Tour Down Under | WarnieGate, Stormtroopers, and ClarkeyWilbur

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There's nothing I love more than seeing a guy like Will Clark have the kahunas to attack in the first two kilometers, stay out there with one other (Martin Martin Kohler), and hold off the pack to take the biggest win of his career. Absolutely amazing!

It was a sensational ride out through the Adelaide Hills where we got to see the race come past four times. Some of the back roads out here are absolutely stunning. My phone ended up going flat early in the afternoon because of it ringing off the hook from TV shows and journalists asking for more info on the Warniegate scandal. The biggest show in Australian Cycling is happening on our doorstep and Today Tonight and Current Affair want to have a cyclist versus drivers debate. Ch9 can’t even give the TdU decent airtime but when Warnie gets in a prang with a cyclist things go ballistic. On the positive side, it allows groups like the AGF and the Cycling Promotion Fund to spread their message in the media.

In any case, I don’t want this to take the spotlight from the phenomenal show that Will Clarke put on today. Just two years ago the Tasmanian was dominating the local NRS scene, moved to Belgium to do a few kermisses (which he won 6 out of his first 11), then got a ride with AG2R after smashing some lab tests. Last year he got a 1yr contract with Leopard Trek where we didn’t hear too much from him. Now he’s racing with Champion Systems (pro conti team) and looks to be going better than ever. I’ll be tracking down Will to hear more about his story in an interview this week. Follow @ClarkeyWilbur on twitter)

In another note, Michael “Bling” Matthews was impressive as ever today after snagging some sprint points over Greipel and winning the bunch kick to take second (one year after winning this stage in 2011). This kid has some unbelievable potential. I interviewed Bling yesterday which I’m looking forward to posting next week.

As always, here’s some photos of what you missed if you couldn’t make it to Adelaide.

Gallery

Stage 2 Results: 148km

1 William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA – Australia 3:58:35
2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:01:02
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6 Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
8 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
9 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
10 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda

General classification After Stage 2

1 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 8:33:05
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:02
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:04
4 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 0:00:08
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA – Australia 0:00:09
6 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:10
7 Xavier Florencio Cabrè (Spa) Katusha 0:00:12
8 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
9 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank

full results




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  • http://twitter.com/thatdylanguy Dylan

    A feature pic but no plug for the Storm Trooper walking coast to coast raising money for a children’s charity??

    Only a few thousand short of his $50,000 goal. Head to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/troopertrek to donate..

  • Cam

    Back on track, courtesy of the Stormtrooper – this is the type of unique angle and abstract imagery that makes CyclingTips awesome.

  • Cam

    Back on track, courtesy of the Stormtrooper – this is the type of unique angle and abstract imagery that makes CyclingTips awesome.

  • Cam

    Dylan, you may have missed the link under the last image.

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    I wrote it in the final caption

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips
  • Paul

    I was driving up the freeway with the family to watch today’s stage and saw the stormtrooper walking up the bike path, what a tough job that would be. Goodluck to him with his fundraising. Saw a fantastic bike race too.

  • Whitestripebags

    Great shots. Thanks for the updates – really enjoy this blog. What an epic ride by Clarke, even if the peloton were taking it easy after a hard first day, still great. 

  • pinarello413

    I see that even the Empire has come across the galaxy to watch TDU! The lengths one has to go to avoid Channel 9′s coverage!!!
    Loving life in Radelaide!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert Merkel

    Would have been some interesting conversations in the bunch today.  Sounds like Movistar was playing high-stakes chicken with the other teams.

  • Steveprice

    Will is massively underrated. The guy has a huge motor and an even bigger heart!
    After being screwed over last year he deserves a break. Perhaps we will see what he is capable of with a bit more free reign at Champion System.

  • http://twitter.com/callumdwyer Callum Dwyer

    Is the the guy in the orange telling the storm trooper ‘these are not the cyclists you are looking for’? #StarWarsJoke

  • Hunter

    I’m going to put my hand up as a lone voice saying I have no issue with Ch9 having the tv rights, the only apparent difference is the lack of live pre tour crit coverage and that the highlights package is on later (suits me). I’m picking a larger national audience watches the later ch9 coverage than an earlier sbs30 coverage.

  • BlackGhost

    Really??  At 11:30-12:30 at night?? I suspect a large proportion of the audience would typically be getting up for a ride at 5:00-6:00am the next day…. And most people need their 8 hours sleep too.  Very disappointing, and I’m very surprised they’re not showing live coverage on Nine MSN after all the criticism out there.  Perhaps the last two stages are the only ones they’re interested in for some reason…

  • Sonny

    He looks a little short for a stormtrooper

  • http://www.chromaticdramatic.com/ Chromatic Dramatic

    I’m not going to talk specifics (coz I don’t know), but I can imagine the scenario’s about choosing the TV provider.

    Assuming

    1) the TDU is bank rolled by the SA Govt to promote SA
    2) keen / interested cyclists are always going to watch it / follow it / whatever
    3) Ch 9 will get exposure to a new audience (even if it is the same size / or potentially even smaller)

    Then the total exposure is greater than had it stayed on SBS, which means point 1 gets better bang for your buck.

    Now look at SBS, they are going hammer and tongs to provide in depth coverage for their loyal audience… which in effect keeps up the the interest for the people who would have watched on SBS.

    The above isn’t very well written (not enough time), but I think it is plausible that the TDU did the right thing by giving the rights to Ch 9, if point 1) is the main goal.

    Note, I haven’t watched any of the highlights on Ch 9 yet, so I can’t comment on how well they are doing.  But I will note, for the last few years they’ve broadcast those crits from Syd pre-christmas, so they aren’t completely cycle-phobes.

    Note 2) But I’m still pissed at what Ch 9 did during the RWC.  At least the TDU is clashing with league, in which case you’d be totally flucked.

  • Tim

    GOLD

  • Tim

    We truly live in a magnificent country. The agapanthas roadside are lovely.

    Having been to 1 TDU (2011) and 3 TDFs, I have no hesitation in saying the TDU is by far and away better to watch and be a cyclist spectator at.

  • Tim

    We truly live in a magnificent country. The agapanthas roadside are lovely.

    Having been to 1 TDU (2011) and 3 TDFs, I have no hesitation in saying the TDU is by far and away better to watch and be a cyclist spectator at.

  • http://hatfullofsky.net/littlewords lauren

    I can’t be the only person who had a tear in their eye when Will was nearly at the finish line and the crowd was going absolutely ballistic. I only caught the snippet that was on the ABC news but it still showed how much guts he had. And his smile at the end of his interview…

  • http://www.chromaticdramatic.com/ Chromatic Dramatic

    The Adelaide hills look an awesome place to take the bike.  I was staying with relos mid year (who live in da dem hills) and was thinking, how great it would have been to have the bike. 

    But I think you need to know the roads, there is a lot of traffic on some of the roads (and little to no shoulders)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BPriestie Priestie

    It’s bizarre watching a delayed broadcast of Australia’s premiere cycling race late at night when the race is right on our backdoor step. I feel like it’s in Europe. Is there growth in cycling in Australia generally? Yes. Is there growth in audience views at a late timeslot? Not sure. The double viewing audience figure comparison thrown around by the TdU organisers the other day seemed excessive. (Vossy is really p’ing me off).

  • Davidb

    yeah – can we get any stats on audience?
    I saw one the other day 140k Ch9 compared to SBS last year 40k ish….
    I think for cycling – a bigger audience is better – for now at least to grow the sport

  • Anonymous

    Think Will Clark had the cohones (or cojones in Spanish) to attack maybe?

  • jules

    as long as the aussies and even greipel keep smashing valverde it’s going to be a good TDU

  • Big Dragon

    Sharp Sonny….very sharp….thats Luke Skywalker and he’s here to save you…

  • Big Dragon

    oops…I mean here to rescue you.

  • Shane Warne

    hi all, the Master of Spin here. I just want to point out how this blog post shows even more evidence of how cyclists think they own everything! Half your pics show them taking up both sides of the road. Craazy! There is even one picture of a car (not a Merc admittedly) having to wait while all those cyclists pass through first. Surely something must be done!??! Good to see them all wearing numbers at least…a small step in the direction of registration for sure.

    Right, that’s all, now I have to put on my pajamas and go to work.

  • Shane Warne

    hi all, the Master of Spin here. I just want to point out how this blog post shows even more evidence of how cyclists think they own everything! Half your pics show them taking up both sides of the road. Craazy! There is even one picture of a car (not a Merc admittedly) having to wait while all those cyclists pass through first. Surely something must be done!??! Good to see them all wearing numbers at least…a small step in the direction of registration for sure.

    Right, that’s all, now I have to put on my pajamas and go to work.

  • Euripides

    Is the rumour that you will  the race ambassador next year true?

  • Euripides

    Is the rumour that you will  the race ambassador next year true?

  • Mandy

    you bloody cyclists are all the same…….good luck to whoever runs u off the road you pay no road tax/registration yet u seem to think u can take up the whole road….you are the biggest assholes on the road followed closely by 4 wheel vehicles good on u Shane Warne

  • Eddie

    Shane, I heard you’re pushing to have all young girls register their age, and have them wear t-shirts with their exact age on it, so you don’t get caught kissing any 16 year olds again. If they come up to your car window looking for a smooch, without at least an 18 on their shirt, you’ll run them down. Is this true?

  • Euripides

    Mandy, I’m a cyclist and I also pay rego on three vehicles. Would you really enjoy seeing cyclists, most of whom obey the road rules and mind their own business be run off the road and possibly killed? Could you live with that? And Warne is a ignoramus with no idea and credibility.

  • Robert Merkel

    Don’t look now, Shane, they’re even taking over your TV network!

  • Robert Merkel

    Don’t look now, Shane, they’re even taking over your TV network!

  • http://www.chromaticdramatic.com/ Chromatic Dramatic

    Those four wheel cars!!!!! Goddammit…. only Reliant Robin’s are allowed from now on!!!

    http://www.histomobile.com/dvd_histomobile/usa/84/2001_Reliant_Robin.htm

  • mandynomore

    Mandy – that’s it – you are now off my “who would love to have at a dinner party list”

  • LeighMJ

     Mandy, as Euripides mentioned, I’m pretty sure nearly 100% of cyclists who’ve read your comment own cars and pay rego on them.  We can go on about how we’re saving the planet by not using our cars but I won’t.

    You say good luck to whoever runs us off the road.  My dad has been hit by cars and put in hospital twice.  Once while riding in the breakdown lane a car came into the lane and hit him from behind, he still has back problems from this accident.  The other while riding in the bike lane, a car pulled out of a car park leaving him on the road and his bike stuck on the bull bar.

    Think about the families who will lose family member buy your ‘lets knock all cyclists down’ attitude.

  • Angelo

    Cooked the numbers? Where’s Media Watch when you need them? They did a piece on Ch9′s coverage of the RWC… I can’t see that more people are going to be staying up watching at 11.30pm than at an earlier time.

  • Angelo

    Mandy – more ‘woo-hoo’, less ‘boo-hoo’.

  • Tricky Dicky

    To the regulars, it’s really not worth the effort arguing about this. I want an easy life, ride to work, do my job (while reading CyclingTips of course), ride home, see my family. I don’t want to upset anyone (so, yes I try to obey the road rules) and I don’t want to get killed en route (so I also try to use a bit of common sense).

    Hopefully, the likes of Mandy will soon bugger off back to the Sun Herald /Telegraph on-line or whatever other nutty sites they usually visit, no doubt enjoying the inflammatory bile put out there by Shane’s next potential girlfriend (Miranda Devine) and then things can get back to normal round here.  

    Anyway, on to better news, well done Will Clarke!  Top ride from a nice young guy: it’s pretty scary to think that Tasmania could probably field a fairly competitive pro team on their own! Porte, Goss, Clarke, Sulzberger (x2), Ben Grenda and I think (but could be wrong) Cam Wurf and Nathan Earle. Any I’ve missed?

  • JBS

    You can probably through Karl Menzies into the mix too, who has been fairly successful on the US Domestic scene for  a lot of years now.

  • Sven Nijs

    Likewise, I really can’t believe they will get casual viewers tuning in at 11:30 at night.
    The programmes are edited as race coverage with segments of tourist info, so where is the value in that for SA Tourism if no non-cyclists are actually watching it?

  • stevo

    Your just still pissed that your mum and dad gave you a girl’s name Mandy!

  • stevo

    Your just still pissed that your mum and dad gave you a girl’s name Mandy!

  • http://twitter.com/TDRobson Tim Robson

    The point has been made before, but Ch9 starts out with good intentions for a new aquisition, but often gets bored of its new toy, leaving it to rot on the vine. Top Gear, anyone? It was originally on SBS, plucked away with much fanfare and has since sunk like a stone.

  • Hunter

    Last year when I was looking at average daily audience figures the 3 big channels had about 70-75% of the market covered by 3 individual channels. A channel like SBS2 or 3 probably has about 1.5% if they were lucky.

    I know 9 is running coverage a few hours later than SBS but hard to see them having lower figures when you start with the average numbers above.

  • Simpleatthebestoftimes

    LOL i love the uneducated making comments on things they dont understand…. i will put this simple for you Mandy, read really slowly so you dont miss anything (who obvoiusly only knows about this blog since yesturday)….

    This is a bike race.
    The “roads” are closed by the police, its like when they “close” albert park for a car race (put car as this would be simple enough for you).
    During a “bike race” on “closed” roads you can take up the whole road!
    These photos are from a “bike race” held in SA at the moment

    thanks Mandy, for allowing us a good laugh at your comments :)

  • Laterstarter

    Well said Tricky Dicky – would love to be in SA right now, there is always next year. Great to see the Oz line up going so well. In all sports Aussies seem to pull weight way above our population base.

  • Abdu

     
    That shot of the Sky Pro’s riding home with the average punters and a Stormtrooper is the TDU right there.
     
    Great shots Veeral and thanks for the pic of LL Cool J,  but I can’t believe it hasn’t been said, but… podium girls?

    For the last word on Warney, I’ll just post this link “What Bogans Like” and shake my head that the police can’t find a case to answer:

    http://thingsboganslike.com/2010/12/06/200-shane-warne/

  • Stephen X

    This is close enough to the mark. It’s a typical marketing strategy to use smaller boutique outlets to build a new brand (here it’s cycling). Then after a few years the brand is established and the sales (viewers) plateau. It’s then far easier to introduce a product (cycling) to a new, larger distribution channel (Ch9).
     
    For the record, I feel sorry for SBS and the good work they have done to date. Chapeau! However, as a cyclist I have to be glad my sport has jumped into the mainstream media… it’s a positive sign. And who knows, one day we may see a cyclist attack a cricketer with his car and have the Herald Scum newspaper take a pro-cycling angle . . . and one day pigs will fly out of my butt.
     

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  • Bvg

    Not if Mr. Bean has any say in it!

  • jules

    i agree, i’ve never met a 4wd vehicle that’s i’ve liked

  • http://www.chromaticdramatic.com/ Chromatic Dramatic

    Ha ha… I almost made reference to that too!

  • Alan

    Dumb question here.

    Ride home with the pros?  You mean the average punter can ride back with the pro riders on closed roads?  More detailed information please, because if that’s true, I’m going to S.A. next year :)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BPriestie Priestie

    Yes man absolutely. Some of the Pros ride back from stages rather than taking the team car (finish, k’s per day & heat dependent of course). You can see in the pics above Cannondale & Sky riding home).

  • Brenton Kaitler

    The pros ride back to the hotel at the end of the stages that are reasonably close. (ie Stirling and willunga). 400 or more amateurs follow in an epic fun filled ride back with them leading. It’s the best part of tdu! Shh don’t tell too many ppl though or else Warne will give it a go and fall in love with cycling! And we don’t want some pot bellied botoxed smoking cricketer coming along!! (kidding, he’d be more than welcome but he’d need to train to keep up I’d imagine)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/BPriestie Priestie

    Spot the difference ……

  • Abdu

    Exactly, keep it on the low low.

    One of the things I love about the Pro part of the sport, I can’t think of too many others where the world’s best athletes mix it with the fans like that.  

    I’m tipping the spot alongside Lloydie would be prized just for some of the verbal gems the little legend spits out…

  • http://www.chromaticdramatic.com/ Chromatic Dramatic

    Agree. It is very bizarre to have the super delayed highlights, especially when it is summer and they’ve got fluck off else to show, and especially when they’ve got another two channels they could potentially put it on as well.

  • Alan

    I’ll be there!  As a bonus, I get in a tough training ride, trying to keep up with warm-down, ride home pace for those blokes :)

  • http://twitter.com/thatdylanguy Dylan

    I never read the fine print… ;)

  • James mcdonald

    Who else agrees will Clark is a dead ringer for James Franco ?

  • Toz

    I tried to watch tonight, but it wasn’t on as scheduled.  So how can I watch it?  And if a “dedicated follower” like me can’t see it, how is any “new market” person supposed to?  And putting it on channel who’s viewers, in the main, hate cyclists isn’t really going to increase exposure either is it?  Unless you put it in prime time, say, replacing A Current Affair, then you’re not going to increase your market and “promote SA”, and you’re going to disenfranchise the existing market, like me.

  • John

    re Warniegate:

    In view of all the confusing comments about the legality of ‘filtering’ between lanes of stopped cars, note that rule 141 of the Road Rules  allows a cyclist to overtake on the left. This permission is not limited to stationary vehicles, which presumably is the basis of the NSW government’s advice at http://www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/get_riding/nsw_road_rules.html 'You are allowed to overtake on the left of stopped and slow moving vehicles’ (emphasis added) 

    I was also amused to come upon these bits of CONTRADICTORY advice within a few paragraphs of each other on a Vic government website:  

    Rule: A bike rider must use the bicycle lane if there is a bicycle lane on a length of road in the same direction as they are riding.  
    [advice] Be aware doors opening from parked cars. Ride a metre out from the kerb and try and maintain a straight line.  
    http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferRiders/Cyclists/RulesAndTipsForSafeCycling.htm

    So how are you meant to use one of those utterly inadequate ‘cycle lanes’ which consists of half a metre marked out in the car door zone of parked cars?

    The website actually misstates the rule (Road Safety Raod Rules 2009, rule 247). The rule adds the condition ‘…unless it is impractical to do so.’

    If I was pinged for riding in a traffic lane adjacent to a car door zone bike lane I would argue that it is not practical to use the bike lane because of its inadequate and unsafe design, and I would quote the government’s own advice to keep a metre out from parked cars.

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