After Lotto Soudal the first stage, won by André Greipel and Mitchelton–Scott the second, with Caleb Ewan, it was now touch for Quick Step Floors in the Tour Down Under. Gain Elia Viviani was in the third stage, namely the fastest of the pack.
The ride from Glenelg to Victor Harbor was normal, 146 km long, but was eventually rounded up to 120 km due to the murderous heat in Australia. Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data) and Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia) went there for the third day in a row off. The platoon saw that it was good and gave the duo quickly about six minutes ahead.
Bowden then went solo but at about 20 kilometers from the finish, he was nabbed by the peloton under the guidance of the troops of Ewan. Tiago Machado tried it yet as only the Portuguese of Katusha could not win the sprintersploegen.
The train of Ewan seemed to have everything under control, but the Australian hesitated a moment at the conclusion. Viviani benefitted optimally and sailed to profit in Victor Harbor. Also Phil Bauhaus (Sunweb) was still faster than Ewan, that third party was, but the leader remains. World champion Peter Sagan was fifth.
1. Elia Viviani (Quick Step Floors) in 3u04’40”
2. Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb)
3. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott)
4. Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)
5. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
6. Simon Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac)
7. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott)
8. Zakkari Dempster (UniSA-Australia)
9. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step Floors)
10. Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe)
1. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) in 10u58’36”
2. Elia Viviani (Quick Step Floors) +10”
3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) +14”
4. Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) +15”
5. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +16”