Tour Down Under | WarnieGate, Stormtroopers, and ClarkeyWilbur
There’s nothing I love more than seeing a guy like Will Clark have the kahunas to attack in the first two kilometers, stay out there with one other (Martin Martin Kohler), and hold off the pack to take the biggest win of his career. Absolutely amazing!
It was a sensational ride out through the Adelaide Hills where we got to see the race come past four times. Some of the back roads out here are absolutely stunning. My phone ended up going flat early in the afternoon because of it ringing off the hook from TV shows and journalists asking for more info on the Warniegate scandal. The biggest show in Australian Cycling is happening on our doorstep and Today Tonight and Current Affair want to have a cyclist versus drivers debate. Ch9 can’t even give the TdU decent airtime but when Warnie gets in a prang with a cyclist things go ballistic. On the positive side, it allows groups like the AGF and the Cycling Promotion Fund to spread their message in the media.
In any case, I don’t want this to take the spotlight from the phenomenal show that Will Clarke put on today. Just two years ago the Tasmanian was dominating the local NRS scene, moved to Belgium to do a few kermisses (which he won 6 out of his first 11), then got a ride with AG2R after smashing some lab tests. Last year he got a 1yr contract with Leopard Trek where we didn’t hear too much from him. Now he’s racing with Champion Systems (pro conti team) and looks to be going better than ever. I’ll be tracking down Will to hear more about his story in an interview this week. Follow @ClarkeyWilbur on twitter)
In another note, Michael “Bling” Matthews was impressive as ever today after snagging some sprint points over Greipel and winning the bunch kick to take second (one year after winning this stage in 2011). This kid has some unbelievable potential. I interviewed Bling yesterday which I’m looking forward to posting next week.
As always, here’s some photos of what you missed if you couldn’t make it to Adelaide.
Stage 2 Results: 148km
1 William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA – Australia 3:58:35
2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:01:02
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6 Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
8 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
9 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
10 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Barracuda
General classification After Stage 2
1 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 8:33:05
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:02
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:04
4 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 0:00:08
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA – Australia 0:00:09
6 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:10
7 Xavier Florencio Cabrè (Spa) Katusha 0:00:12
8 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
9 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank