Stage two of the Giro would see the riders take on 205 kilometres from Bologna to Fucecchio. With the parcours as mixed as the weather conditions, it would be a fast and nervous day for the peloton.
As the rain fell when the riders left Bologna, it wouldn’t take long for a group of eight to escape and quickly build up a gap north of four minutes. However, with it being a strong break the sprint teams came to the front of the bunch to help set tempo and ensure that the gap didn’t grow out too big.
As the race entered the final 50 kilometres of the day, two categorised climbs awaited, and the pace was increased with the break’s advantage dropping to just over two minutes. Team Sunweb were prominent at the head of the peloton, with the riders working hard to maintain their position before the technical and slightly damp descents that followed. The bunch was nervous coming towards the finale but Team Sunweb stayed out of trouble by continuing to ride at the front of the peloton before the sprinters would eventually contest the day, with Ackermann taking the win. Tom Dumoulin finished safely within the bunch and as a result maintains his fifth place on GC.