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Gerry – Doin’ The Math on Wilunga Hill

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Today the traditional break went up the road, and things settled into a nice rhythm, and most were likely preparing mentally for the two ascents of Wilunga Hill at the end of the stage.

What a great stage today! And we in Australia were finally allowed to actually watch it. Yes, Channel 9 decided that reruns of Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men were more interesting through the week, but with a big midday slot to fill on the weekend, they have generously decided to show some of the race live. Yes I am peeved.

Unfortunately for those not in good position earlier in the stage than said hills, some hefty crosswinds and aggressive bike racing split the bunch into pieces, with a couple of those expected to feature late in the race winnowed out prior to even making the climb.

Once the peloton hit the final circuit, the boys from Movistar particularly laid the heat down, with a little help form GreenEdge, Sky & Radioshack, and so the bunch that hit Wilunga for the final climb was down to under thirty blokes.

The adage that the first to attack is the first to be dropped rang true with Danny Pate shooting off the front, then getting spat out the back of the group. In the final 1500m it came down to Gerro from GreenEdge, Mick Rogers from Sky and Alejandro Valverde from Movistar.