Australia’s Gerrans Wins Tour Down Under

Title is first Pro Tour victory for GreenEdge


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Simon Gerrans won his second Tour Down Under for the newly formed team Green Edge on Sunday in Adelaide, Australia. Gerrans, 31, also took a victory at the race in 2006, before it appeared on the world tour calendar. He is one of three Australians, including 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, to take the overall title. Gerrans finished Sunday’s final stage with the same time as Spain’s Alejandro Valverde but was awarded victory by virtue of having finished higher in several earlier stages. The Tour Down Under was the World Tour debut for team GreenEdge, which was given a harsh reception in the Australian press before Gerrans’s win. Also on Sunday, the UCI spurred a controversy over head protection when it prevented riders from team Lotto-Belisol from wearing helmets that use aerodynamic locking covers. Mark Cavendish wore a similar helmet during his World Championship victory last fall.

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