Tirreno-Adriatico: Second stage for Geraint Thomas, Greg van Avermaet leads GC
Mar 09 2017 11:53 pm CET

Tirreno-Adriatico: Second stage for Geraint Thomas, Greg van Avermaet leads GC

Geraint Thomas has won the second stage of the 2017 Tirreno-Adriatico. The rider of Team Sky launched an attack in the last kilometers and crossed the finish line 9 seconds faster than Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).

The second stage of the Italian race is the longest of this edition with 229 kilometers of extension. The riders rode between Camaiore and Pomarance on a hilly route that had an uphill finish.

An escape group of six riders was formed early on the day. Hugo Houle (AG2R-La Mondiale), Davide Ballerini and Raffaello Bonusi (Androni Giocattoli), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF), Alan Marangoni (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk) created a gap of more than five minutes with the rest of the peloton.

BMC Racing Team was determined to work hard to catch the escapees and bring Greg Van Avermaet in a good position to the finish line. For most of the stage the American team pulled the peloton and managed to create enough speed to decrease the gap with the front of race group.

With 27 kilometers to go, the peloton finally caught the escapees and continued in a high pace towards the finish line. Some attacks were launched but nobody could create a substantial gap with the group.

At three kilometers from the finish line, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) attacked and could create a gap with the chasers that included Bob Jungels (Quick-Step), Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) and Damiano Caruso (BMC).

Thomas crossed solo the finish line and behind him Dumoulin attacked the group in the last meters to cross the line in second position. Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Franceso Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) completed the top five of the stage.

Greg van Avermaet leads the General Classification and is followed by his teammates Rohan Dennis and Tejay Van Garderen, who are in second and third position respectively.
Photo of Geraint Thomas (cropped) by Team Sky.





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