Ewan Avoids Crashes To Win Tour Down Under Stage 2

Screen Shot 2020-01-22 at 7.12.54 AM.png

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan surged past defending Tour Down Under champion Daryl Impey to win the second stage and seize the overall race lead on Wednesday.

Join Pro to watch the 2020 Tour Down Under live and on-demand in Canada

Ewan, a three-time stage winner in last year's Tour de France, mastered the uphill finish in Stirling to claim the 135.8-kilometre second stage -- the first to run through the fire-ravaged district of Adelaide Hills -- for his Belgium team Lotto Soudal.

South Africa's Impey, chasing a third straight TDU title for Mitchelton-Scott, hung on for second and was boosted by a six-second time bonus with Australia's Cofidis rider Nathan Haas third.

Ewan bided his time in landscape lined by charred trees as his former Mitchelton-Scott team ratcheted up the pace on the final climb and the Australian unleashed a perfectly timed sprint to take the win by several bike lengths.

Ewan swept to the top of the race general classification ahead of first stage winner Sam Bennett with Impey one second behind in third.

Ewen's win followed Tuesday's first stage disappointment when he was out of position in the closing stages and came in a disappointing seventh.

"Yesterday things really didn't go to plan, and I think we spoke for about an hour in the room about what we could do, what we could do better," Ewan said.

"The (Lotto Soudal) boys did an absolutely perfect job today. They did everything I asked for. They brought me to the line in perfect position."

Impey was pleased to have gained a six-second time bonus and second in the stage to bolster his title hopes.

"We walk away with six seconds and to come second that's a pleasing result, especially after all of the hard work the guys did at the end there," Impey said.

"I have nine seconds now, it's a nice gap over some of the climbers but there's still a lot of guys in the bike race."

Irishman Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was near the front when the sprint cranked up in Wednesday's stage but faded out of the top 10.

The stage, which went through some of the areas badly affected by the recent bushfires where properties were destroyed and a person was killed, was marred by a crash in the final two kilometres that took down Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), among others.

"I banged my knee a bit, but all okay," Porte said of the pile-up.

"The guys were awesome, really impressive today, and that bids well for tomorrow. I am really happy to see where we're at and riding so well as a team."

Viviani could be seen with large patches of road rash, but was walking around after the finish, while Yates was reported to have taken a heavy knock to his left knee and will be assessed before a decision on whether he continues in the race.

American Joey Rosskopf (CCC Team) claimed all the King of the Mountain climbing points to lead that classification.

Every Key Stage Of The 2020 Giro d'Italia

Courses And Contenders For The Giro d'Italia

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

The 2020 Giro d’Italia was originally intended to be an appealing parcours for riders who were targeting the Tokyo Olympics at the end of the season. A lot changed since the route was originally penned out, but the stages have remained largely the same.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Four Dark Horses Who Might Upset The Giro d'Italia Favorites

Tirreno Report: Can Yates Win The Giro?

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The 2020 Giro d’Italia is days away from beginning the second half of this jam-packed, exceptional racing season. Riders are facing the unknown, with very little recovery time, and isolation from family and friends in order to race. Limited access to the riders, empty finish lines, and scarce fans on roadsides have already made this season a historic one.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Five Big Favorites for the 2020 Giro d'Italia

Tirreno Report: Can Yates Win The Giro?

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The 103rd Giro d’Italia is set to launch this Saturday, October 3rd from its new departure location in Sicily. Organizer RCS Sport announced the revised route in July, a couple of months after the race was forced to postpone from its traditional dates in May due to Covid-19.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Men's Worlds: Nail-biting Ride For Victory In Imola

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

France's Julian Alaphilippe claimed his first world title in the men's road race on Sunday to fulfil his "career dream" of wearing the rainbow jersey.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Favorites And Underdogs - Men's 2020 World Championships Road Race

Worlds: Steep Climbs, Slick Tricky Descents

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The men’s 2020 World Championship road race will close the four days of elite competition in Imola, Italy. For some, it will be their first major competition since lockdown, while others will be arriving straight from France after a dramatic finish to the Tour de France. Who will have the advantage in Imola?

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Favorites And Underdogs - Women's 2020 World Championships Road Race

Worlds: Steep Climbs, Slick Tricky Descents

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The women’s 2020 racing season had only just begun before Covid-19 hit. Many of the riders had yet to race before being forced into quarantine with the rest of the pro peloton and the world. Now, after racing a short schedule -- Strade Bianche, La Course at the Tour de France and the Giro Rosa -- they face the Worlds road race.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Van der Breggen Wins World Time-Trial Gold As Dygert Crashes

Chloe Dygert 2020 World Championships

Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen finally struck gold after four consecutive silver medals in the women's individual time-trial as defending champion Chloe Dygert crashed out at the Road World Championships in Imola on Thursday.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

'Nothing To Hide': Tour de France Team Leader Quintana Denies Doping

Chasing The Pros: Roglic/Bernal?

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

The lead rider of a Tour de France team caught up in a doping investigation said he had "nothing to hide" after two unnamed members of the French outfit were briefly detained before being released.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

How To Watch The 2020 Giro d'Italia Live

null

Create a free account to unlock this video!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In

Kicking off with a 15.1 km time trial in Monreale on October 3rd, the 2020 Giro d'Italia is finally set to begin after a delay due to COVID-19. Notable riders that will participate in the race include Peter Sagan, 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Simon Yates, 2-time Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali, and many more. The 21-stage race will begin in Sicily before moving to the mainland and concluding in Milan on October 25th, 2020.

Recap: Pogacar Crowned Tour de France Champion, Bennett Wins Finale

Watch In Canada: Tour de France Stage 21

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Slovenian rookie Tadej Pogacar won the Tour de France on Sunday, riding triumphantly into Paris in the race leader's yellow jersey at just 21 years old.

Create a free account to unlock this article!

Get Started

Already a subscriber?  Log In