Sprinting should once again be on the agenda to decide the outcome at the Tour Down Under, but it is uncertain who exactly the finale will favour. Stretching 138km from Norwood to Victor Harbor, the day’s racing is rolling for the most part, but it is the inclusion of the Category 2 Kirby Hill which is bound to have the biggest impact upon the outcome. At 4km long and averaging 5.6%, it is sure to blunt some sprinting hopeful’s speed before the finish and even reaches 10% towards the summit. Just under 20km will remain once completed, instigating a frantic chase to the line, tackling a couple of lesser bumps en route to the finish as well.
Giacomo Nizzolo suits today’s challenges particularly well, the Italian being one of the most proficient climbers amongst the sprinters, but his current form has not yet cemented enough thus far to back him wholeheartedly. José Joaquín Rojas might find himself sprinting against teammate Juan José Lobato on Stage 4 instead of combing their efforts, as Movistar often allow the two to contest such stages separately. Regardless of the questions this tactic raises, Rojas fits the bill well today and will feel confident of being in the shake up for the win; his condition looks promising right now too. The most in form rider right now who could compete for stage honours here is Caleb Ewan, the young Australian is riding imperiously so far this year and has the riders at his disposal to guide him into the finish perfectly.
1st José Joaquín Rojas 2nd Giacomo Nizzolo 3rd Caleb Ewan