Narvaez sprints to fifth in WorldTour opener

16 Jan 2024

Narvaez sprints to fifth in WorldTour opener

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Stage 1 » Tanunda › Tanunda, 144km

Jhonatan Narvaez sprinted to fifth on a rapid first stage of the Tour Down Under.

Earlier in the day, great leadout work from Josh Tarling saw the Ecuadorean snatch a bonus second at the first intermediate sprint, before Leo Hayter did a great job of positioning the Grenadiers in the final hour.

Ben Swift and Laurens De Plus led the team into the final climb of the stage, before Filippo Ganna and Elia Viviani ensured Narvaez was in a strong position for the bunch sprint.

Narvaez was rapidly closing in on his competitors, but just ran out of road at the finish in Tanunda. 

Results:

1. Sam Welsford (BOH)

2. Phil Bauhaus (BHV)

3. Biniam Girmay (IMW)

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5. Jhonatan Narvaez