Three-time winner and 2016 general classification aspirant Simon Gerrans has been taken down by a crash in the final kilometre of stage two at the Santos Tour Down Under.
Gerrans was perfectly positioned behind teammate Daryl Impey coming into the final only to have a touch of wheels and crash occur immediately ahead, taking the pair out.
Softening the blow, the 35-year-old picked up five bonus seconds at intermediate sprints to keep him in contention for the overall title.
“The guys rode the perfect race for us,” Gerrans, who like teammate Impey only suffer minor abrasions, said. “They dragged that first break back so we could pick up the first intermediate sprint seconds and then Adam slipped away but we were able to pick up some more seconds in the next sprint.”
|1||Jay McCarthy (AUS) - Tinkoff||3:26:40|
|2||Diego Ulissi (ITA) - Lampre–Merida||ST|
|3||Rohan Dennis (AUS) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|4||Danilo Wyss (SUI) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|5||Petr Vakoc (CZE) - Etixx–Quick-Step||ST|
|6||Patrick Bevin (NZL) - Cannondale||ST|
|7||Juan José Lobato Del Valle (ESP) - Team Movistar||ST|
|8||Sergio Henao (COL) - Team Sky||ST|
|9||Anthony Roux (FRA) - FDJ||ST|
|10||Enrico Battaglin (ITA) - LottoNL–Jumbo||ST|
|77||Michael Albasini (SUI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|91||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:51|
|92||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:51|
|93||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:51|
|116||Caleb Ewan (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:21|
|122||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:59|
|124||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:59|