Clarke wins second TDU stage
Will Clarke claimed victory on stage two of the Tour Down Under, a 149km ride from Lobethal to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
Tasmanian Clarke of the UniSA team jumped away from the pack almost at the gun and never looked back.
Swiss Martin Kohler (BMC) claimed the overall lead after picking up time bonuses along the 148 kms between Lobethal and Stirling.
"It's my first Pro win and it's a World Tour race, so it doesn't get much better than this," Clarke was quoted as saying on his team's website (www.unisa.edu.au).
His compatriots Michael Matthews (Rabobank) and Simon Gerrans (GreenEDGE) finished second and third respectively, one minute and two seconds off the pace.
Spain's Alejandro Valverde, returning from a two-year suspension for his implication in the Operation Puerto blood doping scandal, took fourth place for the Movistar team.
Thursday's third stage will take the peloton over 134.5 kms from Unley to Victor Harbor.
The Tour Down Under, the first World Tour (elite) race of the season, ends in Adelaide on Sunday.
Stage two results:
1. William Clarke (Australia / Australia) 3 hrs 58 mins 35 secs
2. Michael Matthews (Australia / Rabobank) +1 min 2 secs
3. Simon Gerrans (Australia / GreenEdge)
4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar)
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Team Sky)
6. Oscar Freire (Spain / Katusha)
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing)
8. Luke Roberts (Australia / Saxo Bank)
9. Gerald Ciolek (Germany / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
10. Heinrich Haussler (Australia / Garmin)
1. Martin Kohler (Switzerland/BMC Racing) 8 hrs 33 mins 5 secs
2. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) +2 secs
3. Michael Matthews (Australia / Rabobank) +4"
4. Simon Gerrans (Australia / GreenEdge) +8"
5. Rohan Dennis (Australia / Australia) +9"
6. Eduard Vorganov (Russia / Katusha) +10"
7. Xavier Florencio (Spain / Katusha) +12"
8. Jonathan Cantwell (Australia / Saxo Bank)
9. Jan Bakelants (Belgium / RadioShack)
10. Luke Roberts (Australia / Saxo Bank)