Jens Voigt leads the peleton during the Down Under Classic.
As the colourful peloton cuts through heat and wind in the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under in South Australia, Mark Gunter is on location to capture the essence of this race. An important first event for Team GreenEDGE, though against international pro teams, Team UniSA is once again showcasing it’s quality as Will Clark takes the second stage in the Tour Down Under.
In early good form Andre Greipel salutes after winning the Down Under Classic.
The great Eddy Merckx is in town this year.
Andre Greipel once again shows hi s strength by winning the downhill sprint into stage 1.
Stage was had temperatures over 40c!
Stage 1 also had a strong head wind making it a slow stage for the most.
The riders race through the Clare Valley on stage 2.
Martin Kohler on his way to enough time bonuses to be in the leaders jersey.
Will Clarke wins a courageous stage.
Martin Kohler is the new leader coming into stage 3.
Author Profile: Australian sports photographer Mark Gunter has won the Cycling Australia Photographer of the Year for four of the past eight years and his photos regularly appear throughout international press. Mark regularly posts photos from the major races he covers online: Mark Gunter Facebook page.
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