Live updates from Tour de France 2022

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022

03:45 PM

20.5km to go

The peloton hits the bridge which has a very wide road. There is clearly a strong wind, with riders doing their best to sit on the right had side of the road to avoid any gusts. As it stands, though, the pleoton is riding as one compact group.

03:43 PM

Crash in the bunch

Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-EasyPost) has crashed, as has Tour de France debutant Kevin Vermaerke (DSM).

03:42 PM

22km to go

Jumbo-Visma, Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl, Lotto-Soudal, Groupama-FDJ and Ineos Grenadiers are fanned out filling the width of the road. The pace has clearly increased as the inch towards the start of this bridge everybody has been waiting for all day.

03:32 PM

30km to go

Game over for  Sven Erik Bystrom who has been swallowed up by the bunch which briefly put in a huge effort. The windy conditions are causing the riders to accelerate into each corner or bend, everybody is doing their best to avoid being caught out by any potential splits. Interesting to note, also, that Groupama-FDJ has riders up near the front. I can’t remember the year (2019?), but they lost out bigtime in a similarly windy stage which put paid to the hopes of Thibaut Pinot, or certainly didn’t help him.

03:27 PM

33.5km to go

Having swinged on to a slightly wider road, riders surge forward in an attempt to gain some valuable real estate near the front of the peloton. Sven Erik Bystrom’s lead has dropped to just 10sec. The Norwegian’s day looks done, but he should be taking the combativity award in a short while.

03:24 PM

37km to go

Tom Pidcock is riding up near the front down the left-hand side of the road, pulling hard for his Ineos Grenadiers team-mates. Sat on the Yorkshireman’s right shoulder is the entire UAE Team Emirates squad, then the BikeExchange-Jayco, Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl, Lotto-Soudal and Jumbo-Visma teams fill out the road.

03:20 PM

40km to go

Two riders down – Martijn Tusveld (DSM) and Krists Neilands (Israel-Premier Tech) have both kissed the asphalt, but are up and moving. They look a little flustered, but I expect they will be back riding soon.

03:19 PM

Wiggins: ‘It’s going to be quite the spectacle’

Bradley Wiggins, reporting for Eurosport from the back of a motorbike, is currently whizzing his way over this long Big Belt Bridge and he is impressed. He also reckons there will be ‘murder’ there once the peloton reaches it, thanks to the strong gusts of wind that are buffeting the 18km long construction.

03:14 PM

Vlasov delayed

Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe), who is targeting the general classification at this year’s Tour, was forced into stopping briefly for some assistance from his team car. Team-mate Nils Politt stopped to help him chase back on, but somehow managed to get overtaken by his team leader once the Russian was back in his saddle. Ooops.

03:10 PM

45km to go

Sven Erik Bystrom appears to be fading a little now, his advantage over the chasing pack has dropped to 45sec. BikeExchange-Jayco are riding dead centre of the speeding bunch, hoping to set up their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen who has shown some good form of late, but has not always had the best of luck. Groenewegen, of course, was the rider who was involved in the horrific crash with Fabio Jakobsen at the Tour of Poland back in 2020. While Jakobsen suffered some terrible injuries, much of the finger pointing was in the direction of Groenewegen who was subsequently suspended from racing. I think everybody involved in cycling would like to see Groenewegen back to winning grand tour stages.

03:03 PM

50km to go

Just under 30km from the Great Belt Bridge now, here’s what awaits the peloton . . .

Great Belt Bridge - REUTERS

Great Belt Bridge – REUTERS

02:57 PM

55km to go

Sven Erik Bystrom is digging deep into his reserves, and the Norwegian has gained a further 30sec on the peloton. Impressive stuff. I was expecting him to soft pedal his way towards the combativity award for the day, but it looks as if he wants a little more than that. Can he take the stage win? Unlikely, but let’s see.

02:57 PM

55km to go

Sven Erik Bystrom is digging deep into his reserves, and the Norwegian has gained a further 30sec on the peloton. Impressive stuff. I was expecting him to soft pedal his way towards the combativity award for the day, but it looks as if he wants a little more than that. Can he take the stage win? Unlikely, but let’s see.

02:50 PM

60km to go

And then there was one: Sven Erik Bystrom is the last man standing at the head of the race. Magnus Cort appears to have eased off his pedals, looking happy with his day’s work. The peloton, meanwhile, is looming just 25sec behind the stage leader. A slight moment of concern for Mads Pedersen, the Daninsh fastman who may be thinking about challenging for the stage today, who has had to stop at the roadside with a slight mechanical.

02:44 PM

65km to go

As a result of the increase in speed during the intermediate spring, the peloton has taken a huge chunk of time out of the two-man breakaway’s lead which has dropped to just 45sec. It looks as if almost every team is doing its best to get towards the front, but of course that is impossible, even on the wide looking roads they are rolling along on. With the threat of crosswinds on the upcoming bridge, both the sprinters and the general classification riders will need to be positioned near the front to ensure they are not caught out if any splits are formed.

Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom - GETTY IMAGES

Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom – GETTY IMAGES

02:32 PM

Advantage Ewan in the race for green

It was quite a scrappy approach to the intermediate sprint. There was a little more road furniture than riders and teams will have wanted which may have made the peloton a little nervous. Sven Erik Bystrom led Magnus Cort over the line to open his account, before Caleb Ewan flexed his muscles before outsprinting Wout van Aert and Peter Sagan to take the lion’s share of the points.

Interesting to note that Fabio Jakobsen watched the sprint from a distance, while Dylan Groenewegen didn’t even bother contesting, suggesting he is not thinking about the green jersey.

02:22 PM

80km to go

Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), the newly crowned German national champion, just stopped briefly to take a bike change, but he looked fairly relaxed and will soon get back into the peloton which now trails the stage leaders by 1min 37sec. Not too far from the intermediate sprint in Kalundborg now, with the sprinters’ teams getting into formation, preparing themselves for battle.

02:16 PM

85km to go

Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom’s lead has dropped a little to a shade over two minutes. Unless something remarkable happens, this pair will probably be getting caught either just before they arrive on the dreaded bridge, or on it. Should the pair ride into a headwind at any point, they will struggle to hold off the chasing pack. By contrast, a tailwind or cross-tail would help them.

02:11 PM

It’s a stitch up!

Just heard from my colleague Tom Cary who said there was still some ‘amusement’ around the team busses this morning following Geraint Thomas’s gilet gaffe. Apparently, the Welshman had his skinsuit stitched by a seamstress on Thursday to ensure there were no creases in it, making it more aerodynamic. And then he went and forgot to take his gilet off. Oh dear.

01:57 PM

97.5km to go

Cyril Barthe and Pierre Rolland dropped back into the peloton a few minutes back, meaning there are just two riders out in front now: Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom. The leading pair have an advantage of 2min 53sec on the peloton, which remains under the control of the sprinters’ teams, while Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates are also positioned fairly near the front, no doubt doing their best to protect their respective general classification riders.

Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom - GETTY IMAGES

Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom – GETTY IMAGES

01:55 PM

Docker: ‘Look at the wind sock, it’s a crosswind!’

Tom Cary, our colleague on the ground in Denmark, is currently travelling with Lionel Birnie and Mitch Docker from The Cycling Podcast, and they have just driven over the Great Belt Bridge. Docker, a rider who loved the classics before he retired at the end of last season, got a little excited once he spotted the windsock once they turned on to the bridge.  “Actually as we get further on it’s now a cross-head wind. Whatever it is, it’s f—— windy!”

sock - TOM CARY

sock – TOM CARY

01:32 PM

Cort is the king of the hills

Magnus Cort goes over the summit of the Côte de Kårup Strandbakke having dropped Sven Erik Bystrom. The Dane adds a third point to his tally in the mountains classification – that’s a 100 per cent hit rate for him today – before raising his arms in celebration as if he had won the stage. He looks pretty chuffed. He definitely wants out of the Rapha-Palace kit. Nailed on.

01:26 PM

Cort and Bystrom press on | 120km to go

Magnus Cort and Sven Erik Bystrom have gained 55sec on Cyril Barthe and Pierre Rolland, while the peloton is another 2min 5sec down the road. The pace in the peloton, by the way, is being controlled by those teams including sprinters. Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl, Lotto-Soudal and BikeExchange-Jayco are all represented.

01:14 PM

Cort all but takes polka dot jersey

Massive crowds on the second climb of the day where they are able to cheer on Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) who wins his second point in the mountains classification. All the Dane needs to do now is complete the stage within the time limit and he will get to wear the leader’s polka dot jersey on Sunday.

Starting to wonder if Cort is just desperate to get out of his garish new jersey – the bright pink kit that was launhced earlier this week. Love it, or loath it: it has got tongues wagging. Spare a thought for the backroom staff, though, who cannot ditch their team issue kit – as modelled below by team chiropractor Matt Rabin – in favour of a natty polka dot jersey.

Matt Rabin and Tom Cary - LIONEL BIRNIE

Matt Rabin and Tom Cary – LIONEL BIRNIE

01:00 PM

Cort becomes virtual leader in the mountains

Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) has taken the first point in the mountains classification after the Dane beat Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), to the line in a fiercely fought scrap.

Once over the summit, the two Scandinavians pushed on leaving the B&B Hotels-KTM pair of Cyril Barthe and Pierre Rolland trailing in their wake. Should they push on all the way to the next climb in a little over 11km then, should Cort take to single point he will be assure of taking the polka dot jersey later on this afternoon.

Magnus Cort - EPA

Magnus Cort – EPA

12:57 PM

Big numbers at the roadside

From the start of the day, there has been huge crowds lining the road – little wonder Magnus Cort was so keen on getting into the move.

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022 - GETTY IMAGES

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022 – GETTY IMAGES

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022 - GETTY IMAGES

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022 – GETTY IMAGES

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022 - ap

Stage two: Live updates from Tour de France 2022 – ap

12:53 PM

145km to go

Pierre Rolland, the veteran Frenchman who won the mountains classification at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné, shifted to the front of the four-man breakaway as they approached the first climb of the day, the category four Côte d’Asnæs Indelukke. It looked as if he was hoping to split the small group, but Magnus Cort closed him down fairly swiftly. Cort is not giving away an inch of his home roads.

12:45 PM

As it stands . . .

Pretty much from the flag, a small four-man breakaway formed including Danish rider Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost), Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), Cyril Barthe (B&B Hotels-KTM) and Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM). That quartet holds an advantage of just under two minutes, the peloton seemingly in no mood to gift them too much time, suggesting the sprint teams are keen on contesting the stage win.

09:55 AM

Hello

And welcome to our live rolling blog from the second stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France, the 202.2 run from Roskilde to Nyborg, day two of the grand départ in Denmark.

Stage two profile

Stage two profile

Following yesterday’s stunning win from Yves Lampaert (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), today will see racing on the open road on what is yet another flattish course. There are just three small category four climbs in today’s stage where a solitary point is up for grabs in the mountains classification atop each and so should one rider from a breakaway take two, then he will wear the maillot à pois – the polka dot jersey – on Sunday. If three riders take a point each, then the leader in that particular competition will be determined by their respective standing in the general classification.

But few will be licking their lips in anticipation at the prospect of the battle for points in the mountians classification, but rather watching and waiting to see if the inclusion of the Storebæltsbroen – Great Belt Bridge – plays a part in how the stage pans out. Connecting the islands of Zealand and Funen, the 18km long suspension bridge ends just 3km from the finishing line and so if, as expected – or hoped, by some – any crosswinds appear, as they often do in the region, then there could be racing carnage.

Buoyed by their success on Friday, and, no doubt, hoping to silence their critics following the non-selection of Mark Cavendish, Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl will be the favourites to win the stage through Dutch sprinter Fabio Jakobsen. Of the pure sprinters, Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco) will also be hoping to challenge, but both lack the sort of support that the in-form Jakobsen has at his disposal.

If chaos ensues on the bridge and Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl are unable to control things, then the stage could be up for grabs and may favour the riders you would ordinarily call classics specialists. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) may fancy their chances, while Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) may attempt a long-range effort. The Dane starts the day 15sec in arrears of Lampaert and, one suspects, he would love to wear the yellow jersey on home soil during Sunday’s stage from Vejle to Sonderborg.

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