Temperature is 37C and the headwind is strong so there have been echelons forming. The deep dish wheels were a poor choice apparently. There is a breakaway at 11 minutes! Oops. Roman Feilliu has crashed...Sergey to the rescue!
As always, there is only a a radio feed, which is better than it's been in the past. As expected the stage is flat, flat, flat but unless the peloton reel in that 11 minutes, it's a problem.
The TDU live feed is being updated frequently: http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/live-feed.htm
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