The WorldTour season opener the Santos Tour Down Under is done and dusted. The race followed a familiar script with tight racing, a couple of explosive climbs and opportunities for the fast men. While the race doesn’t have as high a profile as others on the calendar, its place on the calendar ensures cycling fans are paying attention to the action in scorching hot Australia.

Daryl Impey became the first rider to win the race in consecutive years while second place Richie Porte won on Willunga Hill for the sixth time in as many years. Peter Sagan won a race not wearing the rainbow jersey for the first time in three years. Patrick Bevin put on a show with aggressive racing only to crash on the penultimate stage crushing his hopes of overall victory and 20-year-old Jasper Philipsen won his first WorldTour race.

Michael Woods was the only Canadian in the race and rode to a respectable seventh overall though expectations were higher after his phenomenal 2018. He went on the attack on Stage 4 on the Corkscrew and tried to follow Porte on Willunga but was missing a bit of speed. The heat of Australia opened the pro pelotons race legs and gave fans the first glimpse of new team kits. The WorldTour calendar briefly resumes next weekend with the Cadel Evans Ocean Road Race before going into a slumber into the end of February with the UAE Tour.

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