Simon Gerrans wins Tour Down Under
Saturday, January 21, 2012
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Australia's Simon Gerrans won the Tour Down Under for the second time Sunday, giving newly formed Australian GreenEDGE its first victory in a World Tour event.
Gerrans, who won the race in 2006 and has won stages of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, entered the 56-mile final stage around an Adelaide street circuit as the race leader, but with the same time as second-place Alejandro Valverde of Spain.
German sprint star Andre Greipel won the finale, claiming his third stage victory in the six-stage tour, while still finishing more than 24 minutes behind Gerrans on general classification.
But Gerrans managed to cover Valverde to ensure the Movistar rider didn't pick up the time bonuses he needed to claim the overall lead.