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Tour Down Under: Bevin snags first WorldTour win

The New Zealander capitalizes on a crash near the finish to surge ahead and sprint to victory in Wednesday's stage 2.

ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) — New Zealand time trial champion Patrick Bevin swooped in to take his first WorldTour stage and claim the overall lead in Australia’s Santos Tour Down Under on Wednesday.

Bevin, 27, riding for the CCC Team, capitalized on confusion in the peloton sparked by a mass crash inside the final kilometer of the 122km second stage to power home in the finish.

The Kiwi unleashed a sprint on the uphill, 700-meter finishing straight to reel in Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez before holding off Australian star sprinter Caleb Ewan and Slovakia’s former triple world champion Peter Sagan at the line.

The stage win gave Bevin a 10-second time bonus, lifting him into the overall lead of the race, five seconds ahead of Italy’s Elia Viviani, who won Tuesday’s stage 1 but could only manage seventh on Wednesday.

Ewan is third overall, ahead of Germany’s Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb).

Walscheid finished 23rd in Wednesday’s stage through South Australia’s famous Barossa Valley wine country in scorching, 104-degree temperatures.

“I got to pick a pretty good line in the hard, draggy finish. Once Sanchez was off the front in the final it gave me the perfect springboard and I just went long,” Bevin said.

“It was definitely a gamble, you could take five seconds today and lose two minutes in three days’ time but that’s bike racing, we’re here to try to win it.”

Bevin, whose previous best in the season-opening race was 10th in 2016, avoided a pileup in the peloton which blocked the road to the Angaston finish line.

The crash left around 25 riders to contest the finale, with Bevin surging from deep before dipping in behind Sanchez’s slipstream and crossing the line with enough time to clench his fists and raise his hands in celebration.

His victory is the CCC Team’s maiden WorldTour victory and his first triumph outside of a national championship since winning stage 4 of Australia’s Herald Sun Tour in February 2015.

The peloton once again had to endure brutal temperatures on the stage, which was cut pre-race by 26.9km because of the extreme weather conditions.

Australia’s Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia) retained the king of the mountains jersey after stage 2. Viviani edged Bevin for the sprint leader’s jersey by a point.

Thursday’s stage 3 launches from Lobethal into a challenging and hilly 6km circuit that finishes in Uraidla.

Santos Tour Down Under Stage 2 Results

1BEVIN PatrickCCC Team3:14:31
2EWAN CalebLotto Soudal,,
3SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,
4VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
5PHILIPSEN JasperUAE-Team Emirates,,
6BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida,,
7VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
8SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team,,
9REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo,,
10HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky,,
11IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott,,
12WOODS MichaelEF Education First,,
13DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
14HOELGAARD DanielGroupama - FDJ,,
15SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,
16LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ,,
17BENNETT GeorgeTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
18DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
19HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb,,
20POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates,,
21BOL CeesTeam Sunweb,,
22LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale,,
23WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb,,
24SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ,,
25DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,
26DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team,,
27OWSIAN ŁukaszCCC Team,,
28EDMONDSON AlexMitchelton-Scott,,
29HAAS NathanTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
30HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott,,
31GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data,,
32VENTOSO Francisco JoséCCC Team,,
33DOCKER MitchellEF Education First,,
34POELS WoutTeam Sky,,
35GUERREIRO RubenTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
36VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky,,
37GESINK RobertTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
38LEEZER TomTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
39ULISSI DiegoUAE-Team Emirates,,
40OLIVEIRA IvoUAE-Team Emirates,,
41PRADES EduardMovistar Team,,
42VALGREN MichaelTeam Dimension Data,,
43DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team,,
44O'CONNOR BenTeam Dimension Data,,
45FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb,,
46DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida,,
47CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team,,
48WHITE NicholasUniSA-Australia,,
49PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida,,
50POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida,,
51HINDLEY JaiTeam Sunweb,,
52FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team,,
53HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal,,
54MORABITO SteveGroupama - FDJ,,
55DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale,,
56TOOVEY AydenUniSA-Australia,,
57MARECZKO JakubCCC Team,,
58KANTER MaxTeam Sunweb,,
59BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team,,
60MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,
61FRANKINY KilianGroupama - FDJ,,
62CHEVRIER ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,
63DUPONT HubertAG2R La Mondiale,,
64ZAKHAROV ArtyomAstana Pro Team,,
65DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo,,
66MARCZYŃSKI TomaszLotto Soudal,,
67ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky,,
68PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo,,
70KNEES ChristianTeam Sky,,
71SUNDERLAND DylanUniSA-Australia,,
72CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team,,
73STRAKHOV DmitryTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
74FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team,,
75VALLS RafaelMovistar Team,,
76GIDICH YevgeniyAstana Pro Team,,
77CLARKE WillTrek - Segafredo,,
78STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo,,
79STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb,,
80MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott,,
81BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education First,,
82DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,
83PANTANO JarlinsonTrek - Segafredo,,
84MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe,,
85HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,
86HAGEN Carl FredrikLotto Soudal,,
87SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team,,
88LEA JasonUniSA-Australia,,
89VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ,,
90LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ,,
91CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
92HARPER ChrisUniSA-Australia,,
93POTTER MichaelUniSA-Australia,,
94HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida,,
95ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida,,
96SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida,,
97MAS LluísMovistar Team,,
98SABATINI FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
99GATTO OscarBORA - hansgrohe,,
100MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
101LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
102DAVIES ScottTeam Dimension Data,,
103VAN DER PLOEG NeilUniSA-Australia,,
104WYNANTS MaartenTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
105OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe,,
106DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal,,
107HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott,,
108SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data,,
109SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates,,
110BAK Lars YttingTeam Dimension Data,,
111BYSTRØM Sven ErikUAE-Team Emirates,,
112POGAČAR TadejUAE-Team Emirates,,
113MORTON LachlanEF Education First,,
114WHELAN JamesEF Education First,,
115HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
116HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
117KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal,,
118BAGDONAS GediminasAG2R La Mondiale,,
119KUZNETSOV ViacheslavTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
120MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe,,
121DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott,,
122KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
123ROWE LukeTeam Sky,,
124BLYTHE AdamLotto Soudal,,
125BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe,,
126PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe,,
127DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
128PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale,,
129MCLAY DanielEF Education First,,
130SCULLY TomEF Education First,,
131BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team,,
132HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
133COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale,,
1BEVIN PatrickCCC Team6:34:03
2VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step0:05
3EWAN CalebLotto Soudal0:09
4WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb,,
5ZAKHAROV ArtyomAstana Pro Team,,
6LEA JasonUniSA-Australia0:10
7STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb,,
8SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe0:11
10CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team0:12
11BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida0:15
12PHILIPSEN JasperUAE-Team Emirates,,
13VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
14HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky,,
15IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott,,
16REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo,,
17HOELGAARD DanielGroupama - FDJ,,
18SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,
19GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data,,
20SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team,,
21HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb,,
22POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates,,
23BENNETT GeorgeTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
24HAAS NathanTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
25WOODS MichaelEF Education First,,
26DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
27LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale,,
28LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ,,
29ULISSI DiegoUAE-Team Emirates,,
30SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ,,
31POELS WoutTeam Sky,,
32GUERREIRO RubenTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
33DOULL OwainTeam Sky,,
34DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
35DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team,,
36EDMONDSON AlexMitchelton-Scott,,
37VENTOSO Francisco JoséCCC Team,,
38HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott,,
39VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky,,
40GESINK RobertTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
41STRAKHOV DmitryTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
42OWSIAN ŁukaszCCC Team,,
43PRADES EduardMovistar Team,,
44O'CONNOR BenTeam Dimension Data,,
45DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo,,
46OLIVEIRA IvoUAE-Team Emirates,,
47FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team,,
48MEYER CameronMitchelton-Scott,,
49CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team,,
50SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team,,
51DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,
52HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,
53MAS LluísMovistar Team,,
54HINDLEY JaiTeam Sunweb,,
55DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team,,
56PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo,,
57LEEZER TomTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
58VALGREN MichaelTeam Dimension Data,,
59POGAČAR TadejUAE-Team Emirates,,
60VAN DER PLOEG NeilUniSA-Australia,,
61POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida,,
62MORABITO SteveGroupama - FDJ,,
63MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe,,
64DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida,,
65CHEVRIER ClémentAG2R La Mondiale,,
66HARPER ChrisUniSA-Australia,,
67MCLAY DanielEF Education First,,
68BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team,,
70TOOVEY AydenUniSA-Australia,,
71SUNDERLAND DylanUniSA-Australia,,
72COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale,,
73HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida,,
74VALLS RafaelMovistar Team,,
75FRANKINY KilianGroupama - FDJ,,
76FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb,,
77PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida,,
78DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale,,
79SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data,,
80DUPONT HubertAG2R La Mondiale,,
81LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
82KNEES ChristianTeam Sky,,
83STETINA PeterTrek - Segafredo,,
84PANTANO JarlinsonTrek - Segafredo,,
85MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
86HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
87CLARKE WillTrek - Segafredo,,
88ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky,,
89HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal,,
90ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida,,
91SABATINI FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
92KUZNETSOV ViacheslavTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
93PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale,,
94LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ,,
95FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team,,
96MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe,,
97GIDICH YevgeniyAstana Pro Team,,
98BAGDONAS GediminasAG2R La Mondiale,,
99KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal,,
100HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
101HAGEN Carl FredrikLotto Soudal,,
102BAK Lars YttingTeam Dimension Data,,
103ROWE LukeTeam Sky,,
104CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
105VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ,,
106DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
107POTTER MichaelUniSA-Australia,,
108DAVIES ScottTeam Dimension Data,,
109WHELAN JamesEF Education First,,
110BYSTRØM Sven ErikUAE-Team Emirates,,
111DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott,,
112HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott,,
113DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal,,
114SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates,,
115KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
116BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team0:30
117SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida0:39
118HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Jumbo-Visma0:45
119BLYTHE AdamLotto Soudal,,
120BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:47
121MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,
122MARCZYŃSKI TomaszLotto Soudal,,
123BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education First,,
124GATTO OscarBORA - hansgrohe0:58
125OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe,,
126BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe,,
127WHITE NicholasUniSA-Australia1:08
128KANTER MaxTeam Sunweb1:11
129WYNANTS MaartenTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
130PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe,,
131SCULLY TomEF Education First1:44
132DOCKER MitchellEF Education First2:09
133MORTON LachlanEF Education First3:32
1VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step24
2BEVIN PatrickCCC Team23
3BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida22
4SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe21
5PHILIPSEN JasperUAE-Team Emirates21
6VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma19
7HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky15
8EWAN CalebLotto Soudal14
9WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb14
10MARECZKO JakubCCC Team13
11GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data11
12ZAKHAROV ArtyomAstana Pro Team10
13LEA JasonUniSA-Australia9
14STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb8
15SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team8
16REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo7
17HOELGAARD DanielGroupama - FDJ6
18CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team5
1LEA JasonUniSA-Australia20
2ZAKHAROV ArtyomAstana Pro Team12
3BEVIN PatrickCCC Team4
4CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team4
5STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb2
6BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team2
1EWAN CalebLotto Soudal6:34:12
2LEA JasonUniSA-Australia0:01
3STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb,,
4MARECZKO JakubCCC Team0:02
5CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team0:03
6BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida0:06
7PHILIPSEN JasperUAE-Team Emirates,,
8HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky,,
9GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data,,
10HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb,,
11SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ,,
12GUERREIRO RubenTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
13STRAKHOV DmitryTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
14O'CONNOR BenTeam Dimension Data,,
15OLIVEIRA IvoUAE-Team Emirates,,
16CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team,,
17SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team,,
18DLAMINI NicTeam Dimension Data,,
19HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,
20HINDLEY JaiTeam Sunweb,,
21POGAČAR TadejUAE-Team Emirates,,
22VAN DER PLOEG NeilUniSA-Australia,,
23HARPER ChrisUniSA-Australia,,
24BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team,,
25TOOVEY AydenUniSA-Australia,,
26SUNDERLAND DylanUniSA-Australia,,
27COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale,,
28FRANKINY KilianGroupama - FDJ,,
29DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale,,
30PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale,,
31MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe,,
32GIDICH YevgeniyAstana Pro Team,,
33HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
34CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
35VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ,,
36POTTER MichaelUniSA-Australia,,
37DAVIES ScottTeam Dimension Data,,
38WHELAN JamesEF Education First,,
39KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
40HOFSTEDE LennardTeam Jumbo-Visma0:36
41BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:38
42MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo,,
43WHITE NicholasUniSA-Australia0:59
44KANTER MaxTeam Sunweb1:02
1UAE-Team Emirates 19:42:54
2Groupama - FDJ,,
3Team Jumbo-Visma,,
4Team Katusha Alpecin,,
5CCC Team,,
6Team Sky,,
7Team Sunweb,,
9Astana Pro Team,,
10AG2R La Mondiale,,
11Team Dimension Data,,
12Bahrain Merida,,
13Movistar Team,,
14Deceuninck - Quick Step,,
15Trek - Segafredo,,
16Lotto Soudal,,
17EF Education First,,
18BORA - hansgrohe,,

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