Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) has taken over the lead at the Tour Down Under after winning today’s stage to Stirling in a tight sprint finish.

Today’s stage consisted of a hilly course of 132 kilometres south of Adelaide, starting from Unley and finishing in Stirling, with five laps of a finishing circuit. A number of small breaks went clear during the stage but were brought back, setting up a sprint finish.

“Today I felt in good shape”, said Jay McCarthy, “and even before the start I was hoping to be able to play my chances, and so was it. Definitely a great victory!”

“It’s nice to have two team managers with great experience as Lars Michaelsen and Sean Yates you can rely on, and confront with before the start, and listen to their advice.

Now I just need to recover at my best and get ready for tomorrow’s stage as it will be longer and my work is not finished yet. I hope that in the coming days we can still do well as we did today”, concluded McCarthy.

Topping off a great day for Tinkoff, Manuele Boaro takes over the polka dot jersey as the leader of the King of the Mountains competition.


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