Tour Down Under 2024: Sprint triumph and GC lead for Welsford

Sam Welsford - Tour Down Under 2024: Sprint triumph and GC lead for Welsfordimage: Cor VosThe 1st stage of the Tour Down Under is a race for the sprinters. Sam Welsford grabs the opportunity and powers to victory. Obviously, the Australian is also the first GC leader. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 1st stage 2024 Tour Down Under

1. Sam Welsford (aus)
2. Phil Bauhaus (ger) s.t.
3. Biniam Girmay (eri) s.t.
4. Caleb Ewan (aus) s.t.
5. Jhonatan Narváez (ecu) s.t.
6. Max Kanter (ger) s.t.
7. Danny van Poppel (nld) s.t.
8. Corbin Strong (nzl) s.t.
9. Mads Mkhels (est) s.t.
10. Mathias Vacek (cze) s.t.

GC after stage 1
1. Sam Welsford
2. Phil Bauhaus (ger) + 0.04
3. Biniam Girmay (eri) + 0.06
4. Corbin Strong (nzl) + 0.07
5. Georg Zimmermann (ger) s.t.
6. Finn Fisher-Black (nzl) s.t.
7. Louis Barré (fra) + 0.08
8. Jhonatan Narváez (ecu) + 0.09
9. Caleb Ewan (aus) + 0.10
10. Max Kanter (ger) s.t.

Race report
The peloton is still bunched while approaching the first intermediate sprint. Which inspires Finn Fisher-Black, Corbin Strong and Jhonatan Narváez to go for it and they cross the lin in that order. Then it’s breakaway time. Georg Zimmermann and Louis Barré attack after 25 kilometres and open a lead of 2 minutes. Zimmermanne bests Barré to take the most bonus seconds in the second sprint, while Corbin Strong jumps away from the bunch to grab the remaining second.

The two attackers are swallowed by the bunch shortly after the second time up Menglers Hill.

Sam Welsford finishes off a strong lead out by Ryan Mullen and Danny van Poppel in the streets of Tanunda. Phil Bauhaus and Biniam Girmay come home in second and in third place.

Tour Down Under 2024 stage 1: route, profile, more

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