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  Stage 6

On the start line Cadel Evans and race winner Rohan Dennis. © Regallo

A relatively easy start to the final stage of the 2015 edition of the Santos Tour Down Under. Laurent Didier (Trek), Lasse Norman Hansen (Cannondale-Garmin) and Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) were the first to get away. A chase group of four including Alex Edmondson (UniSA) and Geraint Thomas (Sky) bridged across. The seven rider group was too dangerous and at the end of lap one it was all back together.

A five rider break of Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin), Calvin Watson (Trek), Greg Henderson (Lotto-Soudal), Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale) quickly built up an advantage of around 20 seconds. Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) attempted to bridge across but couldn't make it.

Orica-GreenEDGE came to the front to keep the gap manageable, as they wanted to set Daryl Impey up for the intermediate sprints in an attempt to move him up in the general classification. On the fourth of 20 laps despite the pace being set by Orica-GreenEDGE the gap had increased to 26 seconds. Race leader Rohan Dennis and his BMC team were sitting right behind the Orica-GreenEDGE squad. The work by GreenEDGE saw the advantage of the five leaders hover around 20 seconds with five laps completed.

Orica-GreenEDGE leading the chase. © Regallo

At the start of lap eight, with the first sprint at the end of the lap the peloton had the break in their sights with Orica-GreenEDGE leading, ahead of BMC and Sky. Heading towards the line break was caught by Orica-GreenEDGE who launched Impey to take the three seconds bonus. Nobody else was interested with Hayman taking second and BMC's Michael Schar covered the moved just in case taking third.

Sprint 1
1 Daryl Impey -3"
2 Mathew Hayman -2"
3 Michael Schar -1"

After the sprint Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal), Christopher Juul-Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo), Lars Boom (Astana), Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin), Peter Kennaugh (Sky) and Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) took advantage of the slowing of the pace. Having missed both moves of the day UniSA's Miles Scotson attacked, attempting to bridge across.

KoM 1

1 Lars Boom
2 Peter Kennaugh
3 Christopher Juul-Jensen

The advantage of the six leaders increased to just over one minute with 11 laps completed. Not making up any ground on the peloton Australian under 23 time trial and road race champion returned to the peloton.

Race leader Rohan Dennis. © Regallo

Sprint 2

1 Lars Bak -3"
2 Alex Howes -2"
3 Lars Boom -1"

The gap continued to hover between one minute and one minute and 15 seconds with no team really interested in chasing. With no threats to the general classification in the break BMC was happy to just set tempo on the front. With around five laps remaining the teams of the sprinters finally moved towards the front with the gap falling slightly.

Rohan Dennis being well protected by his BMC squad. © Regallo

KoM 2

1 Lars Boom
2 Lars Bak
3 Peter Kennaugh

The chase continued with Lampre-Merida, Drapac, Etixx-QucikStep and Orica-GreenEDGE contributing to the chase. With three laps remaining the advantage was down to 20 seconds with Lampre-Merida doing most of the work. Heading in to the penultimate lap the peloton had the break in sight, Boaro attack and quickly gained a small gap.

Former winner Cameron Meyer leads the peloton. © Regallo

Heading towards the start of the final lap a crash in the middle of the peloton forced a big split with most of the general classification riders ahead of the crash. IAM took to the front with Orica-GreenEDGE heading in to the sprint. A messy final with former Tour De L'avenir stage winner Wouter Wippert having a fastest finish to come through and take the win. Heinrich Haussler (IAM) and Boris Vallee (Lotto-Soudal) rounded out the podium.

Wouter Wippert (Drapac) wins the Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6. © Regallo

Rohan Dennis finished safely in the peloton to secure the overall win ahead of Richie Porte (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC) to make it an all Australian podium.

Santos Tour Down Under winner embraced by Cadel Evans. © Regallo

2015 Santos Tour Down Under winner Rohan Dennis of BMC. © Regallo

Stage 6 Results

1 Wouter WIPPERT 1:56:09
2 Heinrich HAUSSLER +0
3 Boris VALLEE +0
4 Pavel BRUTT +0
5 Daryl IMPEY +0
6 Niccolo BONIFAZIO +0
7 Steele VON HOFF +0
8 Ruslan TLEUBAYEV +0
9 Rudiger SELIG +0
10 Sébastien CHAVANEL +0

General Classification

1 Rohan DENNIS 19:15:18
2 Richie PORTE +2
3 Cadel EVANS +20
4 Tom DUMOULIN +22
5 Ruben FERNANDEZ +24
6 Domenico POZZOVIVO +31
7 Daryl IMPEY +35
8 Gorka IZAGUIRRE +52
9 Jarlinson PANTANO +53
10 George BENNETT +57

Full Results available here

Points Classification: Daryl Impey
Mountains Classification: Jack Bobridge
Young Rider Classification: Rohan Dennis
Team Classification: Movistar
Most Aggressive: Manuele Boaro
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