A tricky stage with a testing finish tempted out those with a penchant for an uphill sprint. The stage and race lead went to Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan who closed down and passed defending champion Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) on the run to the line. Nathan Haas (Cofidis) held for third. Unfortunately, a crash inside the last 3km left some race hopefuls with more than a bruise or two.
Stage 2: Woodside to Stirling, 135.8km
A rolling day with plenty of opportunity for grabbing those all important bonus seconds ensured all those with race winning ambitions stayed on the alert. After Ewan’s disappointment yesterday, the Aussie pocket-rocket timed his sprint to perfection today to repeat his triumph from 2018. Just like last time Impey could not get the better of Ewan but picked up enough bonus seconds to ensure he stays in contention for the ochre jersey. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) made it over the harder climbs, but faded on the run to the line.
It’s one of those days that can go either way; it can be a sprinter like me getting to the finish and winning, or it can be guys like Daryl Impey. It ended up being a pretty mixed podium, with Daryl second and Nathan Haas third. Those guys are a real puncheurs, whereas I’m more of a pure sprinter. It’s one of those exciting kinds of stages, and it’s really hard to pick it before the start.
A touch of wheels at 1.5km to go left many riders on the tarmac.
We wish them a speedy return to full health and race fitness.
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