Interesting article today in The Roar about the Tour Down Under's flat parcours. The author sat in the Vacansoleil team car and heard some of the following from Michel Cornelisse:
If I designed the route, the riders would be sorry... I’d make it open and hard so it wasn’t always the same story. It wouldn’t be a sprinter who wins every day.
I would make the riders do [Willunga] three times. It may be the first race of the season and it may be really hot here in Australia, but it’s the ProTour. It should be hard.
What use is it if people don’t race and let Cavendish win seven times? If more people rode like my riders the races would be more interesting. You can’t refuse to race and then be surprised when Cavendish or Greipel wins. Unless teams try something different the outcome will always be the same.
And there's a bit of back-and-forth about Thomas De Gendt's breakfast. Worth a read.