January 22, 2005
McEwen takes 3rd stage, Sanchez the crown down under
Robbie McEwen continued his red-hot early season, with his third sprint win in the 6-stage Tour Down Under Sunday. Luis Sanchez, 21, of Liberty Seguros took a major step up to win the overall tour, as well as the Under-23 category.
The final stage decided the race's King of the Mountains, won by Australia's Gene Bates, and of course, McEwen took the sprinter's jersey.
Italy's Paride Grillo of Panaria was 2nd to McEwen on Sunday, with Allan Davis of Liberty Seguros 3rd on the day.