Get all the highlights in this 2009 Tour Down Under Day 1 Wrap up.
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2009 Tour Down Under Stage 1 Race Highlights
Host: This is not ordinary in South Australia about a 15-minute drive from the center of Adelaide, the scene of the opening day of a six- day race, the Tour Down Under now in it's 11th year. Most of the opening of the 2009 international cycling season, the crowds over here in anticipation they are waiting to see one Lance Armstrong.
Male: You know it's good to get started. Again, you have what I think is going to be fast racing even if there’s moments where you can chill out and talk to your buddies a little bit. There’s still the finish. There still what we all suspect to be a group’s friend. So same things apply, you got to stay out of trouble. Stay out of the way and make it more peace.
Host: The big man on his comeback here and looking as fit as he did when he won the 2005 Tour de France, the seventh in a row. So three kilometers into the race, the first to tackle the day Olivier Kaisen from the Silence Lotto team at 25 years of age quickly joined by the Euskaltel-Euskadi rifer from northern Spain in Adoni Lafuente. And the two of them getting together and building quite a big lead as the race got under way. The next big challenge of the day would be Gold Creek, a little climb coming at 39 kilometers in. By the time they started the climb up here it will be the climber on the jewel upfront, Lafuente taking the king of the Mountains Points ahead of his breakaway companion Kaisen.
The main field was now just over seven minutes behind. Will Walker was dangling off the front of the main field but would soon be swept off. Once on to the next climb of the day at 61 kilometers check the hill, the two lies up front we’re seeing the biggest crowd we see on this race in many, many years and the gap was coming down too. It was now just four and a half minutes. It had reasonably favorable winds up until now but soon they will be heading up towards Williams Town, Angola and then the wind would change direction.
The pellets on themselves though Val mixing out the big action here as they raced up towards the finish here at 300 kilometers, 300 meters to go. It looked like it was going to be a win by Robin McQueen who broke to the left of our picture. Unseeing to our eye though, he clipped the camera in the crowd and his arm began to swell up rather alarmingly. You see they're looking at it as Andre Griffel gets the win and with it the Oakwood, Jersey of race leader.
Team Columbia-High Road had done what they said they would do and that was to take out the first stage. Congratulations, all around Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia in the center there and Mike Rann, the premiere of South Australia presenting theOakwood Jersey to Andre Griffel, the first leader of the Tour Down Under and is only five days still to race.