After the anticipated high-speed finish on Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under, Stage 2, from Unley to Stirling, is a little harder to predict. Ahead of the riders today is a 132km route that takes them through what are probably your regular weekend cycle locations, like Crafers, Bridgewater and Aldgate. The riders will complete five laps of the circuit around Stirling, so once again, if you're keen to see the riders as many times as possible (without scurrying off to the car and somehow speeding ahead through an intricate set of check points) then Stirling and the surrounding areas is the prime spot.
The loop around Stirling can, as it has in the past, provide a sniff of a stage win for the ambitious breakaway hopefuls a la UniSA's Will Clarke in 2012.
Provided the peloton are on the front foot and ready to catch any riders out in the front, this should be a sprint finish. It does get tricky though, because it is a slight uphill finish and that means that the pure sprinters will be exerting more energy faster, so timing will be of the utmost importance. It's hard to go past Caleb Ewan who is in sensational form, but keep an eye out for the likes of Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar & Ben Swift of Team Sky.
EcoCaddy Pro Tip:
1. Caleb Ewan (OGE)
2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV)
3. Ben Swift (SKY)
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Stage 2 Results:
1. Jay McCarthy (TNK)
2. Diego Ulissi (LAM)
3. Rohan Dennis (BMC)
Ewan & Swift were both dropped before the final sprint and a big crash in the lead in split the field, but Jay McCarthy put in an amazing effort.