Speaking in the press conference, the stage winner and first Maglia Azzurra Wout Van Aert, said: “I’m surprised to win but it was the plan this morning to go for the sprint. I specifically trained for it yesterday, and also in Tenerife. Cyclo-cross is good practice for the explosive finishes but I was a bit worried about a lack of speed in the legs. I will focus on the overall classification of the Tirreno-Adriatico, then I’ll have a few days to recover afterwards and of course, after last year’s win, I’m looking forward to trying to win Milano-Sanremo again. Coming here I was convinced that my shape was good. This win is good for the head and for the spirit of the team.”
Today’s stage had opened with a breakaway of 6 riders including Mattia Albanese (first Maglia Verde of the race, thanks to the points earned on the three GPMs of Monte Pitoro) and Mattia Bais. The latter wears the Maglia Bianca (Best Young Rider) thanks to the time bonus earned in the first intermediate sprint.
Stage 2, Camaiore – Chiusdino (202km)
An undulating stage, especially in its second half. After the start from Camaiore, the route follows along the plains of Pisa, passing by Volterra, Pisa, Ponsacco and Lajatico. It then passes near Siena with a series of ups and downs between Rosia, Casciano di Murlo and Monticiano (GPM in Poggio alla Croce). After passing the plain of the Abbey of San Galgano, the road heads uphill to Chiusdino for the finish.
The last kilometers are mainly uphill, following roads characterized by numerous bends. Arrival on asphalt, along a 7m wide carriageway.