The Italian from the team of Colnago-CSF Inox, Sacha Modolo, became the winner of the 2nd stage of the race of Settimana Lombarda by Bergamasca. In the sprinters’ duel in the finish in Calcinato he beat his club mate, Manuel Belletti and Daniele Colli from Geox – TMC. Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice) finished in the 28th place.
In the next stage of the Italian stage race the cyclists were competing with each other on the route the total length of which was almost 200 kilometres. It lead along the road around Calcinato and the cyclists rode the laps around the town nine times. The profile of the route was exceptionally flat, which indicated that the teams having good sprint cyclists are going to fight for the stage win.
In the 22nd kilometre of the route out of the peloton three cyclists rode: Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator), Patxi Vila Errandonea Javier (De Rosa – Ceramica Flaminia) and Diego Alejandro Tamayo Matinez (Wit). The escapees, cooperating harmoniously quite soon gained some advantage over the peloton, which maximally reached about 5 minutes. Until the 165th kilometre of the route the three cyclists were riding together, but the working hard peloton, and especially the teams that had sprinters, quickly eliminated the break-away. 35 kilometres before the finishing line the peloton was riding all together. Another attempt to break away was made by a group of 26 riders, but the peloton meticulously eliminated everything.
The finishing line in Calcinato was crossed by almost the whole peloton, and Sacha Modolo, becoming the winner of stage 2. He beat Manuel Belletti and Daniele Colli.
The highest ranked cyclist of the team of CCC Polsat Polkowice was again Marek Rutkiewicz, who finished in the 28th place.
There have been no changes in the general classification. Thibat Pinot (FDJ) is still the leader of the race. Marek Rutkiewicz is holding the 28th place, 2:23 behind the leader.
Results of stage 2, Calcinato 199 km
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox 4:40:18
2. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox
3. Daniele Colli (Ita) Geox-TMC
28. Marek Rutkiewicz
35. Bartłomiej Matysiak
54. Jacek Morajko
90. Jose Mendes 0:25
101. Mariusz Witecki 0:33