Stage 2: Bastia to Ajaccio, 156km
Jan Bakelants bagged his first professional victory in his rookie Tour after making the decisive six-man break which formed with less than 7km remaining. After riding away solo, he clung on by his fingernails to take the stage and the maillot jaune by a single second. Continue reading
Stage 2: Bastia to Ajaccio, 156km, medium mountain
No rest for the peloton today, as they have to get over four categorised climbs – one cat 2 and three cat 3s, including the Cote du Salario, just 12km from the finish – and a hairy final descent tailor-made for an attacker to slip away for victory.
Stage 2: Ischia to Forio, 17.4km team time trial
Sky produced a master-class in team time-trialling to take the second stage and put 23-year-old Salvatore Puccio – the team’s best-placed finisher on stage one – into pink in his maiden Giro. Puccio, a former winner of the under-23 Tour of Flanders, was on cloud nine – a pink cloud nine. Continue reading