As predicted, Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) powered to the entire victory with an unmatchable surge on Willunga Hill at the ultimate level of the Excursion Down Beneath however it used to be a little-known Briton, Matthew Holmes, who gained the level from the day-long breakaway.
A big assault crew escaped early within the ultimate level from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, with Holmes embedded in a 26-rider transfer that shattered within the remaining kiliometres of the race.
Porte distanced GC rival Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), bridging throughout to the remnants of the breakaway on the base of Willunga Hill.
When he made his ultimate surge, Holmes used to be ready to scrabble throughout or even after nearly 150km within the breakaway, summon up sufficient gumption to assault the Australian to scouse borrow the level win.
For Holmes, the level win used to be an entirely surprising lead to his first WorldTour day out with Lotto Soudal. The 26-year-old signed with the crew after an excellent fourth position within the Olympic Check Match in Tokyo and a 6th position total in Excursion de Yorkshire whilst racing for Madison Genesis.
He credited the level win to his former crew supervisor Roger Hammond, who had scolded him for doing an excessive amount of paintings in breakaways. “I did absolutely the minimal. I had the very best journey of most certainly any individual in the entire race,” Holmes stated.
“I simply needed to move with Richie when he got here pas. He had clearly long past a hell of so much sooner than me up there, so he had no dash left.”
Porte used to be happy to turn himself once more with an total race win, nearly two years after his ultimate level race victory within the 2018 Excursion de Suisse.
“I would possibly not let any individual take any of this luck away. I have labored arduous and now I do know I will be able to nonetheless win motorcycle races, so it is excellent for the season this is coming,” Porte stated.
View the highlights video for the overall level of the race above.