Davide Rebellin was forced to give away the leader’s jersey after stage 2 of Settimana Coppi e Bartali, which was held in difficult weather conditions. Ben Swift claimed the win and became the new leader of the Italian race.
With the white-green jersey worn by Davide Rebellin and top 4 places in GC for Adrian Kurek, Jarosław Marycz and Tomasz Kiendyś it was up to the CCC Sprandi Polkowice to control the chase of the breakaway. The escape consisted of 7 riders and it included Andrea Piechele (Bardiani-CSF), Manuel Belletti (Southeast), Giacomo Berlato (NIPPO – Fantini), Preben Van Hecke (TopSport Vlaanderen – Baloise), Klemen Stimulak (Adria Mobil), Nicola Gaffurini (MGKVis – Norda) and Davide Ballerini (Unieuro – Wilier). CCC Sprandi Polkowice-led peloton let them stretch out the lead to around 2:30 and it stayed at this level for a long time. The weather was playing a big role on that day, since the riders had to deal with wet and cold conditions.
Piechale and Berlato couldn’t maintain other escapees’ pace and got dropped. From the leading “5” Gaffurini attacked solo and later Belletti joined him. With 25km to go, the duo was reeled in. On the last climb Ben Swift, Francesco Manuel Bongiorno and Matija Kvasina accelerated. Davide Rebellin was not able to stay with other favorites and reached the top of the climb around 35 seconds back.
In the very end Swift made a solo move and crossed the finish line by himself. Kvasina was 2nd and Bongiorno 3rd. Davide Rebellin arrived over 2 minutes behind and lost the leader’s jersey. It was taken over by the stage winner, Swift. Experienced Italian sits now in 14th overall (2:33 back).
Results of stage 2 of Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Cesenatico – Sogliano al Rubicone, 156.2km
1. Ben Swift (Team Sky)
2. Matija Kvasina (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels)
3. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani – CSF Pro Team)
21. Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 2:24
36. Grega Bole (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 7:42
63. Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 16:22
72. Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 17:51
92. Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 23:45
93. Jarosław Marycz (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
96. Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)
148. Christian Delle Stelle (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) 36:49