So the Tour Down Under has finally come to an end, and what an exciting race it has been. The General Classification went to Aussie Simon Gerrans of Orica-GreenEdge, who beat fellow homeland legend Cadel Evans by just one second. With three more Australians in the top 10 GC, it really wants a big effort from the boys down under.
It’s been an action packed week, not just in terms of the cycling, but in terms of the whole atmosphere. The weather was sunny, and the riders were sweating it out all day, every day; which is why we saw such a small gap in the top three finishers of the General Classification. On top of this, Cadel Evans also hinted at his retirement, which at 36 and after an impressive nine Tour De France completions, is fair enough. Although after his relentless performance last week, we have to ask ourselves why on Earth he would consider retirement. He truly is quitting while he is ahead.
TDU – The Final standings
A wide variety of riders from all countries and teams took victories throughout the six stages, with impressive finishes from Cadel Evans and André Greipel, but it was Simon Gerrans’ resilience, endurance and pure effort that carried him to the top of the General Classification.
You can see the final GC standings below, as well as winners of each individual stage:
Overall General Classification final standings:
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge 19:57:35
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:01
3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:05
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:10
5 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:27
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:30
7 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge 0:00:34
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:37
9 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
10 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:47
Stage 1 Winner: Simon Gerrans (Aus)
Stage 2 Winner: Diego Ulissi (Ita)
Stage 3 Winner: Cadel Evans (Aus)
Stage 4 Winner: André Greipel (Ger)
Stage 5 Winner: Richie Porte (Aus)
Stage 6 Winner: André Greipel (Ger)
What next? Get your TDU kit from ProBikeKit
To kick off the cycling seas, the Tour Down Under was an underdog of excitement. While not many expected great things, with it being on a smaller scale to the big European tours, it ended up exceeding expectations and reminding us just how exciting the smaller tours can be. Now we’ve had a taster of the tour, we can’t wait until the Giro and the start of the big summer races.
For now it’s time to get back in the saddle and put the miles in until the next race, but it’s not all doom and gloom, at ProBikeKit got a great range of Tour Down Under jerseys, so you can take a piece of the Aussie sunshine on your ride with you. You can view all the Tour Down Under Santini jerseys here, and we’ve also put together a special sunglasses and nutrition section to get the full TDU pro effect.
Anna Meares Tour Down Under Women’s Cycling clothing
At ProBikeKit this week, we’ve also got our hands on Anna Meares’ Tour Down Under women’s cycling clothing range. Anna has been a gold medallist at both the Olympic and Commonwealth games, as well as holding the world record for the 500m track time trial. Her range includes jerseys, bib shorts, gloves and much more, you can shop Anna’s range here.
Not shopping from the UK?
Don’t forget, you can get hold of any the above items from our ProBikeKit sites all around the world:
Browsing from Australia? Click here for the Santini TDU collection and here for Anna Meares Women’s collection. If you’re coming from the USA, you can see the tour jerseys here and Anna’s collection here.