Julian Alaphilippe’s (Deceuninck-Quickstep) fine run of form continued as he took out stage 2 honours of Tirreno-Adriatico. Greg van Avermaet (Team CCC) was 2nd and Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) placed 3rd.
It was a long and mostly uneventful stage, until 20km to go where the pace increased ahead of the gradual climb to the line. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Roman Kreuziger, Tom-Jelte Slagter and Michael Valgren near the pointy of the peloton for most of the climb.
It was only in the final 4km where it started to split and 35-odd riders pushed clear. Kreuziger was part of this select group as they went on to sprint it out for the stage. Alaphilippe took the stage quite comfortably as our Czech star finished in the group, and gained a number of valuable GC placings, moving up from 84th to 31st.
Stage 2 Results1st – Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck) 2nd – Greg van Avermaet (Team CCC) 3rd – Alberto Bettiol (EF Education) 30th – Roman Kreuziger (Dimension Data) 43rd – Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data)