Breakthrough win for Sivakov

23 Apr 2019

Breakthrough win for Sivakov

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Tour of the Alps – stage two: Reith im Alpbachtal – Schenna, 178.7km

Pavel Sivakov continued Team Sky’s perfect start to the Tour of the Alps after claiming victory on stage two - his first success as a professional.
 
The young Russian was active throughout the queen stage and was strong enough to force his way into a late move as the group of general classification contenders split apart on the run-in. 
 
As the road ramped up into Schenna Sivakov timed his final attack, driving clear of the group on the steep slopes. Despite being joined by Jan Hirt (Astana) ahead of the final kilometre he was able to regroup, before riding the Czech off his wheel on the way to an eight-second race lead and the young rider jersey.
 
Overnight leader Tao Geoghegan Hart was on the other side of the split and occupied a number of pre-race favourites as Sivakov made his escape. The young Brit, who 24 hours earlier also took his first pro win, eventually came home 43 seconds back and now sits seventh overall.
 
Chris Froome continued to build form as he climbed with the lead group on the tough Jaufenpass climb. Eventually easing back on a tricky, wet and misty descent, the Brit eventually finished safely around a minute and 30 seconds back on the stage winner.
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Pavel Sivakov

Pavel Sivakov

We couldn’t wish for a better start to the race, with two stages and two stage wins. It’s unbelievable.
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- Pavel Sivakov

“We couldn’t wish for a better start to the race, with two stages and two stage wins. It’s unbelievable. Yesterday Tao had his first pro win and today I had my first pro win. It’s amazing!

“We’ve got a really really good young group. We work together really well, with another example of that today. The big favourites looked at Tao and I had the opportunity to go in the break. Big thanks to him and all the team for the job today.”
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Stage two result:

1. Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) 4:58:17
2. Jan Hirt (Astana) +4"
3. Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +17"
4. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +22"
5. Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain Merida) +29"
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) +43"

Overall standings:

1. Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky) 8:28:55
2. Jan Hirt (Astana) +8"
3. Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +33"
4. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +39"
5. Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
7. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) +43"

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