Cycling

Allan Davis Shakes It Up in the Tour Down Under (Stage 2)

James ThompsonCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

Today's second stage of the Tour Down Under did not disappoint.  With multiple laps up an 8 km climb towards the end of the 145 km stage, it was a day that people expected the climbers to put in an attack and foil the sprinters' dreams of stage glory and the overall GC. 

That was not the case, however, as the sprinters were not keen to let things slip out of their hands.  Up the climb on Willunga Mountain, the climbers did indeed put in attacks.  Even Lance Armstrong made it into a quick breakaway up the hill. 

However, the sprinters' teams of Team Columbia, QuickStep, and Rabobank kept all the breakaways in check and brought the field back together for a sprint finish. 

Sprinter Allan Davis (QuickStep) put in a storming sprint for the line to come in with a clear lead over second-place Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and third-place Martin Elminger (AG2R).  This is Davis's fourth win at the TDU in his cycling career.

This win allowed Davis to grab the overall leader's jersey off the back of yesterday's winner Andre Greipel (Team Columbia) with an advantage of three seconds. 

Check back for Stage 3 tomorrow as the sprinter's continue their battle in the 2009 Tour Down Under.

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