• Daryl Impey in action on the final day of racing at the Santos Tour Down Under. (AAP)
Daryl Impey has confirmed his Tour Down Under title while Andre Greipel beat Caleb Ewan to win the final stage in Adelaide.
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21 Jan - 4:44 PM 

Andre Greipel has caught young Australian star Caleb Ewan on the line again at the Tour Down Under.

Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) beat Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) by less than half-a-bike length to win the sixth and final stage on Sunday in Adelaide.

World champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) finished third.

Ewan's teammate Daryl Impey stayed out of trouble in the 90km street race to secure his first Tour title.

Impey was tied on the overall standings with Richie Porte (BMC) after won his fifth-straight Willunga stage on Saturday.

But Impey took the lead after a countback of stage placings and Porte immediately conceded, given he knew Mitchelton-Scott had much better sprinting power.

Porte's only chance to take the overall title is if he could have picked up bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint checkpoints or the finish.

Had he challenged, Mitchelton-Scott would have countered easily.

Instead, Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) was prominent as a breakaway rider for much of the stage.

As always in the last stage, the sprinters' teams made sure it would come down to a bunch finish.

It was Greipel's second stage win in this Tour, following his stage-one success.

Ewan also led to the line at Lyndoch in the Barossa, only for the powerful Lotto Soudal sprinter to pass him.

Greipel, the overall winner in 2008 and 2010, holds the Tour record of 18 stage wins.

The 20th Tour featured a top sprint field, with Sagan, Ewan and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) also winning a stage apiece.

While Ewan produced an outstanding ride to win at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, he botched the sprint the next day at Victor Harbor and Viviani won instead.