Gerrans wins fourth Tour Down Under title


Australia's Simon Gerrans has claimed his fourth Santos Tour Down Under championship in Adelaide.

The Melbourne-born Orica-GreenEdge rider finished the event nine seconds ahead of Richie Porte of BMC Racing and 11 seconds in front of Colombia's Sergio Luis Henao from Team Sky.

Fellow Orica-GreenEdge cyclist Caleb Ewan claimed his second stage win of the event - and the team's fourth - completing a blistering sprint finish to power over the line to top the charts following 90km of racing.

After claiming the overall and sprint jersey, Gerrans said: "We had a dream run this race with Caleb bookending the race with a first and last stage win, obviously the overall and I think we got the sprint jersey, so I don't think we could have asked for a lot more than that.

"I couldn't have asked for any more from the guys this week. They really did a sensational job. Today they kept me up the front and out of trouble and we tried to Caleb the best run to the line that we could."

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Ewan was delighted to begin the year with a strong showing on home soil.

"It obviously wasn't just a good week for me, the team this week showed they are by far the strongest," he said.

"It was always going to be hard going into the race. We had two ambitions of wanting to win sprint stages and obviously with Simon but I think we did it perfectly. I'm so happy we came away with four stage wins and overall."

Jay McCarthy and Michaela Woods rounded off the top five, both 20 seconds behind Gerrans.