Top 10 for Halvorsen in Down Under opener

15 Jan 2019

Top 10 for Halvorsen in Down Under opener

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Tour Down Under stage one: North Adelaide to Port Adelaide, 132.4km

Kristoffer Halvorsen sprinted to seventh in a hectic finish to the first stage of the Tour Down Under which was won by Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep). 

Halvorsen battled with a elite field of sprinting talent as the first stage race of the WorldTour calendar ended in a bunch sprint in Port Adelaide which saw Viviani comfortably beat Max Walschieid (Team Sunweb) with a late push to the line. 

A very early break from Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) Michael Storer (Sunweb), Jason Lea (Australia) lasted around 90km  on a sweltering stage which was reduced in length by the race organisers before the start. 

The trio were caught with 40km to go with help from Team Sky on the front of the peloton as well as a number of sprinters’ teams contributing to the pursuit of the break to ensure a sprint finish.  

However, the searing temperatures and strong winds ensured a more cautious approach to the last part of the race and the pace only really picked up in the final 10 kilometres, with the decisive moves coming in the final kilometre where Luke Rowe recovered from a late puncture to lead out Halvorsen to sprint to a top 10 finish.
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Key moment

Seemingly boxed in, Viviani was able to come from seventh place to the front with a brave move which saw him find a small gap between his rivals and the barrier which was pivotal to his victory.
Highlights 
Race finish | 2019 Santos Tour Down Under

Race finish | 2019 Santos Tour Down Under

Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen

“My sprint was ok , it maybe could have been a little bit better but lets hope it’s a little bit better tomorrow.”
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Kristoffer Halvorsen:

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The first 40 mins was really hot, I think it was 46 or 47 degrees and after it was going down a bit and it was a little bit better.

“The the guys did a really good job in the end to get me in a good position.

“My sprint was ok , it maybe could have been a little bit better but lets hope it’s a little bit better tomorrow.”

Brett Lancaster:
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We're big fans of this artwork of the Tour Down Under team by Kogawa on Twitter
Tour Down Under by @kogawa_ms2

Tour Down Under by @kogawa_ms2

What's Next?

Stage two of the Tour Down Under takes the riders on an abridged 122km trip from Norwood to Angaston which has been amended due to the strong wind forecast. It looks to be another day for the sprinters to contest the finish with the only significant climb of the day coming in the early part of the stage.  

Stage one result

1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 3:19:47
2. Max Walschieid (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Jakub Marecko (CCC Team) s.t.
4. Phil Pauhaus (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
5. Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) s.t.
7. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) s.t.

Overall standings 

1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 3:19:47
2. Max Walschieid (Team Sunweb) +4"
3. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) +5"
4. Michael Storer (Team Sunweb) s.t.
5. Jakub Marecko (CCC Team) +6"
10. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) +10"

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