Getting up at 3 am to watch a cycling race…the advantage of being a pensioner or just plain mad as my better half would say…but I can have a wee nap in the afternoon to recover so all good…lol. The race had 2 halves, the first half dominated by 5 brave escapee’s which included 5 times American Grand Tour stage winner ROSSKOPF Joey (CCC), the Canadian PICCOLI James (Israel Nation), the Spaniards ARCAS Jorge and SAMITIER Sergio (Movistar) and Belgian DE VREESE Laurens (Astana). They were caught with 25km to go, and the big teams start taking the front preparing for the very technical finish in Murray Bridge with a bottleneck in the last 2km, and a sharp bend with 300meters to go according to the racebook, it was much less at 170meters…The Wolfpack did their thing and made sure Sam Bennett was delivered near the front, Sam hovering around 4th position took the lead with about 100 meters to go and for a moment I thought he had it sewn up, but the very strong Australian sprinter from Lotto-Soudal EWAN Caleb had other idea’s and pipped Sam at the post with a half a bike length in his favour. But hey …seeing an Irish lad competing with the best sprinters in the world and feared by them is already a win in my eyes… there are still 2 stages to come in this UCI world tour which he can try again…Well done Sam and of course, his team Deceuninck-Quickstep, not forgetting a big well done to Caleb…

Full results courtesy of PCS, photos taken from GCN coverage, both thank you
The Wolfpack in action
A close and exciting finish
Lotto Soudal has the better of Quickstep for the second time in this Tour, the ball now in Quicksteps corner to get even!!
The finale awaits
Till tomorrow morning folks