The scenic South Coast provided the location for Stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under as the cyclists reached crunch time in the week long cycling event.
On Saturday, January 25, despite the incredible cycling from the athletes across the field it was NTT Pro Cycling athlete Giacomo Nizzolo who crossed the finish line first.
Thanking his team, the Italian could not have had more praise for his team, labeling it a 'perfect race'.
Nizzolo explained that there was a plan for the team to drop back and wait for him if he was slowing during the climb before he would make an extreme dash in the final kilometres.
"It was a perfect race, and then I just put on the pedals and gave everything I had, and it all worked out so I am so happy."
Back in 2016 Nizzolo claimed third at the same stage and as a result knew he was the ideal athlete from his team to attempt the win during the stage.
However, since then injury has blocked him from returning to his best. Nizzolo now hopes to carry his current form through the rest of the cycling season.
"It was a perfect race, and then I just put on the pedals and gave everything I had, and it all worked out so I am so happy."Giacomo Nizzolo
The following day cyclists gathered at McLaren Vale for the final leg of the Tour Down Under. The route for Stage 6 made its away throughout the Mid Coast area before finally finishing at the top of the daunting Willunga Hill.
At the start of the day Australian, Richie Porte would have been eyeing off a seventh Willunga Hill Stage win, but at the end of the race it was British cyclist Matthew Holmes who managed to take the win, beating Porte to the line by three seconds. However, despite coming second, it was enough to allow Porte to win his second overall Tour Down Under.
Matthew Holmes who rides for Lotto-Soudal said that he did not think he was going to be able to win the Stage due to the size of the group he was with towards the end of the race.
When asked if he was normally a good climber Holmes said "Well I don't know, I have never really raced up the climbs I have been stuck in Britain for the last six years, which is not a bad thing but yeah this is my first hill, second hill top finish this week, so seems to suit me."
Overall Tour Down Under winner and Trek-Segafredo rider, Richie Porte said there was a bit of panic in the middle of the event but was proud of the other riders in his team who enabled him to take the win.
The Stage 5 Best Dressed winners included: Best Dressed Commercial Property Goolwa's Flowerworx, Best Dressed Private Property went to a property in Kangarilla and the Best Dressed Town went to Kangarilla.