The curtain was drawn on stage two of the 100th Giro d’Italia with UAE Team Emirates’ Italian rider Roberto Ferrari crossing the finish line in second place.
It was an impressive display by the 34-year-old in the hilly stage from Olbia to Tortoli, as he finished behind Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), who claimed the top position on the podium and leads the general classification.
Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) ended his day just behind in third place.
Speaking afterwards, Ferrari said: “This was a tricky sprint that definitely gave an unexpected result. My legs felt great and I am pleased placing second. After I was part of the lead group I gave my best to remain at the front of the bunch sprint.
“I’m very satisfied with my results and the great performance of the entire team in the climbs and descents. We are looking forward to tomorrow where we are aiming to have another top result.”
2 – Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3 – Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
1 – Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
2 – Lukas Postlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 4″
3 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) at 8″
Stage three is a shorter 148km ride, best suited for sprinters.
It starts in Tortolì and finishes in Cagliari for the fourth time in the Giro’s history. The final 10km has a number of roundabouts which may impact the breakaway group but the home stretch of 800m with wide asphalt roads are likely to make for a good sprint finish.