Tirreno-Adriatico 2021: Uphill sprint triumph Alaphilippe, Van Aert still leader

Julian Alaphilippe ta - Tirreno-Adriatico 2021: Uphill sprint triumph Alaphilippe, Van Aert still leaderfoto: Cor VosThe 2nd stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico travels on lumpy terrain to a slightly uphill sprint finish in Chiusdino. Julian Alaphilippe outguns Matieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert on the line. The Flemish rider stays in the GC lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results stage 2

1. Julian Alaphilippe (fra)
2. Mathieu van der Poel (nld) s.t.
3. Wout van Aert (bel) s.t.
4. Tadej Pogacar (slo) s.t.
5. Alex Aranburu (spa) s.t.
6. Robert Stannard (nzl) s.t.
7. João Almeida (por) s.t.
8. Greg Van Avermaet (bel) s.t.
9. Tim Wellens (bel) s.t.
10. Giulio Ciccone (ita) s.t.

47. Marc Soler (spa) + 0.32
63. Simon Yates (gbr) + 1.22
103. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 9.08

GC after stage 2

1. Wout van Aert (bel)
2. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 0.04
3. Mathieu van der Poel (nld) + 0.08
4. Pavel Sivakov (rus) + 0.11
5. Mikel Landa (spa) + 0.13
6. Andrea Vendrame (ita) + 0.14
7. Robert Stannard (nzl) s.t.
8. João Almeida (por) s.t.
9. Tadej Pogacar (slo) s.t.
10. Alex Aranburu (spa) s.t.

A six men breakaway establishes itself early on. Simon Pellaud, Marcus Burghardt, Vincenzo Albanese, John Archibald, Simone Velasco and Pieter Vanspeybrouck race to a lead of more than 5 minutes before the peloton takes control.

The attackers are reeled in on the Poggio alla Croce before Egan Bernal strikes with Kasper Asgreen and Jasper De Buyst in his wheel. A group with among others Sergio Higuita, Marc Soler, Quinn Simmons, Simon Yates, João Almeida and Pavel Sivakov bridges across.

Yates, Almeida and Sivakov push on together, while Mikel Landa closes down the gap on his own.

Sivakov gains a bonus of 3 seconds in the intermediate sprint with 14.5 kilometres remaining, Yates takes 2, Landa 1.

The four open a maximum gap of 40 seconds, which is halved when they enter the finish climb.

Yates can’t follow the pace in the last 2 kilometres before Almeida heads out alone under the flamme rouge. The Portuguese is caught 100 metres before the line.

Alaphilippe wins the uphill sprint ahead of Van der Poel and Van Aert. The Belgian stays in the race lead, while Alaphilippe and Van der Poel move up to second and third, respectively.

Another interesting read: route 2nd stage 2021 Tirreno-Adriatico.

Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 stage 2: route, profiles, more

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