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Tour de Slovaquie: Tratnik stays in 2nd overall after stage 2

Jan Tratnik together with his CCC Sprandi Polkowice teammates fought hard at intermediate sprints for bonus seconds on stage 2 of Tour of Slovakia, but their effort was in vain due to a late crash that occurred with 2km to go and split the field. Tratnik was held up by that incident which cancelled out claimed bonicifations.  

Info: September 14th,  Ruzomberok – Dubnica nad Vahom, 191km

Course: hilly (7 categorized climbs)

CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were very eager to slip into the day’s main breakaway and were marking almost every early move. But as it’s often the case in cycling you don’t have control over which attempt sticks and which not. After multiple attacks a 5-man escape went clear and it didn’t include “riders in orange”. The leaders opened 3-minute lead.

Some of the teams wanted to use hilly terrain to shatter the field and by doing so, they also quickly reduced the gap to the escapees and caught them before first intermediate sprint.

“Orange squad” took advantage of that situation and attacked for bonification seconds. Thanks to team effort Tratnik won first, as well as second sprint, cutting the gap to Julian Alaphilippe.

Unfortunately that work went to waste, as with 2km to go there was a crash in the pack, caused by road furniture. That cause a split and 5 riders arrived across the line 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.

Rudiger Selig took the win, besting Quick-Step Floors duo, Yves Lampaert and Zdenek Stybar. Adrian Kurek was CCC Sprandi Polkowice top finisher, coming in in 10th place.

Alaphilippe finished 5th retaining the leader jersey, while Tratnik also defended his 2nd place, but now sits 16 seconds behind.