Tour Down Under Results - Stage 2
Fabio Sacchi (Saeco) takes second stage and overall lead
he worked hard throughout the whole day," said SACCHI. "I can't thank him enough (but I knew) he would be the number one rider in a the sprint finish."
McEWEN, who was awarded second place on the opening stage in Adelaide's East End after a controversial finish in which first across the line, Graeme BROWN (Ceramiche Panaria - Fiordo) was relegated to last in the field for dangerous riding, acknowledged that today SACCHI was also in good form.
"I cramped on the climb into Kapunda and that's where SACCHI launched his attack," said McEWEN. "He was just too strong today and maybe it was the nerves creeping up for the finish but I just started to cramp really badly and as I was trying to have a bit of a stretch he took off."
"No-one could match that," McEWEN added. "He's (SACCHI) too strong."
SACCHI now holds an overall lead of 16 seconds to McEWEN with HERVE third, 18 seconds behind the leader.
The 140 kilometre stage from Jacob's Creek to Kapunda rode through the in the Barossa Valle winegrowing region, north of Adelaide, and an estimated 80,000 fans turned out to enjoy the spectacle of world class cycling.
"We had a number of event firsts today," said Belinda DEWHIRST, General Manager, Australian Major Events. "It was the first time a stage started from a location instead of a town (Jacob's Creek Visitor's Centre) which proved hugely succesful with a lot of people taking the chance to come down and meet the cyclists."
"We also launched a key initiative to give cycling enthusiasts the chance to experience the route firsthand with the inaugural Breakaway Tour which saw 620 international, interstate and local cyclists ride off two and a half hours before the professionals," said Ms DEWHIRST. "People of all ages and fitness levels joined in for a day of great cycling fun through one of our most famous and picturesque regions."
"After their ride they joined the thousands who turned out in Kapunda to welcome the Tour to town for the first time," she said. "The enthusiasm of the Kapunda community also saw them take out today's Best Dressed Town prize."
Stage 2 - January 22, 2003: Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre - Kapunda, 140 km:
1 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 3.29.16 (40.14 km/h)2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto Domo 0.143 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole4 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R5 Lennie Kristensen (Den) CSC6 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R7 Brad McGee (Aus) FDJeux.com 0.238 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA9 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Telekom10 Xavier Florencio (Spa) ONCE Eroski11 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quickstep-Davitamon12 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole13 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) CSC14 Angel Vicioso (Spa) ONCE Eroski15 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA16 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA17 Cadel Evans (Aus) Telekom18 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC19 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com20 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) CSC21 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA22 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria Fiordo23 David Canada (Spa) Quickstep-Davitamon 0.2724 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R25 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R26 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon27 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole28 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole29 Gianpaolo Caruso (Ita) ONCE Eroski30 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA31 Stefen Wesemann