Colombian celebration at Tour of the Alps as Lopez wins stage and Sosa leads GC
Apr 17 2018 09:24 pm CET

Colombian celebration at Tour of the Alps as Lopez wins stage and Sosa leads GC
Colombian celebration at Tour of the Alps as Lopez wins stage and Sosa leads GC
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Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) has taken the victory of the second stage of the Tour of the Alps. The Colombian was the strongest at the uphill finish of the stage.

The second stage of the race took the riders from Lavarone to Fiemme/Alpe di Pampeago over 145.5 kilometres. In the first kilometres, an escape group was formed and included riders like Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina), Omer Goldstein (Israel Cycling Academy) and Quentin Jauregui (AG2R La Mondiale).

This group created a gap of more than four minutes with a peloton pulled by an Astana working for race leader Pello Bilbao. The steepness of the first climb of the first category of the day took its toll in the front group and soon only three riders remained of the original six: Juaregui, Stephan Rabitsh (Team Felbermayr-Simplon Wels) and Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia).

With nine kilometres to go, Jauregui decided to speed up the pace and went on his own, leaving his companions to be reeled back in by the pack. Teams like UAE Team Emirates and Groupama-FDJ set the pace at the first part of the last climb and caught the rider of AG2R La Mondiale with 5 kilometres remaining of the stage.

At three kilometres from the finish, Sky took control of pacing the pack until Astana's Jan Hirt attacked close to the two-kilometre mark, taking Felbermayr-Simplon Wels' Riccardo Zoidl with him. With 1.7 kilometres to go, the duo was reeled back in by the Sky train, which by then only consisted of Kenny Elissonde and Chris Froome.

Just past the last kilometre banner, Froome attacked but his strength was not enough. Metres later, Domenico Pozzovivo increased the pace and left the others behind. Next, it was Miguel Angel Lopez' turn to change the pace, which allowed the reduced group to catch Pozzovivo while Froome seemed to struggle at the back.

In the last meters, Lopez, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Froome attacked to sprint and the Colombian showed to be the strongest, crossing the finish line just ahead of the others. Pinot was second and Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Androni-Sidermec) was third after he surpassed the leader of Sky at the last moment.

Sosa, who also finished third in the first stage of the race, now leads the General Classification.




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