Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Manuele Boaro flashed the team colors by taking an active part of today’s breakaway during the 151.5 kilometer long fifth stage of Tour Down Under starting from McLaren Vale going to the uphill finish on Old Willunga Hill. The breakaway was part of a plan to protect teammate, Chris Anker Sørensen and provide him with the best conditions before the mountainous finale:
“I couldn’t have expected more from the team who protected Chris from the wind and kept him out of trouble throughout the day while Manuele gave us an alibi not to take part of the chase. Unfortunately, Chris didn’t have what it takes to keep up with the best riders on the final climb and this was his final chance of making a good result here. Tomorrow, we’re taking on the final stage of the race in form of a criterium in the streets of Adelaide where we’re going to support Johnny (Cantwell),” says Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Italian sports director, Fabrizio Guidi.
Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) won the stage and finally gave his team with a reason to celebrate as they have had a number of near misses on home soil. Tom Slagter (Blanco) is leading the race overall.