Geraint Thomas is ow sixth overall. Pic Team INEOS

Geraint Thomas Staying Safe At Tirreno-Adriatico

Geraint Thomas came safely through another sprint stage on the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy.

The Welsh ace crossed the line after the 201km from Camaiore to Follonica  in the same time as Germany’s Pascal Ackermann who won his second stage in a row.

Thomas is 22nd overall, 20 seconds down on Ackermann on the eight day race he is using as build-up to next month’s Giro d’Italia.

 

 

Ackermann opened up the sprint early and went head-to-head with Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Rick Zabel (Israel Start-Up Nation) and Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) before pipping Gavira for the second age in a row.

“I think all the time I was strong but missed a bit of luck and maybe wasn’t 100 per cent trusting my lead out guys because we never found this year,” Ackermann said. “Here we spoke before and we changed something and now I think we can see the difference.

Germany’s Pascal Ackermann wins his second stage in a row at the Tirreno-Adriatico.

“It was a different sprint. It was another long one for me because I was too early in the wind then I went back and said ok ‘just go and try to see how far you can go’ and I think it was the perfect length to the finish line.

“Now I have to recover a bit because I was sick last week and was just one time on my bike. I think now I need a rest and then I can try again on Saturday.”

Tirreno-Adriatico 2020, stage two: Camaiore to Follonica (201km)

1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 5-01-53
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates
3. Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation
4. Davide Ballerini (Ita) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
5. Tim Merlier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
6. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation
7. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
8. Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9. Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
10. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma,

22nd Geraint Thomas same time

General classification after stage two

1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 7-59-28
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates, at 8s
3. Magnus Cort (Den) EF Pro Cycling, at 16s
4. Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation, at same time
5. Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, at 17s
6. Paul Martens (Ger) Jumbo-Visma, at the same time
7. Simon Pellaud (Sui) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, at 18s
8. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb, at 19s
9. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation, at 20s
10. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie, at same time

22nd Geraint Thomas same time

 

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