Tour Down Under: Stage 3 live updates

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    Welcome along to coverage of Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under. Today we start just outside of Adelaide city – Unley, in a 134.5km race.

    There’s a 9.5km neutral stage, which is then followed by the official start in Bedford Park. The Tour then rides all the way through to Victor Harbor.

    Stage 3 includes 2 Jayco Sprints (Mt Compass 65km and Goolwa 89.4km) and a Category 2 climb in the ŠKODA King of the Mountains (Sellicks Hill 42.9km).

    Conditions are warm but not the heat and wind of the first stage. Unley’s max temp is meant to hit around 31C, with a breeze around 10km/hr.

    Yesterday was an amazing day for 26-year-old William Clarke. The UniSA Australia rider was the last man picked for the TdU, but decided to take up the pace with BMC rider Martin Kohler after just 1km of racing. While Kohler went for the sprints to steal the leader’s Ochre jersey, Clarke decided to go for glory.

    He left Kohler behind after the second sprint point to get the lead out to as much as 12:15. Despite a late charge from the peloton, the Tasmanian took the stage win.

    We saw a bit of action late from GreenEDGE led by Simon Gerrans, but it was in vain. We’ve seen how important the sprint points have been so far with the time bonuses they provide, maybe Gerrans will be pushing hard at Mt Compass and Goolwa.

    Martin Kohler’s lead is only two seconds. In fact, the top 64 riders are seperated by only 12 seconds, so expect some fireworks today.

    Don’t forget, any questions, thoughts or comments – send them through. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date.

    We’ll start live blogging on Stage 3 of the SANTOS Tour Down Under from 1130 AEDST (1100 SA Time)

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    • Editor

      January 19th 2012 @ 11:26am
      Tristan Rayner said | January 19th 2012 @ 11:26am | ! Report

      Before the riders head off for Victor Harbor, Andre Greipel spoke with the TDU Official site. He is currently second on the GC at 0:02.

      “I think everybody felt a bit tired from the heat from the first stage but it is important to just stay in the bunch. Of course the bunch was going very fast, but in the end we didn’t catch the breakaway.

      [Will Clarke] did a good job there, he was pretty strong so hats off for him. We will see how the race will develop but we need to call on other teams for a bunch sprint.”

    • Roar Guru

      January 19th 2012 @ 11:27am
      TheSportsFreak said | January 19th 2012 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      We’re just about to kick off in Unley for the 11th time in the Tour Down Under. Very good morning.
      We’ve got 9.5km of nothingness before the ridgy-didge cycling gets underway in Bedford Park

    • Editor

      January 19th 2012 @ 11:27am
      Tristan Rayner said | January 19th 2012 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      Conditions are forecast for a much cooler 23C, but it’s always warmer on the road.

    • Editor

      January 19th 2012 @ 11:28am
      Tristan Rayner said | January 19th 2012 @ 11:28am | ! Report

      Looking forward to the coverage, thesportsfreak 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      January 19th 2012 @ 11:32am
      TheSportsFreak said | January 19th 2012 @ 11:32am | ! Report

      Martin Kohler is the Ochre jersey wearer after gaining some bonus seconds from the sprints yesterday to just get ahead of Andre Greipel.
      As TdU boss Mike Turtur drops the red flag to get them underway… sort of.

    • Roar Guru

      January 19th 2012 @ 11:36am
      TheSportsFreak said | January 19th 2012 @ 11:36am | ! Report

      It’s the same course that was used in 2008 – that was won by Aussie Allan Davis. We’re hoping for another Aussie win today. Will it come from GreenEDGE? Can Will Clarke recover from yesterday’s Herculean effort to get up near the front runners throughout the race?

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