Giro d'Italia

Stage 2) Bologna - Fucecchio

IT Italy, Sunday 12 May 2019
205 km

First podium for Viviani at the 102nd Giro d’Italia

First podium for Viviani at the 102nd Giro d’Italia

Rain, wet roads, and cold temperatures accompanied the riders as they left behind Bologna, the city that in the Middle Ages knew many turbulent times due to its central position in the Peninsula, which made it the object of ambition for the likes of Cesare Borgia and Louis Xll.

These conditions and the two classified climbs packed inside the final 50 kilometers made stage 2 of the Corsa Rosa a tricky one, especially as the sprinters’ teams had to push a strong pace on the ascents in order to reel in the eight-man breakaway, but not hard enough so that their leaders would safely make it to the finish in Fucecchio, where a bunch gallop was expected.

Neo-pro Mikkel Honoré was prominent at the front of the field from the very outset of the stage, controlling the escapees’ gap and putting in a sterling work on both the flat and hills. A Grand Tour debutant, he 22-year-old Mikkel devoted all his energies to the team’s goal of fighting for victory at the end of this edition’s first road stage, bringing back the leaders inside ten kilometers to go, before things became nervous, impacting the finale.

The sprint was hectic and more chaotic than usual, mainly because of a crash which split the peloton under the flamme rouge arch. Having made the cut, Elia Viviani was well-placed in the reduced group and opened his sprint with 120 meters to go, hitting a maximum speed of 71.2km/h and taking second behind Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), for his 30th top 3 finish in the Deceuninck – Quick-Step jersey.

“I was in a good position, but Ackermann anticipated the sprint in the tailwind, while I waited too much before kicking out. I had a very fast 50 meters, but that wasn’t enough. On the plus side, the feeling is good and our team is motivated, which gives me confidence ahead of the next sprint stages”, Elia said in Fucecchio, a finish town at the Giro d’Italia for the first time in the race’s history.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
4:44:43
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
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4 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
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6 Davide Cimolai
Israel Cycling Academy
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7 Viacheslav Kuznetsov
Team Katusha Alpecin
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8 Jasper De Buyst
Lotto Soudal
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9 Kristian Sbaragli
Israel Cycling Academy
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10 Rüdiger Selig
BORA - hansgrohe
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17 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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39 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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95 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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127 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
138 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:37
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:57:42
2 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:19
3 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
0:23
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:28
5 Tom Dumoulin
Team Sunweb
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6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
0:33
7 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
0:35
8 Bauke Mollema
Trek - Segafredo
0:39
9 Damiano Caruso
Bahrain Merida
0:40
10 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Astana Pro Team
0:42
12 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
20 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:57
41 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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52 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30
53 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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88 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:01
90 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:05
138 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:36
1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
15 pt
4 Marco Frapporti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
12 pt
5 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
12 pt
6 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
7 Vincenzo Nibali
Bahrain Merida
9 pt
8 Damiano Cima
Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè
8 pt
9 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE-Team Emirates
8 pt
10 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
7 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
4:58:10
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
0:07
3 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
0:19
4 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:29
5 Pavel Sivakov
Team INEOS
0:33
6 Ben O'Connor
Team Dimension Data
0:44
7 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:45
8 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
0:46
9 Jai Hindley
Team Sunweb
1:03
10 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
1:04
34 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:08
1 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
21 pt
2 François Bidard
AG2R La Mondiale
6 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
4 pt
4 Łukasz Owsian
CCC Team
3 pt
5 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
2 pt
6 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
1 pt
7 Marco Frapporti
Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
1 pt
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 14:54:47
2 Bahrain Merida 0:15
3 Astana Pro Team 0:28
4 Mitchelton-Scott 0:36
5 BORA - hansgrohe 0:41
6 Team Sunweb 0:54
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 1:01
8 EF Education First 1:06
9 Team INEOS 1:09
10 UAE-Team Emirates 1:16

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