Clarke Wins Stage 2 of Herald Sun Tour 2014
Team GreenEdge's Simon Clarke has won stage 2 of the 2014 Jayco Herald Sun Tour and thereby took the overall race lead from Garmin-Sharp-POC's Nathan Haas after a hot day in the breakaway.
down so that there was a couple of us that could really commit, and who better than Cam and Jack Haig to have with us.”
With the time bonus on the stage win, Clarke holds an eight second advantage over Wurf in the general classification, with Haig moving into the White Jersey a further three seconds back.
With the powerful GreenEdge team at his disposal and a faltered Garmin-Sharp-POC team in the rear view mirror, Clarke has his sights firmly set on holding onto the leader’s yellow jersey through to the finish line on Arthur’s Seat.
“You see the honor roll and I’d love to have my name on there,” Clarke said
“We’re working hard, so let’s hope I still have the yellow jersey on Sunday. I’ve had my fair share of doing the support job, and hopefully they can repay me this week, that would be great.”
Fresh from winning the best young rider jersey at the Tour Down Under, another person with eyes to wearing yellow on Sunday is Bendigo-local Haig.
“I’d like to think I do have a chance in there, but it will be hard.”
A nonchalant Haig admitted he was keen to perform well on the run into his hometown, but had earmarked the day as another bike race with a job to do.
“I just head out there and do what I do best,” he said.
“I definitely did think about coming into Bendigo, I knew the roads quite well, and I knew there would be quite a few people out there cheering.”
Haig said local knowledge became useful late in the stage with little left in reserve for the closing kilometers towards the finish line.
“Knowing the roads was handy, because I was struggling so much, I knew exactly how far I had to go, where the climbs were, where the descents were, where I could rest, so it was handy knowing that sort of stuff.
“I’ve definitely got a good chance of a podium as well, I’d like to think that I have a small chance of maybe being able to take yellow, but it’s going to be so hard to take it off a class rider like Simon.”