Hello, welcome to Road Cycling UK please use the links below to jump to a specific section.

Navigation Search Content Other Mpora Sites

Tour Down Under 2013: stage five - gallery

09:03 26th January 2013 by Timothy John
Share:

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) knows a thing or two about close finishes atop Old Willunga Hill. 

The Australian lost out by the narrowest of margins there last year, when Spain’s Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) crowned a return from a two-year doping suspension by pipping Gerrans at the line.

This year, however, Gerrans, who went on to win last year’s race, contested a similarly close sprint with Tom Jelte Slagter (Blanco) on Australia Day – and must have known that fate was on his side.

Australia is a country that takes sport seriously, and the significance of victory on the Queen stage of the national tour, from a home-grown winner defending his title, will not have been lost upon the millions enjoying the country’s day of national celebration.

Amid the joyful Aussies was an Italian with a camera – our man, Stefano Sirotti. Here are his images from stage five of the 2013 Tour Down Under.

Discuss in the forum

Old Willunga Hill, Tour Down Under 2013, stage five - tarmac

Old Willunga Hill presents a daunting prospect for even the world’s best road cyclists

Philippe Gilbert, Tour Down Under 2013, stage five, pre-race instructions

World road race champion, Philippe Gilbert, receives final, pre-race instructions

McLaren Vale, Tour Down Under 2013, stage five - beach

The riders enjoy the Adelaide coast, close to McLaren Vale

Team Sky, Tour Down Under, stage five - trainTeam Sky controlled the race to the foot of Old Willunga Hill. The effort of doing so is clear to see

Bottle carrier, Tour Down Under, stage five - bottlesUnlike Great Britain, riding in Australia in January can be thirsty work

Simon Gerrans, Tour Down Under 2013, stage five - towelThe toll taken on Simon Gerrans by the effort of victory is evident in his expression

X
Simon Gerrans and Tom Slagter, Tour Down Under 2013, stage five, sprint

Also in Racing News

Tour Down Under 2013: stage five - report

Read More