"We made sure we stayed at the front, stayed out of trouble," Gerrans said. "I'm really thrilled to come out unscathed.
Simon Gerrans Wins 2014 Tour Down Under
William Clarke (Drapac), Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale), and Maxime Belkov (Katusha) stayed away until the 16th lap, taking the bonus seconds and effectively ending Evans's challenge.
Greipel later paid tribute to his teammates.
German a perfect springboard to claim his second stage of the week and his 16th overall.
Gerrans said it was particularly special to win on Australia Day in front of a massive crowd in central Adelaide.
However, Greipel's Lotto Belisol team bided their time and took control with a lap to go. The lead out riders gave the big Nike Coat Jacket
"It's a huge honor to win the Tour Down Under and to cap it all off on Australia Day as well, and racing for an Australian team, it just doesn't get much better," he Nike Tracksuit Grey And Blue
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"The guys did a fantastic job kept me right up the front there out of trouble, well protected, to make sure I would avoid any splits in the peloton and I finished right up there in the front. So it worked out beautifully."
breakaway go in the first lap.
With the field all together again, the sprinters' teams began to set the pace, with Orica GreenEdge controlling the front of the peloton.
He stayed in the front section of the peloton all race and never looked in danger of surrendering the ochre leader's jersey he regained after Saturday's fifth stage on Willunga Hill.
"They rode incredibly fast so I could save myself for the last moment," he said. "This is a very nice victory for us. I had fast legs today and I'm confident in my capacities these days."
ADELAIDE, January 26, 2014 (AFP) Victoria's Simon Gerrans celebrated Australia Day in style when he claimed a record breaking third Tour Down Under in Adelaide on Sunday.
Canondale and Evans's BMC Racing teams came to the front on the 17th lap, before Giant Shimano and then Trek Factory Racing took over.
Riding on an Australian team on national day, the Orica GreenEdge rider finished in the leading group behind Germany's Andre Greipel to win the season opening UCI World Tour event by one second over countryman Cadel Evans. Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) finished in third, four seconds back.
The sixth and last stage, 18 laps of a 4.75 kilometer (2 mile) circuit through central Adelaide, went perfectly for Gerrans, who took just a one second lead into the final day.
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