The Belgian cyclist Tim merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) the second stage has been taken this Sunday of Italy spin, disputed between Stupinigi and Novara over 179 kilometerswhile the Italian Filippo ganna (INEOS-Grenadiers), winner of the opening time trial, retains the lead of the race.
The escapees of the day, the Italians Filippo Tagliani (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Umberto Marengo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè), were neutralized with 26 kilometers to go, and the teams they were taking positions within the peloton to bid for victory.
In a magnificent ‘volata’ in which the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) seemed the best positioned, this was closed by his teammate Juan Sebastián Molano, and everything was put on a platter for Merlier, who achieved the eleventh win of the season for Alpecin.
Thus, the Belgian (4:21:09) led a stage podium in which he was accompanied by Giacomo Nizzolo (Team Qhubeka ASSOS) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis). Meanwhile, the Italian Filippo Ganna (INEOS-Grenadiers) keeps the ‘pink jersey’ of the event.
The national trio formed by Tagliani, Marengo and Vincenzo Albanese (EOLO-KOMETA) formed the only escape of the day, which marched with a solid income until the arrival of a single scoring point of the day, Montechiaro d’Asti. A puncture left Albanese sold, hunted by a platoon pulled by Deceuninck, Jumbo and Lotto.
It was with a little more than twenty kilometers to go when the adventure of the duo in the lead also ended, and everything was decided in a very fast sprint in Novara, where Merlier managed to reign.
The transalpine race will continue this Monday with the dispute of the third stage, which will take place over 190 kilometers between Biella and Canale, with a flat profile in the first half and semi-mountainous in the second.