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Tour Down Under 2009 Stage 5. 'Gladiators....mount up!!'

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No preview needed today. basically they do three laps of the beach and vines (where I am busting to finally get a picture of Lance that I've dreamed about with the beach and Southern Vales in the background)....then a couple of laps of a mean Mo Fo of a hill.

Willunga Hill is steep to start, >10% then the gradient decreases as the road meanders through after the tree line. This is where the race is usually won or lost....just ask my new mate Jorg Ludwig who lost it there in 2001 when he couldn't cling on to Stuey for the climb.  This year they go over twice so the race will surely split up into small groups and it's pretty hard to get back once the band's broken especially if it's as windy as it has been.

Anyway....I hope you guys get a good online report from the man from CN because it's going to be great.  I'm doing a 25km TT in the morning but will get to the beach, the KOM and the finish for some more piccies.

Ciou for now.

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via www.tourdownunder.com.au


Oh!  I did bump into CycleGirl at the KOM today...with a tall young blonde guy.  Maybe that's where she's been!!  I think she's having too much fun.
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