VICTORIOUS: Rohan Dennis gets a kiss on the podium after winning the Tour Down Under.
VICTORIOUS: Rohan Dennis gets a kiss on the podium after winning the Tour Down Under. Mark Gunteraap

Dennis closes door on Porte to win the Tour

ROHAN Dennis has become the ninth Australian rider to win the Tour Down Under, holding on to beat pre-race favourite Richie Porte by two seconds.

Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner, was 20 seconds back in third place to make it an All-Australian podium in his final World Tour event.

The 37-year-old will retire from professional racing when he contests this weekend's inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Rd event.

The final stage in to Adelaide was again marred by a crash which took out likely winner Marcel Kittell.

The stage went to rising Dutch star Wouter Wippert, beating home Australian road race champion Heinrich Haussler.

Dennis crossed the line in 28th place and was given the same time as Porte. Dennis paid tribute to his BMC teammate Evans after the final stage.

"He basically said 'follow me, keep following me'," the South Australian said. "He stayed close to Richie to make sure that he held time."


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