Stage 2: Herning – Herning 206km

Giro d’Italia 2: Cavendish sprints to victory in Herning

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Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) won the second stage of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, taking the small group sprint. A crash on the final corner split the peloton, with only the top sprinters coming through to the end. Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) was second, and Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat) was a surprise third.

BMC’s Tayler Phinney (BMC) successfully defended his leader’s jersey, but had to work hard at the end. He dropped his chain with 8km to go, and had to make up a 30-second gap to get back to the field.

A trio in the break

As expected, a break got away early on this cool day. Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini), Olivier Kaisen (Lotto Belisol) and Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela) took off and quickly built up a huge lead. The gap topped out at 13:15 with 145km to go.

The field was relaxed on this first road stage of the Giro, and took its time with the chase. Sprinters’ teams Rabobank, Orica-GreenEdge and Sky shared the work at the head of the peloton with BMC riding around race leader Phinney.

The stage actually featured a climb, ranked category 4, small but still enough to establish the first king of the mountains. Balloni attacked out of the three-man group, followed by Rubiano, and took the points which would give him the mountains classification jersey at the end of the day.

The gap continued to drop and the peloton crossed over only some five minutes later. With 60km to go, it had dropped all the way to barely two minutes.

Sky was often to be seen at the front of the field, with Cavendish’s world championship rainbow stripes in the first row. A crash near the the rear of the field took a handful of riders down, as the gap hovered around the 30-second mark.

Within seconds after crossing under the 40km banner, the field caught the three escapees – rather early, for a mass sprint stage. So, of course, the next attack came almost immediately, from Danish rider Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto Belisol).

Bak had built up a gap of 44 seconds with 30km to go, and that was about as high as it got. The peloton was perfectly willing to let him go it alone in the wind, but was careful not to let the gap grow too big and brought it down to around the 30 second mark.

Eventually Bak realized he wouldn’t be soloing in to a stage win, and relaxed. Just before the 17km marker, he was absorbed back into the field. Sky stayed at the head of things, with Astana close behind them.

A messy ending

With only 8km to go, Phinney saw his dreams starting to go down the drain. He dropped his chain, and it seemed like it took forever until help came and got it fixed. He was over 30 seconds down and had to push it to the limit to get back to the peloton. Teammate Danilo Wyss dropped back quickly to help pull the maglia rosa back to the main group. Finally, three teammates escorted him into the field and then up to the front again.

Garmin-Barracuda had meanwhile taken charge of the lead work, and the sprinters’ teams started lining up with 3.5km to go.

Cervelo opened the sprint, with GreenEdge taking over. A crash took out most of the field with about 150m to go and split the field, leaving the sprint to a handful of riders. Cavendish didn’t really need the advantage, as he waited for the right timing and pulled through a hole to claim the victory.

The crash happened just after the final curve leading into the finish, when Theo Bos’ wheel slipped away. He flew into Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff, who was launched into the barrier, but eventually crossed the finish line with blood dripping down his face.


General classification after stage 2

1Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team5:03:38 2Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:09 3Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin – Barracuda0:00:13 4Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:15 5Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:22 6Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin – Barracuda  7Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:23 8Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:24 9Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:26 10Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan0:00:27 11Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  12Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling  13Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:28 14Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin – Barracuda  15Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin – Barracuda  16Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:29 17Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team  18Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Barracuda  19Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  20Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:31 21Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia0:00:32 22Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan  23Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  24Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:33 25Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  26Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre – ISD  27Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:34 28Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp  29Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:00:36 30Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Barracuda  31Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  32Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:37 33Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  34Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  35Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:39 36Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  37Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  38Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:41 39Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  40Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  41Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:42 42Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin – Barracuda0:00:43 43Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  44Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  45Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team  46Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  47Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan  48Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling  49Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetApp  50Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:44 51Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin – Barracuda  52Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin – Barracuda0:00:45 53Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:46 54Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team  55Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  56Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling  57Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  58Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:47 59Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  60Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team  61Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:48 62Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team  63Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:49 64Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan  65Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling  66Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  67Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp  68José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  69Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetApp0:00:50 70Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  71Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  72Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:51 73Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  74Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  75Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team  76Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:52 77Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  78Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp  79Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia  80Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:53 81Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  82Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team  83Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank  84Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  85Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  86Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  87Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat  88Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:54 89Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox  90Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox0:00:55 91Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  92Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:00:56 93Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  94Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  95Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia  96Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:57 97Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  98Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre – ISD  99Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:58 100Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team  101Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  102Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  103Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi  104Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:00:59 105Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan  106Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  107Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox  108Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetApp  109Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  110Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team  111Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:00 112Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  113Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox0:01:01 114Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  115Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox  116Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:02 117Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:01:03 118Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  119Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  120Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – ISD  121Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro Team  122Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia  123Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:01:04 124Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre – ISD  125Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp0:01:05 126Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi  127Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox  128Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox  129Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:06 130Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD  131William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  132Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat  133Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  134Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp0:01:07 135Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team  136Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  137José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  138Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:09 139Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:10 140Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  141Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia  142Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:11 143Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team  144Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team  145Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp0:01:12 146Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  147Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank0:01:13 148Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling  149Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  150Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:14 151Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  152Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi  153Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  154Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia0:01:15 155Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team0:01:16 156John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  157Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  158Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre – ISD0:01:17 159Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  160Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre – ISD0:01:18 161Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:19 162Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre – ISD  163Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi  164Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat  165Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia  166Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:20 167Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  168Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi  169Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  170Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre – ISD0:01:21 171Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  172Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:01:22 173Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  174Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:23 175Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25 176Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan0:01:26 177Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia0:01:27 178Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  179Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi  180Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  181Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox0:01:28 182Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi0:01:29 183Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:30 184Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  185Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini – Selle Italia0:01:32 186Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  187Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:33 188Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:34 189Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel – Euskadi0:01:38 190Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:01:39 191Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi0:01:44 192Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:39 193Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox0:02:40 194Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:50 195Jack Bobridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:03:17 196Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:03:49 197Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:03:59 198Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:10:55