Bettiol On the Attack Before Another Bunch Sprint on Day 2 in Poland5. August 2018, Katowice (POL) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team’s riders safely navigated the finishing circuit on stage 2 of Tour de France to cross the line in the bunch behind stage winner and race leader Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hasgrohe).
In a repeat of stage one, the breakaway was quickly formed with five riders going clear in the opening kilometers and building a 2’30” advantage.
After accidentally missing a 32km loop at the beginning of the race, race organizers added an additional 20km loop to the finish which saw the peloton complete four laps of the final circuit.
Ackermann’s Bora-hansgrohe teammates controlled the breakaway and brought them to within one minute with 30km to go.
Eventually, on the final lap, the three remaining breakaway riders were brought back which set the stage for the bunch sprint, not before Alberto Bettiol tried his luck with an attack inside the last 10km.
Bettiol was quickly pulled back and with the sprint trains formed, the peloton powered towards the line in Katowice where Ackermann had the fastest legs for the second consecutive day.
Defending champion Dylan Teuns crossed the line in the bunch alongside his teammates and with another sprint stage predicted on stage 3, BMC Racing Team will be looking to do the same again before the race enters tougher terrain.
Alessandro De Marchi remains in the top ten, sitting in seventh overall, 17 seconds behind Ackermann.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I said to Max Sciandri this morning that I wanted to test my legs because it has been such a long time since I last raced. I waited to see what was possible in the race but it was not so much about getting a result, but more thinking about the days from stage 4 onwards. These afternoon stages are quite different, starting at 4pm when normally that’s when the body starts to relax. I know I was feeling good but the attack was a way to test it. I saw the Bora-hasgrohe riders slowing down a little to wait for Ackermann after the cobble section so I went. Silvan Dillier tried to follow me, but I was alone and stayed in front for another minute or so. Michael Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) was around me so maybe it could have been different if he also went.”
“The stages are short but they are not boring. We are normally a bit slower in the first hour but after that, two hours full gas. I think we will see the same thing tomorrow.”
Tour de Pologne
Stage 2: Tarnowskie Gory > Katowice (144km)
Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe), 2. Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors), 3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 66. Danilo Wyss, 67. Jurgen Roelandts, 68. Dylan Teuns