Lampre’s Damiano Cunego won Stage Two of the Giro del Trentino cycling race, sprinting past the competition up the final 500 meters of the hilltop finish.
Lampre moved to the head of the peloton after cresting the Cat 1 Passo Redebus, setting up Cunego’s attack on the 10-kilometer final climb. The Italian rider led with 500 meters to go, when Astana’s Roman Kreuziger attacked. Cunego caught and passed him, and stayed ahead just of Acqua & Sapone’s Alberto Betancur at the line.
“I knew my fitness is good, the team is strong and the course was suitable for my characteristics,” Cunego told cyclingnews.com. “I’m very happy I made all these conditions become reality, obtaining the first victory in this season. This helps me to decrease the disappointment from the Cauberg crash [at the Amstel Gold Race].”
BMC’s Mathias Frank finished seventh, three seconds back, which was good enough to win the leader’s yellow jersey.
Stage Three features a much harder finish: the Hors Categorie Punta Veleno, 8.5 km at an average 15 percent grade, with ramps up to 20 percent.