Richie Porte has won the 2020 Tour Down Under, the Tasmanian clawing back crucial time on the hill he’s conqured so many times, Old Willunga.
But, unlike the final day of the past 6 TDU’s, Porte did not win on Willunga Hill. Instead the glory went to a young and relatively unknown neo-pro, UK-based Lotto Soudal rider Matthew Holmes who enjoyed his maiden WorldTour win.
Asked by Jens Voigt to describe the final kilometres of the race, Holmes was candid and unassuming with his reply.
“I’ve never really raced a big climb,” he said. “It’s my second hill top finish this week, so yeah… it seemed to suit me.”
Richie Will Always Be King of Willunga
Although he didn’t win the stage today, Richie Porte will always be ‘the King of Willunga’.
Impey Gracious In Defeat
Consecutive Tour Down Under Champion Daryl Impey of Mitcheton Scott started the final stage as race leader. But with Porte’s experience on Willunga Hill, and his obvious current climbing form, even the most confident title holder would’ve been well aware the overall win would be a huge ask.
“I was trying to limit the damage and stay on the podium,” Impey said. “I knew I wasn’t on a good day today and I struggled on the bottom slopes. It’s been quite a busy week. We gave it our all. We’re happy with the performance but obviously disappointed that I didn’t make the podium. That’s just how it goes. I’m not making excuses, Richie was just very strong.”
Video Walk Through At The Start Of The Stage
Pat Jonker joined us for a walk through prior to the start of the final stage of the 2020 TDU. In this video he speaks with Rohan Dennis, Andre Greipel, Robert Power, Matt White, Bjarne Riis and others.
2020 Santos Tour Down Under Top 10
1- PORTE Richie
2 -ULISSI Diego
3 -GESCHKE Simon
4 – DENNIS Rohan
5 – VAN BAARLE Dylan
6 – IMPEY Daryl
7 -YATES Simon
8 -BENNETT George
9 – HAMILTON Lucas
10 – PERNSTEINER Hermann