Tour Down Under 2013: Stage two live race updates, blog

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    The 2013 Tour Down Under moves into the Adelaide Hills for today’s 116k second stage from Mount Barker to Rostrevor. We’ll have live updates from the race as it unfolds from 11.30am AEDT.

    German rider Andre Greipel and his Lotto-Belisol team scorched the opposition in yesterday’s 135km stage one, leaving the likes of Simon Gerrans and Philippe Gilbert with plenty of work to do for the remaining five stages of the event.

    Today’s stage is highlighted by the gruelling 2.4km climb up Corkscrew Hill, only 7km away from the stage finish, should see a reversal in fortunes.

    The stage is part of the SKODA King of the Mountain classification, which is currently led by young Australian rider Jordan Kerby, and will provide Gerrans and Gilbert the opportunity to move up from their respective positions of fourth and fifth in the general classification.

    The stage, which was described by Stuart O’Grady as the Tour Down Under’s own version of the Tour de France’s Alpe d’Huez, will reshape the general classification, and sprinters such as Greipel and Mark Renshaw will find themselves freefalling from their current GC positions of 1st and 3rd unless they’ve set themselves a goal to be amongst the winners of the GC – which is unlikely.

    The stage will features two sprint sections, at Echunga (32km) and Oakbank (72km), before the stage moves toward the aforementioned Corkscrew Hill at Montacute and finishes at Rostrevor.

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    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:49pm | ! Report

      So, at the conclusion of what has been an entertaining day of racing at the 2013 Tour Down Under, Geraint Thomas has claimed the stage win and the lead in the General Classification, and will wear the Ochre jersey when proceedings recommence for stage three tomorrow.

      Meanwhile, Tour Down Under favourites Phillippe Gilbert (BMC) and Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEDGE) have both had their GC chances dashed by a crash within the last 10km of the race and will find it extremely difficult to contend from here.

      Join The Roar tomorrow morning for continued comprehensive coverage of the 2013 Tour Down Under.

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:37pm | ! Report

      2013 Tour Down Under General Classification

      1. Thomas (SKY)
      2. Moreno +5
      3. Hermans +7
      4. Pietropolli +14
      5. Slagter +14
      6 J Izagirre +14
      7 G Izagirre +14
      8 Wellens +14
      9 Bauer +14
      10 Machado +14

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:26pm | ! Report

      Very very odd that in the ten minutes since the race has finished, we’ve not seen nor heard ANYTHING regarding the crash before the finish from the Channel Nine coverage.

      • Editor

        Chad Bennett said | 2:27pm | ! Report

        It is being widely reported that Phillippe Gilbert is definitely part of the crash, however.

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:25pm | ! Report

      2013 Tour Down Under Stage Two: Mt Barker to Rostrevor

      1 Thomas
      2 Moreno
      3 Hermans
      4 Slagter
      5 Wellens
      6 Pietropolli
      7 Bauer
      8 Kelderman
      9 Izagirre
      10 Bennett

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:20pm | ! Report

      “We’ll take it day by day, I came here wanting to win a stage, and I’ve done that…winning the GC would be a massive bonus”

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:20pm | ! Report

      “At one point I did think, ‘ what have I done, have a I gone too early….luckily that group came up and were willing to do a bit of the work”

    • Editor

      Chad Bennett said | 2:18pm | ! Report

      Paul Sherwin now interviewing Thomas:

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