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Andre Greipel holds off Team Sky to win Tour Down Under

Chris Sutton celebrates as he wins the final stage
Sutton celebrates as he crosses the line first, but fifth place was enough to hand Greipel the Tour title

Germany's Andre Greipel held on to win his second Tour Down Under in three years, despite a strong finish by Britain's Team Sky in the final stage.

Australian Chris Sutton and New Zealand's Greg Henderson made it a Team Sky one-two in Sunday's stage six, a 90km street circuit around Adelaide.

But HTC-Columbia rider Greipel's fifth-place finish proved to be enough.

He was 11 seconds ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez in the overall standings, with Henderson rising from sixth to third.

A victory in an intermediate sprint early in the final stage proved crucial to helping Henderson take the final podium place.

And the Team Sky lead-out train again worked well to put Sutton and Henderson in a good position to strike for home in the bunch sprint for the finish line.

"It's all about teamwork," said Sutton after his stage win. "We spoke about tactics beforehand and we took control with around two kilometres to go.

"It was the perfect lead-out, all the boys played their part and I just went as long as I could. If Henderson comes round me, he comes round me but to get a one-two is amazing.

"We're a new team and it's all about learning about each other but everyone's already working so well together."

Griepel, who won the Tour Down Under in 2008, missed four months of last season with a shoulder injury after colliding with a parked police motorbike during last year's race.

"I'm really happy, and for the team as well," he said. "The team did a really good job. I'm just really happy."

Lance Armstrong, who was using the race as part of his build up for this year's Tour de France, a race he has won on seven previous occasions, was 77th on the final stage to finish 25th overall, more than one minute behind Greipel.

"Having a beer with Team RadioShack," Armstrong tweeted after the race. "Good week here at Tour Down Under."

Tour Down Under - Stage Six result:
1. Chris Sutton, Australia, Team Sky, 1 hour, 53 minutes, 20 seconds
2. Greg Henderson, New Zealand, Team Sky, same time
3. Gramem Brown, Australia, Rabobank, same time
4. Robbie McEwen, Australia, Katusha, same time
5. Andre Greipel, Germany, HTC-Columbia, same time
6. Allan Davis, Australia, Astana, same time
7. Matthew Goss, Australia, HTC-Columbia, same time
8. Yauheni Hutarovich, Belarus, Francaise des Jeux, same time
9. Gert Steegmans, Belgium, RadioShack, same time
10. Jose Joaquin Rojas, Spain, Caisse d'Epargne, same time.

Selected others:
21. Ben Swift, Great Britain, Team Sky, same time.
77. Lance Armstrong, USA, RadioShack, 16 seconds behind

Overall standings:
1. Andre Greipel, Germany, HTC Columbia, 18 hours, 47 minutes, 5 seconds
2. Luis Leon Sanchez, Spain, Caisse D'Espargne, 11 seconds behind
3. Greg Henderson, New Zealand, Team Sky, 15 seconds behind
4. Robbie McEwen, Australia, Katusha, 17 seconds behind
5. Luke Roberts, Australia, Milram, same time
6. Cadel Evans, Australia, BMC Racing Team, 21 seconds behind
7. Eduard Vorganov, Russia, Katusha, 25 seconds behind
8. Jurgen Roelandts, Belgium, Omega Pharma-Lotto, 26 seconds behind
9. Robert Hunter, South Africa, Garmin, same time
10. Markus Fothen, Germany, Milram, 27 seconds behind

Selected other:
25. Lance Armstrong, USA, RadioShack, 1 minute, 3 seconds behind

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