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January 18/17 8:55 am - Tour Down Under: Stage 2


Posted by Editoress on 01/18/17
 

Richie Porte claimed the win on stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under with a solo attack at the base of the Paracombe climb.
 
Porte crossed the line 16 seconds in front of Gorka Izagirre (Movistar Team) and Esteban Chaves (ORICA-Scott) to claim the leader's ochre jersey with a 20 second advantage ahead of the final four stages.
Mike Woods finished ninth, in the chase group lead by Rohan Dennis (BMC) that finished nineteen seconds behind Porte.
 
Porte's victory is his fourth stage win at the Santos Tour Down Under and the first time he has worn the ochre jersey.  Woods sits sixteenth in the overall at twenty-nine seconds back.
 
The 148.5km stage started with five laps of a circuit around Stirling where Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar Team) launched a solo attack after the first lap and gained a five-minute advantage.
 
The peloton picked up the pace after exiting the circuit and caught Sutterlin in the final 40km, making way for the battle for position on the approach to the Paracombe climb.
 
Porte's BMC Racing Team teammates brought him to the front and as the peloton reached the base of the climb, Porte put the hammer down and made a solo move.
 
As he reached the halfway point of the climb, Porte had stretched out his advantage and upon crossing the line had a comfortable lead over his General Classification rivals.


How it developed
At the start of the stage it took a little time for the race to warm up. But ten kilometres into the first circuit Czech rider Ondrej Cink (Bahrain - Merida) and 2011 Tour champion Cameron Meyer (UniSA-Australia) launched the first attack of the day.

They rode out to a 35 second lead before the ORICA-SCOTT team upped the tempo on the front of the bunch to reel them in ahead of the first iiNet intermediate sprint at Heathfield (24km).

However it was Team SKY's Ben Swift who pounced for the points and the three second time bonus ahead of Australian Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sean de Bie of Lotto-Soudal.

German Jasha Sutterlin broke clear soon after the sprint and the bunch was content to let the Movistar rider go. By the 50 kilometre mark he was 4:30 ahead but as he approached the 65 kilometre mark for the second iiNet sprint of the day, again at Heathfield, his lead was diminishing. Sutterlin nabbed the points with Michael Kolar second across the line with his Bora-Hansgrohe team mate Rudiger Selig behind him in third.

The bunch settled down after the sprint allowing Sutterlin’s lead to stretch out past four minutes again as he raced over the last of the five laps. But any hopes of him staying clear were dashed as the peloton hit top speed and 20 minutes later reeled him in.

“It wasn't exactly part of a team plan that I'd go away solo but nobody went and nobody came across so I ended up alone,” said Sutterlin who, for his efforts, was named the Most Competitive Rider of the day. “I kept going until about 30km before the finish and then I just did my best to hold the wheels in the peloton and help my team-mates.”

That set the race up for a thrilling finale as the peloton swept down the long, twisting descent of Norton Summit Road.

Mads Pedersen came unstuck on the way down but the Trek-Segefredo rider was soon back on his bike. As the race headed into the final 20 kilometres Rohan Dennis needed a new wheel which put a spoke in his hopes of repeating his 2015 win in Paracombe but with support from Miles Scotson he rejoined the race soon after and recovered to place fourth on the stage 19 seconds behind BMC Racing team mate Porte.

The Subaru King of the Mountain contest of the day was a short, steep 1.6 kilometre Category 2 climb that crested 400 metres from the stage finish line and it was Porte who collected the points on his way through ahead of Chaves. That means Porte also leads the Subaru KOM classification.



 
Interview with Richie Porte
 
Richie, you've taken your first win for 2017. How does it feel?
 
"The BMC Racing Team boys were just incredible this morning. They really looked after me the whole day and it's nice to win on Paracombe. It's good to get a win already this season and now we'll try and defend this jersey."
 
Talk us through the lead up to the final climb.
 
"We started with the five laps around Stirling. We didn't really race it that hard which is a bit of a shame but at the end of the day I think I have a good gap on the General Classification. I know it's not over with a few quite hard stages remaining. The team are fantastic and strong so I'm quite confident."
 
How confident were you on that climb?
 
"I know I've got good climbing legs and I didn't really want to wait around so to be able to ride away like that gives me good confidence. I knew I had to back myself and I knew I had the form to do it. But to take the time I did, it's a good position to be in. I might have to sacrifice the Willunga stage on Saturday to defend my lead if I still have the jersey. There's some stressful days coming up so we won't be counting our chickens until they hatch. We'll take it as it comes."
 
How does this win compare to others in your career?
 
"It's incredible to wear the ochre jersey at the biggest race in Australia. I'd love to win it. I enjoyed today and the work that the BMC Racing Team guys did for me today was just absolutely incredible. I did a lot of training in the off season for this climb. I made a mess of it two years ago so to come back and make amends like this is just a dream."
 
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director:
 
"It was a perfect day. It wasn't an easy day though and the approach of the climb was really hard, especially to keep Richie in front. It was a big fight like in a sprint to do this. Our plan was to have the guys keep Richie in front and then Richie didn't wait too long and he went immediately on the climb, which is what he wanted to do."
 
"We are confident. Richie has showed his strength on the climbs. But we can't relax, we need to stay focused and race well like today. The team is strong, motivated and we need to keep going like this until Sunday."
Reports by BMC and TDU (edited)



Results from the second stage in Australia

 

Stage 2: Stirling to Paracombe, 148.5 km
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3:46:06
2 Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar Team at 0:16
3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott s.t.
4 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:19
5 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
7 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
8 Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia
9 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac
10 Luis León Sánchez (Esp) Astana Pro Team
11 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia
12 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
13 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team
14 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
15 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
16 Rafael Valls (Esp) Lotto Soudal
17 Enric Mas (Esp) Quick-Step Floors
18 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
19 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
20 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin all s.t.
21 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ 0:29
22 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:30
23 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 0:35
24 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
25 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
26 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
27 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
28 Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-Australia
29 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia
30 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida
31 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
32 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
33 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
34 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac all s.t.
35 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:47
36 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team 0:50
37 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
38 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott both s.t.
39 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:55
40 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:57
41 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors
42 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott
43 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
44 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
45 José Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team
46 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
47 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
48 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors all s.t.
49 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 1:06
50 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal s.t.
51 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:21
52 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
53 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01
54 James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal s.t.
55 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 1:26
56 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
57 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:34
58 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
59 Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia
60 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu Dhabi all s.t.
61 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 1:48
62 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team s.t.
63 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 2:06
64 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
65 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2:18
66 Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ 2:24
67 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2:25
68 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 2:52
69 Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 2:59
70 Víctor de la Parte (Esp) Movistar Team 3:16
71 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:21
72 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal s.t.
73 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 3:28
74 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 3:31
75 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
76 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:42
77 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 3:57
78 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team s.t.
79 Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 3:59
80 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
81 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 4:16
82 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Esp) Katusha-Alpecin 4:50
83 Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step Floors 5:33
84 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6:01
85 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team
86 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo both s.t.
87 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team 6:03
88 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 6:57
89 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 7:08
90 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 7:17
91 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ 7:33
92 Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
93 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 8:27
94 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
95 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Esp) Movistar Team
96 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
97 Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-Australia
98 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida all s.t.
99 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 9:23
100 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team s.t.
101 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 9:28
102 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida s.t.
103 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott 10:17
104 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott
105 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
106 Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac all s.t.
107 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb 10:56
108 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 10:59
109 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 11:01
110 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
111 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 11:23
112 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
113 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
114 Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
115 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) BMC Racing Team
116 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
117 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
118 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
119 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
120 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
121 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
122 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
123 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
124 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky all s.t.
125 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 11:51
126 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 13:13
127 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky s.t.
128 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 14:41
129 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky 14:51
130 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 17:15
131 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb
132 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo both s.t.
 
GC
1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 7:10:14
2 Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar Team at 0:20
3 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott 0:22
4 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:24
5 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data 0:27
6 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 0:29
7 Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia
8 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
9 Luis León Sánchez (Esp) Astana Pro Team
10 Rafael Valls (Esp) Lotto Soudal
11 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
12 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
14 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
15 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
16 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac
17 Enric Mas (Esp) Quick-Step Floors
18 Michael Storer (Aus) UniSA-Australia
19 Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin
20 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team all s.t.
21 Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ 0:39
22 Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:40
23 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:45
24 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
25 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
26 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
27 Lucas Hamilton (Aus) UniSA-Australia
28 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
29 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
30 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
31 Jai Hindley (Aus) UniSA-Australia
32 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida
33 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
34 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors all s.t.
35 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:57
36 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:58
37 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 1:00
38 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team s.t.
39 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 1:05
40 Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors 1:07
41 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
42 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
43 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
44 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott
45 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
46 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
47 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
48 José Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team all s.t.
49 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 1:14
50 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 1:16
51 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:31
52 Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin s.t.
53 Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:34
54 James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal s.t.
55 Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 1:36
56 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
57 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 1:41
58 Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:43
59 Samuel Jenner (Aus) UniSA-Australia 1:44
60 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team s.t.
61 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida 1:58
62 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team s.t.
63 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 2:16
64 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
65 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2:28
66 Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ 2:34
67 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 2:35
68 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb 3:02
69 Cameron Meyer (Aus) UniSA-Australia 3:09
70 Víctor de la Parte (Esp) Movistar Team 3:26
71 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:31
72 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal s.t.
73 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 3:38
74 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 3:41
75 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
76 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 3:52
77 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 4:07
78 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team s.t.
79 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi 4:09
80 Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi s.t.
81 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 4:26
82 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Esp) Katusha-Alpecin 5:00
83 Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step Floors 5:43
84 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 6:08
85 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 6:11
86 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal s.t.
87 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team 6:13
88 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 7:18
89 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin 7:27
90 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data 7:37
91 Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ 7:43
92 Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
93 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 8:37
94 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
95 Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Esp) Movistar Team
96 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
97 Callum Scotson (Aus) UniSA-Australia all s.t.
98 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb 9:27
99 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott 9:28
100 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team 9:33
101 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
102 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida 10:01
103 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 10:27
104 Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac s.t.
105 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 11:07
106 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 11:10
107 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott 11:17
108 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb 11:21
109 Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 11:22
110 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 11:33
111 Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Abu Dhabi
112 Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
113 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
114 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) BMC Racing Team
115 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
116 Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
117 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky
118 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
119 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
120 Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe all s.t.
121 Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data 11:59
122 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12:01
123 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:23
124 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 13:23
125 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 13:55
126 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 14:02
127 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 14:51
128 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky 14:55
129 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb 17:25
130 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo s.t.
131 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team 18:26
132 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 21:00

 

 

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