Stage 2 into Stirling was a scorcher and Adam Hansen put in a valiant solo effort for over a hundred kilometres before being reeled in by the 196-strong peloton. A crash in the final kilometre halted the momentum of all but a few, and in the end it was well positioned QLD youngster Jay McCarthy who put in a leg-burning attack to claim his first World Tour stage win by the smallest of margins.
Stage 3 is very important for those who dream of winning the entire race. Tricky terrain lies ahead of the departure from Glenelg and it can't be underestimated. The riders will tackle Corkscrew road six kilometres before the finish in Campbelltown, and it's a climb that is notorious for cross-winds. A cross wind can wreak havoc on a peloton by splitting them all up. If the serious contenders, like Dennis, Bobridge, Thomas and co, aren't at the front, it can spell the end of the race in a heartbeat.
Prime viewing will be anywhere along Corkscrew road. Watch out for defending champion Rohan Dennis, he'll be up against British hopeful Geraint Thomas from Team Sky. Another to look out for is little known Patrick Bevin (number 53 from Cannondale Pro Cycling), he currently holds the record for the fastest ascent up Corkscrew and could be a surprise packet.
EcoCaddy Pro Tip:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC)
2. Geraint Thomas (SKY)
3. Patrick Bevin (CPT)
Results Stage 3:
1. Simon Gerrans (OGE)
2. Rohan Dennis (BMC)
3. Michael Woods (CAN)
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