Sixth for sick Davis in Tour

AN UNDER-the-weather Allan Davis almost pulled off an unlikely stage win in yesterday’s second leg of the Tour Down Under in South Australia.

Battling a cold on the back of a disappointing first day that left him 8min 22s behind German leader Andre Greipel, he sprinted from the back of the lead pack to finish sixth.

“The legs felt better today and the cold was a little more bearable,” the Bundaberg rider said.

“I had a pretty good sprint and thought for a second that I might even win it, but the leading three closed up the road and I couldn’t get through.”

Greipel held off Robbie McEwan and Team Sky rider Greg Henderson to claim his second stage win in as many days.

Today’s hilly third stage features an uphill sprint finish.

“It’s going to be a tough race, but I won this stage last year so I’ll be hoping for another good sprint finish,” Davis said.

He is out of contention for the overall prize this year, but has set his sights on winning a stage in the biggest cycling event in the southern hemisphere.



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