HEAT, HALLUCINATIONS AND CONFUSION ON STAGE 2 OF JAYCO HERALD SUN TOUR

Sun Tour 2013 Davison and Walker

Credit: Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Another hot day Down Under and another strong performance by a young rider to take out stage 2 of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

21 year old Luke Davison (South Australian Institute of Sport team) led home one of the pre-race favourites, Will Walker (Drapac Porsche), as their breakaway finished 15 seconds ahead of a fast-closing peloton.

Initially Davison was unaware that he crossed the line, expecting he still needed to complete one more lap. ‘To be honest I thought there was another lap to go. I knew the peloton were breathing down our neck and to be honest GC (general classification) was on my mind,’ Davison said.

‘From about 300m to go, everyone [the stragglers Davison and Walker had caught] was saying ‘one to go, one to go’ and I came in and really didn’t rehearse the finish too much. I was really confused as to what was going on.’

Walker knew he was on the final lap, but dehydration and hallucinations prevented him from riding over the top of Davison. ‘I knew where the finish was but I was completely gone,’ Walker told media after the finish.

Herald Sun Tour 2013 hot day‘I knew there was one lap, but I think I underestimated how much I’d had to drink and I was just absolutely gone, hallucinating on the last hill around the back. I actually thought it might be better to just fall of the bike.’

‘Davo was super-strong. He was a motor on the descent, so he deserved the win anyway. What do you do, I could barely get out of the seat at the end.’

Donnelly held on to his yellow jersey with a strong ride considering his big effort on stage 1. ‘I was feeling very every kilometre of yesterday. Early on the in the stage I was feeling very tired and very sore, but I got better as the day went on which is a good sign,’ Donnelly said. He will take a 14 second advantage into the final stage which finishes atop Arthurs Seat tomorrow.

Credit: SBS World News Australia

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