Cameron Meyer wins from three-man escape, as Tony Martin holds on to race lead. Photos by Graham Watson
In a sprint to the line, Meyer judged his timing perfectly to get the better of Lawrence Warbasse (BMC), who started his sprint too early, and Ireland’s Phillip Deignan (Sky), who could not match the Australian’s speed when the pair jumped from Warbasse’s wheel to start their sprints simultaneously.
The trio were part of the break of the day, which also included Reto Hollenstein (IAM) and Bjorn Thurau (Europcar). Thurau managed to take maximum points over both the day’s Hors category climbs, but it was Deignan and and Warbasse who broke clear from the rest.
Meyer overcame technical problems to catch the pair with a terrific descent, and managed to outsprint them both to win the stage.
The break managed to hold off the peloton, however some late work at the front by leader Martin ensured the gap was not big enough for his lead to be usurped.
Weather-wise, there was more discomfort for the peloton, with the riders being subjected to dark, unpleasant conditions.
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) finished safely in the bunch, in which Peter Sagan (Cannondale) outsprinted Ben Swift (Sky) to finish fourth.
Tour de Suisse, stage two: Bellinzona to Sarnen, 182km
1. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge in 5-08-18
2. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
3. Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 0-14
5. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
6. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing
7. Koen De Kort (Ned) Giant-Shimano
8. Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
9. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
10. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha at same time
Overall classification after stage two
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 5-22-20
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 6 secs
3. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp at 13 secs
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 19 secs
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 22 secs
6. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp at 23 secs
7. Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky at 27 secs
8. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar at 27 secs
9. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 29 secs
10. Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky at 29 secs