No cloud hangs over Debusschere, he looked fastest on the day even if some of the field was hindered by the crash behind. Pater Sagan and Bora's Sam Bennet who joined him on the podium were unaffected by the crash but simply couldn't match the Lotto-Soudal rider who won convincingly to continue a good run for the Belgian team.
Unlucky to come down in the crash were Elia Viviani and Sascha Modolo who looked worst off but also Giant's Luka Mezgec who got up quickly and seemed fairly unaffected. The origin of the accident appears to have been Mark Cavendish dropping his chain just as he was launching his final sprint. Veering suddenly to the right Viviani had no way of avoiding the Etixx rider's wheel and he crashed hard with Modolo then summersaulting over him. Viviani suffered no fractures but with bad bruising and roadrash the team will wait until tomorrow to make a decision on wether he continues in the race. Modolo bruised his wrist but he to seems to have avoided fractures and will take the start tomorrow.
Adriano Malori held on to his leaders jersey for another day but is expected to lose it tomorrow in the tough finish in Arezzo.
Top 10 Stage 2
- Jens Deusschere - Lotto-Soudal
- Peter Sagan - Tinkoff Saxo
- Sam Bennett - Bora-Argon18
- Aleksandr Porsev - katusha
- Tyler Farrar - MTN Qubeka
- Magnus Cort Nielsen - Orica
- Roger Kluge - IAM
- Nicola Ruffoni - Bardiani
- Zakkari Dempster - Bora-Argon18
- Mark Renshaw - Etixx-QS