The 148-kilometer second stage of the Tour Down Under between Lobethal and Stirling became a true solo adventure for William Clarke (UniSA), who embarked on the first mile of today’s stage . With him, he initially had Martin Kohler (BMC), and the duo earned a lead of over 11 minutes, as the field could not agree on a controlled pursuit.
For tactical reasons, Kohler (BMC) fell en route to the field, leaving Clarke (UniSA) in something of a kamikaze mission. But Australia held to the finish line and took the second stage of the race in the best possible way.
“It was a really exciting day. The large crews could not agree in time on a persecution, and they realized that the man in front was too strong. He deserved the victory to that extent. Our boys worked well together and our captains are in good shape. We tried to get some time for Luke (Roberts) and an eighth place is ok, but we have some hard work to do if we are going to get a good overall result back home, ”
Team Saxo Bank told Bradley McGee after the stage.
Team Saxo Bank captain Luke Roberts today moved up to a tenth place, while teammate Jonathan Cantwell is number eight overall. Both are the 12 seconds behind the leading rider, Martin Kohler (BMC).