Tour Down Under 2018: Greipel takes the Opening Stage victory
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Tour Down Under 2018: Greipel takes the Opening Stage victory

Greipel Tour Down Under


Germany’s rider, Andre Greipel took the opening stage victory at this season’s Tour Down Under.  This is the first victory the rider claims for this year at the South Australian event which started today, on January 16.


Greipel was able to perfectly time his last sprint of the day overpassing Australian young talent Caleb Ewan during the last 50 meters claiming his 17th stage victory.


He is now the first, official man to wear the leader’s jersey of the tour, while Ewan, one of the race’s most important protagonists, is tied at four seconds behind.


“It was a pretty fast sprint but I thought I could wait as long as possible and I did a nice sprint I guess,” Greipel said.


“It’s nice to be back here this way after a few years of absence. Because of the heat, the racing isn’t that stressful. We were one guy down (Bjorg Lambrecht) but my team set the sprint really well.”


On the other hand, world champion and BORA-Hansgrohe’s man Peter Sagan was able to successfully surpass Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) taking third place.



Full Stage One Results


Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal

Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott

Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe

Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors

Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates

Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb

Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin

Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale

Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida

Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team

Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team

Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo

Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott

Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Sky

Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo

Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-Australia

Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe

Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe

Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo

Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ


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