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2010 Tour Down Under (Pro Tour), Australia

January 17 - January 24

Tour Down Under podium history

Start list | Stage list | Tour Down Under Classic | Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6


6th and final stage, Sunday, January 24: Adelaide City Council Street Circuit, 90 km.

Results:

1. Christopher Sutton (Sky) 1hr 53min 20sec. 47.647 km/hr
2. Greg Henderson (Sky) s.t.
3. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
4. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
5. Andre Greipel (HC-Columbia) s.t.
6. Allan Davis (Astana) s.t.
7. Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
8. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) s.t.
9. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
10. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
11. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
12. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
13. Jonathan Cantwell (Australia) s.t.
14. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
15. Robert Forster (Milram) s.t.
16. Danilo Wyss (BMC) s.t.
17. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
18. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
19. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
20. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
21. Ben Swift (Sky) s.t.
22. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) s.t.
23. Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo) s.t.
24. Thomas Leezer (Rabobank) s.t.
25. Manuel Cardoso (Footon Servetto) s.t.
44. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
77. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) @ 16sec

Final GC after stage 6:

Total distance: 794.5 km
Average Speed: 42.295 km/hr

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 18hr 47min 5sec
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 11sec
3. Greg Henderson (Sky) @ 15sec
4. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) @ 17sec
5. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
6. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 21sec
7. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 25sec
8. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) @ 26sec
9. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
10. Markus Fothen (Milram) @ 27sec
11. Baden Cooke (Saxo) @ 29sec
12. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
13. Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
14. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) @ 30sec
15. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
16. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
17. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
18. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
19. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 32sec
20. Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) @ 39sec
21. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) s.t.
22. Jose Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
23. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 46sec
24. Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) @ 58sec
25. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) @ 1min 3sec

Robbie McEwen in the foreground and Cadel Evans in his rainbow jersey.

Overall winner Andre Greipel.

Lance Armstrong takes a corner.

Another shot of the finish, showing Sky's 1-2 stage win.

Greipel takes his second Tour Down Under in three years.


Stage 5, Saturday, January 23: Jayco Stage 5, Snapper Point - Willunga, 148 km

The race: Stage 5 had 2 ascents up Old Willunga Hill. The first time up the pack caught a 7-man break. The day's drama occurred on the second visit to Old Willunga. A break of 4—Cadel Evans, Luis Leon Sanchez, Alejandro Valverde and Peter Sagan—formed and proceeded to pound out a 37-second lead on the pack, making Evans the race's virtual leader. Over the remaining kilometers HTC-Columbia steadily wiped out the gap. Sanchez jumped, eluding the fast-closing pack and won the stage. But Greipel's squad had saved the day for the big German who remains the overall leader.

Results:

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) 3hr 29min 39sec. 42.356 km/hr
2. Luke Roberts (Milram) @ 2sec
3. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 4sec
4. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
5. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) @ 6sec
6. Markus Fothen (Milram) s.t.
7. Sebastien Rosseler (Radio Shack) s.t.
8. Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Transistions) s.t.
9. Greg Henderson (Sky) @ 9sec
10. Fabio Sabatini (Liquigas) s.t.
11. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transistions) s.t.
12. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
13. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
14. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
15. Peter McDonald (Australia) s.t.
16. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transistions) s.t.
17. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
18. Daryl Impey (Radio Shack) s.t.
19. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
20. Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
21. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
22. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2r) s.t.
23. Andriy Grivko (Ag2r) s.t.
24. Maciej Paterski (Liquigas) s.t.
25. Josep Jufre (Astana) s.t.
33. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

Distance ridden: 704.5 km
Average speed: 41.696 km/hr

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 16hr 53sec 45sec
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 11sec
3. Luke Roberts (Milram) @ 17sec
4. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) @ 20sec
5. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 21sec
6. Greg Henderson (Sky) @ 24sec
7. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) @ 25sec
8. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) @ 26sec
9. Markus Fothen (Milram) @ 27sec
10. Andriy Grivko (Astana) @ 29sec
11. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transistions) s.t.
12. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
13. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
14. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
15. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) s.t.
16. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
17. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
18. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transistions) s.t.
19. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 32sec
20. Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) @ 39sec
21. Jose Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
22. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) s.t.
23. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 46sec
24. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) @ 47sec
25. Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) @ 58sec

Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong.

HTC-Columbia again succesfully protected Andre Greipel's lead.

Here's Milram's Luke Roberts at the finish with Valverde and Evans further back. Stage winner Sanchez's yellow shoes can be seen in the lower left corner.

Caisse d'Epargne celebrates Sanchez's stage win.


Stage 4, Friday, January 22: Mutual Community Stage, Norwood - Goolwa, 149.5 km.

The Race: It was a windy day that caused gaps in the peloton by the end of the race. A 7-man break played in the wind for much of the day but Columbia wasn't going to let anyone spoil their party. At one point Lance Armstrong and Tomas Vaitkus (both Radio Shack) dangled a bit off the front but in the end it was a day for the sprinters and for now that means Andre Greipel.

Results:

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 3hr 30min 29sec. 42.616 km/hr
2. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
3. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
4. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
5. Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
6. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
7. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
8. Mathew Goss (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
9. Robert Forster (Milram) s.t.
10. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) s.t.
11. Jonathan Cantwell (Australia) s.t.
12. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
13. Greg Henderson (Sky) s.t.
14. Robert Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
15. Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
16. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
17. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
18. Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
19. Jose Rojas (Caisse s'Epargne) s.t.
20. Thomas Vedel Kvist (Quick Step) s.t.
21. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
22. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) s.t.
23. Danilo Wyss (BMC) s.t.
24. Mathieu Drujon (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
25. Markus Fothen (Milram) s.t.
50. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) @ 17sec
55. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
92. Oscar Pereiro (Astana) @ 1min 19sec

GC after Stage 4:

556.5 km raced so far
41.532 km/hr

1. Andre Greipel (HTC Columbia) 13hr 23min 57sec
2. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) @ 20sec
3. Greg Henderson (Sky) @ 24sec
4. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
5. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) @ 26sec
6. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
7. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
8. Andriy Grivko (Astana) @ 29sec
9. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) @ 30sec
10. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
11. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
12. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
13. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
14. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
15. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) s.t.
16. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
17. Markus Fothen (Milram) s.t.
18. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
19. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
20. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
21. Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
22. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) @ 38sec
23. Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
24. Jose Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
25. Wesley Sulzberger (FDJ) s.t.
26. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 41sec
29. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) @ 47sec

As usual, the day's break was caught well before the finish.

Note the HTC-Columbia jerseys clustered at the front of the chasing peloton.

Sky still hasn't figured out how to crack the Columbia nut.

Tomas Vaitkus leads Lance Armstrong across the line.

Stage 3, Thursday, January 21: Unley - Sterling, 132.5 km

The race: Today's stage was on a hillier course with an uphill finish, as you can see in the picture above. A break of 5 had promise (Jens Voigt, Karsten Kroon, Jack Bobridge, Maciej Paterski and Simon Clarke) but Caisse d'Epargne, with several riders who should do well on a finish like this, especially Alejandro Valderde, was having none of it. The pack was brought together and everything was perfect for a Valverde victory except that Manuel Cardoso, the Portugese road champion, took off and everyone hesitated for just a moment.

Results:

1. Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) 3hr 14min 38sec. 40.846 km/hr
2. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 1sec
3. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) s.t.
5. Mauro Finetto (Liquigas) s.t.
6. Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
7. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
8. Markus Forthen (Milram) s.t.
9. Anthony Roux (FDJ) s.t.
10. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
11. Davide Vigano (Sky) s.t.
12. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
13. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
14. Thomas Rohregger (Milram) s.t.
15. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
16. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
17. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) s.t.
18. Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
19. Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
20. Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
21. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
22. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
23. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
24. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
25. Peter McDonald (Australia) s.t.
30. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.

GC after Stage 3:

Total distance raced so far: 407.0 km
Average speed: 41.136 km/hr

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 9hr 53min 38sec
2. Greg Henderson (Sky) @ 14sec
3. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
4. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
5. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) @ 16sec
6. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
7. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
8. Andriy Grivko (Astana) @ 19sec
9. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) @ 20sec
10. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
11. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
12. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
13. Thomas Rohregger (Milram) s.t.
14. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
15. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) s.t.
16. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
17. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
18. Mauro Finetto (Liquigas) s.t.
19. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
20. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) s.t.
21. Markus Fothen (Milram) s.t.
22. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
23. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
24. Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
25. Mathew Hayman (Sky) s.t.
26. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.

Here's the day's break: Jens Voigt (Saxo), Karsten Kroon (BMC), Jack Bobridge (Garmin), Maciej Paterski (Liquigas) and Simon Clarke (Australia).

And here's Caisse d'Epargne hunting them down.

Here's another view of the finish. Valverde looks back while Cardoso celebrates.

And here's thrid-place Evans crossing the line.

This is a shameless attempt to get viewers for this site by posting a cute animal picture.


Stage 2, Wednesday, January 20: Gawler - Hahndorf, 133.5 km

The race: A 3-man break got away for a tour of the Australian countryside. But with less than 10 km to go Austraia's David Kemp and Omega Pharma-Lotto riders Mickael Delage and Olivier Kaisen were caught by a Sky- and Columbia-led peloton. And again, Sky could not crack the Columbia code to getting Andre Greipel across the line first.

Results:

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 3hr 23min 49sec. 39.3 km/hr
2. Greg Henderson (Sky) s.t.
3. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
4. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
5. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
6. Allan Davis (Astana) s.t.
7. Danilo Wyss (BMC) s.t.
8. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
9. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
10. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
11. Stuart O'Grady (Saxo) s.t.
12. Thomas Rohregger (Milram) s.t.
13. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
14. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) s.t.
15. Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas) s.t.
16. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
17. Mauro Finetto (Liquigas) s.t.
18. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
19. Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
20. Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel) s.t.
21. Mathieu Drujon (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
22. Anthony Ravard (Ag2r) s.t.
23. Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
24. Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
25. Jens Voigt (Saxo) s.t.
42. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
48. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.

All 132 starters finished.

GC after Stage 2:

Total distance so far: 274.5 km
Average speed: 41.279 km/hr

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 6hr 38min 59sec
2. Greg Henderson (Sky) @ 14sec
3. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
4. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) @ 16sec
5. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
6. Danilo Wyss (BMC) @ 20sec
7. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
8. Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank) s.t.
9. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
10. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
11. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
12. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
13. Thomas Rohregger (Milram) s.t.
14. Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
15. Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel) s.t.
16. Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas) s.t.
17. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) s.t.
18. Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) s.t.
19. Ivan Veslaco (Euskaltel) s.t.
20. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) s.t.
21. Andriy Grivko (Astana) s.t.
22. Christopher Sutton (Sky) s.t.
23. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
24. Mathieu Drujon (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
25. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
38. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
39. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.

A fan waits to show his flag to the pack.

The day's break, which was caught with the usual 10 km to go. Australia's David Kemp is part of an Omega Pharma-Lotto sandwich of Mickael Delage and Olivier Kaisen.

HTC-Columbia team boss Bob Stapleton with his speedster Andre Greipel.


Stage 1, Tuesday, January 19: Clare - Tanuda, 141 km.

The race: A big crash within the first kilometer marred the race's start. A break of 3 riders, Biel Kadri (Ag2r), Martin Kohler (BMC) and Tim Roe (Australia) got away, extending their lead to almost 10 minutes. Hungry for a win after getting slammed in the Down Under Classic on Sunday, HTC-Columbia brought the race back together. As is clear from the picture above, Andre Greipel was easily the fastest in the sprint. Score one for Sky, one for Columbia.

Results:

1. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) 3hr 15min 30sec. 43.273 km/hr
2. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t
4. Danilo Wyss (BMC) s.t.
5. Greg Henderson (SKY) s.t.
6. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
7. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
8. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
9. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
10. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) s.t.
11. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
12. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
13. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
14. Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
15. Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel) s.t.
16. Aitor Perez (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
17. Thomas Rohregger (Milram) s.t.
18. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
19. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2r) s.t.
20. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
21. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
22. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) s.t.
23. Jacopo Guarnieri (Liquigas) s.t.
24. Josep Jufre (Astana) s.t.
25. Christopher Sutton (Sky) s.t.
46. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.
50. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
56. Oscar Pereiro (Astana) s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

1. Andre Greipel (Columbia) 3hr 15min 20sec
2. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) @ 4sec
3. Martin Kohler (BMC) s.t.
4. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) @ 6sec
5. Biel Kadri (Ag2r) s.t.
6. Timothy Roe (Australia) @ 8sec
7. Greg Henderson (Sky) s.t.
8. Danilo Wyss (BMC) @ 10sec
9. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
10. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
11. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
12. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
13. Valeriy Dmitriyev (Astana) s.t.
14. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
15. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
16. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
17. Nikolas Maes (Quick Step) s.t.
18. Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel) s.t.
19. Aitor Perez (Footon-Sertetto) s.t.
20. Thomas Rohregger (Milram) s.t.
21. Martin Elmiger (Ag2r) s.t.
22. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2r) s.t.
23. Luke Roberts (Milram) s.t.
24. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
25. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) s.t.
49. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.
53. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
59. Oscar Pereiro (Astana) s.t.

A break of three managed to get a gap of almost 10 minutes before being caught with 20 km to go. From the left: Biel Kadri (Ag2r), Martin Kohler (BMC) and Tim Roe (Australia).

Here's what brought the trio back to the pack, HTC-Columbia. I think that's Bert Grabsch leading.

Armstrong after the finish. Look how short and shallow the handlebar reach is of the obscured rider's bike just to Armstrong's right. That's a far cry from a set of Cinelli 66-44's like Merckx used in the old days.


Sunday, January 17: Cancer Council Helpline Classic, 51 km circuit race. 30 x 1.7 km laps. East End, Adelaide. The race is billed as a preview of stage 6 of the Tour Down Under. It does not count towards the TDU General Classification.

The Race: Midway thorugh the race a 5-man break was established: Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack), Oscar Pereiro (Astana), Peter Sagan (Liquigas), Mathieu Perget (Caisse d'Epargne) and Mikael Cherel (FDJ). Near the end HTC-Columbia went to the front and shut it down. Just as everyone thought it would be another Columbia rout, Sky's leadout train hit it hard and delivered Henderson to the front.

Results:

1. Greg Henderson (Sky) 1hr 4min 33sec
2. Christopher Sutton (Sky) s.t.
3. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
4. Robbie McEwen (Katusha) s.t.
5. Baden Cooke (Saxo) s.t.
6. Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
7. Allan Davis (Astana) s.t.
8. Jose Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) s.t.
9. Anthony Ravard (Ag2r) s.t.
10. Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) s.t.
11. Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo) s.t.
12. Mathew Goss (HTC-Columbia) s.t.
13. Daryl Impey (Radio Shack) s.t.
14. Jonathan Cantwell (UniSA) s.t.
15. George Hincapie (BMC) s.t.
16. Tomas Vaitkus (Radio Shack) s.t.
17. Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) s.t.
18. Gert Steegmans (Radio Shack) s.t.
19. Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ) s.t.
20. Rene Mandri (Ag2r) s.t.
21. Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) s.t.
22. Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) s.t.
23. Wim Stroetinga (Milram) s.t.
24. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2r) s.t.
25. Ivan Velasco (Euskaltel) s.t.
55. Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) @ 8sec
62. Lance Armstrong (Radio Shack) s.t.
78. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 23sec
99. Oscar Pereiro (Astana) s.t.

Robbie McEwen heads for the start.

Eight Tour wins in that break. Oscar Pereiro (Tour winner in 2006) and Lance Armstrong (winner of just about every other Tour) shake things up.

HTC-Columbia hits the front.

Cadel Evans will be easy to pick out all year.

Team Katusha

Like to know what that power meter is reading when Armstrong is on a break.

Here are the boys who won the first big race they entered. I can't wait for a head to head at a race between Sky and Columbia when Columbia has Cavendish.


Stage 1, Tuesday, January 19: Clare - Tanuda, 141 km.

Stage 2, Wednesday, January 20: Gawler - Hahndorf, 133 km

Stage 3, Thursday, January 21: Unley - Sterling, 132.5 km

Stage 4, Friday, January 22: Mutual Community Stage 4 Norwood - Goolwa, 149.5 km.

Stage 5, Saturday, January 23: Jayco Stage 5 Snapper Point - Willunga, 148 km

6th and final stage, Sunday, January 24: Adelaide City Council Street Circuit, 90 km.


Tour Down Under start list with backnumbers as of January 16:

ASTANA (KAZ)

1. DAVIS Allan AUS
2. PEREIRO Oscar ESP
3. DMITRIYEV Valeriy KAZ
4. GRIVKO Andriy UKR
5. JUFRE POU Josep ESP
6. HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jess ESP
7. STANGELJ Gorazd SLO

Team Manager: BONTEMPI Guido ITA

TEAM RADIOSHACK (USA)

11. ARMSTRONG Lance USA
12. IMPEY Daryl RSA
13. MCCARTNEY Jason USA
14. POPOVYCH Yaroslav UKR
15. ROSSELER Sebastien BEL
16. VAITKUS Tomas LTU
17. STEEGMANS Gert BEL

Team Manager: AZEVEDO Jose POR

BMC RACING TEAM (USA)

21. EVANS Cadel AUS
22. HINCAPIE George USA
23. KROON Karsten NED
24. WYSS Danilo SUI
25. KOHLER Martin SUI
26. SANTAMBROGIO Mauro ITA
27. FREI Thomas SUI

Team Manager: LELANGUE John BEL

OMEGA PHARMA LOTTO (BEL)

31. DELAGE Mickal FRA
32. KAISEN Olivier BEL
33. LJUNGBLAD Jonas SWE
34. LLOYD Matthew AUS
35. ROELANDTS Jurgen BEL
36. LOWIK Gerben NED
37. VAN GOOLEN Jurgen BEL

Team Manager: REDANT Hendrik BEL

TEAM HTC - COLUMBIA (USA)

41. GREIPEL Andre GER
42. ROGERS Michael AUS
43. GRABSCH Bert GER
44. EISEL Bernhard AUT
45. SIEBERG Marcel GER
46. GOSS Matthew AUS
47. ROULSTON Hayden NZL

Team Manager: PEIPER Allan AUS

TEAM SKY (GBR)

51. SUTTON Christopher AUS
52. VIGANO Davide ITA
53. SWIFT Ben GBR
54. HAYMAN Mathew AUS
55. DOWNING Russell GBR
56. FROOME Christopher GBR
57. HENDERSON Greg NZL

Team Manager: YATES Sean GBR

Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA)

61. ELMIGER Martin SUI
62. DESSEL Cyril FRA
63. KADRI Blel FRA
64. KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR
65. MANDRI Ren EST
66. RAVARD Anthony FRA
67. TURPIN Ludovic FRA

Team Manager: BIONDI Laurent FRA

TEAM KATUSHA (RUS)

71. McEWEN Robbie AUS
72. PLIUSCHIN Alexander MDA
73. VORGANOV Eduard RUS
74. RIPOLL HORRACH Juan ESP
75. GALIMZYANOV Denis RUS
76. VANDENBERGH Stijn BEL
77. KLIMOV Sergey RUS

Team Manager: KONYCHEV Dmitri RUS

TEAM SAXO BANK (DEN)

81. O'GRADY Stuart AUS
82. VOIGT Jens GER
83. KLOSTERGAARD Kasper DEN
84. COOKE Baden AUS
85. HOJ Frank DEN
86. HAEDO Juan Jose ARG
87. LUND Anders DEN

Team Manager: McGEE Bradley AUS

MILRAM (GER)

91. FOESTER Robert GER
92. FOTHEN Markus GER
93. ROELS Dominik GER
94. ROHREGGER Thomas GER
95. STROETINGA Wim NED
96. ROBERTS Luke AUS
97. SCHRODER Bjorn GER

Team Manager: ALGERI Vittorio ITA

FRANCAISE DES JEUX (FRA)

101. SULZBERGER Wesley AUS
102. PINOT Thibaut FRA
103. HUTAROVICH Yauheni BLR
104. ROUX Anthony FRA
105. CHEREL Mikael FRA
106. CAZAUX Pierre FRA
107. VICHOT Arthur FRA

Team Manager: BRICAUD Thierry FRA

CAISSE D'EPARGNE (ESP)

111. VALVERDE Alejandro ESP
112. SANCHEZ Luis Leon ESP
113. ROJAS Jose ESP
114. GUTIERREZ Ivan ESP
115. GARCIA Jose ESP
116. DRUJON Mathieu FRA
117. PERGET Mathieu FRA

Team Manager: STEPHENS Neil AUS

EUSKALTEL EUSKADI (ESP)

121. SICARD Romain FRA
122. CASTROVIEJO Jonathan ESP
123. IZAGUIRRE Gorka ESP
124. MINGUEZ Miguel ESP
125. NIEVE Mikel ESP
126. SESMA Daniel ESP
127. VELASCO Ivan ESP

Team Manager: GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO Alvaro ESP

RABOBANK (NED)

131. BROWN Graeme AUS
132. CLEMENT Stef NED
133. FLENS Rick NED
134. LEEZER Tom NED
135. MOERENHOUT Koos NED
136. VAN EMDEN Jos NED
137. WEENING Pieter NED

Team Manager: MAASSEN Frans NED

LIQUIGAS (ITA)

141. DALL 'ANTONIA Tiziano ITA
142. KOREN Kristjan SLO
143. GUARNIERI Jacopo ITA
144. PATERSKI Maciej POL
145. FINETTO Mauro ITA
146. SAGAN Peter SKV
147. SABATINI Fabio ITA

Team Manager: MARIUZZO Dario ITA

GARMIN TRANSITIONS (USA)

151. BOBRIDGE Jack AUS
152. DEAN Julian NZL
153. MEYER Cameron AUS
154. MEIER Christian CAN
155. LOWE Trent AUS
156. HUNTER Robbie RSA
157. WILSON Matthew AUS

Team Manager: WHITE Matthew AUS

FOOTON-SERVETTO-FUJI (ESP)

161. BENITEZ ROMAN Jos Alberto ESP
162. CARDOSO Manuel POR
163. PEREZ ARRIETA Aitor ESP
164. GUTIERREZ P. David ESP
165. MERLO Michele ITA
166. PEDERSEN Martin DEN
167. VITORIA David SUI

Team Manager: ZANINI Stefano ITA

QUICK STEP (BEL)

171. VAN IMPE Kevin BEL
172. FACCI Mauro ITA
173. KVIST Thomas Vedel DEN
174. MAES Nikolas BEL
175. ENGELS Addy NED
176. VAN DE WALLE Jurgen BEL
177. STAUFF Andreas GER

Team Manager: SLYCKE Rik Van BEL

UNISA - AUSTRALIA (AUS)

181. MATTHEWS Michael ACT
182. DENNIS Rohan SA
183. CLARKE Simon VIC
184. ROE Timothy SA
185. CANTWELL Jonathan QLD
186. McDONALD Peter NSW
187. Australia open road champion (TBC)

Team Manager: SANDERS Dave (AUS)