Belgian Tim Merlier from the team Alpecin-Fenix had a great 2021 with nine victories, and now he has also started in 2022.
On Tuesday, he was fastest in a sprint in the finish city of Sovicille, where no one could match Merlier’s speed in the last meters of Tirreno-Adriatico’s 2nd stage.
Merlier won ahead of Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) and Kaden Groves (BikeExchange), while star rider Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) had to settle for fourth place.
Best Dane was Kasper Asgreen, who as part of Quick-Step’s sprint train helped Davide Ballerini to a seventh place. The Dane himself became number 13.
The top of the overall standings is still identical to what the best single-start riders left on the 1st stage.
Ineos Italian Filippo Ganna leads ahead of Asgreen’s team-mate Remco Evenepoel, while Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar is in third place.
Tirreno-Adriatico is run over seven stages on the Italian roads, and on Wednesday there are good opportunities for another sprint decision when the field runs from Murlo to Terni.