Ben Swift Wins Stage 2 of 2011 Tour Down Under for Team Sky

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01/19/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Ben Swift (Team Sky) wins stage 2 of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Ben Swift (Team Sky) wins stage 2 of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Ben Swift Wins Stage 2 of 2011 Tour Down Under for Team Sky

Team Sky's Ben Swift won the second stage of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under earlier today, avoiding three crashes in the final three miles that dropped overnight leader Matthew Goss and sprinting star Mark Cavendish.

been up there in contention for the win, but that's part of bike racing.

"You have to actually get to the finish, and bad luck is a part of racing" McEwen said. "I was fortunate not to get caught up in it, and it's delivered me the jersey."

"I was gunning to win the stage and I went from quite a way out to try to spring the element of surprise through the inside at about 250m to go.  Swifty came up with a really good lead out and won the stage so good on him.  I managed to hold on for second and with the bonus seconds it's a nice surprise to be leading," McEwen told Roadcycling.com.

Asked about his motivation in riding for his new Team RadioShack, McEwen continued "I'm always motivated.  I think that's something I've always been able to rely on throughout my career.  I am always up to try and win and make the best of any situation. Especially with a new team it's always good to impress them at the start and I'm just really, really motivated and enjoying my riding."

Goss said there was "plenty of carnage" in the stage's final few miles. He was able to remount his bike after falling and caught the peleton and was fortunate not to reach the front of the bunch, where two more crashes wrecked the chances of some of the leading riders.

Goss finished 47th in the stage and Greipel 76th.

The most serious injury was to Australian Bernie Sulzberger, who broke his collarbone and was taken to a hospital for surgery, needing a metal plate inserted to repair the injury. He has withdrawn from the remainder of the tour.

Cavendish ended the stage with his face caked in blood from cuts above and below his left eye that needed two stitches. He confirmed later he would race in the 70-mile third stage from Unley in suburban Adelaide to Stirling in the hills on the city's eastern fringe.

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