Special Sub-Topic: 2009 Tour Down Under
|A rider came out of retirement. This was his first race after coming out of retirement. Who is this rider?|
Lance Armstrong. Lance retired after winning the 2005 Tour de France. On September 9, 2008, Lance announced that he was coming out of retirement. Lance rode for Astana in the 2009 Tour Down Under.
|Who won the first intermediate sprint of Stage 1?|
Olivier Kaisen. Olivier and Andoni started the breakaway in the stage. Being the first person to cross the intermediate sprint gives you a bonus of three seconds, going across second gives you a bonus of two seconds, and crossing third gives you a bonus of one second. Andoni won both of the climbs for the day, giving him the lead in the King of the Mountains competition. Andoni rode for Euskaltel-Euskadi. Olivier would gain the lead in the points classification. Olivier rode for Silence-Lotto. André Greipel won the stage, thus giving him the overall lead. André rode for Columbia-High Road.
|When did Stage 2s first breakaway commence?|
6km into the stage. The first break was a group of three riders. Guillaume Blot, Markel Irizar, and Aaron Kemps made up the breakaway. They would not succeed. Guillaume Blot rode for Cofidis, Markel Irizar rode for Euskaltel-Euskadi, and Aaron Kemps rode for UniSA-Australia. As they were caught many riders tried to breakaway, none would make it to the finish. Allan Davis won the stage, and took the overall lead in the 2009 Tour Down Under. Allan rode for Team Quick Step.
|In Stage 3, nine cyclists did not finish the stage. One of the cyclists was in the top five of the general classification at the start of Stage 3. Who was he?|
André Greipel. André crashed early on in the stage. He injured his right elbow and leg. André rode for Team Columbia-High Road. He also won the 2008 Tour Down Under. Graeme Brown won the stage. Graeme rode for Rabobank. Allan Davis held on to the overall lead.
|In Stage 4, what team did the winner of the first intermediate sprint of the stage ride for?|
Euskaltel-Euskadi. Andoni Lafuente won the first and second intermediate sprint of the day. He gained the lead in the King of the Mountains competition. Allan Davis won the stage, his second of the 2009 Tour Down Under. He would maintain the overall lead in the Tour Down Under.
|Stage 5 came down to a sprint finish. Which rider won?|
Allan Davis. This was Allan Davis' third stage victory of the 2009 Tour Down Under. Allan has also competed in the first eleven Tour Down Under's. Allan Davis rode for Quick Step. José placed second in the stage, with Martin Elmiger coming in third. José rode for Caisse d'Epargne. Martin rode for Ag2r-La Mondiale.
|Stage 6, the final stage, involved the cyclists going in a circuit for how many laps?|
18 laps. Stage 6 came down to a sprint finish. Francesco Chicchi beat out Robbie McEwen and Graeme Brown for the stage win. Francesco rode for Liquigas. This was Francesco's first stage win in a Tour Down Under. Robbie rode for Team Katusha. Graeme rode for Rabobank.
|Who won the 2009 Tour Down Under?|
Allan Davis. This was Allan Davis' first-ever Tour Down Under victory. Allan had finished second twice before in previous Tour Down Under's. In this Tour Down Under Allan accumulated a total of three stage wins. Allan rode for Quick Step. Allan also won the points classification for the 2009 Tour Down Under.
|Which team won the team classification?|
Française des Jeux. Française des Jeux led the team classification since Stage 4 of the 2009 Tour Down Under. Française des Jeux is based in France. Team Milram lead the team classification after Stage 1, but lost the lead to Rabobank when Stage 2 ended. Quick Step and Astana didn't ever lead the team classification.
|Who won the young riders classification?|
José Joaquín Rojas Gil. José Joaquín Rojas Gil lead the young riders classification since Stage 2 of the 2009 Tour Down Under. Jacopo Guanieri lead the classification after Stage 1, but then lost the lead to José. José rode for Caisse d'Epargne. José also finished third overall in the 2009 Tour Down Under.
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