Giro d’Italia 2016 / 7 May / Stage 2 – Arnhem-Nijmegen
The second stage in the Giro d’Italia through Gelderland, the region in the east of The Netherlands, started in Arnhem. Before the start, most of the riders go and sign in without their helmet on. Bob Jungels (EQS) did take his helmet with him, so he didn’t have to return to the bus, but could go right to the start. A lot of riders do return to the bus, especially with such sunny weather; it’s cool in there and you can relax a bit before you have to face those 190 kilometres.
Before the official start sign, the riders left the city of Arnhem in a calm pace and they still have time for a chat and a laugh. Sonny Colbrelli (BAR) obviously had a lot of fun during the first few moments of the second stage Arnhem-Nijmegen.
There was a leading bunch that created a gap of 10 minutes with the peloton at 100 kilometres from the finish line in Nijmegen. Omar Fraile (DDD), Giacomo Berlato (NIP) and Maarten Tjallingii (TLJ) jumped away as soon as the flag was dropped. However, they didn’t make it to the finish, because the sprint teams worked hard for their sprinters. In the end, Marcel Kittel (EQS) was the fastest rider of the day and finished before Arnaud Démare (FDJ)
Tom Dumoulin (TGA) was lucky enough to wear the Maglia Rosa again and his team was also the best team of the day and the best team overall. Tobias Ludvigsson (TGA) got to wear the white jersey again for the best young rider of the peloton. Omar Fraile (DDD), who was a part of the leading bunch, received the blue jersey for best rider of the mountains and Marcel Kittel (EQS) the red jersey for the rider with the most points. Former Dutch procyclist Johan van der Velde was present on stage to reward some of the riders.