Melbourne cyclist Jay McCarthy has retained the Young Rider Jersey title on Stage Five of the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide today.
McCarthy will go into the final stage of the event in pole position, after winning the Young Rider Jersey for the fourth time this week.
Cycling from McLaren Flat to the iconic Willunga Hill, known as a decider in the event, riders took to the road at 11:10am, covering a distance of 151.5km throughout the day.
All eyes were on Australia’s Simon Gerrans for the win today, who was vying to secure his fourth Santos Tour Down Under title, after winning back-to-back stages earlier this week.
At the early 1km mark, Lars Boom of Netherlands made the first attack, remaining prominent as UniSA and Astana riders pushed to the front to challenge.
At the first iiNet sprint at Snapper Point it was Pim Ligthart of Netherlands and South Africa’s Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg in the lead, with Boom placing a close third.
Maintaining the lead, Ligthart and Janse Van Rensburg claimed the points again in the second sprint, with Portugal’s Nelson Oliverira coming in third.
But for the third time in three years, Richie Porte of Launceston crossed the finish line first in the 151km stage, pulling away from Colombian Serigo Henao on the climb to finish with a convincing win. Gerrans not performing as well as anticipated, finishing in eighth place.
Porte is now placed just nine seconds behind event leader Gerrans ahead of tomorrow’s sixth and final stage. McCarthy remains in fourth place on the leader board, but as the fastest rider under 25-years-old, he’s also scored the Young Rider Jersey.
Europcar Australia is a major partner of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under, with passion for the sport at both a grassroots and elite level that has seen the company support the event for three years running.
This year Europcar is proud to be sponsoring the Santos Tour Down Under Young Riders Jersey, reflecting its commitment to the sport’s up-and-coming riders and the growth cycling domestically.
Riders will battle out the final stage of the 2016 Tour Down Under tomorrow, tackling 20 laps of a 4.5 kilometre circuit through the heart of Adelaide.
The race will take in War Memorial Drive, Montefiore Hill and along King William Street before turning in front of the Adelaide City Council Tour Village at Victoria Square.
Be sure to return for tomorrow’s race results.
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