Tour Down Under: Ewan wins stage 2 in Stirling

Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) got redemption for his stage 1 loss at the Tour Down Under, taking out the uphill stage 2 sprint Wednesday in Stirling ahead of teammate Daryl Impey and seizing the overall race lead as well.

Ewan was calm and comfortable as the peloton circled the loop around Stirling the last of three times, then he waited for Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to jump in the sprint before launching from is own lead-out and overtaking the world champion at the line. Impey also slipped past Sagan for second, with Sagan's teammate Jay McCarthy finishing third. Sagan missed the podium in fourth.

Ewan now leads the overall by 10 seconds over Impey and 12 seconds over Sagan and McCarthy.

"I heard on the radio that Greipel had been dropped on the last climb, so I’m happy to be back in ochre," Ewan said. "It’s just good to get that confidence back after the last few races."

Ewan lost to Sagan in the People's Choice Classic and fell to Greipel on stage 1, but he looked strong and confident during the stage 2 run to Stirling and then on the three 21km finishing circuits.

"I hid pretty well in the field," he said. "I've done this circuit before so I know where I can relax and when I need to be at the front. The boys did the same thing. We were relaxed when we could and went hard when we needed to."

The stage win and overall lead are huge prizes for Ewan, who wasn't sure that he'd be in position to contest the sprint after the climb to the finish.

"It was something we were all unsure about, whether I'd make it over the top," he admitted. "The boys put me in a perfect position again, and this team backed me 100 per cent even though some results haven't went perfect for us. So for them to back me on a stage that doesn't even suit me, it means a lot." 

The 148.6km stage from Unley to Stirling was contested under stifling conditions with temperatures above 30 degrees. That didn't deter the escape artists, however, and as soon as the lengthy 14km neutral roll out was over a group of four slipped away.

In the group were three riders who escaped on the previous stage: Will Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac), Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data) and Scott Bowden (UniSA-Australia). They were joined on this outing by Movistar neo-pro Jaimie Castrillo.

The peloton let the leaders build their gap out to more than six minutes as they rode toward Stirling. Dlamini, wearing the mountains jersey he won the day before, took maximum points on the first and only KOM just 12.8km into the day. With his lead in the mountains competition extended, the South African rider sat up and slipped back into the peloton.

Clarke, Bowden and Castillo continued on, with Clarke picking up maximum bonus seconds on both intermediate sprints at 45.9km and 77.3km. Like Dlamini, Clarke collected his bonuses and then sat up, choosing to slip back into the peloton with the virtual race lead. Bowden decided to join his fellow Australian and sat up as well.

Castrillo was a bit hungrier, however, and soldiered on alone. The 21-year-old held on until just under 15km remaining before the peloton swept him up. From there it was a constant battle for position as teams swapped out setting the pace that eventually saw some of the sprinters - and especially Greipel - jettisoned from the bunch.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott4:03:55
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
3Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
7Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
8Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
10Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team
11Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
12Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
13Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
14Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
15Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
16Timothy Roe (Aus) UniSA-Australia
17Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
18Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
19Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
20Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
21Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
22Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
23Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data
24Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo
25Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Sky
26Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
27Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
28Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team
29Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ
30Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
31Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data
32Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
33George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo
34Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia
35Mickael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
36Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb
37Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
38Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
39Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin
40Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
41Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
42Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
43Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
44Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky
45Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
46Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
47Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data
48Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
49Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:00:11
50Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:00:13
51Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
52William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
53Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:16
54Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:27
55Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:32
56Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
57Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
58Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
59Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team
60Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team
61Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
62Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:00:40
63Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
64Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:50
65Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:54
66Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team
67Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:58
68Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:03
69Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:04
70Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team
71Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:13
72Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:01:15
73Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:42
74Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
75Zakkari Dempster (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:46
76Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:49
77Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
78Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:09
79Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:18
80Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:43
81Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors
82Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:46
83Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida
84Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:03
85Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:21
86Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
87José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:26
88Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:03:28
89Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:46
90Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
91Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
92Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
93Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
94Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:05:15
95Alex Porter (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:05:37
96Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
97Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:51
98Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:06:01
99Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
100Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team
101Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Sky0:07:21
102Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
103Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
104Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
105Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data
106Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
107Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:08:31
108Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:09:55
109Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo
110Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
111Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team
112Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
113Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data
114Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
115Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
116Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
117Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
118Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:11:09
119Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
120Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:14:49
121Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo
122Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
123Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
124Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia
125Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
126Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:19:26
127Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:24:11
128Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
129Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-Australia
130Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky
DNSDaniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ
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Sprint 1 –Oakbank, km. 45.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale5pts
2Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team3
3Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia2
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Sprint 2 –Mylor, km. 77.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale5pts
2Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia3
3Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott15pts
2Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott14
3Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe13
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe12
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin11
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors10
7Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida9
8Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8
9Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team7
10Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team6
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Mountain 1 (Cat 2) Tea Tree Gully Hill, km.12.8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data10pts
2William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale6
3Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team4
4Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia2
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Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bahrain - Merida12:11:45
2Mitchelton - Scott
3UAE Team Emirates
4Quick - Step Floors
5Movistar Team
6AG2R La Mondiale
7Team Dimension Data
8Team Sunweb
9Trek - Segafredo
10Team Sky0:00:11
11Astana Pro Team0:00:13
12EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
13Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:27
14BMC Racing Team0:00:32
15Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:54
16UniSA Australia0:01:03
17Bora - Hansgrohe0:02:43
18Lotto Soudal0:03:59