The 2014 Tour Down Under was one of the finest professional bike races to have been raced on this continent. Following on from a stunning Australian Road Race the previous week, the TDU showcased to the world the emerging talent driving Australian road cycling to the pinnacle of the sport.
Despite a field of international cycling legends, it was the Aussie riders who delivered the goods. From the outset, the cream of Australian cycling fought for the title and honor of being declared Tour Down Under Champion. While many battles were to occur over the course of the week, the most exciting dual occurred between two of Australia’s most successful and heralded cyclists, Cadel Evans (BMC) and Simon Gerrans (OGE).
Evans, as usual, was often left to fend for himself and create his own destiny. Gerrans on the other hand was part of a well drilled and world class team in Orica-GreenEDGE. Both cyclists and another Aussie legend Richie Porte (SKY) traded blow for blow on some of Australia’s toughest climbs. The breakaway on Corkscrew Road during stage 3 and Cadel Evans’ famous victory will go down in Australian cycling folklore.
However it would be Simon Gerrans who would have the last laugh. Gerrans went on to claim the Ocher jersey from Evans by a single second. A second that was gained on an intermediate sprint in the early stages of the tour. Another Aussie, Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) claimed the King Of The Mountains jersey, while Orica-GreenEDGE deservedly claimed the teams jersey for their outstanding effort and support of team leader Gerrans.
The Following images were captured by Haydn Thomas on stages three, five and six.
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