Israel Start-Up Nation took another top-10 result in the Giro d’Italia as Davide Cimolai finished in ninth place in the bunch sprint on stage 2.
With a pancake flat profile and little to no wind, today’s first road stage of the Giro was an easy one to navigate for the peloton. Three riders attacked from the start and they quickly got a gap of over five minutes. From there on, the teams of the sprinters made sure to keep the breakaway in check and as the riders took on the final 15 km, it was all back together again.
The ISN guys did well to keep both Cimolai and team leader Dan Martin near the front in the hectic final. Unfortunately, Cimolai suffered a late mechanical problem. He did an impressive job of getting back to the front but, in the end, he simply ran out of road and had to settle for ninth place on the line. Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) took the win, while Filippo Ganna (INEOS) still leads the race overall with Matthias Brändle in ninth place.
Davide Cimolai: “Normally, the first sprint in a Grand Tour is always the most complicated one as everybody has fresh legs. Especially today as we went slow all day until the sprint. I’m not happy with my ninth place. I dropped my chain with around two kilometers to go and had to chase back to the front, wasting a lot of energy. However, the good thing is that my condition is good. We will try again for sure.”