Wednesday 21 January 2015 at 09h17

The stage between Unley and Stirling in the Santos Tour Down Under 2015 was promised to the sprinters and the victory was indeed decided in a sprint today. Juan José Lobato of the Movistar Team turned out to be the fastest and wins this second stage of the Tour Down Under 2015.
Jack Bobridge keeps the ochre leader's jersey of the general classification, with a 3 seconds gap on Lobato.

The summary of the second stage of the Tour Down Under 2015: Unley > Stirling

Despite a big number of attempts in the 20 first kilometers, a group of 3 riders really got away from the peloton only at that point. Those riders were Campbell Flakemore (BMC Racing Team), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEDGE).

Their gap reaches its maximum value in the only difficulty of the day, Basket Range after 29.8 kilometers in the race, at 3'35". On the top of the climb, Thomas de Gendt takes the points ahead of Flakemore. At the first intermediate sprint it's again Thomas de Gendt which crosses the line first and the gap oscillates between 3 minutes and 3'15". About fifty kilometers further, De Gendt shows that he liked crossing the line first and he again takes second intermediate sprint.

At the entrance on the final circuit which the riders did two times, the gap of the breakaway is still 2'15" but the IAM Cycling team works hard to bring it down. Thomas de Gendt is the first to abandon his efforts and gets taken back by the peloton and when the riders get on the second lap of the circuit the two other breakaway riders are taken back as well.

Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) and Calvin Watson (Trek Factory Racing) give it a try but at 10 kilometers from the finish, this new leading duo is also taken back.

The whole bunch thus rolls on towards the finish and that's where Juan José Lobato turns out to be the fastest in the sprint.

The classification of the second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under 2015


The classification of the stage Unley > Stirling

Here's the top 10 of this stage:

1/ Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar Team) - 3h42'24"
2/ Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE)
3/ Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team)
4/ Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin)
5/ Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)
6/ Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team)
7/ Richie Porte (Team Sky)
8/ Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida)
9/ Nathan Haas (Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team)
10/ Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale)

The general classification after the second stage

Jack Bobridge, the winner of the first stage yesterday keeps the lead in the general classification, where Juan José Lobato jumps up thanks to the bonus seconds he obtained by winning this second stage. Here's the top 5 of the general classification:

1/ Jack Bobridge (UniSA Australia) - 6h41'55"
2/ Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team) - +0'03"
3/ Lieuwe Westra (Astana Pro Team) - +0'04"
4/ Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) - +0'07"
5/ Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar Team) - +0'09"

Video summary of the 2nd stage of the Tour Down Under 2015

Tomorrow's stage: Norwood > Paracombe

Tomorrow, the riders will discover the third stage of the Santos Tour Down Under 2015, between Norwood and Paracombe, over a distance of 143.2 kilometers. After a climb early in the stage, the riders will find a hilly terrain including one in the circuit which they'll do 3 times. The finish will be uphill and the sprinters will thus probbaly not be able to win tomorrow. Check out the race route of the 3rd stage of the Tour Down Under 2015.

door Thomas Vergouwen
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