Photo gallery: Stage 2 of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under

by Matt de Neef

Richie Porte (BMC) came into the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under as one of the riders to beat. He skipped the Australian Road Nationals to give the TDU his full focus, and looked fit and focused when he turned up to the People’s Choice Classic on Sunday.

And on stage 2 today, he showed why he was one of the big pre-race favourites. The Tasmanian punched away from the peloton on the stage-ending climb to Paracombe and rode to victory, not just in the stage but most likely in the race overall as well.

It was a demonstrative display from the 31-year-old. Last time the race visited Paracombe, in 2015, Porte lost five seconds to then-rival and now-teammate Rohan Dennis. He went on to lose the tour overall by just two seconds. This time around Porte attacked from further out and got the gap he needed.

It’s still a few days until we’ll find out whether Porte can defend his overall lead on Willunga Hill and indeed whether he can win there for the fourth year in a row. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the following gallery of images from stage 2 of the 2017 Tour Down Under.

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