Tour of the Alps 2021: Simon Yates solos to leader’s jersey

Simon Yates alps - Tour of the Alps 2021: Simon Yates solos to leader's jerseyimage: Cor VosSimon Yates strikes on the penultimate climb. The Briton powers on to win the 2nd stage of the Tour of the Alps ahead of Pavel Sivakov. Yates is the new race leader. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage Tour of the Alps 2021

1. Simon Yates (gbr)
2. Pavel Sivakov (rus) + 0.41
3. Daniel Martin (irl) + 0.58
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) s.t.
5. Jefferson Cepeda (ecu) s.t.
6. Jai Hindley (aus) + 1.17
7. Hugh Carthy (gbr) z.t
8. Nick Schultz (aus) + 1.42
9. Romain Bardet (fra) s.t.
10. Ruben Guerreiro (por) s.t.

GC after stage 2
1. Simon Yates (gbr)
2. Pavel Sivakov (rus) + 0.45
3. Daniel Martin (irl) + 1.04
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (rus) + 1.08
5. Jefferson Cepeda (ecu) s.t.
6. Jai Hindley (aus) + 1.27
7. Hugh Carthy (gbr) s.t.
8. Nick Schultz (aus) + 1.52
9. Ruben Guerreiro (pol) s.t.
10. Pello Bilbao (spa) s.t.

Race report
A breakaway of six riders – Thompson, Janse van Rensburg, Vacek, Bais, Hulgaardt, Engelhardt – opens up a gap of 3 minutes before the peloton takes the reins.

Janse van Rensburg can’t follow the pace in the first ascent of the Piller Sattel, while Thompson is the first rider at the summit. Bais tracks him down in the descent.

The two are reeled in in the second climb of the Piller Sattel. Moments later Quintana strikes. Following several other attacks an elite group remains: Yates, Sivakov, Quintana, and Carthy.

A long pull by Yates and Sivakov is the only rider left in his wheel. But after another acceleration the Briton is alone at the front. He reaches the summit with a lead of 30 seconds.

Yates extends his lead in the descent, while more riders join the chase group in the valley. Following some movement Sivakov, Vlasov, Dan Martin, Hindley and Cepeda are the new chasers. That is, for awhile. Because Sivakov leaves the others behind in the last 5 kilometres.

The chase does not bear fruit, as Yates is too strong. He wins the race with a lead of 41 seconds, while Martin sprints to third place.

Another interesting read: route 2nd stage 2021 Tour of the Alps.

Tour of the Alps 2021 stage 2: route, profile, more

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