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2016 Tour Down Under - Stage 2

After the anticipated high-speed finish on Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under, Stage 2, from Unley to Stirling, is a little harder to predict. Ahead of the riders today is a 132km route that takes them through what are probably your regular weekend cycle locations, like Crafers, Bridgewater and Aldgate. The riders will complete five laps of the circuit around Stirling, so once again, if you're keen to see the riders as many times as possible (without scurrying off to the car and somehow speeding ahead through an intricate set of check points) then Stirling and the surrounding areas is the prime spot. 

The loop around Stirling can, as it has in the past, provide a sniff of a stage win for the ambitious breakaway hopefuls a la UniSA's Will Clarke in 2012. 

Provided the peloton are on the front foot and ready to catch any riders out in the front, this should be a sprint finish. It does get tricky though, because it is a slight uphill finish and that means that the pure sprinters will be exerting more energy faster, so timing will be of the utmost importance. It's hard to go past Caleb Ewan who is in sensational form, but keep an eye out for the likes of Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar & Ben Swift of Team Sky. 

EcoCaddy Pro Tip:

1.  Caleb Ewan (OGE)

2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV)

3. Ben Swift (SKY)

Who do you think will win? Comment your predictions below!

Stage 2 Results:

1. Jay McCarthy (TNK)

2. Diego Ulissi (LAM)

3. Rohan Dennis (BMC)

Ewan & Swift were both dropped before the final sprint and a big crash in the lead in split the field, but Jay McCarthy put in an amazing effort. 

2016 Tour Down Under - Stage 1

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Stage 1 of the Tour Down Under kicks off today, and it's fair to say for the peloton, it couldn't come soon enough. The adrenalin would have been pumping following the 51km extreme-speed-amazing-spectacle People's Choice Classic on Sunday. But the riders had to back it up with a day off, as it does every year. Most of Monday's rest day would have included a relaxing coastal ride, a whole lot of coffee and a few massages for the riders, in order to prime themselves for the start of Stage 1.

The tour begins with a 130.8km route, with the starting gun being shot at 11am in Prospect, and the final lap bell ringing in Lyndoch around 40 minutes before the the expected finish time of 2:34pm (to be precise).

Lyndoch provides the best opportunity to catch the riders in action, with four laps of the area sure to entertain! The final three kilometres of the stage is pancake plat and has a bunch sprint written all over it.

EcoCaddy Pro Tip:

1. Caleb Ewan (OGE)

2. Steel Von Hoff (UNA)

3. Wouter Wippert (CPT)

Who do you think will win? Comment with your predictions!

Final Results: 

1. Caleb Ewan (OGE)

2. Mark Renshaw (DDD)

3. Wouter Wippert (CPT)

2 / 3 ain't bad! Stay tuned for tomorrow's entry!

 

2016 Tour Down Under - People's Choice Classic

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It's one of the most anticipated Sunday nights in January. The weather is warm, the sun sets late into the evening and the atmosphere is electric. The People's Choice Classic is the curtain raiser to the Tour Down Under, but it's no casual ride, with many of the cyclists stretching their legs competitively for the first time in the new year and everyone wanting to prove they're in good form.

The 51km circuit around Rymill Park in Adelaide's East End becomes a wall of noise as thousands of people line the streets. The riders travel at speeds you'd be more comfortable doing in a car with four wheels and an airbag - 76.1km p/h was the fastest for 2016. It was always going to be a sprint finish, because that's what the riders and fans want.

Australian young gun, and brand new National Criterium Champion, Caleb Ewan took line honours in an emphatic sprint finish. He was hardly visible during the entire race, only to pop up in the final 200m in a lung busting effort that left his competitors gazing at the back of his heels. With this win, he's proved he means business, and it's going to take a big effort to beat him. He'll already be turning his attention to Stage 1 on Tuesday, from Prospect - Lyndoch, with a flat route sure to see a fast, sprint finish yet again.

But the day wasn't all about cycling, it was about something even more revealing than lycra - undies & bowel cancer. The People's Choice Undies Run brings thousands of people to run or walk a 1.7km route in - yep, you guessed it - just their undies. It's a great cause and you should get involved next year!

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