Julian Alaphilippe beats Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert to take victory on stage two of Tirreno-Adriatico 2021
World champion Julian Alaphilippe held off Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert to raise his arms in victory on stage two of Tirreno-Adriatico 2021.
Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) timed his sprint to perfection to win of his two main rivals of Van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) in the uphill finish at Chiusdino.
The final 50km flew by with multiple attacks from some of the biggest names in the race including Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) before a group of four riders getting away made up of defending champion, Simon Yates (BikeExchange), João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious).
Van Aert keeps his overall lead and takes four bonus seconds in the sprint finish.
Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 stage two, Camaiore – Chiusdino (226km)
1. Julian Alaphilipp (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, in 5-01-32
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
3. Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma, all at same time.
General classification after stage two
1. Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma, in 8-37-35
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, at 4 seconds
3. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix, at 8s.