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Giro d’Italia: Belgian Tim Merlier wins the second stage, Filippo Ganna retains the chief’s jersey

Merlier, 28, for Alpecin, completed forward of two Italians, European champion Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani, to assert his fourth victory of the season.

Tim Merlier celebrates crossing the end line within the second stage of the Giro d’Italia. AP

Novara: Belgian Tim Merlier gained a dash on Sunday for the second stage of the Giro d’Italia, Italy’s Filippo Ganna holding the chief’s pink jersey.

Merlier, 28, for Alpecin, completed forward of two Italians, European champion Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani, to assert his fourth victory of the season.

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen completed fourth on his return after a nine-month ban for his function in an accident that left compatriot Fabio Jakobsen severely injured throughout final yr’s Tour of Poland.

“I’m very pleased with this victory in my first dash on a Grand Tour,” stated Merlier.

“I used to be assured earlier than tackling the Giro. I knew it was vital to be nicely positioned on the final roundabout.

“Once I acquired out of it, I simply considered going sooner and sooner after that. I began from afar, about 250 meters.

“I nonetheless had sufficient to complete. My preparation at altitude was good.”

The winner of the primary stage of the time trial Ganna d’Ineos holds the lead within the common classification after the 179 kilometer race between Stupinigi close to Turin and Novara in his native Piedmont.

The Italian completed within the group dash which included his teammate Ineos and 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal.

“I did the time bonus dash simply to take the bonus (time bonus) away from others, considering of the times to come back if Egan or Pavel (Sivakov) battle for the Maglia Rosa,” stated Ganna, who on the identical time completed twentieth. time as leaders.

“I noticed that Remco (Evenepoel) was additionally making an attempt to go. However Gianni (Moscon) and I did a very good job.

“I liked listening to the Piedmont crowd shout my identify at the moment. We all know tomorrow is an ideal stopover for Peter Sagan.”

Monday’s 190 km third stage between Biella and Canale consists of three climbs within the second half of the race, one in all which is 15 km from the end line.

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