- The stage went quite well for us. The guys worked really good together, supporting each other during the whole day. In the peloton all teams worked hard to bring the group all together to the finish for the sprint. So, it was a bunch sprint in the final. Not much to say about this first stage, but now we are looking forward to the stage tomorrow, which looks much more interesting for us, - said Stefano Zanini.
The Irish national champion Sam Bennett won the first stage in a fast sprint ahead of Jasper Philipsen and Erik Baška. All Astana Pro Team riders finished the stage inside the main peloton, while Luis Leon Sanchez became the best team’s performer with 23rd position.
After the first intermediate sprint was played by the peloton, an attack of four riders created the breakaway of the day. These riders took both mountain finishes as well as the second intermediate sprint, but the peloton caught them back far from the finish line. Astana’s Laurens De Vreese took one point at the second KOM, placing himself on the third position in the King of Mountain classification.
Stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under will be held tomorrow: it will be a 135.8-km-long distance from Woodside to Stirling with a hilly profile and an uphill finish.
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