Alamy Stock Photo Jonathan Milan celebrates as he crosses the finish line.
Sprint Finish
Milan speeds to Giro d'Italia stage two triumph
High-speed crash in the run-in took out spectators and contenders alike.

ITALY’S JONATHAN MILAN of the Bahrain Victorious outfit celebrated wildly as he won stage two of the Giro d’Italia in a mass bunch sprint today, while a high-speed crash in the run-in took out spectators and contenders alike.

Ireland’s Eddie Dunbar was 54th on the stage in a time of 4:55:30, while Ben Healy was 87th.

Australia’s Kaden Groves led the early sprint pace but the giant Italian Milan was right on his wheel, and timed his run to win by a full bike length as David Dekker sneaked second.

“It’s incredible, this is my first Giro and my second stage, so this is incredible, I could never have imagined this,” said the 22-year-old Milan.

Overnight leader Remco Evenepoel, in his pink overall leader’s jersey, pink helmet and sunglasses, retained the lead by finishing safely in a pack.

“I was at the front when the crash happened, I saw it, that’s racing, we escaped it today,” said the Belgian.

“I’m super happy to climb back onto the podium for the pink jersey again, I can’t tell you how much it means to me.”

Ineos rider Tao Geoghegan Hart of Ineos Grenadiers was the major victim of the late crash. Having started the day in fourth overall, he lost 19sec on the day.

At a gentle pace the peloton weaved out of Teramo through the lush hillside vineyards of Abruzzo towards the Adriatic coast, heading south and skirting the seafront to San Salvo.

The nasty fall came as the pace picked up to full speed just a few kilometres short of the finish, with British veteran Mark Cavendish and fellow sprinter Mads Pedersen part of the flying tangle that also involved several roadside spectators. It was not immediately clear if any spectators were hurt.

Stage three on Monday finishes in the hills after leaving Vasto and the Abruzzo region heading for Melfi, a town in the foothills of Mount Vulture, an extinct volcano.

– © AFP 2023

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