After a hot day on the tracks, Michelton-SCOTT has taken the Stirling Stage of the Tour Down Under with Caleb Ewan arriving first over the line ahead of his teammate, Daryl Impey.
After an almighty uphill sprint in the final 200m, Ewan was able to win an epic 148km stage after four hours.
The result means that Ewan now holds three jerseys (the ochre, sprint and young rider jersey) as he heads into Stage 3 from Glenelg to Victor Harbor today.
BORA-hansgrohe riders Jay McCarthy and Peter Sagan finished third and fourth respectively. The scorching finish from the Mitchelton-SCOTT duo capped a day where the peloton bade its time, while a lone warrior pushed ahead through the Adelaide Hills.
With temperatures clicking over 34 in Unley for the neutral start, the race was a near-copy of Tuesday’s first stage, with a breakaway forging ahead while the peloton waited back for its final attack.
Ewan’s win sets up another intriguing battle for today’s Big Screen Video Stage 3, having won the stage last year and being a top-three finisher in the three sprint battles so far this year.
The peloton will make its way out of Glenelg for the Big Screen Video Stage 3 at 11:00am today, with an expected finish in Victor Harbor at 2:53pm.
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