Stage 5: McLaren Vale - Willunga 131km

By Les Clarke, Cyclingnews.com

Saturday, January 22, 2011 8.34am

Ventoso wins tough Willunga stage

Two days after Movistar gained its first win in its current guise at Argentina's Tour de San Luis, Francisco Ventoso has grabbed another victory, this time in Australia at the Santos Tour Down Under. The Spaniard narrowly beat Michael Matthews (Rabobank) and Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) in a sprint along Willunga's Main Rd.

Goss' third place allowed him to peg back four seconds and he now sits eight seconds behind countryman and Garmin-Cervelo's man in ochre, Cameron Meyer. Meyer went into the day needing to prevent his rivals gaining precious bonus seconds on offer in the intermediate sprints and the finish, which he and Garmin-Cervelo did, save for the four he relinquished at the end of the day.

"My team rode fantastically," said Meyer after the finish. [Matt] Goss took a few seconds back at the end but the team wanted to take the seconds on offer from the other sprinters today."

As for his chances of holding onto his race lead in tomorrow's 90km final stage around Adelaide's North Terrace, Meyer remains hopeful and will again look to his team to provide the platform for a solid performance.

"I'll have my fingers crossed that I can hold onto the jersey tomorrow - hopefully Tyler has the legs to get some time off the other sprinters," said Meyer, adding that Farrar "swapped off the front so well today - normally it's me doing that.

"The team rode beautifully and rode to the tactics we set at the start of the day. I'm confident - the legs are good and I hope it works out well tomorrow so we still have the jersey."

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STAGE 5 RESULTS

1 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 3:06:10
2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
3 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad
4 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
6 Robbie Hunter (RSA) Team Radio Shack
7 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
9 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack
10 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
11 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
12 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana
13 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
14 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
15 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
16 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:09
17 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:11
18 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
19 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
20 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
 
General classification after stage 5
 
1 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 16:00:40
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:08
3 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:10
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:12
5 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:17
6 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:18
7 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:26
8 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:27
9 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana 0:00:28
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia
11 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
12 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
13 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
14 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
15 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radio Shack
16 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:39
17 Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Movistar Team
18 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
19 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:43

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