Greipel loses lead on Tour Down Under

Stirling - Germany's top sprinter André Greipel has lost the overall lead in the Tour Down Under. One day after his victory on the first stage, the native of Rostock took the 36th place on the second stretch over 148 km from Lobethal to Stirling and had to leave the overall ranking to the Swiss Martin Kohler.

The Greipel, who is scheduled to finish on Wednesday, is two seconds behind Kohler in second, because the Swiss secured time bonuses for some intermediate sprints. The stage win was won by the Australian William Clarke. The outsider made a big lead after a successful escape and a long solo ride amidst the jubilation of the fans and finished 1:02 minutes ahead of his second-placed compatriot Michael Matthews. The best German was the Cologne Gerald Ciolek in ninth place.

The third stage will be 134.5km from Unley to Victor Harbor on Thursday. The six-day tour of Australia is the first World Tour race of the year and will end next Sunday in Adelaide.

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