Colin Joyce sprinted to fifth place in stage two of Il Giro di Sicilia, his second consecutive top-ten of the race. The Idaho native was dropped off by his teammates with one kilometer remaining and surfed wheels until 300 meters to go before the mad dash to the line and the top-five finish.
“I’m happy with the result but always want more, especially for how well the guys rode at the finish,” said Joyce. “But we keep learning and growing as a team, and anything’s possible. You know what they say, if you don’t take a shot, it’s a shot not taken.”
At 234 km in length, the stage ranks as one of the longest races in team history. After six hours of racing through rain and fog, Rally UHC Cycling assembled en masse at the front of the peloton to deliver Joyce to take a shot at the stage victory.
“It was a long one today,” said Joyce. “The team rode really well together and smashed it at the finish for me. All sprints are semi-chaotic with the fight for position and it helps a ton having the guys slaying it for me.”
Tomorrow’s Serra di Burgio climb tops out with 20 km remaining on stage three and a reduced peloton is expected to contest the uphill finale into Ragusa. Expect the overall standings to shift and for the race’s best climbers to come to the fore.
“We have a strong team and will try something tomorrow,” said Joyce. “It’s likely a day for the climbers and a chance for me to give back to my teammates.”
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Stage 2 results
1 BELLETTI Manuel Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 14 20 6:16:16
2 STACCHIOTTI Riccardo Giotti Victoria – Palomar 5 12 ,,
3 MOLANO Juan Sebastián UAE-Team Emirates 3 7 ,,
4 MINALI Riccardo Israel Cycling Academy 5 ,,
5 JOYCE Colin Rally UHC Cycling 4 ,,
6 SHILOV Sergey Gazprom-RusVelo 3 ,,
7 TOTÒ Paolo Sangemini – Trevigiani – MG.Kvis 2 ,,
8 ONESTI Emanuele Giotti Victoria – Palomar 1 ,,
9 TIZZA Marco Amore & Vita – Prodir ,,
10 BERNARDINETTI Marco Amore & Vita – Prodir
General Classification after stage 2
1 BELLETTI Manuel Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec 3 9:47:02
2 STACCHIOTTI Riccardo Giotti Victoria – Palomar ,,
3 MOLANO Juan Sebastián UAE-Team Emirates 0:12
4 PACIONI Luca Neri Sottoli – Selle Italia – KTM ,,
5 HAGEN Krister Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 0:13
6 KRON Andreas Riwal Readynez Cycling Team ,,
7 TONIATTI Andrea Team Colpack 0:14
8 LUKŠEVICS Viesturs Amore & Vita – Prodir 0:15
9 SHILOV Sergey Gazprom-RusVelo 0:16
10 JOYCE Colin Rally UHC Cycling