Rome - Spaniard Mikel Landa took command of the Giro del Trentino on
Wednesday as he won the epic 220km second stage from Arco to Anras in
Favourite for overall victory Vincenzo Nibali, a twice former winner
of the event, surprisingly struggled on the final ascent and only
managed to finish the day 21st, more than 30-seconds back.
His Astana team-mate Jakob Fuglsang is second overall at 10sec after finishing fifth on the stage, 13sec behind Landa.
The Team Sky leader had attacked solo on the final climb to the
finish in Anras after the day's breakaway had been reeled in 15km from
Landa started to tire in the final kilometre but managed to hold off Russian Serguei Firsanov, who finished second at 4sec.
Italian veteran Damiano Cunego, a three time Trentino winner, was third at 13sec in a small group of chasers.
Nibali, who like Landa is preparing for May's Giro d'Italia, finally
lost 32sec as even another team-mate in Michele Scarponi finished ahead
Other potential overall contenders, Romain Bardet and Domenico
Pozzovivo of the AG2R team, came in seventh and eighth respectively to
sit fifth and sixth on the overall standings.Thursday's mountainous third stage covers 204.5km from Sillian to Mezzolombardo but the line comes 15km after the final ascent.
Results from the second stage of the Tour of Trentino, a 220.3km race from Arco in Italy to Anras in Austria:
1. Mikel Landa (ESP) Team Sky 5hr 18min 12sec, 2. Serguei Firsanov
(RUS) at 4secs, 3. Damiano Cunego (ITA) 13, 4. Giulio Ciccone (ITA) 14,
5. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) s.t.
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) s.t., 21. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 32
1. Mikel Landa (ESP) Sky 5hr 31min 46, 2. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) at
10ses, 3. Serguei Firsanov (RUS) 15, 4. Michele Scarponi (ITA) 22, 5.
Romain Bardet (FRA) 24
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) s.t., 10. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) 28