Race report

Strong display of teamwork on a tricky stage at the Giro

Giro d'Italia

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.

“The weather conditions were pretty terrible in the opening 100 kilometres, with a lot of rain,” explained Dumoulin at the finish. “It was a fast stage and combined with the rain it made for quite a tough day out but thankfully it was dry for the finale. The guys did a super job throughout the stage and we worked hard on the climbs to be positioned at the front for the descents. I’m really happy with the how we rode as a team today.”

Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “It was a long day with a rainy start for the guys. Before the stage we picked a few moments in the race where we wanted to be in position at the front of the peloton with Tom and the guys did a really good job to be there exactly when we wanted to be. The same can be said for the finale where everyone worked well together to protect Tom, with him finishing near the front of the peloton. It was a good performance all day from the whole team and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”