It’s been a hot, relentless two days in the Tour Down Under. Nicholas Dlamini has been in the action and has retained his King of the Mountains jersey, going into stage 5. Here’s what’s gone down..
Rolf Aldag, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s head of performance, has expressed his delight as overall preparations ahead of the new season concluded on Thursday following a week-long training camp in Calpe, Spain. Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Julien Vermote, Scott Thwaites, Jay Thomson, Johann van Zyl, Nic Dougall, Serge Pauwels, Louis Meintjes and Igor Anton, along with a full compliment of staff, spent time on an intense block of training in the region as well as at the Valencia velodrome, where a number of riders underwent ‘aero-testing’. Edvald Boasson Hagen missed the camp as he underwent a medical procedure in Norway but he is expected.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the feared Norton Summit stage at the Tour Down Under, winning the select group sprint from Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). Sagan also assumed control of the overall race lead. While a 128km stage isn’t all that testing in terms of distance, the 43 degree average temperature between Norwood and Uraidla made today’s 4th stage of the Tour Down Under one of the most arduous. 2 riders from the UniSA team braved the heat and went on the attack, establishing a lead of 9-minutes. The gap to the breakaway meant the peloton could not rest, making for an all-round difficult.