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Tim Roe left his breakaway companions behind 30 kilometers from the finish. (Foto Sirotti)
Tim Roe left his breakaway companions behind 30 kilometers from the finish. (Foto Sirotti)

Santos Tour Down Under, Stage 2: Roe's Gamble Nearly Pays Off

19. January 2011

Mannum, Australia

Australian Tim Roe put in a valiant solo attack with 30 kilometers to go in Wednesday's second stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. But the new BMC Racing Team rider's dreams of victory were swept up by the charging peloton with five kilometers to go.

Two In The Break

The BMC Racing Team figured prominently throughout 146 km race, first getting Roe and teammate Simon Zahner  into a six-man break after 68 km. Zahner then earned bonus seconds by winning an intermediate sprint before Roe launched his attack.  He gained as much as a 1:23 lead and was still 45 seconds ahead with 10 km to go. "I was pretty sure I was going to get caught, but I wanted to give it a crack," Roe said. "I got the gap pretty quick and just put my head down. Earlier this year, Cadel Evans said to me, 'It's your first race with your new team, try to make an impression, try to be going good for us.' All I could do was give my best. There's always a chance. Unless you give it a crack, you never know."

Great Teamwork
After Roe was reeled in, a pair of crashes split the peloton in the final 4 km. Ben Swift (Sky Pro Cycling) won the chaotic sprint as Robbie McEwen (Team RadioShack) took the overall lead. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Sportif Michael Sayers said it was great to see great teamwork throughout the day. "Obviously Roe felt good and he and Simon made an excellent bridge across to the break," he said. "(Unfortunately, the road really didn't help him out. It was long and straight, but he went for it and tried to show his class and I think he did. We're all proud of him."