There are few guarantees today. However, your money would be safe if you said that O'Grady would drive the peloton and seeing as Flatty took the pic, I felt compelled to use it. Mr O'Grady is after all the Mayor of Adelaide.
State of play at the beginning of the stage
1 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC 15:03:34 2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:02
3 Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:06
5 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 0:00:08
6 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
8 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
9 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
There are a number of contenders such as Valverde and GHH at 12 seconds back, so tomorrow will be interesting.
There will be live TV coverage. Check your local guides. I apologise for not being able to do a Jens; I can't do time zones. Personally, I'll be with Auntie until the last hour or so. It's more fun than listening to Phil and Paul.
Live-ish ticker. It is quite informative.http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/live-feed.htm
I like this ticker, but many are using CN for updates.
And if you're wondering why these are up so early...it's a combination of the beach's siren song and the fact that if I leave it to the last minute, it feels like homework. I'll look forward to seeing you all. It's been a lovely week, and yesterday we cracked 700 entries in spite of the lack of a decent feed :)