2014 Tour Down Under

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2014 Tour Down Under
2014 UCI World Tour, race 1 of 28
Race details
Dates 21–26 January 2014
Stages 6
Distance 815.5 km (506.7 mi)
Winning time 19h 57' 35" (40.9 km/h or 25.4 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Simon Gerrans (Australia) (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Second  Cadel Evans (Australia) (BMC Racing Team)
Third  Diego Ulissi (Italy) (Lampre-Merida)

Mountains  Adam Hansen (Australia) (Lotto-Belisol)
Youth  Jack Haig (Australia) (UniSA-Australia)
Sprints  Simon Gerrans (Australia) (Orica-GreenEDGE)
Team Orica-GreenEDGE
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The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under was the 16th edition of the Tour Down Under stage race. It took place from 21 to 26 January and was the first race of the 2014 UCI World Tour.[1]

The race was won for a record third time by Australian national champion Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEDGE team,[2] after taking the lead on the penultimate stage of the race and held the race leader's ochre jersey to the finish, the next day, in Adelaide.[3] Gerrans also won the opening stage of the race in Angaston.[4] Gerrans' winning margin over runner-up Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team was one second, and Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi completed the podium, four seconds behind Evans and five seconds in arrears of Gerrans.[5] Like Gerrans, Ulissi and Evans both won stages of the race, winning in Stirling and Campbelltown respectively, while Evans also held the race lead for two days. The other stages were won by Lotto-Belisol rider André Greipel (two wins) and Richie Porte, who won the queen stage at Willunga Hill.

The race's other classifications were swept by Australian riders, as Gerrans' consistent finishes – five top-five stage finishes from six stages – across the week ensured that he won the blue jersey for the sprints classification,[6] while Lotto-Belisol rider Adam Hansen was the winner of the mountains classification.[7] UniSA-Australia's Jack Haig was the winner of the young rider classification,[8] finishing seventeenth overall, while the teams classification was won by Gerrans' Orica-GreenEDGE outfit, also placing Daryl Impey inside the top ten overall.[9]

Schedule[edit]

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 21 January Nuriootpa to Angaston 135 km (84 mi) Flat stage  Simon Gerrans (AUS)
2 22 January Prospect to Stirling 150 km (93 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Diego Ulissi (ITA)
3 23 January Norwood to Campbelltown 145 km (90 mi) Hilly stage  Cadel Evans (AUS)
4 24 January Unley to Victor Harbor 148.5 km (92 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
5 25 January McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill 151.5 km (94 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Richie Porte (AUS)
6 26 January Adelaide 85.5 km (53 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)

Participating teams[edit]

As the Tour Down Under is a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Australian team Drapac Professional Cycling received a wildcard invitation and together with a selection of Australian riders forming the UniSA-Australia squad, this formed the event's 20-team peloton.

The 20 teams invited to the race were:

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

21 January 2014 — Nuriootpa to Angaston, 135 km (83.9 mi)[10]
Stage 1 Result[11]
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE 3h 20' 34"
2  André Greipel (GER) Lotto-Belisol s.t.
3  Steele Von Hoff (AUS) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
4  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida s.t.
5  Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
6  Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Astana s.t.
7  Simon Geschke (GER) Giant-Shimano s.t.
8  Rafael Valls (ESP) Lampre-Merida s.t.
9  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team s.t.
10  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1[12]
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE 3h 20' 23"
2  André Greipel (GER) Lotto-Belisol + 5"
3  Steele Von Hoff (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 7"
4  Simon Geschke (GER) Giant-Shimano + 10"
5  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 11"
6  Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 11"
7  Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Astana + 11"
8  Rafael Valls (ESP) Lampre-Merida + 11"
9  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 11"
10  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 11"

Stage 2[edit]

22 January 2014 — Prospect to Stirling, 150 km (93.2 mi)[13]
Stage 2 Result[14]
Rider Team Time
1  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida 3h 52' 14"
2  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey orange.svg Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
3  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team s.t.
4  Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Astana s.t.
5  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
6  Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky s.t.
7  Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team s.t.
8  Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
9  Javier Moreno (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
10  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
General Classification after Stage 2[14]
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE 7h 12' 31"
2  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 7"
3  André Greipel (GER) Lotto-Belisol + 11"
4  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 13"
5  Steele Von Hoff (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 13"
6  Simon Geschke (GER) Giant-Shimano + 16"
7  Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Astana + 17"
8  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 17"
9  Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 17"
10  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 17"

Stage 3[edit]

23 January 2014 — Norwood to Campbelltown, 145 km (90.1 mi)[15]
Stage 3 Result[16]
Rider Team Time
1  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 3h 34' 05"
2  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 15"
3  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 15"
4  Adam Hansen (AUS) Jersey white.svg Lotto-Belisol + 15"
5  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey orange.svg Orica-GreenEDGE + 15"
6  Rory Sutherland (AUS) Tinkoff-Saxo + 15"
7  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 15"
8  Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 15"
9  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE + 15"
10  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 15"
General Classification after Stage 3[16]
Rider Team Time
1  Cadel Evans (AUS) Jersey orange.svg BMC Racing Team 10h 46' 39"
2  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE + 12"
3  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 15"
4  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 27"
5  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 29"
6  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 29"
7  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE + 33"
8  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 33"
9  Rory Sutherland (AUS) Tinkoff-Saxo + 33"
10  Ben Hermans (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 33"

Stage 4[edit]

24 January 2014 — Unley to Victor Harbor, 148.5 km (92.3 mi)[17]
Stage 4 Result[18]
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Lotto-Belisol 3h 33' 07"
2  Jürgen Roelandts (BEL) Lotto-Belisol s.t.
3  Elia Viviani (ITA) Cannondale s.t.
4  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
5  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
6  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
7  Maxime Bouet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
8  Nikolay Trusov (RUS) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
9  Anthony Roux (FRA) FDJ.fr s.t.
10  Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) Astana s.t.
General Classification after Stage 4[18]
Rider Team Time
1  Cadel Evans (AUS) Jersey orange.svg BMC Racing Team 14h 19' 46"
2  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE + 7"
3  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 14"
4  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 23"
5  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 29"
6  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 29"
7  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE + 33"
8  Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team + 33"
9  Rory Sutherland (AUS) Tinkoff-Saxo + 33"
10  Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky + 33"

Stage 5[edit]

25 January 2014 — McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, 151.5 km (94.1 mi)[19]
Stage 5 Result[20]
Rider Team Time
1  Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky 3h 42' 20"
2  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 10"
3  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE + 10"
4  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 14"
5  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE + 14"
6  Cadel Evans (AUS) Jersey orange.svg BMC Racing Team + 14"
7  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 17"
8  Egor Silin (RUS) Team Katusha + 17"
9  Adam Hansen (AUS) Jersey white.svg Lotto-Belisol + 17"
10  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 21"
General Classification after Stage 5[20]
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE 18h 02' 19"
2  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 1"
3  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 5"
4  Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky + 10"
5  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 27"
6  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 30"
7  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE + 34"
8  Adam Hansen (AUS) Jersey white.svg Lotto-Belisol + 37"
9  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 37"
10  Egor Silin (RUS) Team Katusha + 37"

Stage 6[edit]

26 January 2014 — Adelaide (criterium), 85.5 km (53.1 mi)[21]
Stage 6 Result[22]
Rider Team Time
1  André Greipel (GER) Lotto-Belisol 1h 55' 16"
2  Mark Renshaw (AUS) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
3  Andrew Fenn (GBR) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
4  Koen de Kort (NED) Giant-Shimano s.t.
5  Jonathan Cantwell (AUS) Drapac Professional Cycling s.t.
6  Matthew Goss (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
7  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
8  Jürgen Roelandts (BEL) Lotto-Belisol s.t.
9  Michael Kolář (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
10  Mathew Hayman (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
Final General Classification[22]
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Gerrans (AUS) Jersey orange.svgJersey blue.svg Orica-GreenEDGE 19h 57' 35"
2  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team + 1"
3  Diego Ulissi (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 5"
4  Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky + 10"
5  Nathan Haas (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 27"
6  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 30"
7  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE + 34"
8  Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky + 37"
9  Adam Hansen (AUS) Jersey white.svg Lotto-Belisol + 37"
10  Egor Silin (RUS) Team Katusha + 47"

Classification leadership table[edit]

In the 2014 Tour Down Under, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, the leader received an ochre jersey.[23] This classification was considered the most important of the 2014 Tour Down Under, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Additionally, there was a sprints classification, which awarded a blue jersey.[23] In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. For winning a stage, a rider earned 15 points, with one point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th place. Points towards the classification could also be accrued at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a white jersey.[23] In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.

The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a grey, green and pink jersey.[23] This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1988 were eligible to be ranked in the classification. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time, and each member of the winning team received a red jersey on the final podium. Additionally, a green jersey was awarded on the podium each day, for the most aggressive rider, or riders, of that day's stage.

Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification
Sprint classification
Young rider classification
Team classification
Jersey red.svg
Aggressive rider
Jersey green.svg
1 Simon Gerrans Simon Gerrans Adam Hansen Simon Gerrans Carlos Verona Lampre-Merida Will Clarke
2 Diego Ulissi
3 Cadel Evans Cadel Evans Kenny Elissonde BMC Racing Team Jens Voigt
4 André Greipel Jack Haig Cameron Wurf
5 Richie Porte Simon Gerrans Orica-GreenEDGE Jens Voigt
6 André Greipel Will Clarke
Final Simon Gerrans Adam Hansen Simon Gerrans Jack Haig Orica-GreenEDGE  –

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