The pro race calendar typically gets kicked off with several stage races in Australia that follow the Australian national championships. These early season races are often dominated by the Australians in the pro peleton since this is the only time they really get to race in front of their home country. Also, most of the road cyclists are just coming off their off-season and are only beginning to think about building their form for the upcoming year.
The Tour Down Under and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour wrapped up a solid three weeks of January racing in Australia. It came as no surprise that these races featured top results from Ritchie Porte, Daryl Impey and a surprise challenger from Canada, Michael Woods. Porte is Australian. Impey is the defending Tour Down Under Champion. Both do well on the semi-hilly terrain that the Australian races have to offer. Impey is the first rider to win back-to-back editions of the Tour Down Under. Undoubtedly, this made his Australian based team, Mitchelton-Scott, very happy.
This week’s Lucha Vino challenge features a Washington Cabernet Sauvignon taking on a challenger from the McLaren Valle in Australia.