Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 19, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte attacks to win stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and take overall lead; Four Giro wildcards announced with only two Italian teams; Report into British Cycling culture expected in February; Belgian team for cyclocross World Championships announced; With no team options, Luca Paolini retires; Patrice Ciprelli, husband of Jeannie Longo, back in court for EPO import case; GreenEDGE Cycling to launch Chinese-collaboration Continental team in 2017; Snow blankets team training camps in Spain; Cycling Victoria announces new race and change to oldest event; Highlights: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 2; Nys shows he still has it while training with team; Video: Team Sunweb; Video: Riding Vertical Walls on a Bike.

Richie Porte attacks to win stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and take overall lead

by Matt de Neef

Richie Porte (BMC) has won the second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under with a confident acceleration in the final 2.5 kilometers of the race. Porte attacked on the toughest section of the 10 kilometre climb to Paracombe with Gorka Izagirre (Movistar) and Esteban Chavez (Orica-Scott) following closely behind. The duo were unable to match Porte’s pace however and rounded out the podium with second and third respectively.

The win gives Porte the overall lead in the race, 20 seconds clear of Izagirre and 22 seconds clear of Chaves.

“I think I’ve got a good gap on general classification,” Porte told reporters after the stage. “I know it’s not over, a few quite hard stages, but the guys, the team are fantastically strong. So you know, I’m quite confident.”

“Wilco Kelderman put in a big turn at the bottom and kinda blew it apart. I know I’ve got good climbing legs and I didn’t really want to wait around. To be able to ride away like that gives me good confidence.”

In a turn from yesterday’s 40ºC+ scorcher which saw stage one shortened, today’s temperature was much more tolerable for the riders at a mild 25ºC.

Stage 2: Stirling > Paracombe - Stage Result

Wednesday 18th January 2017

1. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
2. es
Movistar Team
3. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
4. au
BMC Racing Team
5. au
HAAS Nathan
Dimension Data
6. it
UAE Abu Dhabi
7. pt
Trek - Segafredo
8. au
STORER Michael
9. ca
WOODS Michael
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
10. es
Astana Pro Team


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