SHEFFIELD’S Adam Blythe made a dramatic start to life with his new team at the Tour Down Under in Australia.
The 22-year-old, who joined American-based BMC Racing last autumn from Belgium squad Omega Pharma-Lotto, was timed as having finished in the main peloton behind stage one winner Andre Greipel on the 149 kilometre ride from Prospect, just north of Adelaide to the South Australian town of Clare in temperatures that approached 40 degrees celcius.
But Blythe was left fuming after being caught in a pile up 800 metres from the finish line. The former Sheffield Phoenix rider posted on his Twitter feed: “Stage1 done, took some skin off in the final! thanks to the two vacansoleil riders for crashing in to each other!! The two guys who came down are both on their 2nd crash each after 3days, and team mates!”
Today’s second stage is again in South Australia. A 148km pedal from Lobethal to the Adelaide commuter town of Stirling.