Another TDU Win For Greipel

Last updated : 19 January 2012 By Kev Monks

Andre Greipel won the third stage of the Tour Down Under today.

This was a 134.5 kilometres stage from Unley in the south of Adelaide to Victor Harbour. 

Omega Pharma Quick Step's Matt Brammeier got himself into the first break of the morning, along with Eduard Vorganov (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (RadioShack-Nissan) and Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil).

Through the McLaren Vale wine region, the quartet build up a lead of 5.25. 

There was only one King Of The Mountains point today and De Gendt took it ahead of Brammier at Selick Hill with 91.6km to go and by taking that, De Gendt over took the KOM jersey.

As the first intermediate sprint approached, the quartet's lead  dropped down to 2.25. De Gendt took the points from the sprint, ahead of Bakelants, Vorganov and Brammier as the peloton continued to make back time.

De Gendt took the second sprint but shortly after the four escapees had been brought by back the peloton led by Rabobank.

As expected, there was a bunch sprint at the finish in Victor Harbour and first over the line was Lotto's Andre Greipel ahead of Hutarovitch, Boasson-Hagen, Renshaw and McEwen for a win which puts him back in the leaders ocre jersey by eight seconds from Martin Kohler.

British and Irish stage placings: Geraint Thomas 23rd, Andrew Fenn 60th, Alex Dowsett 86th, Adam Blythe 93rd, Matt Brammier 126th