By Justin Davis (AFP)

ADELAIDE, Australia - Team Sky sprinter Ben Swift claimed his first major win of the season after surviving the crash-marred finale to the second stage of the Tour Down Under.

British tyro Swift on Wednesday was one of the few sprinters to emerge unhindered in the final few hundred metres of the 146-kilometre stage from Tailem Bend to Mannum after a series of late spills caused mayhem in the peloton.

Swift finished ahead of Australian pair Robbie McEwen (RadioShack), in second, and Rabobank's Graeme Brown, who was third.

McEwen took the overall race leader's ochre jersey from overnight leader Matthew Goss, who slipped to second overall with Swift moving up to third.

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