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Giro’15 St.2: Viva Viviani!
Race Report: A big sprint was expected in Genova, but who would take the honors? One of the 'old guard' maybe: Greipel or Petacchi. In the end it was a battle between two young guns with Elia Viviani edging out Moreno Hofland. Michael Matthews moved into the overall lead.

A day of a long break, crashes and three new jersey wearers came down to a crazy sprint on the streets of Genova. Sky's Elia Viviani won by a wheel from Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo), both out-distanced André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and all the others. Michael Matthews was 7th and the Pink Jersey moved to his shoulders from his teammate Simon Gerrans.

giro15st02rp-polizia620May the force be with you!

Stage 2 route:
There is a short unclassified climb just after the start in Albenga and an early break is expected to form around that point. There is one climb, the Cat 4 Prato Zanino (120K); this will see the first KOM jersey on the podium. Apart from that the course is fairly flat to the finish in Genova and is expected to come down to a sprint after 177 kilometers. There is a finishing circuit of 9.6 kilometers and the race will pass the finish line twice before the last battle.


Fast action
The break formed very early and it included: Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Eugert Zhupa (Southeast), Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec). Within 3 kilometers they had a lead of nearly 2 minutes. The peloton were less than interested and the gap soon became 6 minutes with 160 kilometers to go and 100 kilometers from Genova it was over 9 minutes. The Dutchman Bert-Jan Lindeman was the best placed in the front group at 45 seconds.

giro15st02rp-rollout620The first rollout of the 2015 Giro

The nine minute lead seemed to generate some movement in the bunch and Orica-GreenEDGE and Lampre-Merida put a rider each on the front to lift the speed (a little). Luke Durbridge was the Orica man with the work to do and he pulled the five leaders back to 7:17 with 78 kilometers left to race.

Durbridge was not left to do all the work as Lotto Soudal and Giant-Alpecin came forward.

At the sprint in Savona: Frapporti was first followed by the Albanian Zhupa and Lindeman. Trek took over the chase and they came through the sprint at 5:57. Trek were leading out Nizzolo for the remaining points.

We didn’t have to wait long for the second sprint (less than 10K) in Varazze. Frapporti took the second sprint from Lindeman who jumped from the back, but didn’t have enough speed to get round the Italian. Zhupa was third. The lead had dropped to 5 minutes and again Trek were working for Nizzolo and he had to fight for 6th place with Viviani of Sky.

giro15st02rp-zhupaA long day ahead for Eugert Zhupa of the Southeast team

The ‘break-away killer’ Cheng Ji (Giant-Alpecin), took control of the chase as the race got nearer to the climb of the day.

All five riders took their turn to work on the Prato Zanino (Cat 4), although Frapporti had gear problems. Berlato saw, or probably heard, Frapporti’s problem and jumped. Lindeman and Owsian was onto the little Italian and it was Lindeman who wanted the KOM, he attacked to take points and jersey.

50K left
The front of the peloton changed color as Tinkoff-Saxo moved forward and at the KOM summit line, with 54 kilometers to go, the lead was down to 3:05 and the Trek sprinter Nizzolo was in trouble just off the back with a few other sprinters.

The five leaders got back together on the descent, as did the back of the peloton, although there was a crash with around five riders, the worst affected being Enrico Barbin of Bardiani-CSF. Barbin looked to have broken something, arm/shoulder/wrist, but he remounted.

Into the last 45 kilometers, through Arenzano, the lead was just over 3 minutes and the speed had become too hot for a few at the back of the peloton, they would be looking at a long ride to Genova. Trek, Lotto Soudal and Giant-Alpecin were now the controlling squads.

The break was now as good as over, but they had a very profitable day as Bert-Jan Lindeman is leading the KOM competition and Marco Frapporti has the sprints jersey.

giro15st02-fansThe best view of the Giro

The last 30k
The lead was two minutes for the five escapees; Lindeman was doing most of the work, Oswian and Berlato were sitting on as they headed towards the finishing circuit.

The sprinter teams all came to the front: Lotto Soudal, Giant-Alpecin, Sky, Trek and Etixx – Quick-Step all had men to the fore. With all the bunching up, the inevitable crash happened, a good dozen riders hit the road; the IAM Cycling team had Haussler and Chavanel needing attention.

20 to go
Onto the circuit and again it was Trek and Giant on the front and through the finish the lead was only 50 seconds. The younger Quintana, Dyer, was the next to crash; he lost a lot of skin, but remounted to finish.

Tinkoff-Saxo wanted to keep Alberto Contador safe and so moved to the front as the race entered the final 15 kilometers, 18 seconds was the lead. For the moment the sprinters teams were holding back.

Berlato attacked, Oswain and Zhupa chased him and Lindeman and Frapporte were caught. More crashes split the bunch, but the Tinkoff-Saxo arrow was pulling all of the break riders back as they crossed the line with one lap to go.

Giro d'Italia 2015 stage - 2The break of the day hits the only climb of the day

10 kilometers left
Tinkoff had the bit between their teeth and were riding like a sprinters team with seven riders on the front. Astana started to infiltrate the fluo yellow train, keeping their man Aru safe.

The sprint
At 3K’s out, Tinkoff pealed off the front and let the likes of Sky, Lotto Soudal and Giant-Alpecin take over. Lampre-Merida and Trek had an alternative move into the last kilometer. Orica-GreenEDGE swamped the front for Michael Matthews, but no team had control. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) was on one side with Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo) on his wheel, but Elia Viviani (Sky) burst past them both and lunge for the line for his first Giro d’Italia stage win.

giro15st2-viviani-sprint-620Elia Viviani: 1st Grand Tour stage win

Although Michael Matthews had a tussle with a Lampre-Merida rider with around 500 meters to go, he finished in 7th place and kept the Pink jersey in the Orica-GreenEDGE family, taking the overall from teammate: Simon Gerrans.

giro15st2-podium-matthews-620Another podium for Orica-GreenEDGE

Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Result:
1. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky in 4:13:18
2. Moreno Hofland (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
3. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
4. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Alpecin
5. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast
6. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek
7. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
8. Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
9. Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini
10. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana
11. Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
12. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
13. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
14. Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
15. Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha
16. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
17. Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
18. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
19. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
20. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar
21. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC
22. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky
23. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC
24. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
25. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE in 4:32:44
2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
3. Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEDGE
5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo at 0:07
6. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
7. Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
8. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
9. Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
10. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana at 0:13
11. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
12. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana
13. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana
14. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana
15. Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana
16. Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana
17. Elia Viviani (Ita) Sky at 0:17
18. Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step at 0:19
19. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
20. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
21. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
22. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar at 0:21
23. Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar
24. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar
25. Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar.


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