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The primary race of the 2020 WorldTour is formally within the books, and Willunga Hill reliably made certain issues got here to a compelling conclusion on Sunday.

On the finish of the day, Richie Porte would possibly not have gained the level itself as he so continuously does, however he most certainly doesn’t thoughts. Beginning the level in 2nd general, Porte left his opponents for the GC identify within the rearview replicate with a super efficiency at the ultimate climb of the race. He completed 2nd to Matthew Holmes at the level however wrapped up the total victory.

What a option to kick off the WorldTour season! We will best hope the following 30-something occasions ship the similar down-to-the-wire pleasure…

Till subsequent time, readers!

What’s Information

| Porte wins the Excursion Down Underneath, Holmes takes the general level

Richie Porte gained his 2nd profession Excursion Down Underneath on Sunday, completing 2nd at the 6th and ultimate level smartly forward of any of his GC opponents.

Matthew Holmes nabbed the Willunga Hill level victory after arriving on the climb with the breakaway. He pipped Porte on the line to get his maiden WorldTour win, with Manuele Boaro in 3rd. Porte sealed the total win with Diego Ulissi and Simon Geschke rounding out the rostrum. Two-time winner Daryl Impey, who rode into level 6 within the race lead, dropped all the way down to 6th within the ultimate GC standings.

| Van der Poel and Logo win at Hoogerheide, Worst and Aerts declare Global Cup general

The ‘pass Global Cup sequence got here to a conclusion Sunday at Hoogerheide, with Mathieu van der Poel cruising to the lads’s race victory and Lucinda Logo profitable the ladies’s tournament in a dramatic finale that still made up our minds the total Global Cup standings.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, who led the sequence going into the general race, regarded primed to take the win heading into the finale however crashed in the previous few hundred meters. Logo sailed previous for the race victory, whilst Annemarie Worst took 2nd and thus nabbed the total identify forward of Alvarado. At the males’s aspect, Toon Aerts completed 2nd at the day to seal his 2nd instantly sequence win.

| Alvarado extends with Alpecin-Fenix

There was once no less than some just right information for Alvarado on Sunday, because the 21-year-old Dutchwoman signed a long contract extension together with her Alpecin-Fenix workforce.

After rising as one of the crucial most sensible riders in girls’s pass this season, Alvarado will trip on with Alpecin-Fenix to no less than February of 2024.

| Socially Talking

Excursion Down Underneath audience can have noticed Caleb Ewan veer wildly around the street at one level within the remaining 20 kilometers of the race. For somebody questioning what led to the Australian sprinter to almost crash, he introduced some readability on Twitter. We need to suppose it was once a delectable gel.

In the event you ignored it

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Atone for the newest from our pals over at Pinkbike with this month’s digest.

| Tech Gallery: Footwear and helmets on the TDU

Due to James Huang, you’ll be able to take a more in-depth have a look at the sneakers and helmets on show at this yr’s Excursion Down Underneath.

| Richie Porte requires uphill time trial on the Excursion Down Underneath

As Matt de Neef experiences, Richie Porte would like to peer an uphill time trial at subsequent yr’s Excursion Down Underneath.

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These days’s featured symbol of Matthew Holmes profitable level 6 of the Excursion Down Underneath comes from Cor Vos.

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