Tour of Slovakia: Steimle wins crash-marred stage 2 sprint

Robert Roffulo

Image 1 of 8 Jannie Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins stage 2 of the 2021 Tour of Slovakia (Image credit: Bettini Photo) Image 2 of 8 Jannie Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins stage 2 of the 2021 Tour of Slovakia (Image credit: Bettini Photo) Image 3 of 8 Jannie Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) after winning stage […]

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Tour de Slovaquie 2021 65th Edition 2nd stage Spisske Podhradie Dolny Kubin 1797 km 17092021 Jannik Steimle GER Deceuninck QuickStep Peter Sagan SVK Bora Hansgrohe photo Igor StancikBettiniPhoto2021

Jannie Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins stage 2 of the 2021 Tour of Slovakia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Slovaquie 2021 65th Edition 2nd stage Spisske Podhradie Dolny Kubin 1797 km 17092021 Jannik Steimle GER Deceuninck QuickStep Peter Sagan SVK Bora Hansgrohe photo Igor StancikBettiniPhoto2021

Jannie Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins stage 2 of the 2021 Tour of Slovakia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Slovaquie 2021 65th Edition 2nd stage Spisske Podhradie Dolny Kubin 1797 km 17092021 Jannik Steimle GER Deceuninck QuickStep photo Igor StancikBettiniPhoto2021

Jannie Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) after winning stage 2 of the 2021 Tour of Slovakia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eirik Lunder (Gazprom Rusvelo) leads the early breakaway (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Slovaquie 2021 65th Edition 2nd stage Spisske Podhradie Dolny Kubin 1797 km 17092021 Alvaro Jose Hodeg COL Deceuninck QuickStep photo Igor StancikBettiniPhoto2021

Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quickstep) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tour de Slovaquie 2021 65th Edition 2nd stage Spisske Podhradie Dolny Kubin 1797 km 17092021 Peter Sagan SVK Bora Hansgrohe Daniel Oss ITA Bora Hansgrohe photo Igor StancikBettiniPhoto2021

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Andrea Garosio (Bardiani) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Equipo Kern Pharma leads the chase (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

In a chaotic finale, Jannick Steimle (Deceuninck-Quickstep) won stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, handsomely beating the second placed Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohë). Behind them, a crash disrupted the other sprinters as Cees Bol (Team DSM) slid out on the final corner. Navigating this tumult, Alvaro Hodeg finished third and retained his overall lead.

Sagan, the chief agent of chaos on the stage, had attacked near the summit of a Category 2 climb 14 kilometres from the finish, and only Steimle could follow. Though they were eventually caught by a small chase group and then the rest of the peloton with 3.5 kilometres to go, they proved the strongest riders in the sprint. 

How it unfolded

https://www.cyclingnews.com/races/tour-of-slovakia-2021/stage-2/results/

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