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Giro d'Italia 2019: Pascal Ackermann wins Stage 2 with strong sprint

Jack Elton-Walters
12 May 2019

Pascal Ackermann wins Stage 2 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia after a late surge past his key sprint rivals

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Stage 2 of the 2019 Giro d'Italia thanks to a rapid strint finish that saw him get the better of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).

It was Ewan who received the best lead-out and looked to have the win within his grasp but he faded before the finish allowing Ackermann and Viviani to cross the line before him.

The top end of the General Classication remained unchanged with Primoz Roglic keeping the pink jersey he earned in Stage 1's time trial.

Giro d'Italia 2019 Stage 2: Formulaic

Away in the inevitably doomed breakaway were eight riders, each with a different reason for being there. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) was pesent in the blue jersey as current king of the mountains thanks to being the quickest on the opening day's only climb.

His motivation was likely to have been more points in that competition, which he gained, although his teammate Will Clarke was along for the ride too so who knows what the full instructions from the DS were this morning.

Joining the Trek riders were Francois Bidard (AG2R La Mondiale), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), Lukasz Owsian (CCC Team), Damiano Cima (Nippo Vini Fantini Faizane), Sean Bennett (Education First).

The break's maximum advantage was 4:38 after 20km, but it soon came back down below 4:00 as the sprinters' teams made their intention to catch the escapees clear.

Over the categorised climbs and within 20km of the finish line, the break was down to four riders and their advantage was hovering just over half a minute.

Behind, some splits had appeared in the main peloton on a descent and with Tom Dumoulin and his Team Sunweb domestiques ahead of the split the pace went up.

This meant the gap to the break decreased rapidly while the deficit to those dropped behind was hard to close. Race leader Roglic was alert and was with Dumoulin and Simon Yates in the front group, along with a number of their Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott teammates.

The peloton had the escapees in sight for a while but left them 10 seconds up the road for several kilometres. Ciccone was the first to be caught with 7.4km to the line and the rest of breakaway's day was done about 300 metres later.

Bora-Hansgrohe continued to set the pace on the front of the peloton with sprint and General Classification teams vying for space on the Italian roads.

As the lead out trains formed the inevitable bunch sprint began to take shape with more than five kilometres to go.

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