Tadej Pogačar celebrates winning stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia.

Giro stage 2 report: History repeats itself on Oropa as Pogačar climbs into pink

Is it over?

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d’Italia. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 05.05.2024 Photography by
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A day later than might have been expected, Tadej Pogačar soared to his first Giro d’Italia stage victory and into the pink jersey at the Santuario di Oropa after overcoming a poorly timed puncture at the foot of the final climb. He now leads the race by 45 seconds over Geraint Thomas and Dani Martínez with – err – 19 stages to go.

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Quotes of the day

Pogačar kept it simple at the finish.

“I just wanted to win today, test the legs a little bit. The dream was to win a stage and take the pink jersey. Now I can relax a little bit the next few days with the team, and we can stay safe in the sprints.”

He added a short explanation of what had happened through the town at the foot of the climb.

“I was quite calm, I just had a super-fast flat tyre, and I think I broke the wheel. There was also a bit of confusion. I wanted to stop before the corner, not after the corner. The team said to me ‘after the corner, after the corner’ and I was confused a little bit, then I crashed. It was nothing serious.”

Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, was pragmatic, but content with his efforts in a tough finish.

“Everything is still possible, but Tadej … He is Tadej.”

Brief analysis

Dani Martínez and Bora-Hansgrohe enjoyed a ‘confidence boost’ on stage 2.

Brief results:


GC top 10 after stage 2:


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