Kiwi Professional Greg Henderson brought his team closer to another victory in Adelaide as the designated sprinter for Team SKY finished a close second to yesterdays stage winner Andrei Greipel (HTC-Columbia). Hendi improved on yesterdays finish of fifth place this time coming in on the slipstream of the popular German.
With both HTC Columbia and SKY being the two most organised teams in the stage finishes their leaders were able to position nicely on the run in toward the line. One rider not so chauffered was Australia's Robbie McEwen, the Katusha fastman imposed in on Henderson's SKY train knocking him clear off the wheel.
“We mixed in with Columbia for the lead-out, then the boys just went full gas with one kilometre to go,” said Henderson. “Chris Sutton couldn’t quite get in front, then McEwen came and bashed me off CJ’s wheel, so I’m not really sure what he was up to there. I might have to ask him later on.
“Greipel is pretty fast,” added Henderson. “If I had the perfect run at him, maybe even start on his wheel and hope that he goes a little early is probably the moment. I was catching him at the finish but I was in his slipstream, it wasn’t a drag race.”