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.
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.