January 26, Stage 6: Adelaide 85.5km
On Australia Day, the Australian national holiday, the Tour Down Under finished with a circuit through the streets of Adelaide. Riders completed 18 laps of 4.75km totaling 85.5km for the day.
In the final lap Lotto-Belisol came to the front. German Champion, André Greipel, and the Lotto-Belisol squad rode a strong and strategic final lap setting André up for victory in the sprint.
André Greipel, racing at approximately 82kg, averaged 237 watts during the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. His average speed was 43.5kph with a 67rpm cadence average.
"It was really good teamwork today," added André after the race. "I actually didn't need to do anything until the last two hundred meters, the guys took care of the rest. It was pretty hard to stay together on the circuit. Adam Hansen had a puncture in the last lap so we had to wait as long as possible to move to the front. Marcel Sieberg took the responsibility then to set up the lead-out train with 1,2 kilometers to go, that was the right decision. We had a lot of horsepower in the final kilometer."
Inside the last lap on the Adelaide circuit Greipel pushed 387 average watts and averaged a speed over 50kph with a 78rpm average cadence.
In a 23 second sprint highlight Greipel delivered more than 945 average watts averaging a speed of over 65kph. His maximum wattage output during the sprint effort was over 1,916.
"I'm really happy with this second victory, it gives confidence," added Andre after the race. "Staying healthy is the main goal, the rest will come. I'm super happy with my teammates, everybody had his part in the victory. This was a successful Tour Down Under for us. We have Hansen in the top ten and he also took the mountain jersey, so it has been a nice week. It's a strength of this team that we all help each other, that's what counts."