Greipel wins Giro's stage two and takes overall lead

Fernando Gaviria celebrates on podium after winning the third stage and taking the general lead of the Giro d'Italia Tour of Italy cycling race from Tortoli to Cagliari Italy Sunday

"Both days we have had a pretty solid head wind and also the roads here are quite dead so I think it's a combination of those two things that is making the racing slow".

Redemption for Ewan could come on Stage 3 when another opportunity for the sprinters presents itself on the 148km run from Tortoli to Cagliari.

Jasper Stuyven was third on another slow day at the Giro, with lots of crosswinds and some headwinds.

With over 4,000 vertical metres of climbing, the race's second stage was animated by an early attack as six riders - Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data), Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Ilia Koshevoy (Wilier Triestina), Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom - Rusvelo) and Simone Andreetta (Bardiani CSF) - broke clear after just six kilometres. Philip Deignan finished in 138th for Team Sky.

Cesare Benedetti of Bora-Hansgrohe took the Maglia Azzurra, the climber's jersey, in the first stage after overhauling Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data).

Fernando Gaviria celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Giro d'Italia Tour of Italy cycling race from Tortoli to Cagliari Italy Sunday

Caleb Ewan won the bunch sprint for second place followed by Andre Greipel at the end of the 206-kilometer (128-mile) leg along the northern coast of Sardinia, from Alghero to Olbia.

Timing his acceleration to perfection, the Dimension Data rider dropped feisty co-escapee Shalunov before holding the returning peloton at bay to take the points over the summit that saw him move into the lead in the king of the mountains competition.

That allowed Greipel to showcase his power and surge to the line and add to his glittering resume of Grand Tour wins.

The Giro ends on May 28 with a 28-kilometer (17.4-mile) individual time trial from Monza's Formula One track to Milan's cathedral. I knew my shape was good. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal): 11:18:39 2.




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