ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Stephen Williams of Wales won the Tour Down Under cycle race Sunday when he wore the tour leader’s ocher jersey to victory in the final stage.
Coming into the sixth and final stage Williams had been tied for the overall lead with the same time as Oscar Onley of Scotland, but held the General Classification leader’s jersey on countback.
He rode superbly on a stage which stretched most riders and finished with a steep climb to the top of Mount Lofty. Williams broke away in the last 200 meters to win the stage from GC rivals Jhonatan Narvaez of Ecuador, Isaac del Toro Romero of Mexico and Bart Lemmen of the Netherlands.
The stage win came with a time bonus of 10 seconds and Williams finished nine seconds ahead of Narvaez on the overall standings with del Toro two seconds further back. He is the first European to win the Tour Downunder since 2013. The 27-year-old Williams turned professional in 2016 and joined the World Tour in 2019. This was his first tour win.
“I’m really proud to come down here and start the season like this,” Williams said. “Now I can head back to Europe and kick on.
“That finish is perfect for me. It’s so punchy. I’ve got a knack of being able to hold and hold and hold. Luckily I was able to get on the (leading) wheel. I read the situation, capitalized and opened up with 250 meters to go.
“Everyone’s legs were dead by then so […]