Gerrans Stays In The Lead After Stage 2 Of Tour Down Under

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Updated: January 22, 2014

Australian cyclist Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) has started in good fashion in his native Australia for the 2014 edition of ‘The Tour Down Under’.

The winner of the Australian Open Road Race has marked his intentions of winning this race for a third time after winning the 135 kilometre stage.

 

He won the first stage of The Tour in 3 hours 20 minutes and 34 seconds just ahead of German sprinter, Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol). The Australian came out on top on an uphill sprint which was just a bit too awkward for the German.

The German stated afterwards that the stage was not suited to his style, although he did finish second.

Australian, David Tanner, was ruled out of the race after stage 1 when involved in a crash that consequently broke his collarbone.

The Junior World Road Champion in 2006 and 2007, Diego Ulissi (Lampre), claimed victory on the second stage in  by jumping  just ahead of Gerrans and Evans (BMC Racing) near the end on the uphill finish.

Gerrans managed to gain time on everyone except for Ulissi, who closed the gap to 7 seconds.

General Classification 

1. Simon Gerran (AUS) (Orica GreenEdge) 7 h 12’31”

2. Diego Ulissi (ITA) (Lampre) +7”

3. Andre Greipel (GER) (Lotto-Belisol) +11”

4. Cadel Evans (AUS) (BMC Racing) +13”

5. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA) (Astana) +17”

 

Article written by Seb True

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