Home favourite Gerrans wins Tour Down Under

Home rider Simon Gerrans lifted the Tour Down Under title today after a gripping final stage.

Home favourite Gerrans wins Tour Down Under

Home rider Simon Gerrans lifted the Tour Down Under title today after a gripping final stage.

The Australian started the day level with the returning Alejandro Valverde, and just managed to keep him at bay over the course of 90 kilometres.

The stage was won by Germany's Andre Greipel, but the overall honours went to Gerrans and his GreenEdge team - who are the newest squad on the tour.

"I can't thank my team-mates enough," said Gerrans, 31, at the finish line.

"We had a tough ask with Valverde. He's a tough customer, but I managed to hold on to the lead and I could not be happier."

Gerrans, who finished with the same time as Valverde, has now won the title twice after first tasting success in 2006.

RadioShack rider Jan Bakelants threatened to win the race himself at one stage when he made a move at the halfway point, but he was marked out by GreenEdge's Cameron Mayer.

As a result, Gerrans was able to take first place on the podium, with Valverde - back after a suspension - second and Tiago Machado of RadioShack in third.

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