January 18, 2005
Aussies 1-2-3 Down Under
Robbie McEwen is off to a screaming start this year, taking the Australian national championship, and now the first stage of the Tour Down Under.
McEwen outsprinted Allan Davis of Liberty Seguros and Stuart O'Grady of Cofidis.
VeloNews | McEwen wins Tour Down Under opener (with Graham Watson photos):
With the new format of the race, McEwen gained a six-second time bonus for his win, and leads Davis by 2 seconds in the overall classification.
And while his early-season form has been without peer, McEwen said he was not about to predict an overall victory with five days and 669km still to race.
"I'll try, but if it doesn't work, then at least I've had a good start. I've got the national jersey, I've led the tour, won a stage, so the pressure's off us, and we can race the rest of this race and the rest of the season relaxed."
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