Narvaez seals second at TDU

21 Jan 2024

Narvaez seals second at TDU

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Tour Down Under - Stage 6 » Unley › Mount Lofty, 128.2km

Jhonatan Narvaez put in a superb and committed performance to finish second on the final stage and claim second overall at the Tour Down Under.

The Ecuadorian capped off a superb eight-day stretch by taking his first overall WorldTour podium following an exciting final showdown on Mount Lofty.

Once again Narvaez received brilliant support from his INEOS Grenadiers teammates on the day, and found himself battling it out for the stage win after a rapid final ascent.

Finishing a narrow second to race leader and overall winner Stevie Williams (Israel-PremierTech), Narvaez was able to edge out Isaac Del Toro (UAE Team Emirates) on the line and pick up the bonus seconds to secure the runner-up spot.

The team rode hard, working well as a unit to help bring down the gap to the day's dangerous seven-man breakaway. Then on the final lap the Grenadiers put six riders on the front of the peloton to string out the bunch and ensure the break was caught on the climb. Josh Tarling gave a final acceleration on the initial slopes before the attacks began to fire.

For Narvaez, who won the opening Down Under Criterium, the result marked an impressive and consistent start to the season.

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