Halvorsen in sprint mix once again

16 Jan 2019

Halvorsen in sprint mix once again

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Tour Down Under stage two: Norwood to Angaston, 122.1km

Kristoffer Halvorsen made it two top-10 finishes in consecutive stages at the Tour Down Under after claiming 10th place in Angaston.
 
The Norwegian was expertly manoeuvred into the final kilometre by his Team Sky teammates, with Luke Rowe and finally Owain Doull dropping him off ahead of the false flat sprint to the line. 
 
Battling it out in elite company Halvorsen picked up another strong result, with a crash in the final metres blocked the road behind the lead sprinters.
 
Patrick Bevin timed his kick well to claim the first win for the newly formed CCC Team, holding off Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) at the line. Bevin moved into a five-second lead and the ochre jersey courtesy of time bonuses.
 
Wout Poels came through the weather shortened 122.1km test without issue in the Barossa Valley, dodging the late pile-up along with his teammates. The Dutchman remains in the mix ahead of more selective stages to come.
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Highlights
Race finish: Stage two Tour Down Under

Race finish: Stage two Tour Down Under

What’s next?
 
Stage three provides a tough test in the heat, with an undulating circuit around Uraidla ramping up the climbing metres. Only the strongest will be in contention for a sprint at the end.
 
Stage two result
 
1. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) 3:14:31
2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Danny van Poppel (Team Jumbo-Visma)
5. Jasper Philipsen (UAE-Team Emirates)
10. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky)
 
Overall standings
 
1. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) 6:34:03
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +5”
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) +9”
4. Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) s.t.
5. Artyom Zakharov (Astana)
14. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) +15”

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