Race report

Tom Dumoulin on the offensive on Stage 2 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Tirreno-Adriatico

Tom Dumoulin showed signs of strong legs in the closing stages of Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 today bridging across to a late escape in the final kilometres before finishing safely in the selective front group.

The stage got underway with a five rider breakaway going clear early in the day and building a healthy lead over the peloton happy to let them go. Gradually the chase picked up and with 30 kilometre remaining the gap was down to three minutes. The catch eventually came with 13 kilometres to go as the pace ramped up going into the testing rolling finale.

Tom was present in the whittled down from group with Sam Oomen and Søren Kragh Andersen, all of whom finished in the front group of around 30 riders.

Tom Dumoulin | Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tom Dumoulin | Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Nicholas Roche | Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tom Dumoulin | Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Chad Haga | Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb
Tom Dumoulin | Tirreno-Adriatico | Team Sunweb

After the finish, Tom said: “It was quite a stressful final today, but as a team we held our position well and the guys could support me going into the difficult final climb. Unfortunately we got blocked at one point and missed a small group go but I was able to go across and I showed my condition is OK.”

Teammate Søren added: “I was quite uncomfortable all day today and I really suffered in the final. I’d have liked to have gone for a result but I’m still not quite back to full strength after being ill.”

Finally, Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “On today’s second stage of Tirreno we had a light tailwind for much of the day making for a fast race particularly at the end. The tempo was on towards the difficult final climb. We had some very small roads too which caused a split late on but Tom was able to bridge across and it all came back together. We had Søren up there and it was normally quite a good finish for him but he’s still recovering from illness and didn’t quite have the energy to go for it today. But Tom, Sam and Søren remain in the select group of GC contenders so we can be satisfied with the day.”

Tomorrow’s third stage in Italy takes the riders from Pomerance to Foligno over 226 kilometres over another rolling parcours with a flatter finish to the day.