The final day of the 2019 Tour Down Under was expected to be the decisive one, with the general classification not settled until the finish line of stage six.

With a 151.5km route from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill, this is the day the overall favourites will have been waiting for.

The opening 120km of the parcours were relatively benign, before things ramped up in the closing stages, with two ascents of a testing climb.

The general classification was not expected to be settled until this final day, despite the narrow margins, as the overall favourites looked ahead to the final test, Willunga Hill.

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With two runs up the 7.5 per cent average ramp, only the freshest would be able to hold on to hopes of victory.

Home favourite Richie Porte (Trek – Segafredo) was looking to take his sixth consecutive win on that now-famous climb and take only his second overall victory at the Tour Down Under.

Sunday’s course looped around the McLaren Vale area, to the south of Adelaide, before finishing atop the climb.

The 2019 Tour Down Under started on Tuesday (January 14) and ends on Sunday (January 20) atop the now famous Willunga Hill.

Catch up on the best bits from stage six or you can read everything that happened in our race report.

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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.