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Porte: I don't see Bevin winning Tour Down Under, but Impey can

Posted: 19:30, 19 Jan 2019

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) navigated his way through a hectic stage 5 at the Tour Down Under, where crosswinds caused multiple splits throughout and a crash in the final 10km caught out current race leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team). The aggressive stage was lit up by Jumbo-Visma, Bora-Hansgrohe, Deceuninck-QuickStep and Team Sky on a number of occasions, who piled on the pressure as the race turned east away from the coast and hit crosswinds. Despite several splits occurring in the peloton, the race continually came back together. Porte was shepherded through the drama by teammates Koen de Kort and Ryan Mullen, arriving into Strathalbyn safely in the lead group.ADVERTISEMENT "I think it's one of those days where everyone's stressed and tempers flare," Porte said to reporters outside his team vehicles after the stage. "Luke Rowe [Team Sky] is one of my best mates and I even had a bit of a go with him there. It's nice to be able to talk to him and it's all good. I think it's just part of it, now's the moment to just apologise to the guys who you had a problem with or talk about it. "I think my team were really good today, everyone did a good job and there's a lot to lose. It's a shame to see Paddy Bevin go down like that. He went down super hard, I think he just overlapped a wheel or something, it's not nice to see." Title on the line on Willunga You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Tafi sets February deadline to find a team for Paris-Roubaix

Posted: 19:00, 19 Jan 2019

Andrea Tafi has set a deadline of early February to find a team for his Paris-Roubaix comeback. The 52-year-old Italian hasn’t raced since his retirement after the 2005 edition of the ‘Hell of the North’, but announced in October 2018 that he was looking to rejoin the professional ranks for the 2019 edition, the 20th anniversary of his victory there.  "In the first week of February I want clarity," he said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. “I can’t say anything about it yet.”ADVERTISEMENT Tafi, who raced his final Roubaix in Saunier-Duval colours, headed up a Mapei-Quick Step podium sweep in 1999, and remains as motivated as he was when he was a pro. "This is not a joke, but a real goal," he said. "I train as hard as [I did] in my professional years. I hope to appear at the [race] start." Since his retirement, Tafi has continued to race at Masters level, and told La Gazzetta dello Sport back in October that he rides 18,000km a year. Last year, he contacted the UCI in order to be added to the anti-doping control pool, a necessary step for any potential comeback attempt. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Controversy at the Tour Down Under - Podcast

Posted: 18:30, 19 Jan 2019

We're at the Tour Down Under and we've seen one of the most dramatic stages in the race's history, with a relegated winner and a crash and major scare for the overall leader on stage 5. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) crossed the line first, but was relegated by the race jury for a headbutt on Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates), who was promoted to victory. In the GC, Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) crashed inside the final 10km but was paced back to the bunch to retain his lead. He's back in the team hotel after a trip to hospital and, subject to a concussion test tomorrow morning, will start the final stage to Willunga Hill on Sunday. He currently leads Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) by seven seconds. It's still all to play for.ADVERTISEMENT In this podcast we hear from Ewan's DS Mario Aerts and eventual stage winner Philipsen, along with Robbie McEwen and Richie Porte. The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville. Sponsor message You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Tour Down Under: Gibbons moves into white jersey for final stage

Posted: 18:00, 19 Jan 2019

Ryan Gibbons arrived at the Tour Down Under as Dimension Data's seventh choice general classification candidate but, going into Sunday's final stage, he finds himself fourth on GC and leading the young rider white jersey competition. The South African-registered team came to the 2019 WorldTour opener with a former Tour Down Under winner in Tom-Jelte Slagter, along with proven climber Ben O'Connor, and puncheur Michael Valgren in a squad with a number of options. Speaking after the stage 5 finish in Strathalbyn on Saturday, Gibbons admitted the white jersey wasn't a complete surprise.ADVERTISEMENT "We saw today that I was on the same time and I was actually only one place behind [Chris] Hamilton on countback after yesterday so I just needed to finish one place in front of him today," he said.  "It wasn't really the main goal. The main goal was the stage but it was quite a stressful final. Across the finish line, though, I couldn't see Hamilton so I knew I had it." Gibbons' eighth-place finish today sits alongside a fifth-place finish, two 12th places and a 31st. Although the results have not made headlines, Gibbons' consistency can be commended in race with the sprint field featuring the likes of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida) and stage 5 winner Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates). You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Nacer Bouhanni: I'm ready to ride wherever, with whomever

Posted: 15:30, 19 Jan 2019

Nacer Bouhanni and his Cofidis team appear to have ironed out their tensions - if not completely buried the hatchet - as the Frenchman looks ahead to the new season with renewed vigour. Bouhanni has fallen out with team management on a number of occasions in the past 18 months, with the turning point seemingly being Cédric Vasseur's arrival as team manager - at the expense of Yvon Sanquer - mid-way through 2017. However, he ended 2018 on a high, with a stage win at the Vuelta a España, and, after relocating to the warmer climes of the south of France, a good winter has allowed him to reset mentally and physically ahead of the 2019 campaign.ADVERTISEMENT "I feel good. I reached 1630 watts in a sprint for the first time - before I was at 1550 - and we're only in January. I'm more relaxed, I try to block out a lot of things, and spread myself less thinly in order to focus squarely on my job," Bouhanni said in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe. "When the head leads, the legs follow, and I'm happy to be riding my bike. Last year, I wasn't happy riding my bike. My girlfriend and my family help me be positive. I've understood that there is a life after cycling, and that helps me put things in perspective." As for the team, Bouhanni has decided to stop worrying about that, and concentrate solely on himself. When Vasseur took over and put his plans in place for 2018, Bouhanni found himself relegated, no longer the big leader in the team, and often demoted below his own previous lead-out man, Christophe Laporte. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Watch as drama unfolds on stage 5 of Tour Down Under - Video

Posted: 13:30, 19 Jan 2019

It might have been a flat day, but stage 5 of the Tour Down Under was the most dramatic of the race so far, with crosswinds, crashes, and even a relegation on the finish line.  As the peloton turned east away from the coast, the stiff wind was suddenly blowing across the road, causing continual splits in the bunch for a sustained period of panic. The peloton was all together but still on edge when overall leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) was caught up in a big crash 10km from the finish. The New Zealander hit the deck hard, suffering several cuts and rips to his jersey, but remounted and used his teammates to regain contact with the bunch, riding through the pain to retain his lead before being taken to hospital for a check-up.ADVERTISEMENT There was even more drama to come in the final kilometre. It looked like Caleb Ewan had his first official victory for Lotto Soudal, but the Australian sprinter's celebrations were cut short when the jury announced he had been relegated for an 'irregular sprint', with the officials spotting he had made movements with his head towards Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) with 500m to go.  Philipsen, having been second across the line, was thus promoted for the first WorldTour victory of his career.  Watch how it all played out in the highlights video above.  You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Tour Down Under: Bevin to continue despite crash

Posted: 11:59, 19 Jan 2019

Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) will carry on racing in this year's Tour Down Under – subject to a concussion test on Sunday morning – after a heavy fall that almost cost him his place in the race. The overall leader fell during the final 10 kilometres of stage 5 on Saturday and after quickly remounting was paced back to the peloton with the aid of his team car and teammates. Rivals from the Mitchelton-Scott team also looked to slow the bunch in order to give Bevin the best chance of making contact, and Bevin eventually finished safely in the bunch before being taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with cuts and bruised ribs. Depending on Sunday-morning medical checks, he will start the final stage of the race and look to defend his overall lead of seven seconds over last year's winner Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).ADVERTISEMENT "It was such a nervous stage and there was a battle for position all day. All it took was a touch of wheels and I went down. I'm pretty banged up right now but I really hope that I will be able to line up tomorrow. Fortunately, nothing is broken so we will see how I pull up in the morning," Bevin said. CCC Team issued a medical update once Bevin returned to the race hotel. The rider spent several hours in hospital. "Patrick was taken to Calvary Wakefield Hospital in Adelaide where he underwent X-rays and CT scans to determine his injuries," team doctor Piotr Kosielski said in a statement. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Caleb Ewan relegated for headbutting Philipsen at Tour Down Under - Video

Posted: 11:16, 19 Jan 2019

Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) took his first WorldTour victory on stage 5 of the Tour Down Under, following the relegation of Lotto Soudal's Caleb Ewan for 'irregular sprinting'. Ewan was adjudged to have directed his head towards Philipsen in the final few hundred metres of the stage and the race jury relegated the Australian sprinter to 83rd position. The relegation moved Philipsen up to first place – just five days into his WorldTour career – with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) finishing second and third, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Race leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) was involved in a heavy crash in the final 10km of the stage, and despite being able to finish in the lead group, retaining the leader's ochre jersey, was rushed to hospital immediately after the stage. The final stage of the 2019 Tour Down Under will crescendo tomorrow with two ascents of Willunga Hill, where Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) has won in the past five editions of the race, with the general classification battle remaining poised. Click here for our full stage 5 report, images and results from the Tour Down Under. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Bevin taken to hospital after Tour Down Under crash

Posted: 11:04, 19 Jan 2019

CCC Team were left waiting on news of Patrick Bevin's health after the leader of the Tour Down Under crashed heavily on stage 5 of the race on Saturday. The Kiwi crashed with several other riders with 10 kilometres to go. He was cut adrift from the peloton as they raced towards the finish line, but managed to regain contact with the field thanks in part to a long draft from his team car. After the finish – having retained his overall lead – he was rushed to hospital for check-ups and X-rays. At one point, it looked as though the peloton had eased up when they heard that the race leader had crashed. Cyclingnews spoke to several riders and teams regarding the matter, and it's clear that some riders wanted the pace to ease, while other squads were keen to keep their position near the front of the bunch in order to prepare for the sprint.ADVERTISEMENT The crash was a racing incident and came after the hammer had dropped, so the peloton were well within their rights to keep their pace. "It was too close to the finish, so it's too hard to slow people down in the last 10 kilometres. You know, I've been there before where they've stopped," said CCC team manager Jim Ochowicz. "If they'd been within 25, maybe 30, kilometres from the finish, then I would have maybe expected them to slow down until we got back in position, but, you know, the sprinter teams are up there trying to win, and you just can't control that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

Philipsen left with mixed feelings after first WorldTour victory

Posted: 10:19, 19 Jan 2019

UAE Team Emirates rider Jasper Philipsen's first WorldTour victory came in unusual circumstances following Caleb Ewan's (Lotto Soudal) demotion for an 'irregular sprint' on stage 5 of the Tour Down Under on Saturday. After initially being awarded the stage victory, Ewan was relegated by the race jury to the final place in the first group across the line after the Australian sprinter had appeared to headbutt Philipsen in the fight for position in the final kilometre. Philipsen was then handed the stage win, with Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma) rounding out the podium in second and third, respectively. "The first thing that happened with Caleb was that I think we were both trying to be in a good position. I was in the wind and I just wanted to also get on the wheel so that I didn't lose energy for the sprint," Philipsen told reporters after the podium presentation.ADVERTISEMENT "I think he just hit me twice with his head, and then the jury has decided it was wrong. For me, it all happened so fast. It was hard to see if it was wrong or not. I was just happy to have taken second on the stage, so it's a bit of a strange feeling to win, but for sure I respect the decision of the jury." Helicopter footage of the final few hundred metres showed Ewan used his head to fight for position as both he and Philipsen jostled for Sagan's wheel. But while Ewan's directeur sportif, Mario Aerts, defended his sprinter's actions, the race jury's decision was definitive. UAE Team Emirates sports director Neil Stephens confirmed to Cyclingnews after the stage that no official complaint was brought by the team. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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