New Zealander Patrick Bevin has enjoyed his first professional World Tour win, has earned the Santos Ochre Leader’s jersey, and delivered the maiden victory for his CCC Team.
It was a chaotic finish to Stage 2 in Angaston with a crash in the final kilometre slowing many riders and affecting the sprint.
As riders recovered from the crash former TDU winner Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) led the combatants around the final bend. With Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan close by, Bevin passed Sanchez and went on to claim the historic win.
Bevin now leads the General Classification from Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Ewan, Walscheid (Sunweb) and Zakharov (Astana) all nine seconds back.
Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia) leads the Subaru King of the Mountains classification after again taking maximum points on Wednesday’s stage, while Viviani will slip back into the sprint jersey. Ewan is the new southaustralia.com Best Young Rider.
To The Hills For Stage 3
Thursday’s 146km Stage 3 launches from Lobethal at 11:00am into a challenging six kilometre hills circuit that finishes in Uraidla.
From Lobethal, the peloton will complete one loop through Charleston and nearby Woodside before setting out for a Subaru King of the Mountain Challenge at Fox Creek. From there, it makes its way through Forest Range south towards Summertown, where the riders complete six loops of the Uraidla, Piccadilly and Summertown townships before finishing in Uraidla.
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Courtesy of Santos Tour Down Under.