1.18.2012

TDU 2:unbelievable!

Martin Kohler in the leader jersey
Both Clarke and Kohler repeat the same word: "This is unbelievable really," said Clarke. "This is the biggest win of my career. It's my first win in the WorldTour. I knew my form was good - but this is unbelieveable."
 "This is unbelievable" Kohler said "We followed the plan and it worked". BMC plann was simple: going to take the bonus. Clarke plann was even simplier: just going and keep on going. Till the finish! Martin Kohler came back to the peloton once his mission has been accomplished, Clarke seemed to want to make the same but then... he started gaining seconds again. The peloton couldn't catch him. Maybe they underated the young Aussi. No sprint for Bennati, no sprint for anybody. Just the smiling exhausted surprised face of two brave guys.
I watched it, I did. I watched the highlights and they were really short. That was one of those boring and thrilling stages, too long when you watch, too short when you report. But the race was in that: kms and kms in heat breaking and catching, wondering who will win, the fox or the dogs, usually supporting the fox but still feeling for the sprinters all day on the dogs wheels, waiting for a moment that could not come. It didn't come in fact today, the fox exults. On the dogs wheels also the ex-fox Martin Kohler exults: he's a fox inside. The plann worked, his boss Andy Rihs admires Verbrugghe's strategy and his rider: "I found it unbelievable, I didn't expect it! It's superb by Martin, BMC Racing Team and Cadel Evans's team in Australia." "It's for sure one of the best day in my career" Kohler says. He already wore a few coloured jersey (best sprinter in TDU 2010, King of Mountain in the last Giro, TT Swiss national champion...) but never a race leader jersey. He's realistic: hard to defend it. But we will see! 

RESULTS
Stage 2
1 William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 3:58:35

Peloton 0:01:02
GC

1 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 8:33:05
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:02
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 0:00:04
4 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 0:00:08
5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 0:00:09
6 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha 0:00:10
7 Xavier Florencio Cabrè (Spa) Katusha 0:00:12
8 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
9 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
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27 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
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33 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
34 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan
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48 Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEDGE
Sprinters

1 William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 21  pts
2 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 20
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 18
4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol 15
5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 14
6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) GreenEDGE 13
7 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ - BigMat 13
8 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas - Cannondale 12
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 12
10 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 11
Mountain 

1 William Clarke (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 10  pts
2 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 8
3 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 4
4 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil -DCM 3
5 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil -DCM 2
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 1
Youth

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank 3:59:37
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
3 Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEDGE
Teams

1 UNI SA - Australia 25:38:49
2 Sky Procycling 0:01:02
3 RadioShack-Nissan












1 comment:

Ilaria said...

Jan Bakelants "We pulled with as many guys as we could but maybe some other teams should have worked more too." RSNT site