|Thor Hushovd, the eventual winner of the Rainbow Jersey|
Soon all the formalities were over and the teams were racing. First stretch comprised of a flat run to Geelong, (80km). We glimpsed the peloton against a beautiful backdrop of yellow fields from the train on our way to Geelong; then it was 11 heart breaking 16km circuits - 260km is a long way! The peloton eventually got the early break group under control - but paid a heavy price, the Italians, and even the Australians lost some important cavalry as a result.
Last two laps were really exciting. Cadel made some promising breaks; Gilbert almost had it with 3km to go, but eventually the leaders were yet again caught and it was a bunch sprint to the finish. Hushovd, God of Thunder, bided his time - was mid-field for much of the race - and came out smiling on the podium.
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