Ganna keeps hold of pink

09 May 2021

Ganna keeps hold of pink

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Giro d'Italia - Stage 2 » Stupinigi › Novara, 179km

Filippo Ganna and the INEOS Grenadiers emerged through the second stage at the Giro d'Italia with both the race lead and GC contenders in place.

Ganna looked comfortable with the pink jersey on his shoulders, even jumping out to take three late bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint, extending his overall advantage to 13 seconds.

The Italian then turned teammate, helping to shepherd Egan Bernal in the final kilometres, with a sprint finish ensuring both Bernal and Pavel Sivakov finished on the same time as their rivals.

The stage played out at a gradual pace, with the team taking up the pace-setting initially before other teams took over. It was then all about staying out of trouble and conserving energy ahead of tougher tests to come.
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Reaction

- Filippo Ganna

"I sprinted just to take the seconds, not for the other jerseys, but to take away time from the other leaders, and so to help Egan and Pavel in the GC in the next few days. If we take the jersey or not for three seconds, it will be worth it.

"It was super amazing today, there were a lot of people cheering for me, it was really special.

"We know tomorrow is hard and a perfect stage for [Peter] Sagan because there's a lot of up and down, really narrow roads. But we can try to have the jersey for another day."