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Tour of the Alps: Pello Bilbao sprints to win from reduced bunch on stage 2

Bahrain Victorious rider takes over race lead from Geoffrey Bouchard.

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Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) sprinted to the win from a reduced bunch on stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps, after being delivered to excellent position by his teammates in the final 300m. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) rounded out the podium.

With the margin over the overnight leader Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-Citroën) and time bonus for the stage win, Bilbao takes over the race lead.

Bilbao finished second on the first stage. The stage 2 win was his career third stage victory in this race.

On the second categorized climb of the stage, Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) attacked the others in the break including Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Victorious), Michael Storer (Groupama-FDJ), and Thymen Arensman (Team DSM).

Storer and Arensman were able to hold Sivakov’s wheels, but on the successive and final climb up the Passo Palade, Arensman gave up the move, while Storer and Sivakov pressed on.

In the green jersey of the race leader, Bouchard trailed the 14 or so riders who had attacked off the front of the peloton in an effort to wrestle back control of the race.

In the final 30km, Bilbao lead a chase group that brought back the two men — Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) and Michael Storer (Groupama FDJ) — who were the remains of a breakaway that got away early in the stage.

On the summit of the Passo Palade, Storer and Sivakov had nearly a 90-second advantage, but the chasing Bilbao and his Bahrain teammates erased this lead by the base of the following descent.

Stage 3 Wednesday, in Italy, is 154km from Lana and Villabassa, and takes on the ascent of the Terento (6.1km at 8 percent) and then the Passo Furcia (7.9km at 7.6 percent).

2022 Tour of the Alps stage 2 Results

  1. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious),03:56:04
  2. Romain Bardet (Team DSM), at s.t.
  3. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ), at s.t.
  4. Felix Gall (AG2R Citroën), at s.t.
  5. Edward Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers), at s.t.
  6. Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), at s.t.
  7. Esteban Chaves (EF Education-EasyPost), at s.t.
  8. Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), at s.t.
  9. Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers), at s.t.
  10. Einer Rubio (Movistar Team), at s.t.

2022 Tour of the Alps General Classification

  1. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-Victorious), 08:08:15
  2. Romain Bardet (Team DSM), at :06
  3. Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ), at s.t.
  4. Felix Gall (AG2R-Citroën), at s.t.
  5. Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers), at s.t.
  6. Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers), at s.t.
  7. Esteban Chaves (EF Education-EasyPost), at s.t.
  8. Edward Dunbar (Ineos Grenadiers), at s.t.
  9. Einer Rubio (Movistar), at s.t.
  10. Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious), at s.t.