Giro d'Italia Stage 2: Sky win TTT on Ischia and put Salvatore Puccio into maglia rosa

Good start for Wiggins' campaign as he puts 14 seconds into Nibali

by Simon_MacMichael   May 5, 2013  

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Team Sky's Salvatore Puccio has taken over the maglia rosa at the Giro d'Italia as the race heads towards his native Sicily, the British team winning today's team time trial on Ischia in a time of 22 minutes 5 seconds from Movistar, who finished 9 seconds down, and Astana a further 5 seconds further back. It's early days, but that gap means Bradley Wiggins takes 14 seconds from GC rival Vincenzo Nibali, and the Tour de France champion himself moves into second place on GC this evening.

Riding his first Giro d'Italia, Puccio takes over the race lead from Mark Cavendish, whose Omega Pharma Quick Step team, world champions in the discipline, had a disappointing day. It was Italian champion Dario Cataldo who led Sky across the line in Forio, but Puccio takes the maglia rosa by virtue of having finished higher on yesterday's opening stage.

Last time the Giro visited what is Italy’s third largest island by population – perhaps best known outside the country for providing much of the setting for Anthony Minghella’s film, The Talented Mr Ripley – a Sicilian was also celebrating at the end of the day.

That was in 1959 when former ice cream seller Nino Catalano was the surprise winner of an individual time trial. There was little prospect of there being such a shock winner today.

It was a surprise however that Sky’s time didn’t get challenged by some of the more fancied squads, particularly Omega Pharma-Quick Step, looking to defend that maglia rosa that Cavendish took yesterday, a victory that also gave him 20 bonus seconds.

While the four climbs that featured on today’s 17.4km course weren’t particularly taxing on their own, combined with a twisting parcours and a breeze blowing in from the sea that changed direction depending on where teams were on the route, they made for a technical course.

That meant that some teams struggled to keep a group of five riders together – the time in this discipline being taken when the fifth crosses the line – notably Euskaltel, whose final four riders coasted to the line having dropped that vital last man after he fell victim to a puncture.

Sky’s Danny Pate, a former US national time trial champion at under-23 level, appeared to have issues early on, sitting at the back and then getting dropped, possibly due to a mechanical problem.

However, the American managed to rejoin his team mates, going through the intermediate time check back with them as they set the fastest time there of 10 minutes 12 seconds.

Sky, one of the earlier starters and came home nearly half a minute ahead of Blanco Pro Cycling, whose time of 22 minutes 33 seconds had been the quickest at that point.

While Movistar and Astana both got within a quarter of a minute of their time, it was surpising that some others – notably Cadel Evans’ BMC Racing, and Garmin-Sharp, including defending champion Ryder Hesjedal, didn’t mount more of a challenge.

As it is, a race that is expected to become a duel between a Sicilian and a Team Sky rider in the shape of Wiggins and Nibali is tonight led by someone who happens to be both, although it’s unlikely Sky will fight hard to defend the jersey on a tough looking Stage 3 tomorrow from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea.

Giro d’Italia Stage 2 result

1  SKY PROCYCLING                  22:05
2  MOVISTAR TEAM                   00:09
3  ASTANA PRO TEAM                 00:14
4  KATUSHA                         00:19
6  LAMPRE-MERIDA                   00:22
7  GARMIN SHARP                    00:25
8  BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM         00:28
9  ORICA GREENEDGE                 00:28
10 VACANSOLEIL-DCM TEAM            00:34
11 CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING          00:35
12 BMC RACING TEAM                 00:37
14 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD              00:43
15 TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF               00:43
17 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP         00:48
COLOMBIA                        0

General Classification after Stage 2

1  PUCCIO Salvatore  SKY        03:20:43
2  WIGGINS Bradley   SKY           00:00
3  HENAO Sergio      SKY           00:00
4  CATALDO Dario     SKY           00:00
5  URAN Rigoberto    SKY           00:00
6  INTXAUSTI Benat   MOV           00:09
7  VISCONTI Giovanni MOV           00:09
8  HERRADA José      MOV           00:09
9  DOWSETT Alex      MOV           00:09
10 CAPECCHI Eros     MOV           00:09

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All going according to expectations in some ways.

I hope Wiggo plays his more attacking role he showed earlier in the season in the Giro.

posted by Super Domestique [1421 posts]
5th May 2013 - 16:12

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It's not even going to get warm until it gets to Rimini!

posted by Colin Peyresourde [847 posts]
5th May 2013 - 21:56

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Happy for Puccio, his family must be going mental to see him in the maglia rosa on his home tour.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2329 posts]
5th May 2013 - 22:03

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Eurosport said Pâté was stuck in the small chainring - wonder if this is further di2 issues?

This site obviously he goes well with bread though! P-a-t-e, not Pâté!

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2329 posts]
6th May 2013 - 9:17

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It's weird if it is the Di as they've had it for the last couple of seasons. Maybe they have a mechanic who is not au fait with it.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [847 posts]
6th May 2013 - 9:59

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