Sky's Geraint Thomas wins stage 2 solo in Pomarance, Italy, earning a bit of redemption after disastrous stage 1 team time trial.

One day after a dismal showing in Tirreno-Adriatico’s stage 1 team time trial, Sky’s Geraint Thomas won stage 2 solo in Pomarance, Italy on Thursday. To earn a bit of redemption, the Brit attacked late in the 228km stage, at first joined by three others, but he then attacked alone to ride the final three kilometers to victory. Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) attacked the peloton to snatch a second-place result, while world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinted to third.

“My attack wasn’t planned really. We just wanted to be well-positioned in the steep part of the climb,” said Thomas. “We rode really hard and when Bob [Jungels] attacked, I was feeling OK, and Kwiato [Michal Kwiatkowski] said on the radio, ‘Have a go!'”

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The day’s breakaway was caught before the final eight kilometers, which stair-stepped to the finish, hitting a maximum gradient of 16 percent.

Bob Jungels accelerated just before the final five kilometers, stringing out the peloton, but not quite breaking the elastic. Then, Sky’s Geraint Thomas had a dig, and Quick-Step’s Jungels jumped right on his wheel. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) attentively followed, as did race leader Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing).

With three kilometers remaining, Thomas rode clear of the attack. With one kilometer to go, he had stretched his lead to 19 seconds over the peloton, which had caught the remnants of the break.

Although Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin attacked out of the field inside the final kilometer, Thomas’s lead was insurmountable. “I didn’t think it was going to stick until 150 meters to go but I’m pleased to get that win,” Thomas added. “We’ve worked really hard since November. I haven’t raced since the Tour Down Under [in January] so I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with the rhythm of the race after the training camp in South Africa.”

The overall lead changed hands within the BMC Racing team as Caruso lost the blue jersey and 2016 champion Greg Van Avermaet assumed the head of affairs. “I’m disappointed because it was a very good stage for me to win,” said Van Avermaet. “It’s nice to be in the leader’s jersey but this is due to the strong performance of the team in yesterday’s team time trial. The team is doing well — to lead a big race is always a good thing.”

Van Avermaet should be able to keep his overall lead for one more day as Friday’s 204km ride from Monterotondo Marittimo to Montalto di Castro features a fast, mostly downhill finish after two early categorized climbs.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report.

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