Tough final in Giro stage 2
A five-kilometer uphill stretch to the finish with some GC-contenders attacking, made many rider’s legs feel like they were exploding in the second stage of the Giro d’Italia. Our top-finisher was GC-rider Dani Navarro.
His 51st-place finish was a morale booster for the Spanish climber. “I felt good today, both in the last hour of racing and on the final climb. It was a super-fast final,” Navarro said after the stage.
Rick Zabel, who got plenty of attention in his fashionable blue climber’s jersey, tried everything to keep it another day, but did not succeed. “I attacked twice in the beginning of the stage, but the peloton did not let me go. Then I decided to focus on the final.”
British ITT-champion Alex Dowsett praised the teamwork in that last hour of racing. He brought Navarro and the ISN sprinters to an excellent position towards the final stretch.
But the attacks from the GC-contenders left our Zabel, Rudy Barbier, and Davide Cimolai behind; however, Navarro was able to follow and will be the man to watch tomorrow on the slopes of Mount Etna.