TdU Stage 2 – Victoria v.s. New South Whales

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Today was a vicious battle between the MAMILs of Victoria and New South Whales. The amount of testosterone on the roads of Adelaide was unprecedented. I suffered like a pig for 130km thanks to these guys.

This morning I met with the Melbourne based bikeshop mob, Hampton Cycles. Every year at the Tour Down Under they hook up with Sydney based Flying Fosters for a week full of shenanigans. They take pride in riding each other (and themselves) into the ground, and that’s precisely what they did today.

Stage 2 wasn’t overly conducive to riding to the start/finish, so we only saw the riders come by once. Good ol’ Mitch Docker was on the attack for the second day in a row picking up KOM and sprint points managing to move up to 5th on GC.

The theme of the day was crashes. We had a mishap of our own, but guys like Cav, Geraint Thomas, and poor Bernard Sulzberger didn’t make it out as lucky. I feel especially bad for Sulzberger since he had such a good Nationals just to make the UniSA team and was riding his heart out to get noticed in hope of getting a contract after the Pegaus collapse.

Tomorrow will be much better to see the race by bike. I’ll be lurking around the start line in Unley and then we’ll make our way to the finish in Stirling to see the peloton come around. It’s gonna be a scorcher out there!

Here are some photos from our epic day:

BTW, If you haven’t already heard, don’t forget to check out the signed jerseys for auction in support of the Queensland floods.

I played photographer today. For once James Broadway and Leigh Schilling took a day off and got to ride their bikes!

DeLuca breaks out the ghetto blaster. If only he had better taste in music. The last time I heard Black Box was in ’91 at highschool dances

Apparently a bee stung “Navy boy” Kable Mitchell right in the face. He was sure making a big deal out of it, but I don’t see anything.

My O2 teammate, Tymmsy…can a man possibly be more PRO?

This Manly Cycling Club kit is one of my favorites out on the road

I’m lovin’ seeing all “The Sparrow” support on the roadsides!

It was great to bump into Chambo (spelling?) from Noosa. You’ll be hard pressed to meet a nicer, more enthusiastic bloke. What a character…

The MB Cycles crew from Brisbane with a great looking kit

Riding through the Adelaide hills. A cyclist’s paradise here!

Here’s a tip for you: don’t try to make a hard right turn when your front tyre punctures. You’ll eat bitumen every time.

Murphy’s law of cycling: A new groupset will be christened only a few days after purchase.

Fortunately the bike is okay folks

How long is appropriate to laugh at your mate after he’s had a crash? In this case, about 90 seconds.

The peloton crosses Murray Bridge. Photo courtesy Veeral Patel, O’Nev

I’ll leave this one for the readers to caption.

Photo courtesy Veeral Patel, O’Nev

A bunch of friendly blokes who seemed to know my face.

From what I saw, Geraint Thomas was leading out Ben Swift, then sat up and veered slightly towards the barriers when he got bumped by someone trying to come through the inside. Photo courtesy Veeral Patel, O’Nev

McEwen pips Brown for 2nd and moves up to 1st overall after Goss gets caught up in a previous crash. Photo courtesy Veeral Patel, O’Nev

Photo courtesy of Jarrod Partridge

Photo courtesy of Jarrod Partridge

I’ll be surprised if Cav starts tomorrow. That’s gotta sting. Photo courtesy Veeral Patel, O’Nev

Photo courtesy Veeral Patel, O’Nev


Tour Down Under Stage 2 Results
1 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 3:27:44
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack
3 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
5 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
6 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quick Step Cycling Team
7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
8 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team
9 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana

Tour Down Under General Classification after Stage 2
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack 6:44:42
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
4 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:04
5 Mitchell Docker (Aus) UNI SA – Australia
6 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:06
7 David Tanner (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
8 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:07
9 Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team



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