Tassie rider's aggression hailed

FOR the second day running, Tasmania's Will Clarke won the most aggressive rider award as the Tour Down Under continued in South Australia.

The 28-year-old from Campbell Town was involved in an early break in yesterday's 150-kilometre stage from Prospect to Stirling.

Clarke was joined in the break by Hobart's Campbell Flakemore and Dutchman Boy Van Poppel, and they made a monopoly of the sprint and king of the mountain points on offer along the way.

The Tour Down Under has been kind to Clarke, as in 2012 he was a surprise winner on the same stage after setting up another breakaway, and after Tuesday's efforts his early break yesterday wasn't unexpected.

Clarke is riding in his first year for new team Drapac and has promised more action as the tour unfolds.

``I feel a bit tired but I'll be back for another attack later in the race,'' he said  at the end of the stage.

After stage two, Clarke shares the king of the mountains award with Adam Hansen, from the Lotto-Belisoi team, and is   in the top six in the sprint classification.

Flakemore was second to Clarke in the climbs at Golden Grove and Checker Hill and is   tied for third.

Victoria's Simon Gerrans continues to head the general classification with a seven-second advantage after finishing second yesterday, and Richie Porte is Tasmania's highest-ranked rider in 16th place, 21 seconds behind.

Porte crossed the line in sixth place and was credited with the same time as stage winner Diego Ulissi, of  Italy.

Today's stage takes the riders 145km from Norwood to Campbelltown.

Will Clarke

Will Clarke


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