Narvaez third in Willunga showdown

20 Jan 2024

Narvaez third in Willunga showdown

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Tour Down Under - Stage 5 » Christies Beach › Willunga Hill, 129.3km

Jhonatan Narvaez claimed a hard-fought third place after a thrilling battle on stage five of the Tour Down Under.

The Ecuadorian went toe to toe with his rivals on the famous Old Willunga Hill summit, after some superb work from his INEOS Grenadiers teammates.

The reduced uphill sprint saw Narvaez take third and the accompanying four bonus seconds, narrowly edged out by winner Oscar Onley (DSM-Firmenich) and Stevie Williams (Israel-PremierTech).

Positioned superbly on the run-in, Laurens De Plus played a key role when the initial attacks fired with 2.2km to go. The Belgian helped bridge Narvaez back to the front, and he was glued to the wheel of Simon Yates (Jayco AlUla) when the Brit launched his late attack.

Slightly boxed in heading into the final corner, Narvaez took third, and now also sits third overall, just five seconds off race leader Williams heading into Sunday's finale.

The Grenadiers once again put in a superb team effort on the day. Elia Viviani got through a lot of early work, while Filippo Ganna, Ben Swift, Leo Hayter and Josh Tarling set a brilliant pace ahead of each ascent on the final climb.

The race is set to conclude on Sunday with another GC day, this time finishing up Mount Lofty.