The Italian Diego Ulissi (UAE) won the sprint ahead of Slovak Peter sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) this Sunday in the second stage of the Italy spin, on a tour of 149 kilometers between Alcamo and Agrigento, while Filippo ganna (Ineos) defended the leader’s pink jersey.
Ulissi triumphed with a time of 3 hours, 24 minutes and 58 seconds ahead of Sagan and the Dane Mikkel honore (Deceunick Quick Step) after an intense final sprint on the way up to Agrigento.
Ganna, who won the opening time trial this Saturday, kept the pink jersey of leader of the general classification, with 22 seconds ahead of Portuguese Joao Almeida (Deceunick Quick Step).
After the opening time trial, in which Ganna, in his debut in the Giro and recent world chrono champion, triumphed with 22 seconds of advantage over the second, Joao Almeida, the riders faced an undulating stage of 149 kilometers with slopes of 9 % in the last 2.5 kilometers.
Five runners, Luxembourg’s Ben Gastauer (AG2R), Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani), Belgian Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Dutchman Etienne Van Empel (Vini Zabú), attacked at the start of the race Y they lasted up to ten kilometers from the finish line.
The group managed the escape without any particular difficulties, although in the middle of the race Astana saw Russian Alexander Vlasov be forced to withdraw tearfully from the Giro due to physical problems. He is the second Astana leader to say goodbye to this Carrera Rosa, after the Colombian Miguel Ángel “Supermán” López.
The Colombian corridor suffered a serious fall this Saturday during the time trial and he was operated on in a Palermo hospital for a deep wound near the iliac artery. Of course, he has no injuries and was able to leave the hospital on the same Italian night on Saturday.
The intensity increased in the last eight kilometers of this second stage, when the teams began to prepare their positions to face the final climb that led to the finish line in Agrigento. Ineos, with the pink Ganna shirt, UAE, with the Colombian Fernando Gaviria, or the Astana, with the Danish Jakob Fuglsang, they flew at speeds that touched the 70 kilometers per hour.
However, the first to attack was the Italian Luca Wackermann (Vini Zabú), but he was soon overtaken by Ulissi, Sagan and Honoré, who launched the final sprint in the last 800 meters. Sagan, who is competing in the Giro for the first time in his career this year and who is hungry for triumphs after not winning any stage in the Tour de France, it stuck to Ulissi’s wheel, but He didn’t have the strength in his legs to overcome him.
Ulissi crossed the finish line with about five meters of advantage over Sagan and Honoré, with the Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Trek Segafredo) who entered eighth and the Spanish Pello Bilbao (Bahrain McLaren) who was ninth. There were no significant changes to the overall standings, with Ganna keeping his 22-second lead over Almeida and 23-second over Britain’s Geraint Thomas (Ineos).