Alaphilippe marks territory

The Frenchman neutralized his teammate Almeida 50 meters from the finish line and won the second stage. Bernal and Landa, very active. Van Aert continues to lead.

The second day of the Tirreno-Adriatic, with a practically flat terrain with two small ascents, had as great difficulty the distance, with more than 200 kilometers of stage (202). A priori, it was not intended to be a battle between the most important runners, but with the poster and the participants present in this edition, it is very difficult to have a quiet day. After all, the riders are the ones who make the races good, and that's how this stage was conquered by Alaphilippe ahead of Van der Poel and Van Aert. Three acquaintances who coincide in the fight for victory in all kinds of tests: World, classic, one-week tests ... and soon we will see if in more.At the start, a breakaway was formed consisting of five riders: Pellaud, Burghardt, Albanese, Archibald, Velasco and Vanspeybrouck. The peloton did not give them much margin, perhaps too little, and for that reason, with the high pace of the Jumbo, they were neutralized at 35 kilometers from the finish line. In this way, a new range of possibilities was opened up for new movements, right on a stretch of hard slopes with a narrow road, and the attacks arrived. The first of them was that of Egan Bernal, key to the future of the day, because he surprised the rest of the favorites and caused them to cheer up. The Colombian was beaten along with De Buyst and Asgreen, with an income of more than ten seconds. Soon after they were caught, but the race was already out of control.

It was then that Simon Yates, Sivakov, Almeida and Landa jumped, forming a high-level quartet that put the squad in check. Soler, who was seen, tried to enter without success. The top four rolled with great understanding and the advantage continued to grow, reaching forty seconds. Behind, the Jumbo of the leader Van Aert pulling although showing that they could not cut the rent. In several straights, they saw the four escapees, but without approaching. It was with five kilometers to go when the UAE of Pogacar came in to help lend a hand to the Jumbo that was seen as necessary to neutralize.

Ahead, the quartet continued to give good relays, but the advantage was reduced. Simon Yates dropped even from the pack after being neutralized, and the other three followed, already on the demanding climb to Chiusdino. Finally, the Russian and the Spanish cut each other and Almeida tried it alone, stroking a victory that he did not have by 50 meters. At that distance he was neutralized by ... his teammate Alaphilippe, although it is true that if the Frenchman does not jump, Van der Poel and Van Aert were already at his wheel. Fourth was Pogacar and fifth was a great Alex Aranburu. The world champion achieves his first victory this season in the rainbow jersey.

Classification of the stage

1º Julian Alaphilippe

2º Mathieu van der Poel

º Wout van Aert

4º Tadej Pogacar

5º Alex Aranburu

General classification

1º Wout van Aert

2º Julian Alaphilippe

º Mathieu van der Poel

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