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.

Should you wish to make enquiries about any of the following photos, please contact Haydn via email: haydn@pedaltorque.com

Cadel attacking the Corkscrew
Cadel attacking the Corkscrew
Jack Bobridge (Belkin)
Jack Bobridge (Belkin)
Jens Voigt (TREK) & Matthias Krizek (Cannondale)
Jens Voigt (TREK) & Matthias Krizek (Cannondale)
Marcel Kittel & Andre Greipel
Marcel Kittel & Andre Greipel
Caleb Ewan (Uni SA)
Caleb Ewan (Uni SA)
Richie Powering Up Willunga Hill Stage 5
Richie Powering Up Willunga Hill Stage 5
Richie On His Way To A Stage Win
Richie On His Way To A Stage Win
Cadel On Willunga Hill Stage 5.
Cadel On Willunga Hill Stage 5.
Cadel Charging Willunga
Cadel Charging Willunga
Jonathan Cantwell
Jonathan Cantwell
Jens Receiving Acclaim From The Crowd
Jens Receiving Acclaim From The Crowd
Andre Greipel & Jens Voigt
Andre Greipel & Jens Voigt
Frank Schleck & Mark O'Brien (Uni SA)
Frank Schleck & Mark O’Brien (Uni SA)
Julien Berard (AG2R)
Julien Berard (AG2R)
Sky & Orica Lead Out
Sky & Orica Lead Out
The Sky Train
The Sky Train
The GreenEDGE Lead Out
The GreenEDGE Lead Out
Orica-GreenEDGE
Orica-GreenEDGE
Daryl Impey
Daryl Impey
The Peloton
The Peloton
Andre Greipel
Andre Greipel
Cadel Evans Fighting For Position
Cadel Evans Fighting For Position
Maxim Belkov
Maxim Belkov
Maxim Belkov
Maxim Belkov
Andre Greipel & The Peloton
Andre Greipel & The Peloton
Marcel Kittel
Marcel Kittel
Marcel Kittel & Cadel Evans
Marcel Kittel & Cadel Evans
Andre Greipel Winning Stage 6
Andre Greipel Winning Stage 6
Simon Gerrans TDU Champion 2014
Simon Gerrans TDU Champion 2014
Adam Hansen King Of The Mountain
Adam Hansen King Of The Mountain
Team Orica-GreenEDGE
Team Orica-GreenEDGE
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Haydn has been bitten by the cycling bug and bitten hard. Like most Aussie kids, he grew up riding his beloved chrome BMX before moving onto a Mountain Bike. Haydn describes his transition onto a road bike as a Renaissance and since that time has never looked back. If not riding the awesome roads of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Haydn can often be found photographing local cycling events. As Pedaltorque co-founder, Haydn is responsible for editing and photography. He rides a Specialized Tarmac.