Simon Gerrans celebrates fourth tour success
Simon Gerrans has hailed his Orica-GreenEDGE teammates after capturing a record-breaking fourth Tour Down Under title.
Gerrans finished with an overall time of 19 hours, 11 minutes and 33 seconds, nine seconds clear of fellow Australian Richie Porte from BMC.
Yesterday's final stage, which finished in the centre of Adelaide, was won by rising star Caleb Ewan, with Gerrans saying that his teammate's success was the perfect way to round off the event.
"We had a dream run this race, with Caleb bookending the race with a first and the last-stage win," he said.
"Overall, I think we got the sprint jersey, so I don't think we could ask for a heck of a lot more than that.
"I couldn't have asked for any more of the guys this week. Today, they just kept me up the front out of trouble, and we tried to give Caleb the best run for the line that we could.
"They really did a sensational job."
Ewan won the final stage from another Aussie, Mark Renshaw (Dimension Data), with Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) in third.
Gerrans also won the sprint crown, while Colombian rider Sergio Luis Henao picked up the King of the Mountains crown.
The Colombian finished third overall, 11 seconds off the pace set by Gerrans.
Queenslander Jay McCarthy, who won a stage on this year's tour, ended up fourth.
He also took out the Young Riders Classification.