Taking the Lead in the Dance TDU19-3
It was Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) that struck first in the Tour Down Under. Viviani's sprint was something to behold, threating the needle between competitors and the barrier to fly past Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Sunweb). Walscheid may have gone too early into the wind, while it seemed like Viviani had left it too late. Before the race, the Italian Champion had said he hoped to start the teams season with a win, just as they had in 2018. Last year the then Quickstep team went on to dominate the Grand Tour sprints, and just about every other Pro Tour sprint. Rounding out the podium was Jakub Marecko (CCC) claiming the first podium pedestal step for the new CCC Team.