Another Monday is here and our news from the world of cycling with it! So, what did you miss?
Rookie mistake . . ☀️🔥😓 pic.twitter.com/sTTfRxVipv
— Louis (@LouisMeintjes) January 13, 2018
The South African finally triumphs
It took more than three years of waiting before Daryl Impey could raise another trophy above his head. And it was a very narrow win as well. He finished on the same time as Richie Porte, and his triumph comes courtesy of three second-place finishes in the race. It’s his first GC win since the Tour of Alberta in 2014. Richie Porte didn’t seem all too bothered with the results, though.
🧡 STOKED 🧡
— Santos Tour Down Under 🚴🚴♀️ (@tourdownunder) January 21, 2018
“I have a fantastic bunch of people around me, from my team to wife and family. It has been a tough time, it was a nasty crash, it knocked me around, but I think I can have maybe the best season of my career, and I’m motivated for that,” Porte told the reporters.
— Richie Porte (@richie_porte) January 21, 2018
André Greipel had a great start to the season as well, taking two stage wins. It was Peter Sagan with one stage win, however, who made the news again. He helped to pack away flamme rouge, claiming he finally had a real job to do. And the fans loved it. You can watch the funny video below.
After today's stage, I finally had a real job to do… I'd like to thank every single person at the @tourdownunder organization. Their hard work makes it one of the best races in the world. Thanks also to the fans and spectators in @southaustralia! This victory goes to you! pic.twitter.com/j7XWDMDl96
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) January 19, 2018
How hot is it at the Tour Down Under?
Vinokurov pranking the Astana Pro Team
The former pro and Astana team manager played a nice trick on his bunch during a training camp ride. Dressed up as an old man, he passed them on a harsh climb, leaving them to wonder what was going on. Watch the video below to see what happened when the 44-year-old revealed his true identity.
Astana Pro Team general manager Alexandr Vinokurov decided to prank the riders: in the guise of an old man he joined the riders at the training and showed his class, passing everyone on the climb 👴 #AstanaProTeam pic.twitter.com/DYB8Ykuedc
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) January 18, 2018
He’ll go as Sagan for Halloween
— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) January 15, 2018