TdS: Rebellin the strongest “rider in orange” on Stage 2

Davide Rebellin was the strongest among “riders in orange” on Stage 2 of Tour de Suisse. He finished in the third group, one minute behind the winner, Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida).

The day’s main breakaway was formed after around 20 kilometers of racing.  Valerio Agnoli, Luka Pibernik, Cameron Meyer and Jurgen Roelandts were part of it and they gained almost 3 minutes of advantage. They were riding together until they tackled Michaelskreuz for the first time (the riders climbed this cat. 1 hill two times during the stage, twice within final 40 kilometers.). Pibernik and Meyer took off and Agnoli and Roelandts were caught by the bunch.

The leading duo’s journey in the front ended when they were on the Michaelskreuz ascent for the second time, with around 15 kilometers to go.

On the uphill the peloton broke in pieces and Davide Rebellin managed to stay in one of the front groups. The pace was very high and among riders who fell behind were Michał Kwiatkowski and Rafał Majka.  Geraint Thomas, Simon Spilak and Jakob Fuglsang hit the top first, but six chasers were not far back. On the descent the two groups merged establishing 9-man break. Race leader, Tom Dumoulin was there, so as Kristijan Durasek, with whome Davide Rebellin fought a duel at Tour of Turkey, Croatian timed his attack perfectly in the final kilometer and took the solo win. He arrived to the finish 4 seconds ahead of second Daniel Moreno and third Julián David Arredondo.

Davide Rebellin finished in the third group, 1:01 back. Stefan Schumacher was 39th (2:19 behind).