Spaniard Swoops to Win Tour Down Under 2nd Stage

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Adelaide, Australia, Jan 21, 2015 (AFP) – Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato Del
Valle swooped in the last 50 metres to win the second stage of the Tour Down
Under in the South Australian town of Stirling on Wednesday.

Lobato Del Valle came from 10th place in the closing stages to fly past
South African Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEdge) at the end of the long uphill
finish and win in 3hr 42min 24sec. His Movistar teammate Gorka Izaguirre
Insausti was third, just ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).

“It was a very difficult finish for me but I managed to come through
towards the end, and it’s a good win for the team,” Lobato Dell Valle said.
“We always come to this race with a great team, we like to ride well here
and it’s important for us to do well in the Tour Down Under.”

Australia’s Jack Bobridge rode in with the peloton to maintain his hold on
the ochre leader’s jersey after a day’s racing in perfect conditions on the
testing course around the Adelaide Hills.

From the inner-city Adelaide start the race stayed together until Cameron
Meyer (Orica GreenEDGE) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) broke clear after
18 kilometres. They were soon joined by Campbell Flakemore (BMC), with the
trio opening a lead of almost four minutes by the 62km mark. But unlike
Tuesday when the peloton mistimed the chase and let the breakaway stay clear
until the finish, this time the main teams were taking no chances.

The chase was organised by IAM and Team Sky and steadily reeled in the
leaders, catching them at the end of the second of two 20km laps around the
countryside surrounding Stirling.

– Glory bid –

Calvin Watson (Trek Factory Racing) and Danilo Wyss (BMC) broke clear at
the start of the last lap and stayed away for 10 kilometres, but they were
caught at the bottom of the long uphill finishing stretch into Stirling.

IAM tried to set the race up for sprinter Heinrich Hessler, but most of the
running was taken up by Garmin-Cannondale for Nathan Haas. With an average
speed of 43.5kmh over the last climb into Stirling, the peloton was soon broken
apart, but main general classification contenders Cadel Evans and Richie Porte
managed to hang on. Haas launched his bid for glory 400 metres out, but he was
caught by Impey, who looked certain to take the win until Lobato Del Valle’s
late surge.

Bobridge, 25, who now leads the Spaniard by three seconds overall, will
attempt to break the world one-hour record next week, but conceded that was
now under a cloud.
“I came here to look after the young guys (on the UniSA team) for general
classification, so this has thrown a spanner in the works,” he said.
“Now I’m in the (ochre) jersey I have to defend it as much as possible and
worry about the one-hour record next week.”

Thursday’s 143.2km third stage starts at Norwood and features a mountain
top finish at Paracombe.

Adelaide, Australia, Jan 21, 2015 (AFP) – Results after the 150.5-kilometre
second stage of the Tour Down Under from Unley to Stirling on Wednesday:

1. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (ESP – Movistar) 3hr 42min 24sec
2. Daryl Impey (RSA – Orica GreenEDGE) same time
3. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (ESP – Movistar) s.t
4. Tom Dumoulin (NED – Giant – Alpecin) s.t.
5. Cadel Evans (AUS – BMC) s.t.
6. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (ESP – Astana) s.t
7. Richie Porte (AUS – Sky) s.t
8. Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA – Lampre-Merida) s.t.
9. Nathan Haas (AUS – Cannondale-Garmin) s.t.
10. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA – AG2R La Mondial) s.t.
Selected
15. Geraint Thomas (GBR – Sky) s.t.
20. Jack Bobridge (AUS – UniSa) s.t.
129. Marcel Kittell (GER – Giant-Alpecin) at 13min 43sec

General Classification
1. Jack Bobridge (AUS – UniSa) 6hr 41min 55sec
2. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (ESP – Movistar) at 3 seconds
3. Lieuwe Westra (NED – Astana) +4
4. Daryl Impey (RSA – Orica GreenEDGE) +7
5. Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (ESP – Movistar) +9
6. Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA – Lampre-Merida) +13
7. Gianni Meersman (BEL – Etixx-Quick Step) s.t.
8. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA – AG2R La Mondial) s.t.
9.Nathan Haas (AUS – Cannondale-Garmin) s.t
10. Cadel Evans (AUS – BMC) s.t.
Selected
12. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (ESP – Movistar) s.t.
14. Richie Porte (AUS – Sky) s.t
16. Geraint Thomas (GBR – Sky) s.t
118. Marcel Kittell (GER – Giant-Alpecin) 13min 56sec

King of the Mountains
1. Thomas De Gendt (BEL – Lotto Soudal) 10 points
2. Campbell Flakemore (AUS – BMC) 6 pts
3. Cameron Meyer (AUS – Orica GreenEDGE) 4pts

Sprint
1. Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (ESP – Movistar) 24 points
2. Jack Bobridge (AUS – UniSa) 20 pts
3. Daryl Impey (RSA – Orica GreenEDGE) 20 pts

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