Good morning from Stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia. After yesterday’s individual time trial, today sees the first mass start stage from Arnhem to Nijmegen (190km). The stage is likely to end with a bunch sprint.
The group, 198 riders strong, passed km 0 at 12.38.
Arnhem (Start): Sunny, 21°C. Wind: weak – 8mph.
Nijmegen (17.15 – Finish): Sunny, 26°C. Wind: moderate – 10mph.
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin)
2 – Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t.
3 – Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) at 6″
Stage 2 – ARNHEM – NIJMEGEN – 190 km
Start meeting point: Arnhem, Kerkplein
Finish: Approx. 17.15
Race Headquarters: Stadhuis Gemeente Nijmegen, Korte Nieuwstraat 6
The first mass-start stage. The route runs mostly flat across the plains surrounding the start and finish towns, encountering minor climbs and gentle descents, villages, roundabouts and speed bumps. The road narrows at km 90, where the route takes in a short stretch of cycle path. Approaching the finish, the route takes in the first categorised climb of the Giro, 1.1km long, and with gradients touching 11%. The stage finale leads to an 8.6km city circuit within Nijmegen, to be covered twice. Wind is likely to be the major challenge along the route.
The final 8.6km circuit, to be ridden twice, runs along wide, straight urban avenues, dotted with roundabouts. The route passes over the Waal River twice on bridges that have slight up- and downhill gradients. The home straight is 350 m long, on 8-m wide asphalt road. The final kilometres are slightly curved, but with no real bends.