The riders will hit the road after yesterday’s Team Time Trial saw BMC take the stage win and deliver the leader’s blue jersey onto the shoulders of Italian strongman Daniel Oss. Stage 2 takes the form of a 207km route from Camaiore to Pomarance, incorporating some lumpy terrain and an uphill finish to shape a dramatic finale.
Peter Sagan is the obvious favourite for today, the World Champion should enjoy this rolling terrain and hope to dominate the final kilometres which lead up to the line. Already this year, Greg Van Avermaet has displayed strong form and will be BMC’s best hope of retaining the leader’s jersey after Stage 2; the Belgian beat Sagan in the deciding sprint at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last month. There is no doubt that Fabian Cancellara is in fantastic form currently and should fancy his chances of being a major protagonist in the battle for stage honours here. While Zdenek Stybar appeared extremely strong when just missing out on defending his Strade Bianche title last weekend to Cancellara and will look to bounce back quickly on a stage which suits his blend of strength, speed and positioning abilities well.
1st Peter Sagan 2nd Greg Van Avermaet 3rd Zdenek Stybar