Long live the King!

We already have a King! Somewhat surprisingly, in the first stage of the Tour Down Under, favourite Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) decided not to go for the win himself, but to be the lead-out man for his teammate Sam Bennett. Bennett didn’t win, however, as Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) easily outsprinted Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky) in Lyndoch to take the very first King of the Sprint title ever.

Tomorrow’s second stage will probably prove to be too hilly for the sprinters, but we might see a new (or the same) King crowned at the end of the third stage in Victor Harbor on Thursday.

The Lyndoch Title

The first 2017 race for world champion and King of the Sprint number one favourite Peter Sagan, will be the Santos Tour Down Under (17-22 January).

The profile of the first stage suggests that we could already see a King of the Sprint title race on the very first day of the 2017 WorldTour. If the stage does indeed end in a mass sprint, its winner will write history, and put Lyndoch on the cycling map.

In our next post we will take a closer look at the start list of the Tour Down Under, and meet the other contenders for the first King of the Sprint title.