Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won stage 2 from Camaiore to Pomarance (229km). Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) is the new Maglia Azzurra NamedSport.
1 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 229km in 5h51’44”, average speed 39.063kph
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 9″.
3 – Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 9″.
1 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Geraint Thomas said: “My attack wasn’t planned really. We just wanted to be well positioned in the steep part of the climb. We rode really hard and when Bob [Jungels] attacked, I was feeling ok and Kwiato [Michal Kwiatkowski] said on the radio ‘have a go!’ That’s what I did. I didn’t think it was going to stick until 150 metres to go but I’m pleased to get that win. We’ve worked really hard since November. I haven’t raced since the Tour Down Under so I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with the rhythm of the race after the training camp in South Africa. Fighting for positions when the bunch moved, I was obviously feeling ok.”The Maglia Azzurra, Greg Van Avermaet, said: “I was a little bit surprised when Geraint Thomas attacked but we had Damiano [Caruso] with him at the beginning with two more guys. Thomas went alone and we were in a bad situation. I’m disappointed because it was a very good stage for me to win. It’s nice to be in the leader’s jersey but this is due to the strong performance of the team in yesterday’s team time trial. The team is doing well – to lead a big race is always a good thing.”