Greipel wins 2nd stage of Giro to move into overall lead

Andre Greipel had the legs to triumph in a bunch sprint in the second stage of the Giro d'Italia and take the pink jersey.

Richard, Lionel and Daniel assess the day's racing, discuss the charms of Sardinia, open their first packets of Panini Giro d'Italia stickers (yes, really) and look ahead to see what the rest of the race might have in store.

"We wanted to try for a sprint for the final for (team mate) Sam (Bennett)".

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The victory means he is the first person to wear the pink leader jersey in the 100th edition of the world's second-biggest stage race.

When he claimed the 15 points on offer at the summit of Genna Silana, the second of the two climbs, the chasing peloton took over on a long, winding descent that saw a few futile attacks fail to make an impact.

"I heard over the radio, 'C'mon, Posty go try!' and I put all I have in".

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It was a remarkably calm opening stage for much of the day. In the late confusion, some participants lost more than a minute. "Pavel Brutt (Russia / Gazprom) +8" 5.

André Greipel and Caleb Ewan managed to settle for third and second respectively.

Speaking of the geography of the stage, the route is filled with medium sized mountain, running nearly entirely on the coast of Sardinia. "It made a six-hours race but it also played in our favor", said Greipel, who rides for Lotto Soudal.

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) WorldTour race will continue tomorrow with a 148km race from Tortolì to Cagliari, which will be the final stage in Sardinia.

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