After a tough opening on yesterday’s first stage, the Development team were in amongst the action on stage 2 of the race with Florian Stork and Marc Goos in the day’s main breakaway of 10 riders. Eventually being caught before the tough final climb of the day, the team eventually finished out of the top placings on the stage.
The early move took around 25km to form before being allowed to start building an advantage that stretched to over 3 minutes with 130km of the 188km stage. Both Marc and Florian were distanced on the tough Col de Tamié before returning to the peloton.
At the front of the race the leaders’ advantage kept falling as the race neared the final test of the day, the climb of Mont Saxonnex. It was here that one rider jumped from the peloton, passing the remaining breakaway riders, to solo to the stage win.
Tomorrow’s third stage sees another rolling stage but with less climbing metres than the past days, over the 126km between Magland and Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne.
After the stage, Team Sunweb coach Dirk Reuling explained his view on the stage. “We started the race really well with two guys in the break of 10. But there was one rider who was just 2’30” down on GC and so the peloton controlled the break. I think our guys spent a bit too much energy on the front as on the first big climb of the day they were both dropped in the fight for the KOM.
“On the last climb, Ruben was our best rider finishing around 3 minutes down. So, it was a good start like we planned today but we couldn’t achieve the result that we wanted at the end.”