Result of opening classic prologue
Griepel followed by Goss and then Henderson.
The first World Tour event post the Lance Armstrong interview got underway in Adelaide tonight with Lotto Belisol rider Andre Greipel winning the Tour Down Under Classic prologue.
The shakedown included a 51km criterium near the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, made up of 30 laps of a 1.7km circuit.
German rider Jens Voight (Radioshack Leopard Trek), the oldest competitor in the race at 41, and Australian Zakkary Dempster, riding for the UniSA Australia team, made the early break with Dempster taking all four primes on offer during the first 20 laps, along withabout $AUS2500 in prize money.
The pair managed to avoid the chasing bunch until the final third of the race when the peloton came back together and roared its way around the final nine laps to the finish.
Greipel's team mates fought to set up the prologue win as Orica GreenEDGE tried to get their man Matt Goss into position, but in the end it was the German who won by just over a bike length from Goss