Geraint Thomas wins 2nd stage of Tour Down Under

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- Welshman Geraint Thomas won the short but demanding second stage of cycling's Tour Down Under on Wednesday, avoiding a 15-man fall near the finish that brought down world champion Philippe Gilbert.

The 72-mile stage featured a new addition to the race; an arduous climb up the Corkscrew; a 4.5-mile series of switchbacks with a gradient near the end of around 15 degrees.

That climb was designed to counter the historical dominance of sprinters over the 15-year history of the six-stage race, the first event of the World Tour.