ADELAIDE: Australian Simon Gerrans claimed a record fourth Tour Down Under when he finished safely in the peloton after the 90-kilometre final stage on Sunday.
Gerrans finished the UCI season-opening race nine seconds ahead of fellow countryman Richie Porte of BMC Racing.
Colombia’s Sergio Henao from Team Sky was third overall, 11 seconds behind Gerrans.
Gerrans’ Orica Greenedge teammate Caleb Ewan won the final stage in a sprint finish, adding to his victory in the opening stage on Tuesday.
The powerful Ewan surged for the line 80 metres out, winning by a bike length from Australia’s Mark Renshaw (Team Dimension Data) and Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).
However, the day’s racing belonged to Gerrans, whose nine-second overnight lead meant he only had to stay out of trouble Sunday to ensure a win in the general classification.
Gerrans has been a dominant force at the Tour Down Under, winning previously in 2006, 2012 and 2014.
He staked his claim for this year’s race when he won the third stage to Campbell town, then backed up with victory in a sprint finish in the fourth stage at the seaside town of Victor Harbor.
Results after the 90-kilometre final stage of the UCI Tour Down Under in Adelaide on Sunday
- Caleb Ewen (AUS/Orica Greenedge) 1hr 55min 2sec
- Mark Renshaw (AUS/Team Dimension Data) same time
- Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA/Trek-Segafredo) s.t.
- Adam Blythe (GBR/Tinkoff) s.t.
- Aleksei Tcatevitch (RUS/Katusha) s.t.
- Ben Swift (Team Sky) s.t.
- Marko Kump (SLO/Lampre-Merida) s.t.
- Davide Martinelli (ITA/Etixx-Quick-Step) s.t.
- Leigh Howard (AUS/IAM) s.t.
- Wouter Wippert (NED/Cannondale) s.t.
- Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica Greenedge) 19hr 11min 33sec
- Richie Porte (AUS/BMC Racing) +9sec
- Sergio Henao (COL/ Team Sky) +11
- Jay McCarthy (AUS/Tinkoff) +20
- Michael Woods (CAN/Cannondale) s.t.
- Ruben Fernandez (ESP/Movistar) +28
- Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/Ag2r La Mondiale) s.t.
- Rafael Valls (ESP/Lotto-Soudal) +36
- Steve Morabito (SUI/FDJ) +49
- Patrick Bevin (NZL/Cannondale) +50
King of the Mountain
- Sergio Henao (COL/Team Sky) 38 pts
- Richie Porte (AUS/BMC Racing) 28 pts
- Michael Woods (CAN/Cannondale) 20 pts
- Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica Greenedge) 51 pts
- Jay McCarthy (AUS/Tinkoff) 46 pts
- Caleb Ewen (AUS/Orica Greenedge) 38 pts