Tour Down Under 2018 | Stage 2 Race Report

Published on January 17th 2018


As we mentioned yesterday, this is a classic stage, and looking at the record books, not one for your out-and-out sprinter. The likes of Jay McCarthy, Juanjo Lobato, Diego Ulissi and Tom-Jelte Slagter have come out on top in Stirling in recent would think then, that today could be Peter Sagan’s day. Let’s find out! Subscribe to GCN: Register your interest in the GCN Club: Get exclusive GCN gear in the GCN shop! Dimension Data’s Nicholas Dlamini leads the King of the Mountains classification, and didn’t have to wait long for a chance to build his advantage. He was first to the summit of Tea Tree Gully Hill, and after just 13km his involvement in the breakaway was over with his KOM points safely in the bag. The peloton were happy to relax into the day, letting the lead expand upwards of 6 minutes. With three men still out front, they would hoover up all the points and bonus seconds available at the first intermediate sprint at km 45. Will Clarke of EF Education First-Drapac performing his first actual sprint for an intermediate sprint this week - he outmuscled Castrillo to the line. This notoriously tricky uphill finish straight saw Anthony Roux light the touchpaper, and Daryl Impey followed up, closely followed by Sagan. It looked for a moment like a formality for the triple World Champion, but the diminutive Caleb Ewan emerged from the Slovak’s slipstream and punched his way over the line, with Impey showing fantastic endurance to hold his teammate’s wheel for 2nd. If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GCN... Tour Down Under Stage 1 📹 Race News Show Ep.2 📹 Music: Magnus Ringblom - Latin Quarters Jazz Band 3 Photos: © Bettiniphoto / & ©Tim De Waele /