First success for the breakaway, with Alessandro De Marchi (Team Jayco Alula), who emerged victorious in the second stage of the Tour of the Alps 2024, developed over 190.7 kilometers between Salorno and Stans, in Austrian territory, where the Norwegian Tobias Foss (Ineos Grenadiers) kept the lead of the race.

The Italian attacked his breakaway companions on the second category mountain pass with 16 kilometers to go and managed to take the win ahead of Austrian Patrick Gamper (BORA – hansgrohe), who came in second, and third came Swiss Simon Pellaud (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), who lives in Colombia.

De Marchi, 37, is not yet guaranteed a spot in the Jayco-AlUla lineup for the Giro d’Italia, but with this victory, the seventh of his career, he won’t have done any damage to his hopes of competing in the Corsa Rosa.

The peloton came in 1:47 behind the breakaway. The bunch pack was taken by Austrian Gregor Mühlberger (Movistar Team), beating Spaniard Joan Bou (Euskaltel – Euskadi). Colombian Esteban Chaves (EF Education EasyPost) was well positioned in the bunch, finishing 22nd and retained third place in the overall individual classification.

The protagonists of the breakaway, which ultimately defined the stage, were Patrick Gamper (Bora Hansgrohe), Alessandro De Marchi (Team Jayco Alula), Simon Pellaud (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), Yuma Koishi (JCL Team Ukyo), Oka Atsushi (JCL Team Ukyo) and Lukas Postlberger (Austria).

The third stage of the Tour of the Alps will be held this Wednesday, April 17, around Schwaz, over a 124.8-kilometer route on undulating terrain, including two categorized mountain passes. The successor of British Tao Geoghegan Hart, last year’s champion, will be announced on Friday in Levico Terme (Italy).

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico