Wednesday 23 January 2013 at 08h34

The second stage of the Tour Down Under 2013 took place between Mount Barker and Rostrevor today. As expected, the climb of Corkscrew Road had a big influence on the result, but a crash in the final part of the race disturbed how it unfolded. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) gave everything he had to win this stage beating the other riders in the breakaway but also the chasing riders who were coming back quickly on the leading group.

The summary of the 2nd stage of the Tour Down Under 2013: Mount Barker > Rostrevor

It was a short stage (with its 116.5 kilometers the shortest stage in the history of the Tour Down Under) which was on the programme of the Tour Down Under 2013 today, between Mount Barker and Rostrevor with a short and steep climb in the final part: Corkscrew Road over 2.5 km at 9% and going up to 19% at some places. Therefore, before the start of the stage the favourite rider for the stage win was Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team), but it turned out not to be his day ...

L'échappéeRight from the start, at the initiative of Calvin Watson (UniSA), a breakaway was formed with Will Clarke (Argos-Shimano), Guillaume Bonnafond AG2R La Mondiale and Christopher Juul-Jensen (Team Saxo-Tinkoff). After 17 kilometers their gap was up to 2'20". The peloton played some sort of a cat-and-mouse game with this breakaway because after having brought down the gap to 45 seconds, it went back up and stabilised around 1'50" at half-race.

In the breakaway the Australian rider Will Clarke took the points in the two intermediate sprints, the first time ahead of Watson and Bonnafond followed by a sprint which he won ahead of Bonnafond and Juul-Jensen.

The peloton seemed to have some difficulties in getting organised to take back this breakaway but in the end it happened all rather quickly and at 19 kilometers from the finish, the peloton decided to bring an end to the dreams of the 4 leading riders.

Not surprisingly the climb of Corkscrew road made the peloton fall apart and George Bennett (Radioshack-Leopard-Trek) managed to get away, with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). This leading duo was joined by Ben Hermans, Bennett's team mate, and Javier Moreno (Movistar Team) when about 15 riders, including Philippe Gilbert, crashed.

11 riders started the chase on the 4 leading riders but didn't manage to get back on them before the finish. Geraint Thomas turned out to be the fastest when he attacked early from the back of the group. The British rider even declared after the finish that at one point he thought he had attacked too early but that he gave everything he could from 400 meters from the finish already simply because he saw the other riders coming back quick on the leading group. Javier Moreno finished second, ahead of Ben Hermans at 1 second and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) at 4 seconds.

The classifications after the 2nd stage of the Tour Down Under 2013

Here are the classifications after this second stage of the Tour Down Under 2013.

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Classification of the 2nd stage

Here's the top 5 of this stage which was thus disturbed by an important crash:

1/ Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - 2h44'18"
2/ Javier Moreno (Movistar Team) - +0'01"
3/ Ben Hermans (Radioshack-Leopard-Trek)
4/ Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - +0'04"
5/ Tom Wellens (Lotto Belisol)

General classification

The general classification was completely shaken up after this second stage. Here's the new top 5:

1/ Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - 6h19'32"
2/ Javier Moreno (Movistar Team) - +0'05"
3/ Ben Hermans (Radioshack-Leopard-Trek) - +0'07"
4/ Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-Merida) - +0'14"
5/ Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team)

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King of the Mountain classification

The result on top of Corkscrew Road also gave quite some changes in the top of the KOM classification:

1/ Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - 16 points
2/ Javier Moreno (Movistar Team) - 12 points
3/ Jordan Kerby (UniSA-Australia) - 10 points

door Thomas Vergouwen
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