Giro d'Italia: Greipel sprints to stage 2 victory

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) powered his way to the win of the second stage of the Giro d'Italia, easily winning the mass sprint ahead of Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo). The big German also took over the race lead.

Orica Scott had done most of the lead out work for the sprint, with Caleb Ewan looking for the win. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) was the first to jump, followed closely by Ewan, who pulled his foot from a pedal last second. German champion Greipel turned on his speed and crossed the line first. Ewan ultimately finished ninth.

Greipel has now won a stage in every Grand Tour he has ridden since 2008.

"It was not an easy day," he said. "This win is for them [his teammates] and for my mother."

The stage was marked by a long breakaway of five, including Dimension Data's Daniel Teklehaimanot, who was also in the previous day's escape. He won the final climb of the day, gaining enough points to give him the King of the Mountains jersey, the first Eritrean to ever wear that jersey.

Shortly after that final summit, the last of the break group was gathered up and Bahrain Merida controlled the field until it was time for the sprinters' teams to take over, leading to the bunch kick that put Greipel into the pink jersey.

How it unfolded

Sun and strong winds greeted the riders in Olbia at midday, as they set out on the very rolling 221 kilometers to Tortoli. An ambitious break seemed obvious on the lumpy profile, but the one that formed was smaller than expected. Lukasz Owsian (CCC), Ilia Koshevoy (Willier), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom) and Simone Andreetta (Bardiani), were in the group, along with Dimension Data's Daniel Teklehaimanot. The Eritrean rider was looking to score more points and slip into the King of the Mountain jersey, which he had also worn briefly in the 2015 Tour de France.

The field was happy to let them go on this long and difficult stage. There were only two ranked climbs, but most of the race was a relentless up and down. The only really flat section was the final nine kilometers into the finish.

Bora-Hansgrohe, protecting surprise stage 1 winner Lukas Pöstlberger, let the gap grow up to nearly six and a half minutes before starting the chase 44 kilometers into the stage.

Teklehaimanot showed that he was serious about defending his lead in the sprint ranking, as he attacked to take the maximum number of points at the first intermediate sprint. The gap had dropped to five minutes by then.

Astana eventually moved to the front, and the gap dropped more quickly. It was near the three-minute mark with 124 kilometres to go. That encouraged BMC to help with the chase as well, with Lotto-Jumbo later taking their place.

The wind started picking up as the course went up higher in the hills, causing some problems for the five-man group. But the gap jumped as well as the field started up the first ranked climb of the stage, the third-category Nuoro.

There seemed to be some confusion as to where the mountain points would be taken, as the group started sprinting far too early. Andreetta finally made the right move and was first over the line, with Teklehaimanot missing out on the maximum points, finishing third. The field came across 4:28 later.

The first raindrops were noticed on the ascent, and continued on the descent, adding a layer of danger. With 100 kilometres still to go, the gap was back to 3:30. Fortunately, the light rain sprinkles soon stopped.

With 82 kilometres left, the gap had dropped under three minutes for the first time. From there it went rapidly, hitting two minutes only 10 km later. Teklehaimanot was again successful at the second intermediate sprint.

As the gap dropped to under a minute, attacks from within the break group started. In the end, Owsian was dropped. Further back, both Greipel and Ewan were both still in the peloton, but Bora-Hansgrohe's sprinting option Sam Bennett, said to be ill, had fallen back.

35 seconds were all that remained with 50 kilometres left, and the next mountaintop only three kilometres away. That was enough for Andreetta, who dropped. Shalunov attacked again but Teklehaimanot was able to follow. Koshevoy had been momentarily dropped but caught up again.

With the three leaders in sight nearing the top, attacks began out of the peloton. It looked as if they would be caught before the summit but Teklehaimanot refused to give in and took off to claim the points, enough to give him the king of the mountains jersey at the end of the stage.

He was caught again shortly thereafter and Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain Merida team took to the front of the field. Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) and Davide Martinelli (Quick-Step Floors) were the first to seek their chances on the descent. They never had more than about 10 seconds and were soon caught again.

Bahrain Merida kept things firmly under control on the long downhill. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) had been suffering all day and was finally dropped for good. The Italian champion had been doubtful about his chances coming into the race, having only had four days of racing all year due to knee problems.

Despite some risk-taking, all riders made it safely down the mountain and enthusiastically went into the 9km long flat run-in to the finish.

Katusha captain Ilnur Zakarin had a mechanical problem and took the bike of a teammate, forcing him to chase furiously back onto the bunch. His whole team moved back to help him back up, towing a number other riders as well. The Russian ultimately reconnected with the peloton, only to find himself caught behind a split in the finale. The split cost Zakarin 20 seconds at the line, give him a bit of ground to make up in the general classification battle.

Caleb Ewan was determined to make up for the previous day, when he finished second, and his Orica-Scott team moved to the front early on. Lotto Soudal was up front at the two-kilometre marker, with André Greipel safely tucked in position.

Gaviria was the first to launch in the sprint, on the right hand side of the road, coming up from behind. Ewan pulled out to go with him. The Australian suffered a mechanical problem within sight of the finish line, however, presumably dropping his chain. Meanwhile, Greipel turned on the turbo and surged into the lead, powering his way across the finish line in first.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal6:05:18
2Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 4 - Cell 2
6Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 6 - Cell 2
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 7 - Cell 2
9Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 9 - Cell 2
11Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 11 - Cell 2
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 14 - Cell 2
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 17 - Cell 2
19Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 21 - Cell 2
23Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 23 - Cell 2
25Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 30 - Cell 2
32Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 36 - Cell 2
38William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 37 - Cell 2
39François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 39 - Cell 2
41Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 41 - Cell 2
43Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 42 - Cell 2
44Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 43 - Cell 2
45Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 45 - Cell 2
47Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 47 - Cell 2
49Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 49 - Cell 2
51Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 52 - Cell 2
54Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 55 - Cell 2
57Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 56 - Cell 2
58Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 59 - Cell 2
61Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 60 - Cell 2
62Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 61 - Cell 2
63Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 63 - Cell 2
65Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 64 - Cell 2
66Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 65 - Cell 2
67Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 68 - Cell 2
70Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 69 - Cell 2
71Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 70 - Cell 2
72Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 72 - Cell 2
74Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77José Mendes (Por) Bora-HansgroheRow 76 - Cell 2
78Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 77 - Cell 2
79Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 79 - Cell 2
81Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 80 - Cell 2
82Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 82 - Cell 2
84Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 87 - Cell 2
89Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 88 - Cell 2
90Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 89 - Cell 2
91Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier TriestinaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 91 - Cell 2
93Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 92 - Cell 2
94Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 93 - Cell 2
95Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 96 - Cell 2
98Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 97 - Cell 2
99Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 98 - Cell 2
100Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 99 - Cell 2
101Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:20
102Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 102 - Cell 2
104Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 103 - Cell 2
105Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 104 - Cell 2
106Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:24
108Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 108 - Cell 2
110Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 110 - Cell 2
112Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 111 - Cell 2
113Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 114 - Cell 2
116Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 116 - Cell 2
118Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 117 - Cell 2
119Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 118 - Cell 2
120Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 120 - Cell 2
122Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 123 - Cell 2
125Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 124 - Cell 2
126Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 125 - Cell 2
127Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 127 - Cell 2
129Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 128 - Cell 2
130Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 130 - Cell 2
132Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 131 - Cell 2
133Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:40
134Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:53
135Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data0:00:59
136Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 135 - Cell 2
137Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:01:12
138Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:01:23
139Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:37
140Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:54
141Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:14
142José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:16
143Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:29
144Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:58
145Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 145 - Cell 2
147Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 146 - Cell 2
148Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 147 - Cell 2
149Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 148 - Cell 2
150Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 149 - Cell 2
151Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 151 - Cell 2
153Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 152 - Cell 2
154Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 153 - Cell 2
155Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 154 - Cell 2
156Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 155 - Cell 2
157Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 156 - Cell 2
158Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 157 - Cell 2
159Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 158 - Cell 2
160Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 160 - Cell 2
162Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 161 - Cell 2
163Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 162 - Cell 2
164Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 163 - Cell 2
165Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 164 - Cell 2
166Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 165 - Cell 2
167Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 166 - Cell 2
168Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 167 - Cell 2
169Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 168 - Cell 2
170Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 169 - Cell 2
171Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 170 - Cell 2
172Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 171 - Cell 2
173Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:12
174Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:22
175Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:03:34
176Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 175 - Cell 2
177Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:03:54
178Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 177 - Cell 2
179Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 178 - Cell 2
180Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:20
181Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data0:05:43
182Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 181 - Cell 2
183Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:05:46
184Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:46
185Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 184 - Cell 2
186Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:10:53
187Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 186 - Cell 2
188Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 187 - Cell 2
189Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 188 - Cell 2
190Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 189 - Cell 2
191Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 190 - Cell 2
192Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe0:12:49
193Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 192 - Cell 2
194Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 193 - Cell 2
195Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 194 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Buddusò, km 53
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data10pts
2Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Dorgali, km 154
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data10pts
2Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Nuoro, km 113
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF7pts
2Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 2) Genna Silana, km 174
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data15pts
2Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1Row 5 - Cell 3
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