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Simon Zahner was off the front with a lap to go but couldn't hold his advantage. (Foto Sirotti.)
Simon Zahner was off the front with a lap to go but couldn't hold his advantage. (Foto Sirotti.)

Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 6: Zahner On The Attack

23. January 2011

Adelaide, Australia

Simon Zahner went on the attack for the BMC Racing Team late in Sunday's final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. But his efforts to stay away were thwarted by a pack intent on ending the race in a field sprint.

Pity To Be Caught

With six laps to go on the circuit through the streets of Adelaide, Zahner worked his way into a seven-man break that built a 20-second lead. When the gap fell below 10 seconds with a lap to go, Zahner and Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) set off on their own. "For me, it was a really nice course with a lot of corners and up and down so I was motivated to do something," Zahner said. "It's a bit of a pity to be caught so late – at the beginning of the last lap – but at least we tried."

Sixth On Team Classification
The BMC Racing Team finished sixth (of 19 teams) in the team classification, with Alessandro Ballan leading the way. The former world champion finished 21st in the last stage won by Ben Swift (Sky Pro Cycling)  and 11th overall, 28 seconds behind overall winner Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Cervelo). "Ballan is back on his normal trajectory of riding and we'll expect bigger things from him going forward," Assistant Directeur Sportif Michael Sayers said. "Our new riders here, Amaël Moinard and Tim Roe, integrated themselves into the team immediately. I would say we are easily a level or maybe two above where we were last year."