Santos Tour Down Under: Meersman 13th in Stirling
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Gianni Meersman finished just outside the top-10 in the second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under.
A group of 3 riders animated the stage. They gained a 3 minutes lead, but were caught in the final kilometres. Several riders tried their luck afterwards, but the peloton reeled in all escapees.
Several teams worked hard to prepare a sprint. Etixx - Quick-Step brought Meersman to the front. He acclerated in the final 300 metres, but saw Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) passing by. Lobato won the stage in front of Daryl Impey (Orica - GreenEDGE) and Gorka Izagirre (Movistar). Meersman finished 13th, Maxime Bouet crossed the line as 27th.
Jack Bobridge (UniSA Australia) kept the lead in the overall classification. Meersman is 7th at 13 seconds.