2012 Tour Down Under in Photos

Simon Gerrans was looking strong during stage 2.

Mark Gunter presents his second series of 2012 Tour Down Under photos that document Simon Gerrans rise to victory, leading team GreenEdge to a successful start on the world circuit. For Robbie McEwen the race was of particular note as he confirmed during the team meeting before the final stage that it is his last big race he will compete in on this continent – McEwen will make the transition from rider to mentor in team GreenEDGE.

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Will Clarke solos to a magnificent win into Sterling.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Oscar Freire outclassed a much younger field on stage 3.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
The peleton string out as they head south.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
The peleton near Victor Harbor under windy but blue skies.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Stuart O’Grady controls the speed as the sprinters teams prepare for the final sprint.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Cameron Meyer stayed close to team captain Gerrans on stage 4.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Mark Renshaw relaxes in the team car prior to stage 4.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Stuart O’Grady chats with legend Eddy Merckx before the decisive stage 5.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
The break make their way along Aldinga Beach before the Old Willunga climb.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Alejandro Valverde just edges out Simon Gerrans in front of a packed finish crowd.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
One stage to go. Simon Gerrans at the start of stage 6.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Mark Renshaw was keen for a win on the last day, and had his team mates out the front in the remaining laps.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Andre Greipel takes an easy win in the end. He was in his usual early good form once again.

2012 Santos Tour Down Under
Simon Gerrans has now won the Tour Down Under twice.

An extensive collection of photographs are also available here: www.markgunter.com.au



About The Author

has won the Cycling Australia Photographer of the Year for four of the past eight years and his photos regularly appear throughout international press. He regularly posts his photos online: Mark Gunter Facebook page.

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