Fabio Jakobsen wins Tirreno Adriatico stage two in close finish

Fabio Jakobsen took the win on Stage 2 of Tirreno Adriatico after coming through late to pass the early sprint of Fernando Gaviria and keep Jasper Philipsen at bay. Gaviria went super early on a slight uphill rise that then turned into a small descent to the line. By going early and hoping to hang on, Gaviria came close to a first WorldTour win since the 2021 Tour of Poland but was passed in the last 25 metres or so. Jakobsen timed his sprint perfectly though, with only a rim’s width separating the Dutch rider from his Belgian rival in 2nd.

Today’s stage was 210km between Camaiore and Follonica and always looked a day for the sprinters. A break containing Davide Bais, Mirco Maestri, Stefano Gandin, Alessandro Iacchi and Roland Thalman went up the road and still had a lead of around 2 minutes with 100km to race. An hour later, the group splintered with Iacchi and Gandin going back to the peloton. As the sprinter teams kicked into gear, the gap became to come down comfortably. At 20km to go, the bunch was finally caught by the peloton and they were able to switch to thinking about the stage finish.

Soudal Quick-Step played a big role in the lead-out, with Julian Alaphillipe doing a big turn with 3km to go. From there, the sprint saw Gaviria make his move and the European Champion Jakobsen take the win.

Following on from yesterday’s time trial, Filippo Ganna finished safely in the bunch in 55th and will remain the GC leader tomorrow.

2023 Tirreno Adriatico Stage 2 result

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