Tirreno-Adriatico: Julian Alaphilippe wins stage 2

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) made a perfectly-timed attack in the closing metres of the final climb to catch teammate and breakaway rider João Almeida and secure the stage 2 victory at Tirreno-Adriatico in Chiusdino. 

The World champion stormed across the finish line ahead of Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and overall leader Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

"I was focused on keeping my position and it was a perfect situation for us, with João Almeida [up front], and for me to follow the attacks in the final kilometres," Alaphilippe said. 

"I kept my position in the front with the help of Kasper Asgreen and Zdenek Stybar, and we saw João as going full gas in the last kilometre, so I was focused on what was happening behind me and everyone was on the limit. When I saw João, I went full gas. This victory makes me really happy."

Van Aert, stage 1 winner, kept his overall race lead by four seconds ahead of Alaphilippe and eight seconds ahead of Van der Poel as the race continues with stage 3’s 219km race from Monticiano to Gualdo Tadino on Friday.

Stage 2 ended on the slopes of the 7.5km climb to Chiusdino, which had an average grade of 3.5 per cent, that started at 2 per cent and then gradually kicked up to 5 per cent in the last two kilometres.

A breakaway quartet of Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) cleared the field over the top of Poggio alla Croce, and entered the final climb with roughly 20 seconds in hand. 

Yates was distanced on the upper slopes as Sivakov made a powerful attack, which was then followed by Almeida and Landa. Almeida made one last searing attack, tongue hanging out, with 800 metres to go, and the Portuguese rider pushed on determined to take the stage win, as Sivakov and Landa could not respond and were swallowed up by the impending main field.

Almeida might have been able to hang on for the stage win if it weren’t for the power and strength in the field behind, with all the main favourites playing their cards in the closing metres. 

Alaphilippe followed the main moves, and then proved strongest of the bunch, attacking in the last few hundred metres, catching and passing Almeida, and then taking the stage win ahead of Van der Poel and Van Aert.

How it unfolded

Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) lined up as the overall leader for the start of stage 2 in Camaiore on Thursday determined to keep his race lead following a 202km race to Chiusdino.

The race headed out of Camaiore with a flat route for the first half before venturing deep into the Tuscan hills. Once in the Siena area, the route included more climbs through Rosia, Casciano di Murlo and Monticiano. There was only one categorised climb in Poggio alla Croce, at 166km, followed by one intermediate sprint at Monticiano before the route headed up towards the finish with a gradual climb and then a 5.4 per cent final kilometre in Chiusdino.

A group of six cleared the field early including Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli), Marcus Burghard (Bora-Hansgrohe), Vincenzo Albanese and John Archibald (Eolo Kometa), Simone Velasco (Gazprom) and Pieter Vanspeybroeck (Intermarchè Wanty Gobert). 

They gained more than five minutes in the opening 25km of the race and pushed across the Pisa Plain at 43kph. Velasco became the virtual race leader because he started the day in fourth place on GC at just seven seconds behind Van Aert, largely due to being involved in the previous day’s breakaway and picking up time bonuses.

As they raced closer toward the hills, Jumbo-Visma and Deceuninck-QuickStep were visible near the front of the main field chasing, and the gap dropped to 3:40. 

The break pushed on and worked well together but their lead dropped to 1:45 near the foot of the 4.5km Casciano ascent, which was quickly followed by a false flat and rapid descent. Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) displayed his expert descending skills at the head of the main field, swallowing up the six breakaway riders, who had spent nearly 150km off the front.

The field was back together ahead of the Poggio alla Croce (3.5km at 7 per cent), but Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) was the first to attack and launched clear of the field. Overnight leader Van Aert had appeared to be isolated with only two teammates left to help in the chase. 

Bernal was joined by Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal). Further back on the climb at 15 seconds, a chase group formed that included Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Sergio Higuita (EF Education-Nippo), and while others attempted to bridge the short gap, the move didn’t stick.

A new lead group formed that included Simon Yates (BikeExchange), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious), João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), who gained 12 seconds, with Yates picking up full mountain points over the top of Poggio alla Croce.

Ineos Grenadiers, with five riders still in the reduced field, organised themselves near the front but sat back behind Jumbo-Visma’s Tobias Foss and Timo Roosen, who were the only teammates left to help overall leader Van Aert.

The quartet of Yates, Landa, Almeida and Sivakov worked well together at first but they never really got more than 20 seconds on the field, and with 16km to go, there looked to be some question as to how much effort to put into a breakaway that didn’t show enough promise.

Sivakov jumped in pursuit of the time bonus for the intermediate sprint at Monticiano with 12km to go and collected 3 seconds with Yates taking 2 seconds, and Landa 1 second.

Into the final climb to Chiusdino, the quartet still had 20 seconds in hand as UAE Team Emirates moved forward to set a quick pace in the peloton behind them. Meanwhile, Ineos Grenadiers had a near-full team with world time trial champion Filippo Ganna protecting riders Bernal and Geraint Thomas, but with Sivakov up the road, they were under no obligation to set the pace.

Jumbo-Visma’s two riders stayed close to Van Aert but the overnight leader was followed by riders like Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), all capable of winning on the punchy finish climb.

The final climb was 7.5km, with an average grade of 3.5 per cent, but it started at 2 per cent and gradually kicked up to 5 per cent near the last two kilometres and into Chiusdino. Yates was immediately distanced as the breakaway attacks began and while Almeida proved the strongest of the remaining three, he was caught and passed by Alaphilippe in the final few hundred metres and watched as his teammate took the stage win for Deceuninck-QuickStep.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 5:01:32
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
3Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
4Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
5Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
6Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
7João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
10Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
11Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team
12Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
14Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo
15Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
16Simon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
17Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
18Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
19Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
20Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech
21Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
22Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
23Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
24Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
25Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
26Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
27Michael Gogl (Aut) Team Qhubeka Assos
28Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
29Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
30Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
31Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
32Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
33Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
34Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
35Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
36Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
37Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:11
38Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
39Alejandro Ropero Molina (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
40Victor de la Parte (Spa) Total Direct Energie
41Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:16
42Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team
43Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:19
44Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:28
45Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
46Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:31
47Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:32
48Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers
49Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Total Direct Energie
50Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 0:00:34
51Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
52Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Gazprom-RusVelo
53Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:40
54Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
55Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:42
56Fabio Felline (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
57Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo
58Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo 0:01:03
59Michael Schär (Swi) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:22
60Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM
61Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech
62Petr Vakoc (Cze) Alpecin-Fenix
63Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange
64Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:42
65Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:22
66Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
67Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:02:55
68Eros Capecchi (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 0:05:51
69Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:09:08
70Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
71Jack Bauer (NZl) Team BikeExchange
72Marco Canola (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
73Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
74Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
75Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ
76Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team DSM
77Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
78Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
79Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
80Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
81Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM
82Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
83Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
84Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
85Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
86Denis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
87Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Team BikeExchange
88Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
89Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
90Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
91Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
92Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
93Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
94Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team BikeExchange
95Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroën Team
96Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team BikeExchange
97Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
98Davide Bais (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
99Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation
100Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
101Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
102Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
103Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
104Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
105Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
106Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
107Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
108Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
109Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:15
110Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
111Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis
112Emil Vinjebo (Den) Team Qhubeka Assos
113Mark Christian (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
114Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
115Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
116Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
117Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
118Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
119Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Arkea-Samsic
120Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic
121Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates
122Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
123Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
124Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:57
125Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:12:35
126Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:13:17
127Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
128Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:15:01
129Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
130Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain Victorious
131Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
132Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis
133Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
134Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Qhubeka Assos
135Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
136Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie
137Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
138Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis
139Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
140Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal
141Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
142Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
143Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
144Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
145Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep
146Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
147Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
148Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
149Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Cofidis
150Manuel Belletti (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
151Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
152Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie
153Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
154Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
155Thomas Boudat (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
156Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ
157Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
158Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education-Nippo
159Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM
160Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-Nippo
161John Archibald (GBr) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
162Simone Velasco (Ita) Gazprom-RusVelo
163Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo
164Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
165Alex Howes (USA) EF Education-Nippo
166Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:17:54
167Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
168Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis
169Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM
170Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
171Davide Martinelli (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
172Paul Martens (Ger) Jumbo-Visma
173Michael Hepburn (Aus) Team BikeExchange
174Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
175Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
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Sprint 1 - Monticiano km. 187.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers 5
2Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 3
3Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 2
4João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 1
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Sprint 2 - Chiusdino km. 202
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 12
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 10
3Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 8
4Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 7
5Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 6
6Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange 5
7João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 4
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team 3
9Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 2
10Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 1
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Mountain 1 - Poggio alla Croce km. 171.4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 5
2Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers 3
3João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 2
4Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 1
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Mountain 2 - Chiusdino km. 202
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 5
2Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 3
3Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 2
4Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 1
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Young Riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 5:01:32
2Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
3João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep
4Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
5Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo
6Giovanni Aleotti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
7Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
8Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:11
10Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo-Visma
11Alejandro Ropero Molina (Spa) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
12Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:28
57Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:42
67Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:02:55
15Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:09:08
16Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM
17Denis Nekrasov (Rus) Gazprom-RusVelo
18Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
19Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
20Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal
21Davide Bais (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
22Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:11:15
23Fred Wright (GBr) Bahrain Victorious 0:15:01
24Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep
25Mattia Bais (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
26Samuele Rivi (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
27Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ
28Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
29Max Kanter (Ger) Team DSM
30Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:17:54
31Attilio Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
32Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma
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Teams
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Deceuninck-QuickStep 15:04:36
2Ineos Grenadiers
3Astana-Premier Tech
4Bora-Hansgrohe
5Team Qhubeka Assos
6AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:16
7Movistar Team 0:01:15
8Bahrain Victorious 0:09:08
9Lotto Soudal
10Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
11EF Education-Nippo 0:09:19
12Jumbo-Visma
13Trek-Segafredo 0:11:15
14Team BikeExchange 0:18:16
15Alpecin-Fenix
16Team DSM
17Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
18Israel Start-up Nation
19Groupama-FDJ 0:18:35
20Team Arkea-Samsic 0:20:23
21Total Direct Energie 0:20:34
22Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team
23UAE Team Emirates 0:22:30
24Gazprom-RusVelo 0:27:24
25Cofidis 0:41:17
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General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma 8:37:35
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:04
3Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:08
4Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:11
5Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:13
6Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:14
7Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
8João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep
9Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
10Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
11Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
12Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
14Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
15Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
16Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
17Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
18Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
19Natnael Tesfazion (Eri) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
20Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
21Simon Clarke (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
22Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo