Safely through first sprint stage at Giro d’Italia

Sat 5 May 2018

The first road stage of the Giro d’Italia has concluded in the expected sprint in front of massive crowds in Tel Aviv today.

Quickstep Floors’ Elia Viviani claimed the stage honours with Mitchelton-SCOTT’s two leaders Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves finishing safely in the bunch. BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis stole the pink leader’s jersey courtesy of intermediate sprint bonus seconds. 

Several small moves
Several small moves characterised today’s race with combinations of three-rider breaks forming in the early stages of the race before BMC closed it down to help leader Dennis take bonus seconds and the overall lead at the second intermediate point. 

Guillaume Boivin of Israel Cycling Academy then showed his local colours solo at the head of the race, but proved no threat to the expected sprint won by Viviani.

Leaders stay safe
With the nerves of the opening time trial and the tensions of the first road stage, the priority for Mitchelton-SCOTT on today’s stage was to keep leaders Yates and Chaves safe.

The peloton was greeting with thousands of fans across the final 15km into the city of Tel Aviv, but kept protected by their teammates, the pair crossed the finish line without concern on bunch time. 

Matt White – sport director:
“The first road stage, especially a sprint stage, is always nervous but we have made it through with the guys safe and without worry. 

“The crowds were huge for the last 15km which made for a bit of tension given the speed of the peloton but it was amazing to see.

“We have ticked the box of another stage and now we move onto tomorrow.” 

Giro d’Italia – Stage 2 Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Quickstep Floors) 3:51:20
2. Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) ST
3. Sam Bannett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
28. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Giro d’Italia – General Classification after stage 2:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) 4:03:21
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +0:01
3. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) +0:03
7. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:21

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.