Brown Gets His Win in Australia As The Winds Make Riding Tricky

James ThompsonCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

After reaching second place behind race leader Allan Davis yesterday in Stage 2 of this year's Tour Down Under, Graeme Brown, the leader of the Rabobank squad got his revenge with a clear sprint victory over Allan Davis (QuickStep) and Stuart O'Grady (Saxobank).

The 136 km stage started out with an early crash that sent Stage 1 winner Andre Greipel crashing on the tarmac, suffering a dislocated shoulder.  Allan Davis was also involved in the crash, and though he did not suffer any injuries, he had to spend the majority of the day chasing to get back into the main peloton.

A breakaway group formed part way through the stage, and for the first time, it featured some very big-name riders.  Lance Armstrong (Astana), for one, was going on the offensive and honing his form for his big goals later in the year, the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. 

Also in the break were race favorites Michael Rogers, George Hincapie (Team Columbia) and Stuart O'Grady (Saxobank). 

Seeing as the break has big names in it, the main peloton did not let them get any sizable advantage on the road, only about a minute 45 seconds at its max. 

All breakaways were swallowed up by the main peloton, however, and the Rabobank team was working hard at the front to set up their leader Graeme Brown for the win, and today their hard work paid off.

Allan Davis, who placed second today, retains the overall lead, although Brown is now tied on overall time with Davis.  Stuart O'Grady, meanwhile, after securing time bonuses on the road along with his second time finishing the stage in third place, moves up to third overall, only five seconds back, and takes over the points competition.