Maryborough’s Jay McCarthy has claimed victory and the Young Rider Jersey in a nail biting sprint finish in stage two of the Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide today.
The 23-year-old was marked as a favourite in this year’s line-up, with seven wins under his belt in his young career and recently placing fifth at the Australian National Championships.
Riding in much milder conditions than yesterday, cyclists took to the course this morning, cycling from Unley to picturesque Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
There was no easing into the race, with four riders making an early attack in the opening minutes – Belgium’s Thomas De Gendt, Italy’s Manuele Boaro, Yoann Offredo of France and Australia’s Patrick Lane claiming the first of two iiNet sprints.
Following this strong start, it was Australia’s Adam Hanson who turned heads, climbing into first place at the 31km mark.
Hansen was joined by fellow Australians Simon Gerrans and Caleb Ewan at the front in the second iiNet sprint, with the trio claiming the points up for grabs, which added to Ewan’s Stage One win yesterday.
Hanson maintained a convincing lead through to the 114km point but lost it as the race came together towards the final lap.
A crash involving Orica-GreenEDGE riders Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey in the final 1km of the race made for a dramatic finish at the arch, with McCarthy claiming a narrow win in front of Italy’s Diego Ulissi in second and Adelaide’s Rohan Dennis in third.
It was a nail biting result, with McCarthy finishing the 132km course in a time of 3:26.40.
Europcar Australia is a major partner of the 2016 Santos Tour Down Under, with passion for the sport at both a grassroots and elite level that has seen the company support the event for three years running.
This year Europcar is proud to be sponsoring the Santos Tour Down Under Young Riders Jersey, reflecting its commitment to the sport’s up-and-coming riders and the growth of cycling domestically.
The beachside suburb of Glenelg is in the spotlight for Stage Three of the Santos Tour Down Under tomorrow, which will see the peloton travel through the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills.
On Stage Three riders will tackle the infamous Corkscrew Road climb before a fast decent and a tight turn to finish in Campbelltown.
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