Giro della Toscana: Guillaume Martin wins stage and overall in Volterra

Frenchman beats Visconti and Cattaneo

Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) continued his fine run of recent form by claiming overall victory at the Giro della Toscana after soling to victory on the hilltop finish at Volterra at the end of stage 2.

Martin punched his way clear of his fellow escapees with a little over a kilometre to go on the stiff cobbled climb to the finish, and he quickly established a winning advantage. The Frenchman crested the summit in the heart of Volterra with a lead of 10 seconds over Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), while Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) took third.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) crossed the line in 7th place on the stage as part of the main peloton, just ahead of Egan Bernal (Androni Giocattoli). The Dimension Data team of stage 1 winner Steve Cummings rode prominently in a bid to defend the Briton's overall lead, but Martin's stage win was enough to move him to the top of the general classification.

The 24-year-old Martin finished 23rd in a solid Tour de France debut in July, and has enjoyed considerable success in the weeks since his maiden Grand Tour. The Frenchman has now clocked up five victories since mid-August, following his stage win at the Tour du Limousin and a stage win and final overall victory at the Tour du Gevaudan last week.

In Tuscany on Wednesday, Martin was part of the decisive break that formed on the final lap of the finishing circuit around Volterra, tracking the move of Michele Gazzara (Sangemini - Mg. K Vis) and Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-Rusvelo) in the company of Cattaneo, Enrico Gasparotto (Bahrain-Merida), Matteo Bono (UAE-Team Emirates) and Matteo Busato (Wilier).

In the frantic closing kilometres, others, including Visconti and Anthony Delaplace (Fortuneo-Oscaro) succeeded in bridging across to the Martin group, which had in turn caught Federico Zurlo (UAE-Team Emirates), a survivor of the day's early break.

When Visconti launched a fierce attack with a little over three kilometres to go, only Martin, Delaplace and Cattano could follow, and they approach the base of the final climb towards Volterra with a lead of 40 seconds over the main peloton, which featured Nibali, Bernal and Cummings.

Once the road gradient began to pitch up in earnest, it was soon apparent that Martin was the strongest of the escapees, and he forged clear outside the final kilometre. He managed his advantage well thereafter to claim stage victory.

A disappointed Visconti led the chasers home, 10 seconds behind Martin. Cattaneo beat Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Delaplace to third, while Marco Canola (Nippo-Vini Fantini) came home just ahead of Nibali, Bernal and the other overall favourites.

The stage had been animated by an early escape featuring Martin's Wanty-Groupe Gobert teammate Danilo Napolitano, as well as Fabricio Ferrari, Josu Zaballa (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Federico Zurlo (UAE-Team Emirates) Matthias Krizek (Tirol Cycling), Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier). They spent over 100 kilometres at the front and gained a maximum advantage of almost five minutes before Dimension Data and Bahrain-Merida began to peg them back ahead of the finale.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert4:03:10 
2Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:10 
3Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:13 
4Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:15 
5Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:00:18 
6Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:26 
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
8Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:28 
9Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
10Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
11Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina  
12Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
13Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
14Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:33 
15Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:00:36 
16Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
17Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
18Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
20Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
21Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
22Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
23Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina  
24Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
25Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates  
26Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:00:45 
27Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:48 
28Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
29Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
30Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy  
31Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:52 
32Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
33Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy  
34Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
35Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:00:56 
36Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:58 
37Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:05 
38Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:11 
39Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
40Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:18 
41Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:19 
42Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
43Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:01:32 
44Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
45Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data0:02:33 
46Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
47Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:02:37 
48Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:02:40 
49Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:02:50 
50Federico Canuti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:03:37 
51Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:03:46 
52Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:51 
53Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:05:14 
54Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:06:20 
55Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:06:50 
56Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:09:38 
57Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
58Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:16 
59Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
60José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
61Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
62Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
63Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
64Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
65Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
66Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy  
67Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
68Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
69Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
70Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
71Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
72Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
73Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
74Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data  
75Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
76Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
77Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
78Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
79Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
80Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
81Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFSonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
DNFMark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
DNFRyan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data  
DNFFilippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
DNFSimone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
DNFEugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
DNFPier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFMarino Kobayashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFGiacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
DNFFrancesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFMarco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFDan Craven (Nam) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFNikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
DNFDylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFOscar Pelegri Ferrandis (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFDanilo Celano (Ita) Amore & Vita - Selle SMP p/b Fondriest  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFArnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
DNFFilippo Fortin (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFMarkus Wildauer (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
DNFAngelo Raffaele (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFAngelo Vitiello (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord  
DNFSimone Bernardini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNFNiccolo' Salvietti (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
DNSAndrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert8:25:01 
2Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:10 
3Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:13 
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:14 
5Egan Bernal (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:16 
6Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:00:18 
7Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:21 
8Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:26 
9Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:00:28 
10Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Nicola Gaffurini (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis  
12Jonathan Lastra (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
13Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:36 
14Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
15Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
16Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
17Ildar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
18Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
19Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
20Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team Emirates  
21Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
22Ettore Carlini (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:00:45 
23Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:48 
24Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
25Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:00:57 
26Christopher Butler (USA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:01 
27Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Israel Cycling Academy  
28Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
29Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:03 
30Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:05 
31Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:07 
32Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:18 
33Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:01:19 
34Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:20 
35Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:02:40 
36Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:02:50 
37Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:03 
38Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier Triestina0:03:16 
39Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina0:03:24 
40Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina  
41Federico Canuti (Ita) D'Amico Utensilnord0:03:37 
42Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:03:40 
43Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:04:07 
44Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:20 
45Maximilian Kuen (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team0:05:21 
46Michele Gazzara (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:05:25 
47Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates0:07:24 
48Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina0:07:39 
49Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:08:00 
50Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data0:09:01 
51Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:09:08 
52Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:09:38 
53Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates0:09:47 
54Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:10:14 
55Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:11:19 
56Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:11:42 
57Paolo Totò (Ita) Sangemini - Mg. K Vis0:12:26 
58Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:13:04 
59Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:16 
60Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  
61Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
62Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
63Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
64Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:13:25 
65Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
66Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:13:31 
67Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:16:04 
68José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy  
69Patrick Gamper (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
70Luis Lemus (Mex) Israel Cycling Academy  
71Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
72Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
73Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
74Matthias Krizek (Aut) Tirol Cycling Team  
75Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
76Enrico Salvador (Ita) Tirol Cycling Team0:19:44 
77Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
78Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
79Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
80Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
81Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  

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