Fucecchio, - German champion Pascal Ackermann won a high speed bunch sprint to
claim victory on stage two of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, edging home
favourite Elia Viviani at the line in Tuscany.
Roglic retains the overall lead for a second day ahead of Britain's
Simon Yates as the peloton finished together after a 205km run from
Bologna to Fuceccio, just east of Pisa.
Ackermann, of the
Bora-hansgrohe team, crossed the line his arms aloft after 4hrs 44mins
and 43sec in the saddle to snatch his first stage win on his Giro debut.
rider Viviani, winner of four stages last year, was just behind along
with Australian Caleb Ewan of Lotto Soudal.
The 25-year-old's Bora
team have been having an unprecedented season with 21 wins so far -
just one by Slovak team leader Peter Sagan - compared to five in 2017
and six in 2018 for the German outfit.
Ackermann said his victory bodes well for the team's ambitions at the finish line in Verona on June 2.
"It was my first chance to win a stage and we achieved it straight away. It's good for the next three weeks," said the German.
"I chose the right moment to sprint from 250 metres to go. To win the first stage of my first Grand Tour is fantastic."
race started under heavy rain with the weather clearing for the more
technical final 50km on the first road stage of this year's race.
Eight riders were involved in an early breakaway from the north-east, building up an advantage of up to four minutes.
remaining four - Francois Bidard, Giulio Ciccone, Marco Frapporti and
Lukasz Owsian - were caught seven kilometres from the finish line.
launched his attack at full speed with a rear wind, with Viviani
reacting slower missing out despite clocking 72.1 km/h in the sprint.
Overall race leader Roglic, who took the pink during Saturday's short time trial, said he had not enjoyed the rain.
wasn't an easy day because it was cold from the beginning and also
quite fast all the time," he said of the pacey 43.2km per hour average
speed of racing.
"It'll be another day in the pink jersey
tomorrow. The team worked hard for that. It's a pleasure to retain the
jersey," said the former champion ski-jumper.
Roglic holds the
overall race lead 19sec ahead of Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates with
Italy's former two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) third at
"There were a lot of teams riding, and the guys did a
great job of keeping me out of the wind so for me personally it was
quite an easy day," said Yates, who finished in 33rd position but among
the leading group.
"There was a little bit of nerves on the climbs
towards the finish, I think it was just the general nerves from the
first day of a Grand Tour and people were just trying to stay safe.
"It kept splitting the bunch, especially with the heavy legs from the rain, but we all arrived safe to the finish."
third stage remains in Tuscany, getting underway in Vinci, to mark the
500th anniversary of the death of Italian master painter Leonardo da
Vinci, who was born in the town, and covers 219km to Orbetello.
The mainly flat route should suit the sprinters who will have 400 metres along the Tyrrhenian Sea coast to test their legs.
Results from stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, a 205km run from Bologna to Fucecchio:
1. Pascal Ackermann (GER/Bora) 4hrs 44min 43sec., 2. Elia Viviani (ITA/DEC) same time., 3. Caleb Ewan (AUS/LOT) s.t., 4. Fernando Gaviria (COL/UAE) s.t., 5. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/FDJ) s.t., 6. Davide Cimolai (ITA/ICA) s.t., 7. Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS/KAT) s.t., 8. Jasper De Buyst (BEL/LOT) s.t., 9. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/ICA) s.t., 10. Rudi Selig (GER/BOR) s.t.
1. Primoz Roglic (SLO/Jumbo) 4hrs 57mins 42sec, 2. Simon Yates (GBR/MIT) at 19sec., 3. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/BAH) 23., 4. Miguel ngel Lpez (COL/AST) 28., 5. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 28., 6. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 33., 7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR/INE) 35., 8. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 39, 9. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BAH) 40., 10. Peio Bilbao (ESP/AST) 42., 11. Vctor De la Parte (ESP/CCC) 45., 12. Bob Jungels (LUX/DEC) 46., 13. Richard Carapaz (ECU/MOV) 47., 14. Tanel Kangert (EST/EF1) 47., 15. Hugh Carthy (GBR/EF1) 47., 16. Diego Ulissi (ITA/UAE) 50., 17. Davide Formolo (ITA/BOR) 50., 18. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 53., 19. Chad Haga (USA/SUN) 54., 20. James Knox (GBR/DEC) 57.