Tour Down Under: Mid-race reflections

We are four days into the six-day Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia. The WorldTour opener is reminiscent of the first week of school: new team kit, new team colors, new equipment, new sponsors and new opportunities to impress.


EF Education First Pro Cycling Team lined up with Mike Woods as our team leader. The Canadian has been supported by a motivated and capable crew including road captain Mitch DockerMitch Docker, team fan favorite Lachlan MortonLachlan Morton and neo-pro Jimmy WhelanJimmy Whelan. Heading into the weekend, Woods sits 10th on the general classification (GC), 21-seconds down on race leader Paddy Bevin (CCC).


In sweltering temperatures, over fan-lined streets and through vineyards and up hills, the team has raced a smart and strong race. EF Education First has represented in the breakaway, on the attack and on the front of the peloton to put Woods in contention for the overall podium come Sunday’s final stage, which ends atop Willunga Hill.


All images: Jojo Harper

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