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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 2 (2 stars)
Sunday, May 9
Sprint, Sprint, Sprint!
With just a tiny Cat. 4 climb mid-stage and two intermediate sprints in the final 40 kilometers, we can expect a furious finale to this opening road stage across the plains of Piedmont. If westerly winds pick up and a few GC teams want to cause some panic, echelons could form and disrupt the sprinters’ stage-winning tactics. Intriguingly, the finish in Novara, a city of 105,000, is only 50 kilometers from Milan—where this Giro will finish in three weeks’ time. Also, May is the wettest month in this region, so there’s a one-in-three chance of rainfall, which could lead to a few crashes in the tricky run-in to the city. Assuming the peloton doesn’t split, the stage win will be contested by the hottest sprinters. The contenders include Sagan, Caleb Ewan of Lotto-Soudal, David Dekker of Jumbo-Visma, Fernando Gaviria of UAE Emirates, Davide Cimolai of Israel Start-Up Nation, Tim Merlier of Alpecin-Fenix, Giacomo Nizzolo of Qhubeka-Assos, Elia Viviani of Cofidis and, making his return to the peloton after a long suspension, Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma.
Schedule (All Times EDT)
Stupinigi, start (0km) after 6.7 km neutral (7:10 a.m.); Montechiaro d’Asti (Cat. 4), 83.8km to go (9:23 a.m.); Tricerro (sprint), 39.4km to go (10:22 a.m.); Vercelli (sprint), 26.2km to go (10:38 a.m.); Novarra (finish), 179km (11:15 a.m.).