Cycling fever once again gripped Adelaide, with thousands lining the streets to support riders in this year’s Santos Tour Down Under.
Over the eight day event a record crowd of cycling enthusiasts welcomed riders with open arms, cheering them through the at times gruelling course.
Not even Adelaide’s scorching heat could deter fans from watching Australians Cadel Evans and Robbie McEwen chase for victory.
But it was clear international riding star Lance Armstrong was the main drawcard, with people eager to catch a glimpse of the seven-time Tour de France winner.
German sprinter Andre Griepel of team HTC – Columbia won the tour overall, for the second time.
“I am very happy to have won this race twice, the team have ridden well all week and we deserve this,” Greipel said.
Lance Armstrong finished 25th overall, with Robbie McEwen placing fourth and Cadel Evans sixth.
Team UniSA finished 16th overall, with young South Australian riders Timothy Roe and Rohan Dennis making their Tour Down Under debut.
By Elise Fantin
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