Stage 2 of Tirreno Adriatico always looked likely to end in a fast bunch sprint, and after 167km of racing, a bunch sprint was indeed the outcome with Team Sunweb riders finishing outside the top positions but home safe.
The stage got underway with a small breakaway of four riders pulling clear, extending their lead to several minutes before the sprinters’ teams picked up the chase behind. Four became three, and with 30km to race, their advantage was just 1′ and falling.
Once the junction was made all eyes were on a sprint finish. The team had to overcome a late crash for Wilco Kelderman and then despite Nikias Arndt being well placed coming into the final kilometres, there was to be no result for the team today.
After the stage, Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef told us: “Today was a flat day in Tirreno covering 180km. There was some wind at the start, but it was a controlled day by BMC and the sprint teams. With 7km to go there was a crash where Tom Dumoulin came through but Wilco was involved in. After a quick turnaround where he had to change bike he was able to fight back and all the guys came over the line in the same time.”
Nikias added: “It was a good day today, with a hectic final. Wilco was behind the crash but he could make it back in a good way, so in the end we were all able to finish in the same time.”