The German Andrè Greipel has been the fastest one on the final sprint of today’s second stage of the Giro d’Italia. Thanks to the time bonuses he gained also the Pink jersey of the GC Leader.
The first of our athletes to cross the finish line was the Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez, 34th.
Our Paolo Tiralongo suffered by a fall at km 80 but without consequences, just few excoriation on the left side but he finished the stage regularly.
Among the Astana Pro Team riders, there is one who is living this Giro as a new ‘adventure’: Tanel Kangert, 30, Estonian with a good palmares including an Abu Dhabi Tour, stages at Giro del Trentino, at Tour de Suisse and several good performances at the Giro, like last year for example, helping his captain Nibali to win the Corsa Rosa.
“The approach to this Giro has been terrible for us, the worst that anyone could ever try to imagine – said Kangert – nonetheless, here we are, eight brave athletes that will give everything to honour Michele and the Astana Pro Team jersey.”
“This first two stages has been quite challenging with not easy race routes and a good speed – continued the Estonian – let’s just consider that even today we did 3300 meters of difference in level, concentrated in the first 180 km of race…”.
“For me this Giro will be like a particular adventure, I can’t say now if it will be a good one of not, just that it will be a different one, that I will live and race day by day trying to catch every single second of it.”
“In my career I’ve always been a rider who did good performances in the Grand Tours – concluded Kangert – giving my best in the last week: let’s see what will happen in the next stages of this first part of the Giro, for sure I will give my best!”
Tomorrow, the third stage of the Giro 2017, is the most suitable for the sprinters among the first three stages: from Tortolì to Cagliari, 148 km almost flat with the only unknown aspect of the pavè in the final 350 meters.