Santos Tour Down Under: Australian riders set up a potentially thrilling last two stages

Sky Sports News' Orla Chennaoui reports from Adelaide

Last Updated: 24/01/14 4:17pm

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You don't have to be Australian to be excited about the closing stages of the Santos Tour Down Under.

It may be two natives battling it out at the top of the GC, but with just seven seconds buffering Cadel Evans from Simon Gerrans, the race for the ochre jersey is very much on.

Many will be pleased by Andre Greipel's win today as well. The German sprinter has won more stages of this race than any other rider, so it wouldn't have felt right if we were heading to the business end of the race with him not securing at least one stage.

As for Team Sky, they haven't had everything go their way, some would say rarely, but their race is far from over.

They're still aiming to replicate last year's podium finish and with Gerrans tipping fellow countryman Richie Porte for the win tomorrow, they could well be popping the champagne before the Tour is out.

So that takes us to Old Willunga Hill. It's often seen as a decisive stage in determining the outcome of the GC, and this year that's especially so.

Chunks of time can be lost on the ascent up the South Australian climb, so everyone will be bringing their "A game" to the start line tomorrow. This race is far from over.

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