Kristoff wins stage 2 to seize Tour of Germany lead

Alexander Kristoff powered to victory on the second stage of the Tour of Germany on Friday in Goettingen to take the overall lead.

The 32-year-old edged out Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) at the end of the 202km ride from Marburg.

Kristoff is now 10 seconds clear of Colbrelli at the top of the overall standings, with Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) third, two seconds further adrift.

Julian Alaphilippe and Vincenzo Nibali, who finished safely in the peloton, were among those to attempt unsuccessful breakaways.

“The stage was a bit crazy,” said Alaphilippe. “It went all the way, it was a lot of fun.”

Caleb Ewan, who won three stages on this year’s Tour de France, retired from the race suffering from a “sore throat”, his team Lotto Soudal said.

Saturday’s penultimate stage runs 189km from Goettingen to Eisenach and features three categorised climbs.



Deutschland Tour 2019 – stage 2 results (Marburg – Göttingen):

1Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

4:21:04

2Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrian-Merida)

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3Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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4Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

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5Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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6Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

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7Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)

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8Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma)

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9Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo)

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10Jens Keukeleire (Lotto Soudal)

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Deutschland Tour 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)

8:10:18

2Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrian-Merida)

+10”

3Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

+12”

4Marc Hirschi (Team Sunweb)

+13”

5Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)

+14”

6Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data)

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7Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

+15”

8Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

+16”

9Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

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10Ben Swift (Team Ineos)

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