Australian cyclist Richie Porte (BMC) has won stage two of the Santos Tour Down under after a strong showing up the ascent of Paracombe. It comes after having raced nine editions of the race and four previous stage victories.
Porte, 31, attacked with 10KM to go closely followed by Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) and Columbian crowd favourite Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) yet the pair were no match for Porte’s strength and pace up the climb. He now leads the race 20 and 22 seconds clear of Izaguirre and Chavez respectively. A comfortable 25 degrees compared to the scorching 40+ recorded on stage
one, the 148KM stage began in the Adelaide Hills town of Stirling with a five lap circuit before the ride into Paracombe.
“I think I’ve got a good gap on general classification,” Porte told media following the stage. “I know it’s not over, a few quite hard stages, but the guys, the team are fantastically strong. So you know, I’m quite confident.”
The race continues today into seaside town Victor Harbour with Porte in Ochre.
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