The peloton in the Tour of Germany (2.Pro, 26-29/08) started this Friday in the rain in Sangerhausen for the second stage of 180 kilometer, but without Dries De Pooter. The trainee of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert did not recover from his crash in the final of the opening stage. The riders from sports director Steven De Neef were prepared to defend the chances of Jonas Koch, because a new bunch sprint was expected in Ilmenau.
Just like during the opening stage, the breakaway was controlled by the peloton. The last survivor resisted until de first of two local laps in Ilmenau which contained a 900 meter climb (6.1%). During the final lap, 4.3 kilometer before the finish, bonus seconds were awarded on the top.
Georg Zimmermann was very attentive in the final and won the sprint and corresponding 3 bonus seconds. The expected sprint took place after a technical final on wet roads. Jonas Koch took 7th place in the sprint won by Alexander Kristoff. Thanks to the bonus seconds, Zimmermann climbed to 5th place in the provisional classification and acquired the white young rider’s jersey.
The peloton stays in Ilmenau for the start of the third stage on Saturday through the Forest of Thuringia, which will again be concluded by a selective local lap in Erlangen after 191 kilometer.
Photo: Marcel Hilger – Deine Tour