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Tour Down Underneath stage 2 – Stay protection

Tour Down Underneath stage 2 – Stay protection


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Isaac Del Toro (UAE Staff Emirates) takes the win! 

Counter by Del Toro and he goes throughout and excessive of Simmons and Tronchon.

1.4km to go. Tronchon’s teammate is attempting to dam on the entrance however the chase is full on.

No scarcity of riders accelerating within the peloton. A lot of assaults to attempt to catch the duo off the entrance.

3km to go

Becoming a member of Simmons within the late race assault is Bastien Tronchon. The hole is opening.

Counter by Simmons who will get a small hole with a Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale rider. 

Israel Premier-Tech on the entrance of a reasonably large group which incorporates Ewan. 

Plapp and Narvaez are caught with 5km to go and a pause within the motion. 

Plapp accelerates to attempt to eliminate Narvaez, however the Ecuador sticks on his wheel and Plapp refuses to work with him.

Del Toro and Fisher-Black get collectively within the chase with 7km to go. Peloton splintered. 

Plapp and Narvaez have a niche on the descent off Fox Creek. Just a few riders attempting to get throughout the 10-second hole.

Alaphilippe can’t sustain and swings off. Plapp continues to push with Narvaez on his wheel. Welsford is in hassle off the again.

The peloton is stretching the breaking level.  Plapp assaults, Alaphilippe on his wheel then Narvaez.

The Australian Nationwide crew has misplaced their place on the entrance. They’re been changed by BORA-hansgrohe as they head onto the steeper slopes. Soudal Fast-Step pushes the tempo as soon as towards.

10km to go

Groups conserving the tempo as excessive as they’ll go on Fox Creek Climb.

Sprinters Welsford and Bauhaus are in the midst of the sphere which is tightly packed, preventing for place.

Israel Premier-Tech transferring up on the left. Groupama-FDJ within the center, Soudal-QuickStep coming ahead with Alaphilippe.

Groups massing on the entrance, on the slopes of Fox Creek Climb. Girmay, third yesterday, is sitting behind a teammate near the entrance. 

15km to go which incorporates the ultimate time up Fox Creek Climb. Ewan is holding behind the peloton., making no try to maneuver forwards.

Ewan is chasing solo within the automobiles, no teammates to assist him. He needed to burn matches however he catches again on the strung out area.

Ewan stops by the facet of the street, takes his laptop off his bike and shortly will get a brand new bike. 

20km to go

And the catch is made! Burns and Van Der Lee spent over 120km off the entrance.

Ewan retains trying down at his chain. He’s behind the peloton, speaking to his crew on the radio.

The chase is on!

LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 17 Detailed view of koala bear signal while the peloton compete during the 24th Santos Tour Down Under 2024 Stage 2 a 1416km stage from Norwood to Lobethal 413m UCIWT on January 17 2024 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Underneath the impetus of the contemporary legs of Leo Hayter of Ineos Grenadiers, the hole is coming down shortly.  Hepburn who did all of the pulling for Jayco is finished and pulled out of the road.

Burns and Van Der Lee are pushing on, all in on the entrance. Issues are ramping up within the peloton. Ineos Grenadiers add a rider to the chasing energy together with BORA-hansgrohe and Jayco-AlUla. Many of the different groups haven’t their nostril within the wind, and are ready to pounce.  Hole all the way down to 1 minute with 25km to go.

30km to go

Hepburn and Maciejuk have completed yeoman’s work to maintain it regular however the chase is ramping up. The hole to Burns and Van Der Lee is now 1:36.

The pair of escapees, working collectively properly, cross the end line to begin the third and remaining loop which can embody yet another time up Fox Creek Climb. Hole of two minutes.

Duo rejoins on the entrance however they’re dropping time to the peloton who has not began the chase in earnest. Hole all the way down to 2:28 with 40km to go.

The 2 riders are using alongside one another, and Van Der Lee fights for the factors however Burns passes him so as to add factors to his KOM lead. What’s Burns considering after he waited for Van Der Lee? Cheeky. 

1km to the highest of the KOM, and for the primary time in hours the hole is below the 3-minute mark.

3km to the Fox Creek KOM. Van Der Lee is attempting to make it again to Burns and is on the bumper of the impartial automotive. Burns was ready, and they’re again collectively off the entrance. 

Viviani who made his manner again to the sphere after getting a brand new bike referred to as for his crew automotive to tighten his cleats.

Van Der Lee put his hand up for a softening entrance tire. A mechanic is out to vary the wheel, and that would doom the breakaway. After which, he needed to make his manner across the impartial automotive. He misplaced about one minute.

Luke Burns, who’s racing for the Australian Nationwide Staff on the Tour Down Underneath, is a part of Staff BridgeLane. As a UCI Continental crew, BridgeLane can’t compete in a WorldTour race. 

Burns battled it out with Luke Plapp on the Tour of Shiny – The day that Luke Plapp and Sarah Gigante broke Mount Buffalo.

50km to go

Regular course of with Jayco-AlUla’s Hepburn and BORA-hansgrohe’s Maciejuk setting the tempo on the entrance of the peloton.  Hole of three:21 to the pair of escapees Burns and Van Der Lee. 

Jayco-AlUla’s Chris Harper can be chasing again within the convoy of automobiles. A great deal of riders within the convoy after a nature break.

Mechanical for Elia Viviani who calmly will get a brand new bike from his INEOS Grenadiers automotive. 

64km to go, and we’re again to the sooner formation. Van Der Lee and Burns off the entrance with 3:10 lead on the sphere led by Jayco-AlUla’s Hepburn and BORA-hansgrohe’s Maciejuk.

Outcomes of second intermediate dash:

1- Jordi Van Der Lee (EF Training-EasyPost)

2- Luke Burns (Australia)

3- Caleb Ewan (Jayco-AlUla)

Battle as soon as once more for the remaining bonus second. Cut up within the peloton which is full leadout mode. Cakleb Ewan beats Del Toro, who slipped his chain, for third place within the intermediate dash. 

Van Der Lee rolls by way of the intermediate line first, adopted by Burns who’s tucked in his wheel.

Lower than 1km to the second intermediate dash and the beginning of the second loop as they cross the end line in Lobethal. Hole holding at 3:27

75km to go

Peloton is climbing at a gradual tempo, 3:14 behind the breakaway duo. Nobody from the peloton goes for the remaining KOM factors. 

Burns jumps first at 200 metres to go and takes high factors to extend his digital lead within the KOM classification, forward of Van Der Lee.  

2km to go to the highest of the KOM, Burns is setting the tempo within the breakaway with Van Der Lee on his wheel as they face a headwind.

Fox Creek Climb which the riders will sort out 3 times, is 1.63km lengthy with a mean gradient of 8,8% and max of 17.8%. KOM factors are for grabs the primary two instances they climb up.

Peloton is on the decrease slopes of Fox Creek Climb, with about 5km to the highest of the KOM. Hole to the two riders off the entrance at 3:30 with Maciejuk and Hepburn setting the tempo.

‘The brand new Sam, he’s a powerhouse’: Danny Van Poppel compares Bora-Hansgrohe teammate and stage 1 winner Sam Welsford to Kittel, Greipel 

LOBETHAL AUSTRALIA JANUARY 17 LR Sam Welsford of Australia and Team BORA Hansgrohe Orange Santos Leaders Jersey and Diego Ulissi of Italy and UAE Team Emirates compete during the 24th Santos Tour Down Under 2024 Stage 2 a 1416km stage from Norwood to Lobethal 413m UCIWT on January 17 2024 in Lobethal Australia Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Change of ways on the entrance. BORA-hansgrohe places a rider on the entrance to contribute to the chase, and the hole has been diminished to 4:39 with 96km to go.

100km to go

Nonetheless Hepburn setting the tempo on the entrance of the peloton in entrance on his entire crew and the stretched out area. Hole is holding at 5:08.

Outcomes of first intermediate dash:

1- Jordi Van Der Lee (EF Training-EasyPost)

2- Luke Burns (Australia)

3- Isaac Del Toro (UAE Staff Emirates)

The strung-out area goes by way of the end line to begin the primary of three 35km loops.

Luke Burns (Australia) and Jardi Christiaan Van Der Lee (EF Training-Easypost) within the breakaway of the day 

Luke Burns (Australia) and Jardi Christiaan Van Der Lee (EF Education-Easypost) in the breakaway of the day

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Full dash within the peloton for that all-important second on the intermediate dash with UAE Staff ADQ within the combine now. Confusion for the riders as to the place the road was, however Isaac Del Toro knew and acquired that one second.

Israel Premier-Tech, for Corbin Sturdy,  is transferring up behind Jayco within the lead-up to the intermediate dash.  Sturdy is on the wheel of Caleb Ewan. And we simply peeped Welsford just a few riders behind.

The escapees merely rolled by way of the intermediate dash in Woodside, they aren’t within the factors nor the time bonus seconds.

Lower than 3km to go to the primary intermediate dash of the day with factors and time bonus seconds on the road. With a niche of 5:24, Van Der Lee and Burns can be preventing for the primary and second place, however there’ll nonetheless be a one-second bonus up for grabs.

Michael Hepburn’s engine on the entrance of the Jayco-AlUla line on the entrance took one minute off the hole of the two-rider breakaway.  No different crew is keen on aiding within the chase. BORA-hansgrohe is using behind the Australian WorldTour crew, to guard the ochre jersey of Welsford.

Outcomes of first KOM:

1- Jordi Van Der Lee (EF Training-EasyPost)

2- Luke Burns (Australia)

3- Tristan Saunders (Australia) 

And Jayco-AlUla involves the entrance to set the tempo with the hole getting nearer and nearer to the 7-minute mark.

The duo off the entrance now have 6:23 lead on the peloton with 126km to go. Which crew will react first to manage the hole? 

Tristan Saunders (Australia) jumps from the sphere, adopted by a teammate, to nab the remaining KOM factors, defending Burns’ digital KOM lead.

The crew automotive for the Australian Nationwide crew is attempting to make it by way of the sphere to get to their essential within the breakaway, Luke Burns, on comparatively slender roads. 

200 meters to go. Burns was setting the tempo with 200 meters to go, however Van Der Lee accelerated at 100 meters to go. The Dutchman was extra explosive on the ultimate pitch as much as the road and can take most factors forward of the Australian.

With 1km to go to the highest of the primary KOM in Ashton, the two-man breakaway has over 4 minutes to the relaxed peloton.

137km to go

Duo of Burns and  Van Der Lee shortly established a 1:40 hole to the peloton as they climb to Ashton.  Each are racing the Tour Down Underneath for the primary time of their profession.

No response from the peloton which seems to be fairly relaxed and unconcerned by the assault of Burns (Australia) and Van Der Lee (EF Training-EasyPost). Burns sits third within the KOM classification, 2 factors out of the lead.

First man to assault is Luke Burns and he’s shortly adopted by Jardi Van Der Lee.

And we’re formally underway for stage 2 of Tour Down Underneath. Cooler climate – with a forecast high of 23 levels Celsius – on the crowded begin within the streets of Norwood at present.

Mechanical for Owain Doull (EF Training-EasyPost) who will get a brand new bike within the impartial.

Race director Stuart O’Grady is attempting to settle down the riders within the impartial part.   They may instantly begin the primary climb, the cat 2 Ashton is 10km lengthy, with a mean gradient of 5% and pitches as much as 17.8%. It ought to result in an aggressive begin.

“It is one for the basic specialists. I believe it is simply gonna be a bit bit too arduous within the final a part of the race for the pure sprinters as a result of that KOM up Fox Creek the final time over. It isn’t a part of the king of the mountains competitors, however a 1.5km climb with a most gradient 18% with eight kilometres to go, it is acquired climbers written throughout it to separate it.” – Robbie McEwen on at present’s stage.

The temperature could also be cooler at present however we’re in for an additional sizzling day of racing for the 139 riders within the area. The riders are rolling by way of the 5.1km impartial part on their technique to the official begin. 

Stage 2 of the Tour Down Underneath is about to begin in slightly below 5 minutes. Beginning in Norwood, the 141.6km route contains twists and turns throughout the Adelaide Hills, and ends with three 35km loops and two ascents of the Fox Creek Climb, a brief however super-steep climb set to be a launchpad for a number of assaults to take the win in Lobethal.

Welsford additionally leads the factors classification however will put on the ochre chief’s jersey. Second that classification,  Bauhaus will put on the blue dash jersey at present. Energetic within the break on stage 1, Louis Barré (Arkéa-B&B Motels) leads the mountain classification. Madis Mihkels (Intermarché-Wanty) completed ninth on stage 1 and now wears the white finest younger rider jersey.

Stage 1 winner Sam Welsford (Bora-Hansgrohe) leads the overall classification with 4 seconds on Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) and 6 seconds on Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty). Corbin Sturdy (Israel-Premier Tech) is in fourth place, seven seconds down after grabbing time bonus seconds within the two intermediate sprints yesterday.

Welcome to Cyclingnews’ stay protection of stage 2, from Norwood to Lobethal, of the Tour Down Underneath. The stage begins at 11:10am native time or 12:40am GMT and finishes roughly 4 hours later.



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