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2019 Tour Down Under LIVESTREAM

Starts 09:00 local time, 17:00 PST, 20:00 EST, 01:00 GMT, 02:00 CET

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08:30 local, 19:30 US EST  -  The stage starts in McLaren with a short .5km neutral roll out. Once the flag drops, the peloton will head south toward Willunga, starting a 39.7km loop they will traverse three times. 

This opening loop will then take them west toward the coastal towns of Aldinga Beach and Snapper point - site of the day's two intermediate sprints - and then Port Willunga before turning back inland to Aldinga and back up to McLaren to complete the circle. 

After three laps of this loop, the race will start a  fourth toward Willunga again, but this time when the race reaches the town, rather than turn right toward the coast again, the riders will veer left onto Willunga Hill Road for the first trip up the iconic Tour Down Under climb. 

After the first ascent up Willunga with 22.4km left to race, the riders will start a new counterclockwise loop that will eventually bring them back to Willunga to start the second and final trip up the climb, where the winner will be decided.

08:27 local, 19:27 US EST  -  Speaking of Bevin, he said to the press before the race: "The body is a bit sore. I hit the deck pretty hard. It's not ideal coming into today, but at this point we can't undo it. We'll still race to win this bike race. Look, I'm going to go out there and try and hang onto the jersey for as long as possible. At this point, I've built up a buffer over the last five days, and they're going to have to come and take it off me. At this point I'll give it everything I have to defend this lead."

08:24 local, 19:24 US EST  -  Today is considered the Queen stage for good reason: Two ascents up Willunga Hill inside the final 25km, including the finish at the top on the second trip, will be decisive. 

08:13 local, 19:13 US EST  -  Paddy Bevin is ready to go for stage 6 to defend his lead. He says the other will have to come and take the jersey off him. “At this stage, I’ve given everything I have.”

08:09 local, 19:09 US EST  -  The big drama at yesterday's finish, of course, was Caleb Ewan's relegation and Jasper Philipsen's ascent to the top step of the podium. The race jury decided that Ewan's use of his noggin to try and make room for himself violated the rules, and they relegated the Lotto Soudal sprinter to the back of the group - 83rd place - and elevated his UAE Team Emirates rival to the win. 

You can check out the full race report, and results HERE

08:06 local, 19:06 US EST  -  GC after Stage 5 reminder:

1 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 17:00:25 
2 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:07 
3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:16 
4 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data 0:00:26 
5 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
6 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
7 George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
8 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
9 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
10 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling

08:04 local, 19:04 US EST  -  Today's stage, with its two trips up Willunga Hill in the final 25km, will certainly be a fitting climax for the race, but yesterday's penultimate stage wasn't short of drama. 

First off, race leader Paddy Bevin crashed inside the final 10km and had to chase to regain the field and hang onto the ochre jersey. The battered and blooded Bevin kept the jersey, and his team recently revealed he cleared medical tests for a concussion and will be able to defend his lead today.

07:46 local, 18:46 US EST  -  Please refresh to pick up the LIVESTREAM.

07:45 local, 18:45 US EST  -  Richie Porte from Trek-Segafredo is a firm favorite to win today's final and decisive stage!

07:44 local, 18:44 US EST  -  Good evening folks, the final stage of the 2019 Tour Down Under starts in 15 minutes!

Stage 6 - Sunday January 20 2019

McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill - 151.5 km Mtn Finish

Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6 is a favourite for the spectators. In 2019 it will be promoted to the 'King' stage, where the final winner of the Santos Ochre Jersey will be decided.
The day will start in McLaren Vale, famous for its winemaking. The town is always in party mode during the race, when the peloton head for the iconic Willunga Hill.

Fans flock roadside to cheer on their heroes in what is the deciding stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.

Subaru King of the Mountain #1, #2: Brookman Road, Willunga Hill (Category 1) – 7.5% gradient

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