Giulio Ciccone won a tortuous, mountainous slog on stage two of the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday just ahead of Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel.
The trio had chased down and overtaken Esteban Chaves over the final 500m of a twisting shoelace climb to set up a pulsating struggle to the summit finish at a snowy 2150m altitude.
The result leaves Roglic in the overall lead on a race already bearing the familiar pattern of Jumbo-Visma’s black and yellow tunics heading up the main peloton.
“This is the most beautiful win of my career, a magical day,” said Ciccone.
— Volta a Catalunya (@VoltaCatalunya) March 21, 2023