Thomas storms into Australia lead

Geraint Thomas came out on top in a sprint finish to win stage two of the Tour Down Under and take the outright lead.

The 26-year-old Team Sky rider broke away on the Corkscrew Hill climb before powering to victory in Rostrevor.

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After Beijing I was out having a lash for a few months, but this time I was straight back on the road thinking about this year

Geraint Thomas

“It was a good day – I felt good from the start,” said the Briton, who won Olympic gold in the team pursuit in 2008 and 2012.

“The boys looked after me and worked well for me all day, and yesterday.”

Thomas added: “I’ve worked hard all the winter, and since the track all I’ve been thinking about is the road.

“This year that’s what kept me racing after the Games. After Beijing I was out having a lash for a few months, but this time I was straight back on the road thinking about this year.”

Thomas edged out Movistar’s Javier Moreno for the stage win, with Ben Hermans third for RadioShack. World champion Philippe Gilbert was involved in a pile-up late on in the day.

Welshman Thomas takes the ochre jersey from Andre Greipel of Germany.

In Thursday’s stage the cyclists ride 139km from Unley to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21156612

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