Here are some snippets from the big pre Tour Down Under press conference that kicks off Lance Armstrong’s return to Pro Cycling.
The Tour Down Under tackled a few climbs today, and that broke up the final sprint. Robbie McEwen is in great form coming in third behind riders who are better climbers.
Gerrans , the young Australian on the AG2R squad is stepping up to the leaders jersey of the TDU. The stage win is significant since Gerrans beat defending champ Luis Leon Sanchez to take the leaders jersey.
1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prevoyance in 3.38.33
2 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team a 2″
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto a 11″
4 William Walker (Aus) United Water-Australia U/23 a 37″
5 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA-Australia a 1’39″
6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance
7 Chris Jongerwaard (Aus) UniSA-Australia a 3’10″
8 Simon Clarke (Aus) South Australia.com-AIS Cycling
9 Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom a 3’32″
10 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Team Milram a 4’09″
Pic from Gazzetta dello sport
Robbie McEwen seems to be in top form throughout the year. The Australian sprinter is always primed when he rides on home turf in Australia. Robbie took the first prologue stage of the Tour Down Under which was a 50km stage. He beat out Italians Daniele Colli of Liquigas and Simone Cadamuro of Milram in a bunch sprint with a time of 1h01’06.
Yahoo news summary
Jacob’s Creek Tour Down Under Classic
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 1.01.06 (49.1 km/h) 2 Daniele Colli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 3 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Milram 4 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-T Interim 5 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team