The second stage of the Giro d'Italia: Ulissi played four or two thousand catties, Sagan is hard to miracle

On October 4, 2020, the second stage of the Giro d'Italia ends. Diego Ulissi (UAE Emirates) won the stage championship. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) has a pink jersey.

The second stage of Alcamo-Agrigento, 149 kilometers, the terrain is dominated by flat roads and small undulations. Rick Zabel (Israel Start-Up Nation) wanted to keep the blue shirt on his body and tried to break through as soon as he set off, but failed. Soon after, a stable five-person breakout group appeared: Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Ben Gastauer (AG2R), Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) and Etienne van Empel (Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM). Breakout expert De Gendt is very active, taking in the climbing points, sprint points and time-reduction rewards. After the game, he won the Combativity award.

Despite the higher temperatures in the stadium, the overall rhythm is stable. The most interesting news in the big group came from the Astana team: Vlasov retired due to gastrointestinal discomfort, causing the team to lose another general after López. The big group did not let the breakout group go far, and recovered five people in the last 9 kilometers.

Entering the final stage of the competition, several sprint teams tried to control the field. But on the gentle slope of the last 3 kilometers, flat sprinters such as Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Gaviria (UAE Emirates) withdrew from the competition; Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) were good at uphill sprinting. The drivers stepped forward one after another, ready to go.

In the last 1.5 kilometers, Valerio Conti (UAE Emirates) took teammate Ulissi to accelerate, and several drivers opened a little gap with the big group. In the last 900 meters, Luca Wackermann (Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM) took the opportunity to attack; Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) responded, followed by Ulissi immediately launched the next wave of attacks.

But Ulissi didn't move on, but kept looking back and watching. Honoré gradually recovered. Sagan missed the previous waves of acceleration and tried to catch up with the two in front of him in the last 100 meters. Honoré took the lead in sprinting, and Ulissi, who had been waiting for a long time, easily overtook and secured the final victory. Exhausted, Sagan failed to challenge Ulissi, but after the game put on a blue jersey that represented the highest climbing points.

Five seconds later, the big group reached the end, and the main overall score competitors were among them. Ganna successfully kept the pink shirt, but he is about to change his role-in the next stage, his task is to help teammate Geraint Thomas to take the pink shirt from him while climbing Mount Etna.


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