Two for Greipel – TDU

Thanks again to steephill.tv for the image link

Wow, Greipel wins again. So, now I will divulge my betting ways, as he seems to be the man to beat and my pick for victory. For those of you unfamiliar with the Tour down Under (and I’m relatively new to it myself) the reason it seems that many sprinters excel at this race are three-fold: First: It’s short. The tour covers 846km in 6 stages and most of the stages themselves are shorter than a grand tour stage at an average of 141km a piece. This allows the sprinters to keep pace with the others and not fatigue as is common over the course of a larger multi-week tour. Second, and perhaps more importantly: Time bonuses. The winner of each stage is awarded a ten second time bonus and on a short course those bonuses are hard to overcome. Third: It’s pretty darn flat. Sure stage 1 has Mengler’s Hill, Stage 2 Checker Hill, Stage 3 Wickhams Hill, and Stage 4 Lanewood but these are all ~210m gain. It’s not until Stage 5 when the Willunga Hill is ridden twice that I think Greipel might lose time. As well, the last stage the criterium is flat and so are most finishes. I certainly wouldn’t have bet against a sprinter. You may see someone like Valverde win stage 5.

For video and results

Stage 2 Results:
1 Andre Greipel____HTC-Columbia_____133 km in 3.23’49” (39.3 kph)
2 Greg Henderson__Sky
3 Robbie McEwen__Katusha
4 Robbie Hunter___Garmin Transitions
5 Graeme Brown___Rabobank
6 Allan Davis______Astana
7 Danilo Wyss_____BMC Racing
8 Luke Roberts____Milram
9 Baden Cooke____Team Saxo Bank
10 Jose Rojas______Caisse d’Epargne

General Classification after 2
1 Andre Greipel____HTC-Columbia
2 Greg Henderson__Sky_________@ 14″
++Gert Steegmans__Radio Shack
4 Robbie McEwen__Katusha______@ 16″
++Jurgen Roelandts_Omega Pharma Lotto

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