Together with five more riders, Scarponi attacked atop the last climb of the distance Alto de Montgó with 6 km to go, starting the chasing of German rider Tony Martin. Finally, Martin won the stage, while Scarponi finished 5th in the closest chasing group 12 seconds behind.
- Honestly, it wasn’t an easy stage at all: 200 riders on narrow, wet and slippery roads, a lot of climbs and descents, high speed. Indeed, it was a serious test for everyone. It was a big test and for our technical things too. I can say, our bikes, wheels and brakes passed this day perfectly. Unfortunately, there were some crashes during the stage; Michele Scarponi was among riders, who fell down, but without any consequences. We knew, the stage final will be a tough one, so we had our riders in front of the group to hold the situation under control. We planned to attack or to follow attacks with someone of our riders. So, they did it like we discussed before start. Firstly, it was Jakob Fuglsang, followed by Michele Scarponi. He was able to break away in a small group and to finish ahead of the main peloton. Michele did a good race, but also the whole team was really strong today. Of course, we would like to get more in this stage, but we can be happy with the way the stage ended, - said sports director Dmitri Sedoun.
The new GC leader became Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet.
The third stage of the race will be held tomorrow – the peloton will pass 161 km from Canals to Riba-Roja de Túria.
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