Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did well to put Edvald Boasson Hagen in a good position for the uphill finish on stage 2 but a late attack from Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) proved too powerful for the peloton to catch.
Today’s stage was the longest one in the Italian World Tour race with its 229 km. Six riders attacked as soon as the flag dropped and the group quickly established a solid gap on the pack. However, the peloton seemingly had everything under control and caught the breakaway again just as they took on the final categorized climb of the day. Here, several riders tried to get away, which caused a high pace and many to be dropped. Still, nobody succeeded in getting a gap.
With 8 km left to go, the road started to rise once again and a new round of attacks occurred at the front of the peloton. Boasson Hagen constantly stayed near the front but neither the Norwegian champion nor anybody else could follow Thomas when he attacked on the final kilometers and soloed to victory. Ultimately, after a furious chase within the peloton, on the uphill roads, Boasson Hagen ran out of legs for the final sprint. He crossed the line just outside of Top10 in 14th place.
Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider:
“After an easy start to the stage, it gradually got harder and harder towards the finish. I was always in a good position but the sprint was just too hard for me. It was almost like a slow-motion sprint and I think everybody was tired. However, the general feeling is good and hopefully, the next days will be better”.