The German rider Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) won the second stage of the 53rd edition of the Race of the Two Seas, 172km from Camaiore to Follonica. Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team) is the new Maglia Azzurra of General Classification leader.
1 – Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) 172km in 4h12’24”, average speed 40.887kph
2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
1 – Patrick Bevin (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
3 – Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner, Marcel Kittel, said: “I’ve been waiting such a long time for this victory! Since the beginning of the season, not everything was working good but we worked hard with the team and it finally pays off today. I have to thank everyone for the good job. This is a big boost for the whole group. I’m also very happy because this is my first professional victory in Italy. At the Giro, I won stages in other countries.”
The new Maglia Azzurra, Patrick Bevin, said: “It was not planned that I’d take over from Damiano Caruso. It’s a weird feeling but my team-mates were keen on leading me out. I got a pretty good run when the bunch was spread out. I’ve had moments in the past where I was a good sprinter but I became a lead-out man. Today was the first time in my career that I got my opportunity in a bunch sprint. It’s weird but it’s also great to lead such a big race.”