Stage five of the Tour Down Under was expected to bring another sprint final for the peloton.
The course was characterised by climbing early on in the 149k.5km-long route, followed by a few shorter risers in the closing half before a downhill run to the line.
Covering a long route south from Old Noarlunga, the peloton was dragged along the coast before turning inland down towards Victory Harbor.
Then, following the coast again the route took riders north to the finish at Strathalbyn.
The general classification was not expected to be settled on the penultimate day, despite the narrow margins, as the overall favourites look ahead to the final test, Willunga Hill.
Home favourite Richie Porte (Trek – Segafredo) will be looking to take his sixth consecutive win on that now-famous climb.
Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) was still leading the race overall heading into stage five, with other GC favourites like Wout Poels (Team Sky) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton – Scott) close behind.
Catch up on the best bits from stage five or you can read everything that happened in our race report.
The 2019 Tour Down Under started on Tuesday (January 14) and ends on Sunday (January 20) atop the now famous Willunga Hill.
Thanks to the men’s race being at the very start of the international cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under always enjoys considerable attention from cycling fans across the world, eager to see a bit of bike racing after a few fallow months.
Maybe as a result of those few months without cycling, but the racing always seems entertaining too, and although some parts of the peloton use it as a chance to cruise around and enjoy some good weather, at the front the racing is fierce as riders try to pick up crucial WorldTour points early in the year.