Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) rocketed past Deceuninck-Quickstep’s Sam Bennett to grab is second stage victory at the Tour Down Under. Richie Porte retains the ochre jersey for Trek-Segafredo but his lead is cut in half to three seconds as Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) grabbed time at both intermediate sprints.
Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) stormed away on the final climb to take victory by five seconds from Team Sunweb’s Robert Power and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). The addition of a ten second win bonus gives the Tasmanian a six second lead over defending champion Daryl Impey with two stages to come.
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.