Photos From the 2014 Tour Down Under – Stage 4

Day two for us at the Tour Down Under began under grey skies, and with the hint of a cooler day. En route to the markets once again for our days supplies we came across one team’s stenciling efforts:

Drapac street team?

Drapac street team?

Arriving in Unley forty minutes before the start we got to see a little more rider preparation:

Cadel in Ochre.

Cadel in Ochre.

A relaxed gorilla.

A relaxed gorilla.

Kenny Elissonde in the young rider's jersey.

Kenny Elissonde in the young rider’s jersey.

Gerro and Kerrison had just begun to chat  - but what about?! :)

Gerro and Kerrison had just begun to chat – but what about?! :)

Team Europcar looking pensive ...

The peloton headed out, and we headed across to Colonel Light Gardens, supposedly the longest-named suburb in Australia, to see Katrina’s childhood home.

stage4startA whole lot of driving ensued after this in an attempt to catch the finish at Victor Harbour:

On the road to Victor Harbour.victorharbourWe got to the finish with about 30 seconds to spare before Greipel came tearing across the line with his fists raised, followed in dribs and drabs by the rest of the field:

Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen

Jens was looking in need of coffee.

Jens was looking in need of coffee.

The presentation saw a lofted sea of mobile phones and ipads, which I felt reluctant to add to with my camera, but I did manage a photo of the ever-charismatic Hansen:

hansen2The drive back was slowed by heavy traffic, and with the benefit of hindsight it probably wasn’t worth the effort just to see the sprint finish. A better idea might have been to watch a nearer climb after the start (not that there were many on this stage) and then take the rest of the day easy. Live and learn. At least we got to see a field of familiar fauna:

It's alpacas, all the way down ...

It’s alpacas, all the way down …

Tomorrow’s the big day which should decide the race. I’ll try to post photos from our day on Willunga Hill in the evening.

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