In what had to be one of the scrappiest stages through the last 5km of a grand tour I have seen in a while, Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish closed out a rather routine looking sprint. Rabobank x2, Sky, GreenEdge, Farnese-Vini, Garmin, BMC and Radioshack all have sent top flight sprinters to the show. With that kind of horsepower, you knew the first flat stages in Denmark were going to be hotly contested affairs. Elbows out. Shoulders down. It wasn’t until the final corner that the first casualties hit the tarmac – both Theo Bos and Alexandre Kristoff went down hard when Bos lost his rear wheel though the corner. In the straight up sprint, it was really no contest as Hushovd went far too early and Cav stretched away from Matthew Goss, the only rider seeming to be able to put up a fight.
2012 Giro D’Italia – Stage 2 Top Three
1. Mark Cavendish (SKY)____4h53’12”
2. Matthew Goss (OGE)
3. Geoffery Soupe (FDJ)
No change in the overall classification, although with about 17km remaining Taylor Phinney had a mechanical problem with his chain that certainly spooked BMC into a hard chase to conserve the Pink jersey.
Tomorrow, more of the same with another pancake-flat sprint stage. Pressure is off Sky a little with the first win and the first sprint stage is usually out-of-control so perhaps we’ll see a more standard run-in sprint.
Full General Classification: Gazzetta official site