Tim Merlier won the second leg of the Jim de Italia, making his Grand Tour debut on the Alpesin-Phoenix team.
Although Tim Merlier won, this is not the first victory of 2021
Merlier (28) is on a winning streak this season. The former Belgian national champion won his fourth victory of 2021 from Stupinigi to Novara at the end of the 179 km race. Merlier defeated Giacomo Nissolo (Kubeka Azos), Elijah Viviani (Cofidis), Dylan Greenwegan (Jumbo Visma) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Irish riders Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) and Nicholas Roche (Team DSM) finished 64th and 95th respectively today, while winning.
What happened to Gaviria?
Fernando Gaviria (UAE team Emirates) was well placed in the sprint. While pulling the trigger and going to shoot, against obstacles, disaster. Gaviria’s teammate Juan Sebastian Molano was right in front of him, and he quickly looked to the left to see where his classmate was. In doing so, Molano moved slightly to the right and accidentally closed the road to Gaviria. The Colombian rider carelessly overcame obstacles with his teammate. However, he was able to stand on his own two feet, so a major crisis was averted.
Christus Neulands: First retired from Giro de Italia
Filippo Ganna et al
Race leader Filippo Ganna (Inios Grenadiers) showed off his pink jersey after yesterday’s win, winning today’s intermediate sprint for a three-second bonus. At the start of the race in the last kilometer, team leader Egan Bernal was leading the ganna pack on the wheel, clearly intending to keep himself and Bernal out of trouble. In today’s Intermediate Sprint, Remco EvenPole (Desunning-Quickstep) finished second above the finish line, thus earning a two-second bonus. This elevates it from the seventh position to the fourth position in some of the overall positions.
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