Tour Down Under #4: Gibbons climbs with the best

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) sprinted to victory at today’s 4th stage of the Tour Down Under. Patrick Bevin (CCC) was 2nd with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) rounding out the stage podium in 3rd.

Today’s stage of the Tour Down Under was all about the famous Corkscrew climb which peaked with only 6km to go. Over the summit 4 riders had a small gap on a select group of chasers. To our pleasant surprise, Ryan Gibbons had manged to climb his way into that select group, which contained only 16 riders.

On the descent to the line, the leading quartet was caught by the chasers and a small group sprint decided the stage. Gibbons was in prime position, sitting on the wheel of Impey but lost it through the final corner at around 300m to go.

“Right now I feel quite disappointed, it was a great opportunity for me to take the stage as I know in a normal sprint, I am faster than all those guys that were in that group. I’d gone pretty deep to make that group though, so I think that contributed to the lack concentration in the final corner were I lost position and the chance to take victory. In hindsight, I have to be happy with my overall performance. I don’t think anybody expected me to be in contention on this stage, myself included I guess. I’m now 5th overall but my focus only spans as far as tomorrow’s sprint stage, where we’ll be going all-in for the stage win.”