Tour Down Under 2019: Viviani sprints to victory and ochre jersey in stage 1

Elia Viviani 2019 - Tour Down Under 2019: Viviani sprints to victory and ochre jersey in stage 1The Tour Down Under's 1st stage is an out-and-back race into the Adelaide Hills with a sprint finish in Port Adelaide. In a chaotic finale Elia Viviani turns out on top ahead of Max Walscheid and Jakub Mareczko. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 1st stage Tour Down Under

1. Elia Viviani (ita)
2. Max Walscheid (ger) s.t.
3. Jakub Mareczko (ita) s.t.
4. Phil Bauhaus (ger) s.t.
5. Ryan Gibbons (rsa) s.t.
6. Jasper Philipsen (bel) s.t.
7. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) s.t.
8. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
9. Danny van Poppel (nld) s.t.
10. Daniel Hoelgaard (nor) s.t.

GC after 1st stage Tour Down Under

1. Elia Viviani (ita)
2. Max Walscheid (ger) + 0.04
3. Patrick Bevin (nzl) + 0.05
4. Michael Storer (aus) s.t.
5. Jakub Mareczko (ita) + 0.06
6. Jason Lea (aus)+ 0.08
7. Phil Bauhaus (ger) + 0.10
8. Ryan Gibbons (rsa) s.t.
9. Jasper Philipsen (bel) s.t.
10. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) s.t.

Race report
Patrick Bevin, Michael Storer, Jason Lea and Artyom Zakharov are the first attackkers on this year’s UCI WorldTour. Altough Zakharov later drops back to the peloton, the leaders race to a maximum lead of 4 minutes. Bevin and Storer both take 5 bonus seconds, while Lea pockets the KOM points underway.

The trio is brought back with 38 kilometres remaining.

While Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan both get boxed in, Max Walscheid opens up the sprint. Yet, Elia Viviani storms to the front through a small opening on the left side of the road to take the win.

Another interesting read: route 1st stage Tour Down Under 2019.

Tour Down Under 2019 stage 1: route, profiles, more

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