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THE TOUR DOWN UNDER

By JOHN GEOGHEGAN

Luckily the weather has been kinder for the race than we thought it was
going to be, a few days before the race Adelaide was experiencing 44 degrees
but as the weekend approached it was down to a nicer 30 for the evening
race around the park in Adelaide


This was a cracker of a race split only by a crash which took out Giovanni
Visconti with a broken leg when he slid into the barriers. We were 100 metres
from the finish so had a good view of Kittel just getting the better of Andre
Greipel with 19 year old Caleb Ewen getting 3rd. If all goes well Caleb is
going to be one of the best ever roadmap sprinters, watch this space.


On Saturday we went into the Hilton Hotel to have a light lunch and rider
spot and then over to the Tour Village just across the road to see the
stars wandering around, we saw close up Geraint Thomas, Andre Greipel,
Marcel Kiitell and Richie Porte etc. Then watched the team presentation
by Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwen. It's great in that the riders walk past us
on the way to the presentation and on the way back. It's also improved by
the fact that we can have drink of wine or in my case Pure Blonde beer, one
of the sponsors of the race, and we were travelling back to Glenelg on the
tram so no problems with any breathalyser tests.


I had entered a competition on line to win a trip in a team car etc and was
awarded 4th prize which meant attending a meet the team session in the
Hilton Hotel Adelaide with a previous winner of the TDU Patrick
Jonker(2006) giving a talk. It was great, we took with us and
cheekily asked if she could come in with us, “no worries” as the Aussies say
so was very pleased, thank you Alison and Belinda. We had our 'photos
taken with the team as competition winners and 'photos with various riders.
They are a very talented bunch of lads. Caleb Ewen won 2 stages in the Tour
de L'avenir last year plus the points classification.




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