Whereas the world is unrecognisable in comparison with this time final 12 months, some semblance of normality has returned as Richie Porte gained atop Willunga Hill on the third stage of the Santos Competition of Biking.
The re-imagined, scaled-down Tour Down Below, noticed the peloton set off from McLaren Vale for an 88.2km route, taking in two laps round Willunga earlier than the summit end climb.
Driving for Garmin-Australia throughout the four-day race, Porte accelerated up Willunga Hill after the breakaway had been pulled again, and using away from the remainder till his 20-year-old team-mate, Luke Plapp, rode onto his wheel.
Porte ultimately crossed the road first, Plapp applauding him, with Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange) third on the stage and cementing his total lead.
“The rider of the day was simply Plappy,” Porte said after the end, “he might have simply come round me however he didn’t”.
In the meantime, Sarah Gigante attacked twice on Willunga Hill within the girls’s race, ending a minute forward of Lucy Kennedy, extending her lead over her within the normal classification to 3-11.
Gigante’s effort was sufficient to see her smash the Strava QOM by 1-10, setting a brand new greatest time of 8-13 with a mean pace of 21.9km/h up the climb, whereas Porte’s 6-34 from final 12 months’s Tour Down Below nonetheless holds the KOM.
This was Porte’s seventh victory up Willunga Hill, with Lotto-Soudal’s Matthew Holmes having overwhelmed the Tasmanian on the ultimate stage six of the 2020 Tour Down Below, with Porte happening to say solely his second total victory at his dwelling stage race.
The fourth and remaining stage of the Santos Competition of Biking will probably be an hour-long criterium in Adelaide’s Victoria Park, with each Durbridge and Gigante anticipated to carry their leads within the normal classification and declare the general victory.