Good morning from Stage 2 of Giro d’Italia, running from 5 to 28 May and organised by RCS Sport/La Gazzetta dello Sport. The 221km rolling stage from Olbia to Tortolì, with 2,800m of total elevation, presents chances for the attackers.
Olbia (11.45 – Start): Cloud, 20°C. Wind: moderate – 20km/h.
Tortolì (17.15 – Finish): Sunny, 22°C. Wind: weak – 10km/h.
POINTS AND TIME BONUSES
During the stage, 13 seconds of time bonus are up for grabs in the individual overall classification by time, a maximum of 90 points are available for the points classification, and 22 points for the King of the Mountains competition.
1 – Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe)
2 – Caleb Ewan (Orica – Scott) at 4″
3 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) at 6″
Stage 2 – Olbia-Tortolì 221km – total elevation 2,800m
This is a medium mountain stage, running almost entirely through inland Sardinia. First comes a rolling section across the district of Nuoro, with three long climbs: Bitti and Orune (non-categorised climb), Nuoro (a steeper, categorised climb) and Passo di Genna Silana (cat. climb). After Genna Silana is a long, fast-running descent (over 20km, quite bumpy at points) on wide, well-surfaced roads. The final 10km are flat.
After leaving the SS125 and entering the centre of Girasole, the route cuts across the industrial area of Tortolì, on wide roads alternating with series of roundabouts. The roadway narrows 2km before the finish, crosses the railway track and turns right straight away, into the home straight (1,800m long), on a 7.5m wide asphalt road.