After a day in pink for Tom Dumoulin at the Giro d’Italia’s second stage, the Maglia Rosa switches shoulders after bonus seconds won by yesterday’s runner-up Rohan Dennis. Tom finishes the day safely in the bunch alongside the team, with no loss over GC contenders.
The first road stage of the Giro d’Italia, stage two was set to be a day for the sprinters with just one fourth categorised climb en route to the finish in Tel Aviv. The day was animated by different breakaway groups spending time up the road, with one three rider group and a solo rider both opening up gaps during the stage.
Team Sunweb spent the day riding together in the bunch with the Maglia Rosa on the shoulders of stage one winner Tom Dumoulin. With bonus seconds available at the intermediate sprint, GC team’s took advantage of the opportunity, winning the sprint to take over the lead of the Maglia Rosa. After a fast run into the finish with sprinter’s teams looking to line their fast men up for the final, Team Sunweb and Tom Dumoulin crossed the line safely with no time losses on the GC contenders.
After the stage Tom said: “The team did a really good job controlling and protecting me throughout the day today. As expected, the stage was sometimes stressful with the wind but in the end all was ok. In the final I was suffering a bit and there were a lot of crowds but we managed to come through well and finish safely. The other team’s made us lose the jersey; it’s incredible to wear it but it’s still early on in the race. Not having the jersey saves us having to control the entire race, and saves the post-race activities, too. This means that we can keep our energy for further on in the race for the important moments.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “It was a 160 kilometre flat stage today. It took a long time before the break of three riders went because Campenaerts, who is third in the GC, tried to take his chance a few times in the break. When break eventually left we started to take control and soon Quickstep, Willier and BMC joined. BMC speeded up and they took their chance to go with Dennis for the bonus seconds in the intermediate sprint and because of that action he is now in the pink jersey, which they did very well. Now we can save our energy for further on and Tom is still placed very well in the GC being 2nd overall.”