Tour Down Under 2017: Stage 2 victory Porte catapults him into ochre jersey
At148.5 kilometres, the stage from Stirling to Paracombe concluded with a steep closing climb. On the ramps of almost 10% Richie Porte hit it hard to crush his opponents and grab the leaders jersey. The Tasmanian finishes 16 seconds ahead of Gorka Izagirre and Esteban Chaves. (Slideshow route/profile)
Results 2nd stage 2017 Tour Down Under
1. Richie Porte (aus)
2. Gorka Izagirre (spa) + 0.16
3. Esteban Chaves (col) s.t.
4. Rohan Dennis (aus) + 0.19
5. Nathan Haas (aus) s.t.
6. Diego Ulissi (ita) s.t.
7. Ruben Guerreiro (por) s.t.
8. Michael Stored (aus) s.t.
9. Michael Woods (can) s.t.
10. Luis León Sánchez (spa) s.t.
38. Simon Gerrans + 0.50
GC after stage 2
1. Richie Porte (aus)
2. Gorka Izagirre (spa) + 0.20
3. Esteban Chaves (col) + 0.22
4. Jay McCarthy (aus) + 0.24
5. Nathan Haas (aus) + 0.27
6. Diego Ulissi (ita) + 0.29
7. Nathan Earle (aus) s.t.
8. Rohan Dennis (aus) s.t.
9. Luis León Sánchez (spa) s.t.
10. Rafael Valls (spa) s.t.
Ondřej Cink and Cameron Meyer are the first escapees on the opening circuit of Stirling. It doesn’t last and then Jasha Sütterlin jumps off the front to face to a 5 minutes lead.
After exciting the Stirling circuit Sütterlin’s goes down fast and with 40 kms remaing he is reeled in.
When the riders hit the closing climb Porte attack with Gorka Izagirre and Wilco Kelderman on his wheel. Behind them Esteban Chaves tries to bridge the gap. He gets to Izagirre though as the Spaniard is dropped by Porte, along with Kelderman, who winds up in a group behind them.
Porte powers on to take the win and the leaders jersey. Who will be able to threaten him this week?
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