Tour Down Under: Simon Gerrans takes control on stage three

Stage victory and overall race lead for Simon Gerrans as the overall contenders fight for position on the Tour Down Under's first significant climb - Team Sky backs Sergio Henao as Geraint Thomas misses final selection - Photos by Graham Watson

Simon Gerrans in the overall lead and wearing the distinctive ochre jersey of GC leader.

(Image credit: Watson)

Simon Gerrans has turned his fortunes around winning the third stage of the Tour Down Under to take the leader’s jersey at the mid-point of the race.

Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) won a reduced group sprint from defending champion Rohan Dennis (BMC) and Michael Woods (Cannondale) on what was a decisive day for the general classification with Team Sky now set to adjust its focus.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.