Australian rider Richie Porte of BMC Racing celebrates winning stage two and taking the lead of the Tour Down Under in Paracombe, near Adelaide.
Australian rider Richie Porte of BMC Racing celebrates winning stage two and taking the lead of the Tour Down Under in Paracombe, near Adelaide. DAN PELED

Favourite Porte moves into Tour Down Under lead

CYCLING: Australian favourite Richie Porte has conquered Paracombe to record a thrilling win in the second stage of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under.

BMC's Porte broke away late, then burnt Movistar's Gorka Izaguirre, who took second place ahead of Orica-Scott's Esteban Chaves.

In a race with just one breakaway - Movistar's Jasha Sutterlin - it all came down to the gut-wrenching push up Paracombe Rd.

And when Porte went, nobody could stay with him.

Earlier Sutterlin took advantage of his long-running breakaway to take the second intermediate sprint of the day along Longwood Rd, Heathfield.

He crossed a lot earlier than the second and third-placed BORA-hansgrohe riders Michael Kolar and Rudiger Selig.

In the first sprint, UAE Abu Dhabi's British rider Ben Swift was first, followed by Aussie Jay McCarthy (BORA-hansgrohe) and Lotto-Soudal's Sean De Bie, from Belgium.


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