Overview

Santos Tour Down Under

Stage 2) Norwood - Angaston

AU Australia, Wednesday 16 January 2019
149 km

Tour Down Under: Viviani moves into the blue jersey

Tour Down Under: Viviani moves into the blue jersey

Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under began with Elia Viviani in the ochre jersey, a bonus which came together with his incredible win in Port Adelaide, where a memorable sprint that underlined the Italian’s fantastic skills catapulted him to the top of the general classification.

As soon as things got underway on Wednesday morning, Deceuninck – Quick-Step moved to the front of the peloton and controlled the three-men breakaway which went up the road and opened a three-minute lead only to be reabsorbed with more than 55 kilometers remaining, a rather unusual scenario which Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ) tried to speculate by going on the attack and establishing a two-minute buffer over the pack.

Same Rémi Cavagna – the day’s unsung hero – took over the reins in the bunch and put in an immeasurable effort that halved the Frenchman’s buffer with 20 kilometers to go and eventually resulted in the lone leader being brought to heel with three kilometers remaining.

A massive crash in the run-in to the finish line disrupted the lead-out trains, leaving only a dozen riders to fight for the stage honors. Overall leader Elia Viviani was among the ones to escape the incident, but had a lot of ground to make up, and this cost him in the closing meters, especially as the sprint was ignited early as a response to an attack of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana).

The one who took advantage of the chaos generated by the crash that occurred shortly after the peloton entered the last kilometer was Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), who at the end of the day grabbed both the stage victory and the ochre jersey.

Elia Viviani finished seventh and moved down to second in the overall standings ahead of stage 3, between Lobethal and Uraidla. Despite missing out on the chance of going for another win at the Tour Down Under, the Italian Champion kept his smile as he went on the podium to collect the blue jersey which rewards the leader of the points rankings.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
3:14:31
2 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
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5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
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7 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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8 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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9 Kiel Reijnen
Trek - Segafredo
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10 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
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18 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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91 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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98 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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100 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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122 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
6:34:03
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
0:09
4 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
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5 Artyom Zakharov
Astana Pro Team
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6 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
0:10
7 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
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8 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
0:11
9 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
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10 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
0:12
34 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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85 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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91 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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100 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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104 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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115 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24 pt
2 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
23 pt
3 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
22 pt
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
5 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
21 pt
6 Danny van Poppel
Team Jumbo-Visma
19 pt
7 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
15 pt
8 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
14 pt
9 Max Walscheid
Team Sunweb
14 pt
10 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
13 pt
1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
6:34:12
2 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
0:01
3 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
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4 Jakub Mareczko
CCC Team
0:02
5 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
0:03
6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain Merida
0:06
7 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Kristoffer Halvorsen
Team Sky
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9 Ryan Gibbons
Team Dimension Data
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10 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
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33 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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34 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jason Lea
UniSA-Australia
20 pt
2 Artyom Zakharov
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
3 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
4 pt
4 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
4 pt
5 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
2 pt
6 Manuele Boaro
Astana Pro Team
2 pt
1 UAE-Team Emirates 19:42:54
2 Groupama - FDJ ,,
3 Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
4 Team Katusha - Alpecin ,,
5 CCC Team ,,
6 Team Sky ,,
7 Team Sunweb ,,
8 Mitchelton-Scott ,,
9 Astana Pro Team ,,
10 AG2R La Mondiale ,,

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