Rohan Dennis Wins Tour of the Alps Stage 2
Innervillgraten, Austria, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Rohan Dennis (BMC) claimed victory with 3 hours 20 minutes 12 seconds on the snow-shortened second stage of the Tour of the Alps in Innervillgraten, while Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) divested Michele Scarponi (Astana) of the race leader''s fuchsia jersey.
Dennis showed impressive strength to rip clear of a sizeable leading group on the uphill finish to take the stage honours. Pinot was unable to get back on terms, but the six-second time bonus he picked up for second place was enough to bring him level on time with Scarponi and move into the overall lead on points.
Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli) claimed third on the stage, while Geraint Thomas (Sky) continued his Giro d'Italia preparations with fourth ahead of Eduard Prades (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA).
After losing 21 seconds in the finale of Monday's opening stage, Dennis was pleased to make amends with his smart finish here. The Australian is set to make his Giro d'Italia debut next month, where he will line up alongside Tejay van Garderen. Heavy snow meant that the mighty Brenner Pass was removed from the day's stage, which was shortened by 40 kilometres with the start moved from Innsbruck to Vipiteno. The amendment to the stage left just two climbs on the day's agenda, the category 2 St. Julia, and the uncategorised haul to the finish.
The day belonged to Dennis, however, who praised the organisers for removing the snowbound Brenner Pass. 'It wasn't a super, super hard climb but with the length and with the snow on top of the climb it would have changed the race a lot,' Dennis said.
Tomorrow stage 3 will have 143.1 km, between Villabassa and Funes.
Stage 2 resultsa:
-1.Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC 3:20.12
-2.Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Francaise .
-3.Davide Ballerini (ITA) Androni
-4.Nick Schultz (AUS) Caja Rural
-5.Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky .
-6.Eduard Prades (ESP) Caja Rural
-7.Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Astana
-8.Mattia Cattaneo (ITA) Androni
-9.Kenny Elissonde (FRA) Sky
-10.Matteo Busato (ITA) Wilier
-1.Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Francaise 6:52.18 h.
-2.Michele Scarponi (ITA) Astana .
-3.Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky a 3 seconds.
-4.Davide Formolo (ITA) Cannondale 9.
-5.Dario Cataldo (ITA) Astana 10.
-6.Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) AG2R .
-7.Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC 11.
-8.Mattia Cattaneo (ITA) Androni 13.
-9.Hugh Carthy (GBR) Cannondale 17.
-10.Damiano Caruso (ITA) BMC 21.
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