A long hot day across the desert before a likely sprint finish in Eilat to conclude the Giro’s visit to Israel.
Stage 2 review: We know cycling is a team sport. If you wanted to prove this to others then yesterday’s stage served up some good examples. First BMC Racing chased down the breakaway and then lead out Rohan Dennis so he could take over the race lead. Then Quick Step guided Elia Viviani through the streets of Tel Aviv and if he was having to improvise at times the support still saved him energy especially as Jakub Mareczko was having to duck and dive for himself before storming up the finishing straight. Viviani won and it’s the first stage win for the Italians, a matter that matters as long as it hasn’t happened. As Pier Bergonzi notes in today’s Gazzetta Dello Sport it’s also a victory for two track riders as both Dennis and Viviani have extensive experience on the boards.
The Route: a long day, 229km plus five more in the roll-out from the start as they head across the Negev desert to Eilat.
The Finish: a U-turn with 1.6km to go but gentle around a roundabout before a sharp-right hander with just 350m to go.
The Contenders: bis repetita, a copy of yesterday’s stage? Elia Viviani was a long way ahead but no two sprints are ever the same. The heat matters, will this hinder Sam Bennett?
|Sam Bennett, Jakub Mareczko
|Bonifazio, Modolo, Guardini
Weather: hot with a top temperature of 36°C and and a light crosswind from the east, it looks like nothing to shred the bunch but the terrain is exposed and if the wind is stronger than the forecast then we’ll see.
TV: Host broadcaster RAI offers the best coverage, Eurosport has the rights for many countries across Europe and Australia and it’s streamed via Fubo in the US and Dazn in Japan. The finish is forecast for 6.00pm local time, 5.00pm CEST.