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Tour Down Under: Jay McCarthy wins stage two and takes overall lead

Tour Down Under: Jay McCarthy wins stage two and takes overall lead

Tinkoff rider Jay McCarthy avoids late crash to clinch stage two victory and take race lead from Caleb Ewan
– Geraint Thomas looks ahead to stage three
– Photos by Graham Watson Jay McCarthy wins stage 2 of the 2016 Tour Down Under Credit: Graham Watson Australian Jay McCarthy embraced team-mates in thanks after he won stage two of the Tour Down Under today and took the ochre jersey from overnight race leader Caleb Ewan .

McCarthy (Tinkoff) claimed a reduced bunch sprint in Stirling with Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) second and defending title champion Rohan Dennis (BMC) third.

“I had some good training coming in and I felt like I had some good form. I am not done for the week and hopefully I can keep working hard and even be on the podium at the end,” McCarthy said.

The “double bubble” performance followed a strong showing at McCarthy’s national road championships earlier this month in which the 23-year-old, as one of 15 finishers, narrowly lost a sprint to Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) for fourth.

“We knew Jay had good form after what we saw at nationals and that was a hard race,” sports director Sean Yates said.“Ulissi was coming and Jay went […]

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