Tour Down Under Stage 3: Unley to Victor Harbor, 139km / 86mi
- by Cathy Mehl

- Official race web site: www.tourdownunder.com.au

After a 13km neutral parade on a warm and cloudy day south of Adelaide, the peloton continued the third stage of the 10th Annual Tour Down Under. With rolling terrain perfect for a successful breakaway, near the 20km mark a trio of riders finally managed to build an advantage after many failed attempts from other cyclists.

Mickael Delage (FdJ), Kjell Carlstrom (Liquigas) and Wesley Sulzberger (UniSA) quickly built a sizable gap that went to almost six minutes as they worked well together on the undulating roads. The peloton was controlled by the team of race leader Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and no serious chasing was underway until the final 20km of the race.

As Team High Road and Caisse d'Epargne joined efforts at the head of the peloton the pace of the race picked up. The gap sat at four minutes and the threesome continued to look strong, but the chasers were now motivated to catch the day-long escapees. At 10km to go the gap was had been brought down to just over one minute with the catch finally made at 3km to go, successfully shutting down a great effort to stay away.

Although a few riders tried to break off the front, the peloton managed to stay together until under 1000 meters to go when the lead-out trains began working for their sprinters. Team UniSA revved up the pace for former Discovery Channel sprinter Allan Davis as he managed to hold his position and grab the win by more than three bike lengths in front of Mark Renshaw (Credit Agricole) and Mathew Hayman (Rabobank).

For a second day race officials had to check and double-check placings on the general classification as mere seconds separate several of the top contenders, with the lead provisionally going to Renshaw.

Beyond the Finish Line: Kangaroos are marsupial mammals, which means they have a pouch. Some roos are nocturnal and sleep during the day. There are more than 50 types of kangaroos. They can be red, blue, white, gray, black, yellow or brown and can be six feet tall. Their tails can be three feet long and are used for balance. Some have large ears and padded feet and can eat 14 pounds of grass a day!

Stage 3 Result:
1 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia
2 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole
3 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
4 Davide Vigano (Ita) Quick Step
5 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Csc
7 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto
8 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom
9 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R-La Mondiale
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux

Stage 3 Team Astana
30 Aaron Kemps (Aus)
62 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa)
65 Koen De Kort (Ned)
109 Benoit Joachim (Lux)
111 Julien Mazet (Fra)
113 Steve Morabito (Swi)
129 Rene Haselbacher (Aut)

General Classification
1 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Unisa - Australia 0.02
3 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team High Road 0.06
4 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse D'Epargne 0.10
6 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone
7 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
8 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 0.11
9 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 0.12
10 Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Liquigas

Team Astana GC
23 Aaron Kemps (Aus) 0.16
52 Koen De Kort (Ned)
68 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa)
101 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) 4.20
112 Steve Morabito (Swi)
118 Benoit Joachim (Lux)
120 Julien Mazet (Fra)

* Results courtesy www.cyclingnews.com