Tirreno-Adriatico: Kittel victorious on stage 2 in Follonica

Marcel Kittel got his first win of the season during stage 2 at Tirreno-Adriatico. Katusha-Alpecin gave him a perfect lead out in the crash-marred final circuit and set him up to take the bunch-sprint victory in Follonica ahead of world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).

"I've been waiting a long time for this victory now," Kittel said. "Since the beginning of the season not everything has always worked perfect, and we tried very hard, and finally we got this victory as a reward. I'm very happy. The team did a very good job today. I have to say a big, big thank you to everyone for helping me. I think this is a big boost for the whole group."

The blue leader's jersey transferred from BMC Racing's Damiano Caruso to his teammate Patrick Bevin, who finished fifth on the day. Caruso is now in second overall, Greg Van Avermaet is third and Rohan Dennis fourth. All four have same time after the previous day's team time trial. 

"It just came about," said a surprised Bevin. "It's a stage where we didn't have to work; my teammates set me up to have a sprint. We don't have a guy to sprint, and they were keen to have me have a go in the final.

"I got caught behind that crash on the final lap and only just got back on but had a pretty good go through the bunch as it was spread out. It's a weird feeling to take a jersey off a teammate, but the plan for the week doesn't change.

"It's a nice feeling. Like I said, it's a really weird feeling to take a jersey off a teammate, especially one that's here to lead the race. I don't mind babysitting it for a day, but as we hit tomorrow nothing changes."

Daryl Impey leads the Mitchelton-Scott team in fifth place overall at four seconds, while Chris Froome (Team Sky) sits nine seconds back in ninth place.

The day's three escapees, Alexandr Foliforov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), were caught and passed on the first of three 8.6km finishing circuits in Fallonica.

BMC led the way, initially challenged by Mitchelton-Scott, Astana and Katusha-Alpecin, but after a recon of the final circuit, speeds markedly increased as the peloton passed under the finish banner with one lap to go.

It was Trek-Segafredo, EF Education First-Drapac and Lotto Soudal that came to the fore with their sprinters in tow. But a crash on the left side of the road disrupted the rhythm of the lead-out trains and took down some 30 riders. The first 50 or so men that were unaffected by the crash split off the front and continued, with the anticipated bunch sprint only seven kilometres away.

In the final kilometre it was still Trek-Segafredo followed by EF Education First-Drapac, but Katusha-Alpecin had big plans for Kittel, and they launched him into a sprint in the last few hundred metres, and even from 50 metres out it was clear he was on his way to winning the stage.

"It's always a mental challenge to deal with this [taking a while to win], but I benefit from the years I've been a professional, with all the experience I'm able to handle this situation," Kittel said.

"I was always motivated every race, but in the first races this year not everything was going well, which is normal and expected. This is a big relief now. I'm very happy to win in Tirreno, it's a big race, a big first victory for me this season and the whole team."

How it unfolded

Stage 2's 167km route started in Camaiore and was a day for the sprinters. Aside from the climb of Montemagno at the start of the stage, the rest was a flat, southward route to the finish city, where the peloton completed three 8.3km laps in Follonica.

Notably absent from the sprint stage was Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), who crashed and broke a rib during the team time trial. He finished the opening stage outside the time limit, and race officials deemed him ineligible to start the second stage.

The move of the day emerged on the Montemagno, with Alexandr Foliforov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy), Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) going clear. Bagioli took first-place points over the top, and as the only climb of the day, he earned the event's first green mountains jersey.

The four riders opened a margin of 4:30 by the 15km mark, and then increased it to over six minutes. Bagioli sat up from the move as the remaining three pressed on to gain seven minutes.

Foliforov was the highest in the overall classification, 1:25 behind BMC's Caruso. His team, Gazprom-Rusvelo, placed 19th in the previous day's team time trial, just ahead of Wilier Triestina, Israel Cycling Academy and Nippo, all ranked in the bottom four teams.

Mosca picked up the points in the first intermediate sprint.

BMC naturally assumed their place at the front of the field with Caruso, wearing blue, protected from the wind. Teams Quick-Step and Katusha lurked just behind with their sprinters hiding in the bunch.

The sense of urgency to catch the breakaway increased as the race got closer to the second intermediate sprint, located with 25km to go, since it offered a time bonus of three seconds. Quick-Step Floors moved forward with Mitchelton-Scott and Katusha-Alpecin, and their combined efforts slashed the breakaway's advantage in half, down to three minutes at first, and then two minutes as they approached the final circuits.

The peloton didn't make the catch in time for the sprint, and Mosca, again, picked up the points along with the bonus, as the peloton's shadow loomed just behind them.

The peloton spanned wide across the coastal roads through the start-finish line with two laps to go, keeping the breakaway at 10 seconds. The speeds ramped up after the catch was made, but even with a crash on the final lap, Katusa-Alpecin's effort to bring Kittel to a winning sprint went uninterrupted.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin4:12:24
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 6 - Cell 2
8Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 7 - Cell 2
9Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 8 - Cell 2
10Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 9 - Cell 2
11Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 13 - Cell 2
15Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 16 - Cell 2
18Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 20 - Cell 2
22Simone Ponzi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 21 - Cell 2
23Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 22 - Cell 2
24Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 23 - Cell 2
25Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 29 - Cell 2
31Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 31 - Cell 2
33Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 33 - Cell 2
35Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 38 - Cell 2
40Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 39 - Cell 2
41Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 41 - Cell 2
43Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 43 - Cell 2
45Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 46 - Cell 2
48Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 50 - Cell 2
52Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 51 - Cell 2
53Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 55 - Cell 2
57Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 57 - Cell 2
59Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 58 - Cell 2
60Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 61 - Cell 2
63Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 62 - Cell 2
64Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 64 - Cell 2
66Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 65 - Cell 2
67Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 67 - Cell 2
69Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 70 - Cell 2
72Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 71 - Cell 2
73Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 73 - Cell 2
75Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 74 - Cell 2
76Daniel Moreno (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 75 - Cell 2
77Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 76 - Cell 2
78Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 77 - Cell 2
79Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 78 - Cell 2
80Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 81 - Cell 2
83Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 83 - Cell 2
85Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 85 - Cell 2
87Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 87 - Cell 2
89Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 88 - Cell 2
90Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 89 - Cell 2
91Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 90 - Cell 2
92Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:21
96Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:23
97Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:26
98Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:00:28
99Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:30
100Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:00:34
101Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:00
102Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 102 - Cell 2
104Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
105Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 106 - Cell 2
108Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:01:00
109Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 109 - Cell 2
111Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 110 - Cell 2
112Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 111 - Cell 2
113Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 112 - Cell 2
114Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 113 - Cell 2
115Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 115 - Cell 2
117Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 116 - Cell 2
118Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:13
119Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:42
120Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-JumboRow 119 - Cell 2
121Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:02:30
123Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:02:47
124Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:03:18
125Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:03:20
126Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 125 - Cell 2
127Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 126 - Cell 2
128Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 127 - Cell 2
129Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 129 - Cell 2
131Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 130 - Cell 2
132Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 131 - Cell 2
133Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 132 - Cell 2
134Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 133 - Cell 2
135Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 134 - Cell 2
136Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 135 - Cell 2
137Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 137 - Cell 2
139Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 138 - Cell 2
140Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:05:15
141Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors0:05:44
142Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:01
143Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:06:22
144August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:52
145Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 144 - Cell 2
146Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 145 - Cell 2
147Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 146 - Cell 2
148Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:07:41
149Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:07:45
150Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJRow 149 - Cell 2
151Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:47
152Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:09:06
153Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:46
DNSMark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Donoratico
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia5pts
2Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Follonica
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia5pts
2Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin12pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Montemagno, km. 4.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini5pts
2Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia4:12:24
2Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 4 - Cell 2
6Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jaime Roson (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 9 - Cell 2
11Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 10 - Cell 2
12Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team SunwebRow 13 - Cell 2
15Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 14 - Cell 2
16Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:00:28
18Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:00
19Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:03:20
23Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 22 - Cell 2
24Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alberto Bettiol (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:05:15
27Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:01
28Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:06:52
29Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:47
30Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:09:06
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