With two attacks in the final of stage 2, Kazakh champion Alexey Lutsenko animated the race in his attempt to go for the stage win. But after two attempts to stay clear from the chasing group, he finished in this group behind Alexander Kristoff who took the win and the overall lead. Lutsenko is now fifth on just 15 seconds of Kristoff with two more stages to go. Earlier, on the eventful stage, Davide Villella and Hernando Bohorquez were part of a 30-man-breakaway, with Villella being able to take the KOM points on the first climb. He’s now the leader in the King of the Mountains classification, wearing the blue jersey on tomorrow’s stage 3.
- I’m here to prepare myself for the final of the season, with the Italian classics and the World Championships coming up soon. Today was a good test for me, as I’m feeling strong and wanted to see if I could make it to the finish after an attack. But both times we got caught and in the sprint, I knew it was hard to beat sprinters like Kristoff or Colbrelli. But still I’m satisfied with my performance and I’m looking forward to the upcoming days, as we can try again to go for a stage win and maybe even a result in the GC, - said Alexey Lutsenko
- It was a hard day, as the pace of the breakaway was very high. Our only goal today was to let Alexey Lutsenko ride a good final, which he did. He’s now close in the GC, so we will definitely try to improve his current fifth place. For me, it was not a goal to get the KOM jersey today, but it’s still nice to get it and to wear it tomorrow, - said Davide Villella
Stage 3 covers 189 kilometers and will bring the riders from Göttingen to Eisenach with a hilly final.
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