit Vaugrenard FDJ 0:42:35
129 Wouter Wippert Cannondale 0:44:12
130 Roger Kluge IAM Cycling 0:44:36
131 Tyler Farrar Dimension Data 0:47:42
132 Cheng Ji Giant–Alpecin 0:47:50
133 Marko Kump Lampre–Merida 0:50:12
134 Vladimir Isaychev Katusha 0:51:29
135 Michael Hepburn Orica–GreenEdge 0:53:59

Stage 5 video:

Stage 5 photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Simon Gerrans

Race leader Simon Gerrans heads to the start


An escape motors by the beach


Another shot of the breakaway


Tinkoff works to control the race


A bit of flat road before the climb

Willunga Hill

Willunga Hill, the fans were waiting.

Lars Boom

Lars Boom

Ven Resnburg

Reinhardt van Rensburg climbs Willunga hill

Yoann Offredo

Yoann Offredo

Richie porte

Richie Porte wins the stage, 6 secinds ahead of Sergio Henao

Simon Gerrans

Simon Gerrans gave it everything on the climb

Richie Porte

Stage winner Richie Porte

Paolo Bettini

One of racing's greatest ever, Paolo Bettini

Simon Gerrans

Simon Gerrans about has the race won

Sergio Henao

Mountains Classification leader Sergio Henao

Stage 5 map and profile:

Stage 5 map and profile

Stage 5 map and profile