Giro D’Italia – Stage 2

Garmin-Transitions sprinter Tyler Farrar has won the second stage of the Giro D’Italia over Matthew Goss and Fabio Sabatini. Cadel Evans has moved into the Maglia Rosa 1 second up on Farrar. Crashes dominated the day and split the peloton within the final 10km which lead to some time losses which may be important in later stages.

Some of the big GC names losing time were: Pozzato +4:19, Bruseghin and Serpa +1:11. The main group containing Wiggins, Sastre, Cunego, Simoni came in +37 seconds, but Vandevelde, Garzelli, Gerdemann, Karpets, Basso, Nibali, Vinokourov and Evans managed to stay in the front group finishing only 3 seconds off the pace.

Watch the Last km here: Sporza.be

Stage 2 results
1 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia
3 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

Today’s stage was a pretty ideal sprinters stage with flat Dutch roads, but in the Netherlands the roads are littered all sorts of odds traffic calming measures. This makes for a somewhat less-than-ideal course but it went by without too many serious problems, although there seemed to be more than the average number of crashes. Bradley Wiggins went down at one point. A BMC rider had to retire from the race (name to come) and with about 7km remaining another crash saw Filippo Pozzato hit the tarmac.

Minutes later another crash involving a Liquigas rider and a Lampre rider while Lampre was already in big trouble with Cunego off the back, for reasons unknown, and with the team scrambling to prevent large losses for him. Within the final 5km the peloton split and the second group containing many favorites came in 37 seconds behind.

Stage 2 results
1 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia
3 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
4 Andre Greipel (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia
5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
6 Chris Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team
7 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha
8 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank

General Classification after stage 2
1 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team )____5:07:09
2 Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions)____1″
3 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)______3″

7 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)__________8″

13 Linus Gerdemann (Milram)_________15″
14 Stefano Garzelli (Aqua Sapone)_____18″

16 Michele Sacrponi (ASA)____________19″

20 Ivan Basso (Liquigas)______________21″

23 Christian Vandevelde (Garmin)______23″

37 Bradley Wiggins (Sky)______________32″

74 Carlos Sastre (Cervelo)_____________54″

123 Damino Cunego (Lampre)__________1’24”

131 Gilberto Simoni (Lampre)___________1’28”

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