Deignan 30th after stage two of Tour Down Under

Seán Ó Cóilín

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Seán Ó Cóilín

Deignan 30th after stage two of Tour Down Under
Letterkenny Cyclist Philip Deignan had made a competent start at the Tour Down Under in Australia - sitting in 30th place just 21 seconds behind overall leader Simon Gerrans after two stages.

Letterkenny Cyclist Philip Deignan had made a competent start at the Tour Down Under in Australia - sitting in 30th place just 21 seconds behind overall leader Simon Gerrans after two stages.

Riding alongside Deignan in Team Sky are seasoned professionals Nathan Earle, Bernhard Eisel, Richie Porte, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas - who work hard to ensure the squad’s success at the race.

The Tour Down Under consists of a total of six stages having opened with the People’s Choice Classic, all being held in Adeliede, the fifth largest city of Australia. It concludes on Sunday.

Deignan himself showed his team that he is more than capable despite his misfortunes and won 41st place, second place in the squad on stage two. During the day, the 30-year-old powered on the climb stretched the peloton and saw the escapees quickly hauled in as he went clear with six others.

Porte claimed sixth place, Geraint Thomas took 70th, Stannard came in at 73rd, Nathan Earle finished 91st, Bernhard Eisel at 109th and Luke Rowe came last in the squad at 110th after getting caught up in a crash which also held Bernhard up.

The first stage, the San Remo Pasta Stage, held on Monday, had a better outcome with some of the riders on the Sky squad earning higher rankings. After a tough stage one, the team managed to pull through despite several setbacks. The main victims of which were both again, Eisel and Rowe.