Team News: Van Avermaet Now Leads Tirreno-Adriatico

After the stage win by Geraint Thomas, BMC rider Greg Van Avermaet now leads after two stages of Tirreno-Adriatico

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Team News: Van Avermaet Now Leads Tirreno-Adriatico

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The Tirreno-Adriatico leader’s jersey swapped from one BMC Racing Team rider to another on stage 2 after Greg Van Avermaet took fourth place following a tough battle on the day’s final climb.

The peloton was happy for six riders to go clear as soon as racing started and the group’s lead hovered around five minutes for the first 100km of racing. But, the toughest was yet to come with three categorized climbs packed into the second half of the stage.

After 123km of racing, the climbing began with the breakaway hitting the ascent to Serrazzano, 4’45” ahead of the main bunch being led by BMC Racing Team. With less than 60km to go, the chase began to heat up, and the gap quickly fell to inside 2’30” as Jempy Drucker, Manuel Quinziato and Daniel Oss pushed on at the front of the peloton.

The breakaway was eventually caught on the early slopes of the final categorized climb to Montecatini Val di Cecina, but as expected it was the ascent into Pomarance that proved decisive for today’s stage win. Fireworks started as soon as the race hit the final climb with riders flying off the front of the main bunch in quick succession, but it was the attack by Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) that stuck heading under the 5km go marker.
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Caruso was able to make the jump across to him alongside Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar). However, the second burst of acceleration from Thomas saw him eventually ride solo to the finish line. The pace didn’t slow down up behind him with the chasers swept up by the bunch as they attempted to close the gap. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) made an early move to take second before Van Avermaet sprinted to fourth place on the line and into the blue leader’s jersey.

BMC Racing Team remain in control of the General Classification heading into stage 3 with Van Avermaet leading the way ahead of Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen.

Greg Van Avermaet: “I’m a little disappointed with today’s result. My main goal today was the stage win as I felt I had the legs to do that and the course suited me well. Of course, it’s always great to wear the leader’s jersey, especially at a UCI WorldTour race, and this is really a sign of the performance of the whole team today. Everyone put in a huge effort, and we had to do a lot of the work ourselves today. I am thankful to the team for that.”

“We were a little surprised when Thomas attacked, but we had Damiano Caruso with him at the beginning. When Thomas attacked again and was able to go solo at the front of the race, we were in a tricky situation as after all the work we had put in earlier we weren’t able to chase hard.”
“We have the leader’s jersey for another day. I don’t think it will be me that keeps hold of it past Saturday but as a team, we are here to do our best, and that means we want to try and win overall.”

Stage 2
1. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky
2. Tom Dumoulin, Team Sunweb 0:09
3. Peter Sagan, Bora – Hansgrohe
4. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing Team
5. Francesco Gavazzi, Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec
6. Michal Kwiatkowski, Team Sky
7. Adam Yates, ORICA-Scott
8. Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team
9. Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team
10. Simon Clarke, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

73. Scott Thwaites, Dimension Data
74. Stephen Cummings, Dimension Data
140. Mark Cavendish, Dimension Data 12:42
141. Alex Dowsett, Movistar Team
142. Ryan Mullen, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

1. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing Team1
2. Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing Team
3. Tejay van Garderen, BMC Racing Team
4. Damiano Caruso, BMC Racing Team
5. Niki Terpstra, Quick-Step Floors 0:16
6. Bob Jungels, Quick-Step Floor ,,
7. Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team 0:21
8. Daniel Moreno, Movistar Team
9. Sebastien Reichenbach , FDJ
10. Jonathan Castroviejo, Movistar Team

13. Adam Yates, ORICA-Scott 0:24



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