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Porte seals overall victory in Adelaide - Caleb Ewan takes his fourth stage win on the final day

Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) closed out the best week of his career with his fourth stage win at the Tour Down Under. The Australian won the final stage ahead of World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Marko Kump (Team UAE Abu Dhabi).
Ewan wasn’t the only Australian to celebrate with Richie Porte (BMC Racing) safely crossing the line to win the Tour Down Under for the fist time in his career. Ewan and Porte were the only riders to win stages of this year’s race with the BMC leader dominating at Paracombe and Willunga, while Ewan closed out all four sprint stages.
The battle for the GC went down to the wire with regards to the rest of the podium, with Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) winning a mid-stage time bonus that bumped him ahead of Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and into third. Esteban Chaves finished second in the overall, 48 seconds down on the unstoppable Porte.
The final stage, however, belonged to Ewan who has already crossed the line first in seven races this year, four of them at the WorldTour level. The 22-year-old was simply too good for the opposition once more on the final stage, and after another strong leadout from Orica Scott he held off the last desperate challenge from Peter Sagan.
The World Champion, not a natural bunch sprinter, has nevertheless been Ewan’s closest competitor throughout the week and although he is still searching for his first win of 2017, he is conscious that bigger goals lie ahead this spring. His Bora team do leave Adelaide with something to celebrate after Sagan led McCarthy out for an intermediate sprint. The time bonus gained was enough to help McCarthy jump into third overall.

TDU Stage 6 - Top 10
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 1:55:28
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
4 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
5 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ
7 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
8 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
9 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
10 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe

Young riders
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 1:55:28
2 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
3 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ

Combativity award
Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors

Teams
1 Bora - Hansgrohe 5:46:24
2 UAE Abu Dhabi
3 Trek - Segafredo
4 Orica - Scott
5 FFJ

Final general classification
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 19:55:49
2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:00:48
3 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:51
4 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:59
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02
7 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
9 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
10 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:04

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Final stages | Bike Exchange Stage 5

BMC's Santos Tour Down Under race leader Richie Porte put in an early attack on the final climb of Willunga Hill and nobody was able to match his power as he proved himself king of the hill for a fourth straight time, winning Bike Exchange Stage 5 by a mile and confirming his first TDU title.

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Highlights of BikeExchange Stage 5 2017

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A look at six top US professional riders who could make an impression on the 2017 men's WorldTour
 
A look at six top US professional riders who could make an impression on the 2017 men's WorldTour
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Danny van Poppel's Pinarello Dogma F10 in 360

More new 2017 WorldTour bikes! Team Sky's sprinter, Danny van Poppel, has the new Pinarello Dogma F10 here at the Tour Down Under. #PelotonServiceCourse #TdU2017
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Highlights of Bupa Stage 4 - 2017 Santos Tour Down Under
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Peter Sagan's transfer to Bora – Hansgrohe was no simple matter. Riders, staff, and sponsors were all affected by the season's biggest
 
Sagan's move to Bora – Hansgrohe was no simple task. Fred Dreier has the story behind the season's biggest transfer.
Peter Sagan's transfer to Bora – Hansgrohe was no simple matter. Riders, staff, and sponsors were all affected by the season's biggest
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Porte savours first win in leader's jersey at the Tour Down Under - “Attack is the best form of defence,” says Tasmanian

Attack proved to be the best form of defence for Richie Porte as he distanced his rivals on Willunga Hill to take his second stage win of the Tour Down Under and first in the leader's ochre jersey.
Following his Paracombe win on Wednesday, the 31-year-old had his poker face on until the final half of the Willunga Hill climb on Saturday afternoon when he launched his familiar and vicious attack to take a commanding lead going into Sunday's 90km street circuit. While the battle is on for the podium with just 11 seconds separating second place through to fifth. Porte's 48-second lead over Esteban Chaves is monumental in comparison.
"It was the hardest one I've had so far. Attack is the best form of defence and I didn't want to go so early. I don't think I have attacked that early on Willunga. I was in a world of pain there in that final part," Porte said of his move to take the victory.
"You can look at your power meter and all this sort of stuff but I think the best sign for me was when I looked at the other guys and they were more stuffed than I was so it was the perfect moment to go.”
Failing no mechanicals or bad luck, which have plagued Porte in recent seasons, he is on the cusp of securing the second biggest winning margin in the race's history behind Pat Jonker's 2004 triumph.
"Tomorrow is not a procession. I am in a good position but you have to stay out of trouble. I just want to finish it off tomorrow without any issues. I have always wanted to win this race. I remember doing this race in 2008 with UniSA and I have said it before, I would love to have my name on the honour roll," said Porte, who will in all likely hood claim a sixth stage race victory of his career on Sunday afternoon and see his name engraved into the steps of the race's Hilton hotel headquarters.

First victory in the leader’s ochre jersey
Having won two stages of the 2013 and 2015 editions of Paris-Nice on the way to overall victory, Porte has continued the tradition of double stage win success in another odd number year. At the French WorldTour race, Porte won the final time trial wearing the leader's yellow jersey. His Willunga Hill win though was the first time he as won a road stage in a leader's jersey since turning professional, boosting his confidence and credentials as he eyes off the Tour de France podium in July.
"You get paid to win races so when you can finish them off like that, it is a great feeling. It gives me a lot of confidence going into July and the Tour de France. I would love to go there and have a really good crack at this year," said Porte who last overall was the 2015 Giro del Trentino.
While it was Porte who finished off the job to win number four, he was sure to describe the vital importance of his teammates in starting off their 2017 working relationship in the best possible manner.
"The teams been absolutely awesome with me after the Tour last year and supporting me," said Porte of his teammates, including 2015 Tour Down Under winner Rohan Dennis. "They sent quite a few of the guys who will ride the Tour de France here and we're getting along really well. It is a long way to the Tour so the more we can race together and get to now each other; it's a good sign.
“"There is still quite a few to come in but then you get a guy like Fran Ventoso who’s just come in this year from another team and the work he's done... He rode on the front all day today and was the only guy to ride all day. Guys like that are obviously putting their hand up."

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Richie Porte interview | Bike Exchange Stage 5 | 2017 Santos Tour Down Under

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Tour Down Under: Porte wins again on Willunga Hill - BMC leader adds to his overall lead heading into final stage

Richie Porte (BMC Racing) solidified his overall lead at the Tour Down Under on Saturday, once again proving he's easily the strongest rider at the WorldTour opener by riding away from the rest of the contenders on Willunga Hill to take his second stage win of the race. Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) put in an impressive effort on the climb, finishing ahead of Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) to take second.
Porte now leads the overall by 48 seconds over Chaves, while Haas jumped to third overall, 51 seconds back. Gorka Izagirre (Movistar), who started the day second overall, struggled on the final climb and dropped out of the top 10.
Porte arrived at the bottom of the climb with all the major contenders after the peloton reeled in the survivors from the day's breakaway. Team Sky set the tempo at the bottom for Sergio Henao, but Port was having none of it and jumped away with about 2km remaining. Rafael calls (Lotto Soudal) and Chaves initially tried to stay with him, but just like on the stage 2 climb to Paracombe, they were no match of this power.
Porte acknowledged his performance on Willunga Hill made his job on Sunday a bit easier with another dominant performance on Willunga Hill.
"I think it will make tomorrow a little bit more relaxed for us," he said.
Porte also said his performance so far this week, with another stage win on the difficult Paracombe climb, bodes well for his season.
"This is not an easy climb, so to win it is great for morale," he said. "Obviously the biggest goal this year is in July at the Tour de France, but things are going well."
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TDU Stage 5 - Top 10
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3:40:13
2 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:20
3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott
4 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
5 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
6 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:23
7 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal
8 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
9 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
10 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF James Shaw (Aus) Lotto Soudal

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1 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin 3:40:41
2 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ 0:00:04
3 Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:07
4 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:18
5 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:00:33

Teams
1 UniSA Australia 11:02:38
2 Team Katusha Alpecin 0:00:52
3 Trek - Segafredo 0:01:09
4 Movistar Team 0:01:15
5 BMC Racing Team 0:01:18

General Classification after stage 5
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 18:00:21
2 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:00:48
3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:51
4 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:54
5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:00:59
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:02
7 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal
8 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
9 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
10 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia 0:01:06

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BMC leader adds to his overall lead heading into final stage
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Peter Sagan​'s Specialized Bicycles​ S-Works Venge ViAS 360 Video

Peter Sagan's Specialized Bicycles S-Works Venge ViAS. 56cm, 8.1kg/17.8 lbs and one of the coolest paint jobs we have ever seen. #ridemedia #TdU2017 #PelotonServiceCourse
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Mads Pedersen's Trek Madone at the 2017 Tour Down Under in 360

World Tour rookie, big Mads Pedersen, lined up with the Trek Bicycle's Madone at the #TDU2017. 58cm 7.3kg/16.1lbs. Look for 21year old Mads to play a role in Trek-Segafredo's classics plan this season. #PelotonServiceCourse
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