Tour Down Under: Jay McCarthy wins stage two and takes overall lead

Tinkoff rider Jay McCarthy avoids late crash to clinch stage two victory and take race lead from Caleb Ewan - Geraint Thomas looks ahead to stage three - Photos by Graham Watson

Arms outstretched, Jay McCarthy celebrates winning stage two and taking the overall lead.

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Australian Jay McCarthy embraced team-mates in thanks after he won stage two of the Tour Down Under today and took the ochre jersey from overnight race leader Caleb Ewan.

McCarthy (Tinkoff) claimed a reduced bunch sprint in Stirling with Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) second and defending title champion Rohan Dennis (BMC) third.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.