Tour Down Under #3: Saving legs for the days to come

Lachlan Morton TDU Stage 1 Stiehl
Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) enjoyed his second victory in three days at the Tour Down Under by winning stage 3 in Victor Harbor. With a few tough stages to come Team Dimension Data played it safe today. Nathan Haas was the team’s best placed finisher in 18th.

The race saw an early break. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Clement Chevrier (Ag2R), Jeremy Maison (FDJ) and Vegard Laengen (UAE Abu Dhabi) roda away almost from the gun and managed to build up a solid lead.

De Gendt lead the break over Sellick’s Hill, the days first and only KOM, before the race headed to Victor Harbor. However it was Laengen who had the longest breath. Inside 20 kilometers to go he broke clear from his companions. The bunch only managed to reel him in with 5 kilometers left to race.

The pace was on by then. Bora-Hansgrohe tried to surprise Orica-Scott by opening the sprint early. In the end Peter Sagan had to settle for second though, as Ewan once again showed that he’s the strongest sprinter in this race.

Our African Team has its eyes on the stages to come and decided to keep it safe in the end. None of the guys were involved in a crash that caused some trouble inside the last few kilometers. Haas finished 18th on the day, but more importantly, he kept his 5th place on GC. Tomorrow the race heads back into the Adelaide hills, before the Tour Down Under finds its showdown on the now infamous Willunga Hill a day later.

Alex Sans Vega – Sports Director
The last two days have been hard and today was another hot stage. With two really hard stages coming up and focussing on keeping Nathan up there in the overall, we decided to stay safe today, trying to keep as much energy as possible. Nathan still sits 5th in GC, which is good. At the end of the stage there was a crash, but we managed to avoid that and can now focus on tomorrows stage to Campbelltown and then Willunga Hill.