Amazing news for Gerrans’ fans- the star Aussie cyclist his once again made his fans proud by winning on his 3rd Down Under Tour title yesterday. Gerrans is the first rider to bag 3 Down Under Tour titles.
Before the 2014 title, Gerrans impressed everybody as Down Under Tour champion twice- one in 2006 & the other in 2011.
The final stage of the race showed up with Gerrans taking a 1-second lead crossing over former Tour France champion Cadel Evans & 5 seconds lead over Italian rider Diego Ulissi.
Gerrans won the prestigious title for his Aussie squad Orica-GreenEDGE and the win was more special given that it came on national day of Australia. The 33-year-old cyclist is naturally elated for his recent feat and more excited as he had the achievement in his own country.
“This is my 3rd Down Under Tour title thanks to my outstanding team”, remarked a very jubilant Gerrans while asked to speak about his latest title. “It’s an Aussie team, an Aussie day & an esteemed WorldTour championship- what more could anyone ask for?”
Ulissi and Evans both required time bonuses for taking over lead from Simon yet a 3-man breakaway took up the additional seconds available for 2 intermediate sprints across the 85.5 km racing stretch.
Orica Green-EDGE showed tremendous control during the race which has been highly admired by their star rider.
“It was quite a tough race both for me & my mates. It was really hard to reclaim the coveted Ochre jersey once again- what a difficult week”, stressed the new Down Under Tour champion from Adelaide. “I was pretty confident that my mates would be able to wrap up safely and they did it today. I was suspicious that Ulissi might do something until I could cross the line, but thankfully it went just all right.”