Porte wins Tour Down Under after Ewan claims final stage


Australian cyclist Richie Porte claimed the Tour Down Under as Caleb Ewan won the sixth and final stage in Adelaide on Sunday.

Ewan claimed a record-equalling fourth stage win of the week ahead of Peter Sagan but the day belonged to Porte, who triumphed by 48 seconds overall to become the fourth successive Australian to win the race.

BMC Racing's Porte took a commanding 48-second lead into the final stage and the 31-year-old was in control throughout, finishing clear of Esteban Chaves and Jay McCarthy (+58 seconds)

"You know, the Tour Down Under was good for me this year with two hilltop finishes, and it's just incredible to come back here and win after being so close the past two years," Porte told Channel Nine.

"Certainly the team BMC they sent a team down which was so strong, and I really owe it to my team mates, each day, they got me across the line and it's a massive credit to them.

"After crashing in Rio and injuring myself in a nasty crash, it wasn't too hard to be motivated for this race - I had a good break at the end of last season and I've come back refreshed, physically and mentally and to win this race, it means a hell of a lot and you know it's a credit to this race how big it is.

"The journalists will say that the race was over yesterday but it's by no means over...this is a hard last criterion...it's always a bit hard on the head for me especially to do a race like this, so to get through it unscathed and win the race finally, it's a fantastic feeling."

Orica-Scott's Ewan added: "I can't really believe it - you know coming into this tour I actually joked with my girlfriend that I'd win four stages and I can't really believe that I have with the calibre of sprinters here."

"It was always going to be hard beating Peter Sagan even if he's not in his best form, he's still the best rider in the world at the moment, so you know, I'm just so happy with the performance I've had."