Tour Down Under: Bevin wins stage 2 in Angaston

Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) laid down his biggest marker yet in the battle for the overall crown at the Tour Down Under by winning stage 2 in a reduced bunch sprint. The new race leader powered clear to win ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

A crash in the final few hundred metres took down several riders and held up the majority of the peloton. Bevin responded to a late attack from Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and powered to the line inside the final 150m. There was a late charge from Caleb Ewan but the pint-sized sprinter was unable to even draw level with Bevin in the closing metres. Sagan, was best of the rest, while EIia Viviani was caught too far back to contest the win.

"I think that on a finish like that I can play my cards pretty well, obviously, having come here and had the form and taking time bonuses yesterday," Bevin said at the line. "I don't think that saying I could win stage 2 was on the cards, but it's just that I could pick a good line on that hard, draggy finish. Sanchez was off the front and that gave me the perfect springboard. I put my head down and if you finish first, you finish first. if you get mowed down, you get mowed down, but obviously the legs were good."

Bevin took five seconds on stage 1 after going into the day's break, but his sprint today was reminiscent of a rider like Simon Gerrans in his pomp, as the New Zealand rider took on the pure sprinters and beat them on the gentle incline into Angaston. The win means that Bevin takes a five-second lead into stage 3 over Viviani, with Ewan a futher four seconds in arrears.

The likes of Richie Porte, Michael Woods and defending champion Daryl Impey must now attack in order to wrestle control away from Bevin, but on the basis of today's result that will be no easy challenge.

The crash in the final kilometre certainly affected the result, with a rider from AG2R La Mondiale one of the first to come down after a touch of wheels. Until that point it looked as though the stage would finish in a typical bunch sprint, but the crash caused panic with riders either hitting the deck or forced to brake. With the fall inside the final three kilometres, none of the riders held up lost time other than the bonus seconds awarded on the line for the top three.

"I wasn't affected by the crash at all," Bevin said. "I was trying to move up. I was slightly pinched. I had my teammate Fran Ventoso who delivered me to around tenth wheel with around one-kilometre to go and I was picking and choosing my way through the bunch. The guys were great in the final. This is a great way to start the year with CCC Team."

Earlier in the day, Artyom Zakharov (Astana), Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia) and Jaime Castrillo (Movistar) formed the main break. The trio - with Lea on the attack for the second time in two days - built up a lead of more than three minutes as they battled it out for the intermediates.

With 50 kilometres to go, however, they were back in the bunch, leading to Manuele Boaro (Astana) and Matthieu Ladagnous (Groupama-FDJ) going clear. The Astana man was ordered back, leaving the lone Frenchman at the front of the race. He bravely battled through the heat to build up a two-minute lead, but with the sprinters' teams ready and waiting there was little chance in a lone rider being allowed too much room.

2019 Tour Down Under race tech

With 30km to go, Ladagnous's advantage was down to under 30 seconds, and with two kilometres remaining he was finally brought back. Lotto Soudal, Bora, Bahrain and Sunweb organised their leadout trains on the front of the bunch as the pace continued to rise, and it looked as though Ewan was among the best placed riders after yesterday's mistakes, and even after the crash the smart money would have been on the Lotto rider.

But Bevin has been on the front foot since the race began, and once more he showed his aggressive nature. When Luis Leon Sanchez - a former overall winner of this race - accelerated clear after the crash, it was the CCC rider who responded first. He used the Astana man as a marker and simply accelerated away from the remnants of the bunch. Ewan was able to hold Bevin for just the briefest of moments before running out of gas as the line approached.

Stage 2 video highlights

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team3:14:31
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 1 - Cell 2
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team EmiratesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 6 - Cell 2
8Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 10 - Cell 2
12Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jens Debesschere (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 12 - Cell 2
14Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 15 - Cell 2
17George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 17 - Cell 2
19Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 19 - Cell 2
21Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Max Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJRow 23 - Cell 2
25Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 30 - Cell 2
32Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team SkyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tom Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 39 - Cell 2
41Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Michael Valgren (Den) Dimension DataRow 41 - Cell 2
43Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 43 - Cell 2
45Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 44 - Cell 2
46Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nick White (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Herman Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-MeridaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 50 - Cell 2
52Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 52 - Cell 2
54Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 53 - Cell 2
55Nico Denz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ayden Toovey (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Max Kanter (Ger) Team SunwebRow 57 - Cell 2
59Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ryan Mullen (Ire) Trek-SegafredoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 60 - Cell 2
62Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Joey Rosskopf (USA) CCC TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 69 - Cell 2
71Dylan Sunderland (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Dimitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 72 - Cell 2
74Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Rafael Valls (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77William Clarke (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 78 - Cell 2
80Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 79 - Cell 2
81Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nic Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 84 - Cell 2
86Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto SoudalRow 85 - Cell 2
87Michael Sajnok (Pol) CCC TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Leo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 88 - Cell 2
90Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 89 - Cell 2
91Remi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 90 - Cell 2
92Chris Harper (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Michael Potter (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Yukiya Arashiro (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-MeridaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Lluís Mas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck - QuickStepRow 97 - Cell 2
99Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 98 - Cell 2
100Michael Morkov (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 99 - Cell 2
101Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 101 - Cell 2
103Neil Van der Ploeg (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 104 - Cell 2
106Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 105 - Cell 2
107Mat Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 106 - Cell 2
108Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension DataRow 107 - Cell 2
109Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 108 - Cell 2
110Lars Bak (Den) Dimension DataRow 109 - Cell 2
111Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 110 - Cell 2
112Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 111 - Cell 2
113Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 112 - Cell 2
114James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 113 - Cell 2
115Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 114 - Cell 2
116Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 115 - Cell 2
117Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 116 - Cell 2
118Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 118 - Cell 2
120Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 119 - Cell 2
121Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 120 - Cell 2
122James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 121 - Cell 2
123Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 122 - Cell 2
124Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 123 - Cell 2
125Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 124 - Cell 2
126Lukas Postlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 125 - Cell 2
127Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 126 - Cell 2
128Nans Peter (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Daniel McClay (GBr) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 128 - Cell 2
130Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 129 - Cell 2
131Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 131 - Cell 2
133Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 132 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Ziptrak Sprint #1 - Birdwood - km 39.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Ziptrak Sprint #2 Springton - km 57.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish - Angaston - km 122.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team15pts
2Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky6Row 9 - Cell 3
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KOM 1 - Checker Hill - km 26.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia10pts
2Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team2Row 3 - Cell 3
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal3:14:31
2Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team EmiratesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 4 - Cell 2
6Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nick White (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 13 - Cell 2
15Nico Denz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ayden Toovey (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Max Kanter (Ger) Team SunwebRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ryan Mullen (Ire) Trek-SegafredoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 19 - Cell 2
21Dylan Sunderland (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Dimitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nic Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 25 - Cell 2
27Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 26 - Cell 2
28Michael Sajnok (Pol) CCC TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Leo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 29 - Cell 2
31Remi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 30 - Cell 2
32Chris Harper (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Michael Potter (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 33 - Cell 2
35Neil Van der Ploeg (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 35 - Cell 2
37James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 37 - Cell 2
39Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 39 - Cell 2
41James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nans Peter (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Groupama - Fdj9:43:43
2Team Jumbo - VismaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ccc TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Team SunwebRow 3 - Cell 2
5Uae Team EmiratesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mitchelton - ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team Katusha AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Astana Pro TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bahrain - MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Deceuninck - Quick StepRow 11 - Cell 2
13Team Dimension DataRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lotto - SoudalRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ef Education FirstRow 14 - Cell 2
16Trek - SegafredoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ag2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Unisa - AustraliaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Bora - Hansgrohe