'I'm surprised there weren't more crashes': Riders react to 'sketchy' Tirreno-Adriatico finale

A huge crash blighted the closing circuits of stage two of the Tirreno-Adriatico, where Marcel Kittel sprinted to victory

The peloton on Tirreno-Adriatico stage two (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Tirreno-Adriatico provided another tough stage that included potholes, roundabouts and speed bumps in the final circuit in Follonica, Italy, and led to riders crashing and some likely quitting.

Riders including Stefan Küng (BMC Racing) and Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r La Mondiale) arrived to the ambulance after the stage for treatment of injuries sustained in a crash at 6.8 kilometres to race. Others including Chris Froome (Sky) nearly hit the deck.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.