Matthew Goss has won a bunch sprint at the end of Thursday’s stage, while Mark Cavendish retains the overall lead of the Tirreno-Adriatico after the second day.
Goss, who rides for Orica-GreenEdge, edged Manuel Belletti on the 144-mile flat route from San Vincenzo to Indicatore. Gerald Ciolek was third.
Roberto Ferrari was fourth but Cavendish, who was first in Wednesday’s opening team time trial, crossed in fifth to retain the lead. The British rider has a 2-second advantage over teammate Michal Kwiatkowski, with another Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider, Niki Terpstra in third.
The 118-mile stage Friday is a flat route from Indicatore to Narni Scalo.
The race ends on Tuesday with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.
Stage 2 Brief Results:
- Matthew Goss (Australia / Orica) 5:48:41″
- Manuel Belletti (Italy / AG2R) ST
- Gerald Ciolek (Germany / Team MTN)
- Roberto Ferrari (Italy / Lampre)
- Mark Cavendish (Britain / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step)
- Arnaud Demare (France / FDJ)
- Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto)
- Kristian Sbaragli (Italy / Team MTN)
- Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Cannondale)
- Davide Appollonio (Italy / AG2R)
General Classification After Stage 2:
- Mark Cavendish (Britain) 6:08:02″
- Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) +2″
- Niki Terpstra (Netherlands) +3″
- Tony Martin (Germany)
- Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)
- Giovanni Visconti (Italy) +14″
- Alex Dowsett (Britain)
- Benat Intxausti (Spain)
- Juan Jose Cobo (Spain)
- Andrey Amador (Costa Rica)