Orica-GreenEDGE team leader Simon Gerrans has enjoyed a phenomenal start to 2014 with victory in the Australian national road race and the opening stage of the Tour Down Under.
But the 33-year-old will not be having it all his own way this season, as Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) proved
by outsprinting the Aussie duo of Gerrans and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) to win stage two in Stirling.
Although Gerrans remains in the ochre jersey of race leader and Evans sits comfortably in fourth overall, Ulissi is now in a strong position to ruin the Australian party Down Under.
Relive the action from stage two through the lens of UCI WorldTour photographer Stefano Sirotti in the gallery below.
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BMC Racing's Australian legend Cadel Evans proves to be the star attraction with the home crowds
Brian Cookson, UCI, Tour Down Under, pic: Sirotti
Brian Cookson, pictured at the Tour Down Under, has vowed to act on recommendations made by iNADO (pic: Sirotti)
Tinkoff-Saxo prepare for the race in their new, predominantly yellow kits (pic: Sirotti)
The heat is on
Weather conditions in Australia remained hot, but temperatures have dropped to a more manageable 30 degrees (pic: Sirotti)
Tour Down Under, 2014, pic: Sirotti
Escapees Campbell Flakemore and Will Clarke tackle Checkers Hill with Boy van Poppel just visible in the background (pic: Sirotti)
King of the Mountains
Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) kicks from the bunch to ensure he stays in the polka dot jersey tomorrow though (pic: Sirotti)
That winning feeling
Diego Ulissi celebrates his victory in Stirling (pic: Sirotti)
...and receives the plaudits of his team-mates (pic: Sirotti)
Simon Gerrans' face show the effort required to retain his ochre jersey (pic: Sirotti)
Richie Porte was Sky's best-placed finisher in Stirling, in sixth (pic: Sirotti)
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) saw any hopes of victory he may have had hampered by a puncture but he still finished in the leading group (pic: Sirotti)
Hands up if you won the stage
Diego Ulissi, arms still raised, celebrates his victory on the podium
Hands up if you lead the race
Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) remains the overall leader after two stages however (pic: Sirotti)