Sivakov up to second after thrilling day in the Alps

20 Apr 2021

Sivakov up to second after thrilling day in the Alps

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Tour of the Alps - Stage 2 » Innsbruck › Feichten im Kaunertal, 121.5km

Pavel Sivakov put in a strong ride to finish in a solo second place on day two at the Tour of the Alps.

A short and mountainous day made for plenty of attacking racing, with Sivakov and the Grenadiers at the heart of the action.

Sivakov broke away on the Kaunergrat - Piller Sattel climb as part of an elite selection, but was unable to hold the wheel of Simon Yates when the Brit attacked with a kilometre to the summit.

A regrouping on the descent saw Sivakov rejoined by teammate Daniel Martinez, who put in a counter attack of his own. With Yates up the road, Sivakov set off solo in pursuit, finishing 41 seconds back, and now 45 seconds back on GC after time bonuses.

The team had got through a lot of work early on, riding on the front in support of overnight leader and birthday boy Gianni Moscon. The Italian dug deep and finished 31st on the day, relinquishing the green jersey.

However in addition to Sivakov, Ivan Sosa and Martinez sit 13th and 16th respectively overall, with lots to play for in the remaining trio of stages.

Overall standings after stage two:

1. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) 6:46:56
2. Pavel Sivakov (INEOS Grenadiers) +45"
3. Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) +1:04"
4. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) +1:08"
5. Jefferson Cepeda (Androni-Giocattoli) s.t.
13. Ivan Sosa (INEOS Grenadiers) +1:52"
16. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers) +2:18"