Simone Ponzi finished 22nd on unlucky stage 2 of Tour de Suisse. It saw few big crashes and one of them involved Jonas Koch, who was taken to the hospital and had to abandon the race.
Info: 2.etap, June 11th, Cham – Cham, 172,7km
How it unfolded
One of the first breakaway attempts was successful and 5 riders were part of that move – Lasse Norman Hansen, Conor Dunne (both Aqua Blue Sport), Nick Dougall (Dimension Data), Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) and Nick Van der Lijcke (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij). They established the maximum advantage of nearly six minutes,
With around 35km to go a big crash happened in the middle of the bunch. Jonas Koch was the one who got hurt the most. He had to abandon the race and be rushed to the hospital for further check up (which thankfully didn’t reveal serious injuries or fractures). When the peloton was bringing the breakaway in with 24km to go, somebody touched the wheel of one of the caught escapees, causing another crash. “Riders in orange” were caught up in it, but this time they didn’t suffer serious injuries.
After that incident the bunch split and Simone Ponzi and Jan Hirt were able to make the cut. From the first group Damiano Caruso (BMC), Jan Bakelands (Ag2R) and Rui Costa (UEA Team Eimrates) attacked, gaining 20-second lead.
They were reeled back in with 5km to go. The finale saw few attacks, and one of the most aggressive riders late in the stage was Simone Ponzi. Italian was overtaken 500m from the line by accelerating sprinters though. Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) was the fastest of them taking the win, ahead of Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac) and Anthony Roux (FDJ). Ponzi finished 22nd, while Hirt also arrived in the main group.