William Clarke Solos to Stage 2 Victory in 2012 Santos Tour Down Under

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01/18/2012| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

William Clarke Solos to Stage 2 Victory in 2012 Santos Tour Down Under

Australian William Clarke won the second stage of cycling's Tour Down Under on Wednesday, defying the peloton in one of the boldest individual breakaways in the history of the WorldTour event.

I didn't expect a move like this," Rihs said and added "I'd have to say the [team's] strategy to go for the chase for the bonus seconds really worked out well in the end. It was perfect actually. We are all very excited about that. It's great for Martin (Kohler), the BMC Racing Team and the team of Cadel Evans here in Australia."

Unfortunately two riders were unable to start Wednesday's stage after suffering serious injuries in a crash 800 meters from the start of the first stage, reducing the peloton to 131 riders.

Jurgen Roelandts of Greipel's Lotto-Belisol team was at Royal Adelaide Hospital with a fracture to the C6 vertebrae in his neck. The fracture was stable and he does not need surgery.

Frederic Guesdon, of the FDJ-BigMat team, suffered a broken pelvis.

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