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.
Will Clarke solos to a magnificent win into Sterling.
Oscar Freire outclassed a much younger field on stage 3.
The peleton string out as they head south.
The peleton near Victor Harbor under windy but blue skies.
Stuart O’Grady controls the speed as the sprinters teams prepare for the final sprint.
Cameron Meyer stayed close to team captain Gerrans on stage 4.
Mark Renshaw relaxes in the team car prior to stage 4.
Stuart O’Grady chats with legend Eddy Merckx before the decisive stage 5.
The break make their way along Aldinga Beach before the Old Willunga climb.
Alejandro Valverde just edges out Simon Gerrans in front of a packed finish crowd.
One stage to go. Simon Gerrans at the start of stage 6.
Mark Renshaw was keen for a win on the last day, and had his team mates out the front in the remaining laps.
Andre Greipel takes an easy win in the end. He was in his usual early good form once again.
Simon Gerrans has now won the Tour Down Under twice.
An extensive collection of photographs are also available here: www.markgunter.com.au