The strength of Juanjo Lobato was once again highlighted on Wednesday during stage two of the Tour Down Under, a 150km ride between Unley and a circuit with three climbs of the slope of Stirling, where Movistar Team has unlocked its 2015 victory account after a display of power in the final meters.

Lobato, protected at all times and until the decisive stretch by Sanz, Lastras, Capecchi and Herrada, came in good position with two of his team-mates, Gorka Izagirre and Ruben Fernandez, to a final kilometer’s climb with a fierce struggle for position. The Andalusian suffered to stand his place after an ill-timed puncture and had to start his rush from afar, as happened Sunday at the People's Choice Classic (2nd) or yesterday in the first stage (7th). However, his execution was brilliantly, with the suffering of the leadout riders putting in an appearance, and as in his last two victories -Valonia and Burgos '14, both into a final slope-, the Spaniard had margin enough to celebrate, ahead of Impey (OGE) and a remarkable Izagirre who achieved 3rd place while his teammate Fernández completed the ‘Blue festival’ in 11th spot.

The victory, 9th in Lobato’s career, serves to take him into 2nd overall, just 3” behind Jack Bobridge (UNA), while Gorka places in 5th (+9") as he gains more chances of a good overall result before the decisive weekend. A first good test for both will come on stage three Thursday (143km), with the Paracombe climb just before the finish line.