Jonathan Milan wins stage two of the Giro d’Italia after a huge collision involving Mark Cavendish.
Jonathan Milan won his first Grand Tour stage on day two of the Giro d’Italia with a sprint finish.
The Bahrain Victorious rider crossed the finish line in San Salvo in four hours, 55 minutes, and 11 seconds.
He finished ahead of a close-knit group that included Arkea-Samsic’s David Dekker and Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Kaden Groves.
After a major crash, Britain’s Mark Cavendish was unable to finish.
The Astana Qazaqstan sprinter was one of several riders who crashed with approximately three kilometers remaining on the 202-kilometer circuit from Teramo, but his team afterwards stated that he was “OK.”
Remco Evenepoel, who won the individual time trial on stage one, was safely carried across the finish line by his Soudal-QuickStep teammates to retain the maglia rosa jersey for stage three.
He leads Italy’s Filippo Ganna by 22 seconds.
Jake Stewart of Groupama-FDJ was the highest-placed Briton, finishing eighth. Geraint Thomas of Ineos Grenadiers also crossed safely, but his teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart dropped down the general classification after losing 19 seconds.
Milan, 22, was competing in his debut Grand Tour road stage and is an Olympic and global team pursuit champion on the track.
“It’s something incredible,” he exclaimed. “I wanted to go for the sprint today, so I tested my legs yesterday.”
“My teammates perfectly positioned me.” This is my first Giro victory, and I’m at a loss for words.
“I did a nice time trial yesterday, I was quite happy, I was pushing hard, but I never expected to win today.”
The third stage of the three-week race runs from Vasto to Melfi on Monday.