As a reward for the team’s incredible National Road Series victory last season, 3 BridgeLane riders then hopped over to Adelaide for the Tour Down Under. Tyler Lindorff, Sam Jenner and Nick White had the chance to see what the future holds for the up and coming riders, racing against WorldTour level talent. All 3 of them showed they were up to the challenge, animating breakaways and mixing it in stage finishes. Unfortunately, the week was marred by 3 nasty crashes for Tyler and an unrelenting stomach bug for Nick, but nonetheless the boys took a lot from the experience.
Relive the Race
Meet the three Team BridgeLane riders competing against the world’s best at the Santos Tour Down Under. Young gun Tyler Lindorff is in the form of his life and is looking to shake things up in the KOM classification. Sam Jenner is a classics man in the making, and will be an invaluable resource in helping the team all week. Nick White is Nick White, undoubtably one of the best young riders in Aus, he’s a man who knows how to win so be sure to look out for him on some of the punchier finishes.
Great to get our Tour Down Under campaign underway last night at the Schwalbe Classic. Although not an official part of the TDU, the twilight Criterium is a great opportunity to get a feel for the world tour peloton. Nick White was active all race, winning two primes from the early break, before coming back to the field to help lead it out for Sam Welsford. Nick, Sam and Tyler all took a lot of confidence from their ride leading into what will undoubtedly be an enormous week of racing. More to come.
A great day out in the Barossa Valley at the Ziptrak Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under. Unlike Sunday’s Criterium, today’s stage bought with it some perfect Adelaide weather. Despite a small crash that bought down Tyler and Sam, the BridgeLane boys stayed safe in the bunch, as Drizners animated the day’s break. As the break was bought back in the final laps of the 30km circuit, the team lined it up for Welsford in the sprint, impressing against World Tour Leadouts to deliver Sam to 9th. On to a fan favourite tomorrow, the Sterling Stage, where we’re looking to shake things up in the Adelaide Hills.
Tour Down Under Stage 2 - As planned, Jenner worked his way into the break and had some fun up the road. As not planned, Tyler got caught up in a crash in the incredibly fast run into the finish. He’s alright and fortunately for him the crash was within the last 3km so incurred no time loss. Stay tuned for more to come in today’s stage recap.
Tough day for the Team BridgeLane riders at the TDU. Despite being in a good position to contest the finish, Tyler came down hard with 6km to go. He was able to make it to the finish, albeit a little sorer than he was this morning. On to tomorrow for stage 4 out to Murray Bridge which looks like one for the sprinters.
A day to forget at Stage 4 of the Tour Down Under. A day marred with crashes as a nervy peloton made its way to Murray Bridge for a fast finish. Continuing a stretch of horrible luck, Tyler came down for the third day in a row inside the final 10km. he’s ok but was taken to hospital with a broken wrist. The team wishes Tyler a speedy recovery. Given the form he carried into this summer we’ve no doubt he’ll come back faster and stronger in no time at all.
A bit of fun in the sun out to Victoria Harbour today. Jenner spent some time off the front and Nick kept himself safe in the bunch after a tough 4 days of racing. On to the last stage up Willunga Hill tomorrow.
Wrapping up a week full of undulations for Team BridgeLane here at the Tour Down Under. The team wasn’t quite able to play our cards the way we would have hoped. However, the UniSA program is an incredible opportunity for our young athletes to gain invaluable insight into what the next level looks like. Nick, Sam and Tyler can take solace in knowing the next level isn’t too far away at all.