Live Coverage of Santos Tour Down Under - Stage 6

Race overview:

Distance: 90km

Start Location: Adelaide

End Location: Adelaide

Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the Tour Down Under's final stage for 2016. Today's 91km Adelaide city circuit is one for the sprinters with Simon Gerrans defending a nine-second lead over Richie Porte, all but assured of winning a fourth title.

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Live commentary by Zeb Woodpower

  1. 05:29:44 GMT

    Thanks for joining us this week for live coverage of all six stages of this year's Tour Down Under!

     

  2. 05:16:19 GMT

    Stay tuned as we'll bring you a full race report, results, photos, video highlights and news from today's final stage of the Tour Down Under

     

  3. 05:08:52 GMT

    There was no change to the to the top ten on GC as Gerrans crossed the line to ensure he is the 2016 winner of the Tour Down Under. His fourth win at the Australian race

     

  4. 04:58:50 GMT

    • Finish

    Caleb Ewan wins Orica-GreenEdge's fourth stage of the week sprinting to the win ahead of Mark Renshaw

     

  5. 04:57:39 GMT

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Caleb Ewan goes long and fast to simply blast away the other rivals and claim his second stage win of the race

     

  6. 04:56:58 GMT

    Here comes Trek Segefredo

     

  7. 04:56:45 GMT

    Team Sky are leading the race at the moment with orica GreenEdge in behind

     

  8. 04:56:12 GMT

    Luke Durbridge winding up for the climb and now its a fast run in to the line. Can Ewan finish the job?

     

  9. 04:55:11 GMT

    Orica GreenEdge are sitting up there in the front but its not a train like Sky and Dimension Data

  10. 04:54:34 GMT

    • Dimenson Data 2016

    Dimension Data are also at the front riding hard and fast

     

  11. 04:54:12 GMT

    Team Sky are riding hard!

     

  12. 04:53:57 GMT

    The average speed is 49km/h

     

  13. 04:53:11 GMT

    • Tinkoff Team 2016

    Tinkoff leading at the start of lap 20

     

  14. 04:52:49 GMT

    Final lap!

     

  15. 04:51:31 GMT

    Although the sprinters are lining it up, a late attack is always possible so watch for moves into the final 5km

     

  16. 04:50:55 GMT

    Second last time over Montefiore Hill

     

  17. 04:49:31 GMT

    The average speed of the first 18 laps was 46.5kmh

     

  18. 04:49:04 GMT

    • Team Sky 2016

    Sergio Henao is doing some work for team Sky now who are riding for Ben Swift

     

  19. 04:48:00 GMT

    • Break

    The breakaway has now been caught on lap 19 and the peloton is ready for the sprint finish

     

  20. 04:46:55 GMT

    The gap is 12 seconds to the leaders now

     

  21. 04:46:24 GMT

    On lap 18 Tinkoff are joining Dimension Data to control the peloton

     

  22. 04:39:59 GMT

    • Dimenson Data 2016

    Dimension Data are moving forward now

     

  23. 04:39:13 GMT

    The two leaders have 14 seconds on the Drapac controlled peloton on lap 17

     

  24. 04:37:31 GMT

    • Break

    Lieuwe Westra and Tjallingii are now the two leaders on the road

     

  25. 04:35:17 GMT

    It's De Vreese and Westra in pursuit of Tjallingii

     

  26. 04:34:35 GMT

    • Lotto Jumbo 2016

    Tjallingii has dropped De Gendt and has gone solo

     

  27. 04:33:05 GMT

    • Astana 2016

     Laurens De Vreese and Westra attack the peloton for Astana

  28. 04:30:11 GMT

    • Climb

    Maarten Tjallingii also picked up the second KOM with the peloton rolling through 30 seconds later

     

  29. 04:28:24 GMT

    • Lotto Jumbo 2016

    Maarten Tjallingii takes out the sixth and final most combative award of this year's race

     

  30. 04:24:59 GMT

    • Break

    The leaders have just 15 seconds on the peloton in the early stages of lap 15

     

  31. 04:23:17 GMT

    Orica-GreenEdge have hardly been seen in the last few laps, letting the likes of IAM Cycling and Trek-Segafredo control the pace on lap 14

     

  32. 04:22:19 GMT

    • Cannondale 2016

    Cannondale will look to claim the stage today with Wouter Wippert and the man behind the team's successful week of racing is new signing Simon Clarke. Click here to read Clarke's take on the race and his debut in argyle

     

  33. 04:19:50 GMT

    • Break

    The breakaway's advantage has dropped and is hovering around 20 seconds now on lap 14

     

  34. 04:16:28 GMT

    • Trek Segafredo 2016

    Trek-Segafredo are working for Giacomo Nizzolo today. The Italian sprinter is looking to claim the sprint win as he explained;

    "I came here for winning a stage so today is my last chance. I'm 100% focused on that last stage. We'll go full gas."

     

  35. 04:15:22 GMT

    Two Colombian climbers are driving the peloton now with Julián Arredondo (Trek-Segafredo) and Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling)

     

  36. 04:12:40 GMT

    Thomas De Gendt rolled over the intermediate sprint point in first place, ahead of Tjallingii and Le Bon

     

  37. 04:12:04 GMT

    • FDJ jersey 2016

    Johan Le Bon from FDJ rider has launched an attack to try and make the bridge to the leaders

     

  38. 04:11:05 GMT

    40km remaining from 90km

    We are approaching the sprint point now

     

  39. 04:10:00 GMT

    It's a fast opening hour today with 46.6kmh the average speed

     

  40. 04:08:16 GMT

    • Iam Cycling 2016

    IAM Cycling are moving forward to help keep the speed high with Leigh Howard their man for the sprint

     

  41. 04:06:55 GMT

    Next time through the finish/start line will be for the second intermediate sprint point of the stage

     

  42. 04:04:29 GMT

    Trek-Segafredo and UniSA-Australia have placed riders on the front of the peloton at the moment

     

  43. 04:03:35 GMT

    44.5km remaining from 90km

    It's the biggest advantage so far today with the breakaway at 35 seconds

     

  44. 04:02:26 GMT

    The second sprint point for today comes on lap 12 and McCarthy is likely to challenge for the points and bonus seconds once again

     

  45. 03:59:41 GMT

    • Break

    Going over the KOM, the two-leaders now have 28 seconds over the peloton

     

  46. 03:58:29 GMT

    • Climb

    Thomas De Gendt claims the first KOM points on offer today

     

  47. 03:57:47 GMT

    • Crash

    Floris Gerts has had a crash at the back of the peloton

     

  48. 03:56:38 GMT

    The first KOM of the stage features on this lap

     

  49. 03:54:57 GMT

    So onto Lap 10 now and the two leaders are at 20 seconds

     

  50. 03:54:28 GMT

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  51. 03:52:57 GMT

    We are getting close to the half-way mark of the race today

     

  52. 03:52:04 GMT

    • FDJ jersey 2016

    FDJ are looking to ensure Steve Morabito retains his ninth place overall today, Anthony Roux explained the team's approach for the stage today.

    "It's a short race but we actually have a lot of work to do to protect Steve Morabito's ninth place, which means scoring World Tour points for FDJ. Patrick Bevin is only three seconds behind him. We know he's fast in addition to being a climber and a time trialist. The finale is also a question of avoiding splits in the bunch since a lot of riders let it go after preparing the sprint for their leader."

     

  53. 03:50:59 GMT

    Following the fast sprint, the breakaway is now at 23 seconds on lap 9

     

  54. 03:49:17 GMT

    • Lotto Jumbo 2016

    Maarten Tjallingi took the maximum sprint points without contest

     

  55. 03:48:37 GMT

    Daryl Impey plays the spoiling role to nip and take third place at the sprint point ahead of McCarthy

     

  56. 03:47:08 GMT

    • Break

    The two leaders have 34 seconds on the bunch who are setting up for the sprint point and one bonus second on the line

     

  57. 03:46:13 GMT

    Trek Segafredo also have a rider sitting in second wheel as the peloton look to set it up for the sprint point

     

  58. 03:43:43 GMT

    • Break

    It's just De Gendt and Tjallingii out in front with Earle and Hamilton back in the bunch around 25 seconds behind

     

  59. 03:42:51 GMT

    The Tinkoff team and Cannondale are moving their riders forward in anticipation of the sprint point in one lap's time. Michael Woods and Jay McCarthy are on the same time at the moment

     

  60. 03:40:59 GMT

    Lithe climber Lucas Hamilton (UniSA-Australia) has had a dig to try and bridge across the gap to the leaders

     

  61. 03:39:14 GMT

    • Drapac 2016

    Nathan Earle is the Drapac rider trying to make the catch of the two leaders at the moment 

  62. 03:37:29 GMT

    Lap 8 sees the first intermediate sprint point with three bonus seconds on the line for first, two seconds for second, and one second for third

     

  63. 03:36:27 GMT

    • Cannondale 2016

    Last year's winner on this stage Wouter Wippert had a few words on the start line this afternoon

    "I won here last year and I have good memories. It would be great to win today to finish what's been a great week. My team is doing a great job setting me up for the sprints. I hope I will have the legs."

     

  64. 03:33:35 GMT

    Lap 6 and De Gendt and Tjallingii have been brought back by the peloton

  65. 03:31:29 GMT

    Thomas De Gendt and Maarten Tjallingii have 20 seconds on the peloton

     

  66. 03:29:32 GMT

    • Drapac 2016

    Sam Spokes is trying to join the two-leaders

     

  67. 03:29:09 GMT

    • Attack

    Thomas De Gent (Lotto Soudal) and Maarten Tjallingii (Lotto Jumbo) have counter atacked

     

  68. 03:27:48 GMT

    Lap 5 and the break has been caught

     

  69. 03:27:24 GMT

    There are two KOM's on the course today, both featuring on Montefiore Hill at 43.6km then 66.3km 

     

  70. 03:25:29 GMT

    Tinkoff, BMC and Astana are behind Orica-GreenEdge in the chasing peloton

     

  71. 03:24:18 GMT

    75km remaining from 90km

    The gap is dropping down to a mere five seconds now

     

  72. 03:23:46 GMT

    The first intermediate sprint point comes on lap 8, 36km, today

     

  73. 03:22:57 GMT

    The Australians are five from five at the Tour Down Under so fat this year, will the locals make it a perfect six?

     

  74. 03:21:59 GMT

    The peloton is strung out in one long line with the breakaway's advantage down to 11 seconds

     

  75. 03:19:32 GMT

    Coming through the start/finish arch, the peloton very much has the breakaway in its sights.

     

  76. 03:17:55 GMT

    Orica-GreenEdge are riding for Calen Ewan today with the 21-year-old sitting in last wheel, just tucked in behind race leader Simon Gerrans

     

  77. 03:16:55 GMT

    80km remaining from 90km

    Durbridge's work has trimmed the lead to 10 seconds

     

  78. 03:16:11 GMT

    80km remaining from 90km
    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Luke Dubridge is leading the Orica-greenEdge controlled peloton at the moment

     

  79. 03:14:40 GMT

    • Break

    The breakaway has 18 seconds on the peloton now the riders are on to lap 3 of the 20

     

  80. 03:13:19 GMT

    Simon Gerrans' first Tour Down Under victory came in 2006, winning the title seven seconds ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez. In 2012, Gerrans won the race on placings ahead of Alejandro Valverde with 2014 another tight affair, winning the race one second ahead of Cadel Evans. As it stands now, Gerrans' winning margin in 2016 will be his biggest yet as he leads Richie Porte by nine seconds

     

  81. 03:10:43 GMT

    Here is today's stage map and profile for you

     

  82. 03:10:05 GMT

    The average speed of the first lap was 44km/h for the peloton

     

  83. 03:08:55 GMT

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    On Lap 2 of 20, it's Orica-GreenEdge controlling the tempo in the peloton

     

  84. 03:08:07 GMT

    • Break

    Laurens De Vreese (Astana), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Carlos Verona (Etixx-Quick Step), George Bennett (Lotto Jumbo) and Adam Phelan (Drapac) are the breakaway riders.

     

  85. 03:06:11 GMT

    Drapac, Astana, Lotto Jumbo, and Etixx-Quick Step are represented in this early move

     

  86. 03:04:46 GMT

    • Attack

    There are a few early attacks on the first lap as the breakaway tries to get established for the day

     

  87. 03:04:06 GMT

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Here's what Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White has to say about today's stage

    "It can either be a pretty straight forward sprint stage or it can be an extremely nail biting day. With two intermediate sprints worth valuable seconds it could be the difference between winning or losing the tour. Our plan for the day will be determined by our general classification goals. We could still be chasing vital seconds on that stage but if GC is sorted, it's a pure sprinters stage and the sprinter's teams will control it for a bunch sprint."

     

  88. 03:03:29 GMT

    • Start

    Stage 6 is underway!

     

  89. 03:02:40 GMT

    As it stands, Simon Gerrans leads the overall classification and points classification. Jay McCarthy leads the young rider classification and Sergio Henao leads the KOM classification 

     

  90. 02:57:36 GMT

    Caleb Ewan is the man to beat today but he will face challenges from the likes of Wouter Wippert, who won this stage last year, Steele von Hoff, Giacomo Nizzolo and Marko Kump

     

  91. 02:54:17 GMT

    Down to just a tad over five minutes until we start racing now

     

  92. 02:42:48 GMT

    Just a little over 20 minutes until racing gets underway

     

  93. 02:36:07 GMT

    • Team BMC Racing 2016

    BMC's Marcus Burghardt is out of action for six weeks after elbow fracture at the Tour Down Under. To find out more about his recovery, click here

     

  94. 02:33:58 GMT

    And to see the video highlights of the stage, click here to watch

     

  95. 02:32:38 GMT

    If you haven't yet caught up on yesterday's stage, click here for the report

     

  96. 02:31:36 GMT

    • Lampre Merida jersey 2016

    Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) has penned his second blog for Cyclingnews from the Tour Down Under. To read what he made of yesterday's Willunga Hill stage, click here

     

  97. 02:29:57 GMT

    Our man in the blimp, Brett Dutscke, has the weather forecast for today. Here's what to expect for stage 6

    Adelaide summary - Dry. Sunshine peaking through high clouds and getting stronger as cloud thins out. Warming from 26 degrees to 28 degrees. Southerly winds increasing to 20-25 km/h (a fair bit of sheltering from trees and buildings apart from possibly King William St where tall buildings may provide a funnel or wind-tunnel effect).

     

  98. 02:26:11 GMT

    We had a look at the Pinarello Dogma F8 of Geraint Thomas earlier this week. To have a closer look at the bike and how Thomas likes his set up, click here

     

  99. 02:24:38 GMT

    • Movistat 2016

    With one stage to go at the Tour de San Luis, it's a Quintana leading the race but probably not the one you are thinking about. Dayer, not Nairo, lead the race with just one stage to come. To read about the younger of the Colombian brothers, click here

     

  100. 02:19:36 GMT

    • Giant Alpecin jersey 2016

    There was some bad news this morning with Giant-Alpecin riders hit head on while out for a training ride in Spain. Six-riders were injured in the crash, leaving the entire team in shock. To read team manager Iwan Spekenbrink's comments on the incident, click here

     

  101. 02:16:53 GMT

    Over in Argentina, Maxi Lopez of Astana held off the Quintana brothers to win stage 7 of the race. To read the race report, click here

     

  102. 01:52:03 GMT

    Hello and welcome to live coverage for the final stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under. Racing starts in just over one hour's time