McCarthy takes win, overall Down Under lead

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ADELAIDE, Australia: Australia’s Jay McCarthy claimed his biggest win as a professional when he took a thrilling second stage of the Tour Down Under in the South Australian town of Stirling on Wednesday. McCarthy, from the Tinkoff team, beat Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) by a matter of centimeters as both lunged for the line at the end of the 132-kilometer stage, finishing in 3hr 26min 40sec. The 23-year-old Queenslander will wear the ochre leader’s jersey in Thursday’s third stage, taking it from sprinter Caleb Ewan, who fell off the back of the peloton towards the finish. Race favorite Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) was caught up in a crash inside the final kilometer just moments after he put himself in a perfect position to take the stage win.

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