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Ulissi beats Sagan to win Giro’s second stage

Mikkel Frohlich Honore (Deceuninck-Quickstep) finished in third place on the stage.

Ganna remains 22 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Joao Almeida in the general classification with race favourite Geraint Thomas a further second back but the Italian sprinter knows he will be handing over the jersey on Monday as the climbing starts.

A five-rider breakaway of Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale), Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) and Etienne Van Empel (Vini Zabu-KTM) spent the day out front before being caught with 8km remaining.

With the last five kilometres all uphill it was a stage made for the puncheurs like Sagan but he was left disappointed again as his 15-month wait for a race win continued.

It was Ulissi’s seventh Giro stage win.

It proved another terrible day for the Astana team as young Russian Alexandr Vlasov abandoned with a stomach illness, robbing his teammate of a backup option to Jakob Fuglsang in the overall classification.

The previous day Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez crashed at high speed near the end of the time trial and needed surgery.

Reuters

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