After yesterday’s opening time trial, the road stages got underway on Sunday afternoon at the Giro with 202 kilometres on the menu from Teramo to San Salvo. Despite a few climbs along the way, the flat closing 70 kilometres would lend itself to a bunch sprint finish which was the goal the team set off from the start with.
Almost from the flag drop a group of five riders managed to escape and their gap quickly grew out to five minutes before an organised chase began at the front of the peloton. Jonas Iversby Hvideberg came to the front to represent the team’s interests and helped set a good tempo throughout the day, ensuring that the stage would come down to a fast finish.
Working well as a group the team moved forward en masse looking to bring finisher Marius Mayrhofer into a good position to go for the sprint. Unfortunately at just inside four kilometres to go a crash in the bunch saw Martijn Tusveld go down, and the rest of the team held up. A strong pull from Alberto Dainese saw him bring Niklas Märkl and Mayrhofer back to the front split, where Märkl dropped off Mayrhofer in a good wheel. Having already spent a lot of energy, Mayrhofer weaved his way through the sprinters and pushed all the way to the line to take a good fifth place finish for the team – his first ever top five in his first ever Giro d’Italia.