May 6, 2017
Greipel wins Stage 2 while finishing straight clash with Gavira leaves Ewan out of contention
André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) has won the 221km Olbia-Tortolì second stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia in a bunch sprint.
German rider had a full bike length on second place Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) while Jasper Stuyven (Trek - Segafredo) took third spot. It is the seventh Giro win for Greipel.
An unfortunate clash between Caleb Ewan (ORICA-Scott) and Fernando Gavira (Quick-Step Floors) left the Aussie unclipped and out of the sprint.
The new Maglia Rosa André Greipel said: “It was a childhood dream to wear a jersey like this. I tried to get it last year and it didn’t work out. I tried yesterday again and it didn’t work out again, but today it went well, but at the beginning of the day, I didn’t believe it would be a bunch sprint finish. I expected more attacks, especially in the last climb. The bunch could have been into pieces up there but the head wind gave us, the sprinters, a chance to win. There was some more head wind towards the 2km mark, but my whole team was compact. Every riders played their part: Bak, Hansen, Marczynski, Hofland, De Buyst… I was one position behind [Orica-Scott’s Luka] Mezgec, hoping that he’d keep pulling. I waited for the good moment to deliver the win for the team and for myself.
“I dedicate this victory to all the people who are helpful to me and particularly to my mother who is having difficult times at the moment but she’s a fighter. We’re all fighters.”
Video Highlight (Italina Commnetary)
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Daniel Teklehaimanot (Team Dimension Data)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe
Stage 3 – Tortolì-Cagliari 148km - total elevation 600m
The stage is basically flat, with just mild and gentle undulations throughout the route. The first 90km are raced on a fast-flowing road, passing through a number of well-lit tunnels. After leaving the ss. 125, the route runs across Villasimius (intermediate sprint) and takes in a few short climbs along the coastal road. KOM points are for grabs at Capo Boi. Then comes a perfectly flat stretch of road, leading to the finish in Cagliari.
The final 10km are completely flat. The roads are wide and with a number of roundabouts, but no tricky curves. The home straight is 800m long, on an 8m wide asphalt road (up to the last 350m).
Stage Results and GC
1 - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) - 221km in 6h05’18”, average speed 36.298km/h
2 - Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3 - Jasper Stuyven (Trek - Segafredo) s.t.
1 - André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
2 - Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora - Hansgrohe) at 4"
3 - Caleb Ewan (Orica - Scott) at 8"