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Molano wins Stage 2 of Il Giro di Sicilia and retains the lead of the GC

29/09/2021

Juan Sebastian Molano Stage 2 Il Giro di Sicilia Tappa 2

Juan Sebastián Molano wins Stage 2 and keeps the Maglia Giallo-Rossa

Juan Sebastian Molano took back to back stage wins as he sprinted to victory alongside the spectacular beach of Mondello in the outskirts of Palermo. He beat on the line local rider Filippo Fiorelli, who was eventually relegated to the last place of the bunch and fined for deviation from the chosen line that obstructs another rider (Fiorelli also received a CHF 200 fine and 3 points penalty in the points classification).

 

Second in the day’s classification, Matteo Moschetti became the best young rider, while the new King of the Mountains is Stefano Gandin who was part of the 6-man breakaway along with Spain’s Txomin Juaristi, Emerson Oronte from the USA, and Italians Giacomo Cassarà, Niccolo Salvietti and Eric Paties Montagner. GC contenders David De La Cruz, Romain Bardet and Alejandro Valverde all went for a bonus sprint, claiming respectively two, one and zero seconds behind Davide Gabburo at Capaci with 12.5km to go. In doing so, they expressed their GC ambitions ahead of two stages suitable for climbers.

 

STAGE RESULTS

1 – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) – 173 km in 4h25’41”, average speed 39.069km/h

2 – Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.

3 – Jakub Mareczko (Vini Zabu’) s.t.

 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

2 – Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo) at 14”

3 – Vincenzo Albanese (Eolo-Kometa Cycling Team) at 14”.

The leader's jerseys and quotes

Maglia Giallo Rossa, leader of the General Classification, sponsored by Regione Siciliana – Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates)

Maglia Ciclamino, leader of the Points Classification, sponsored by Segafredo ZanettiJuan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates), worn by Jakub Mareczko (Vini Zabu’)

Maglia Verde Pistacchio, leader of the Mountains Classification, sponsored by Valsir – Stefano Gandin (Zalf Euromobil Fior)

Maglia Bianca, Best Young Rider, sponsored by Work Service Group – Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo)

The new Maglia Bianca, Best Young Rider, sponsored by Work Service Group – Matteo Moschetti (Trek – Segafredo)

 

PRESS CONFERENCE

The stage winner and Maglia Giallo Rossa Juan Sebastian Molano said: “Brendan [McNulty] did a tremendous job to lead me out in the finale and Maxi [Richeze] launched in a spectacular way as he usually does. I did the last 180 metres at the front so we took a beautiful victory for me and for the whole team, who did a great job all day. I’m very happy with two wins. Tomorrow we’ll work for David [De La Cruz] and for Brendan. We can win the GC as well. I love to win in Sicily. It’s a beautiful part of the world. It’s the first time our team has participated in Il Giro di Sicilia, but I was also here for the start of the 2020 Giro d’Italia. I could see the sea from the stage podium during the prize giving ceremony and all the people who came to cheer for us.

 

Stage 3: TERMINI IMERESE - CARONIA, 180 KM

A stage that winds through Sicily with an uphill finish. It is a demanding stage in terms of altitude and is characterised by an uninterrupted succession of bends. The roads are of varying width and the surface is sometimes worn. The town crossings may have paved sections of various shapes. After Cerda, the riders will climb the interminable slope of the Forcella di Barfuco through “le Petralie” to reach Geraci Siculo. A very long descent follows before the GPM of Pollina (11km at around 6%) and then a short coastal stretch that leads to the final climb.

 

Last km

The last 3km are uphill at around 6% with higher peaks along a road that twists and turns towards the village. The finale takes place over 300m, on a 6m wide flat asphalt road.

 

TV SCHEDULE

In Italy, RAI Sport +HD will broadcast the race live for two hours from 13:20 to 15:20 CEST. Il Giro di Sicilia will also be broadcast by Eurosport and Eurosport Player in Italy and across the rest of the European continent, live from 13:20 to 15:20. ESPN will televise the race in South America (13:20-15:20), while in Mexico and Central America TUDN will broadcast delayed images of each stage. Finally, the race will be available live on GCN+ every day for users located in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, North America, Australia, Japan, the Middle East and Africa.

Il Giro di Sicilia’s international TV schedule is available here.

 

 

 

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