The second stage of this edition of the Tirreno – Adriatico measured 229 km that are a considerable distance in this part of the racing season.
Regained the breakaway of the day (more than 200 km out…) some attacks on the last hills, allowed some riders to take an advantage on the bunch: between them the British Geraint Thomas has been able to keep 9 seconds on the bunch and won the stage.
Fabio Aru concluded the race in the first part of the bunch (24th) between the strongest riders for the GC.
Mostly in a long stage like today’s one, the work of the team mates is very important for the captain to save as more energies as possible.
One of the most expert, strong and reliable ‘gregario’ of the entire peloton is the Kazakh, Andrey Zeits: 30 years old he is at his 10th year wearing the colours of the Astana Pro Team.
“Here at Tirreno – Adriatico we are doing an important job to protect our captain, Fabio Aru, and try to bring him in the best position for the final forcing” commented Zeits after the finish.
“Today there has been some wind all along the race route and, even if the speed became really high only in the final, we did some important efforts to keep Aru at the front on the ‘up and down’ – continued Zeits – lucky us the weather was good and so even doing almost 6 hours in race was ok and really good as a training…”.
“I’m feeling good even if not great but I’m sure that we will be able to do something good in the next difficult stages…” concluded the Kazakh.
After two stages (yesterday’s TTT and today) three Astana Pro Team, Sanchez, Aru and Scarponi are respectively 20th, 21st and 22nd in the GC with the same gap (54 seconds) from the Leader, the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet.
The third stage of this Tirreno – Adriatico will see the athletes challenging each other on tomorrow’s 204 km from Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro: some hills along the entire race route for a stage that should fits for the sprinters or could also give some chances to a breakaway to gain the finish line.
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