Beyond the magnificent solo victory ofAndreas Leknessund (Team DSM), the celebration ofAlberto Bettiol (Ef Education-EasyPost) 38 seconds after the arrival of the Norwegian will remain as the strong and comical image of this 2nd stage of the Tour of Switzerland this Monday. The 28-year-old Italian indeed raised his arms as he crossed the line, after sprinting ahead Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) for what he thought was his first success since the Giro 2021. But there was one last survivor up front. “I didn’t know that someone was in front“, confirmed the winner of the Tour of Flanders 2019 after the finish, at the microphone of The Team Channel.
Video – Leknessund wins the 2nd stage solo, Bettiol had forgotten it
“Tomorrow my friends will laugh at me again, but that’s part of the game”
“My radio stopped working and I was completely focused on the finale. I was very happy to win the sprint against guys like Trentin and Matthews“, has explained Alberto Bettiol about his mistake. An always embarrassing situation which earned him some room after the arrival, in particular from his compatriot and friend Matteo Trentino (UAE Team Emirates). All smiles, the main interested party preferred to laugh. “Tomorrow my friends will laugh at me again, but that’s part of the game“.
The native of Poggibonsi preferred on the contrary to retain the positive of this beautiful 2nd place, especially after a very complicated start to the season which saw him go through the spring of classics like a ghost. “Yes I am very happy, I did not expect it. Yesterday (Sunday) I didn’t feel very well, probably because of the heat. Today (Monday) it was a little better, and we were very solid with the team. The 3rd stage on Tuesday? It’s not as difficult as it is today, so it will be for Sagan or Matthews in my opinion. We will see !“