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Is 15 seconds enough? Jay Vine’s final ochre test at Tour Down Under

Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) stepping into ochre again at the Santos Tour Down Under

Fifteen seconds may not sound like much of a lead for Jay Vine (UAE Team Emirates) to carry into the final day of racing at the Santos Tour Down Under, particularly on a stage that includes a summit finish, but Mount Lofty is no long alpine climb – nor a Corkscrew or even a Willunga Hill.

Though it offers a scenic ascent, with stunning views rolling out across the city of Adelaide right through to the coast, it’s far shorter than Willunga Hill – which has been pivotal in the past but was not included in this year – and there’s no sign of the viciously steep sections that pulled the race to pieces on the Corkscrew Road climb.

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