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Giro d’Italia stage 2 Live – Top battle in Oropa

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Now the climbing begins. The first of five climbs, which become longer and more difficult as we get closer to the finish.

Fiorelli (VBF) is now the official points classification leader, having jumped from third to first place. It’s fitting that he wears the Maglia Ciclamino skinsuit.

Intermediate sprint

The sprinter teams are also just getting started, as Kaden Groves (ADC) and Fernando Gaviria (MOV) are the first to get into position.

Ineos Grenadiers move every rider to the front of the peloton to keep Thomas and Narváez safely at the front. A big change at the front of the peloton.

Only 5 km left until the first intermediate sprint of the day. Fiorelli (VBF) will probably get the maximum number of points. It is the battle of the sprinters behind the leading group that will be the most interesting battle.

We are now half way through today’s stage.

Today is a very pleasant day in the peloton.

Still 80 km to go

Geraint Thomas (IGD) returns from a natural break. He and his team took the time to get back in the game. They have been tinkering in the cars for a while now to save as much energy as possible.

Still 90 km to go

My main memory of breakaway driver, Martin Marcellusi (VBF), is his aggressive breakaway performance at Eschborn-Frankfurt last year. If I remember correctly, he held the pack at bay for a long time. A strong rider. We obviously know much more about the others in the breakaway because of their impressive record.

Still 100 km to go

Piccolo (EFE) is the current virtual leader. He has about a minute’s lead over the next man, Scaroni (AST), who is also on the break.

Still 110 km to go

Cofidis tried to join the leading group several times today. They succeeded yesterday with Nicolas Debeaumarche. Today Thomas Champion and Stefano Oldani, but no luck for the only WorldTour team without a victory this season.

Today is a special moment for Andrea Piccolo (EFE). The former wearer of the red jersey in La Vuelta comes from the same region as today’s stage. He was born today just 51 km from the stage course. Filippo Ganna (IGD) is the most local with 39 km.

Still 120 km to go

The final stage of La Vuelta Femenina has ended… To see what happened, read our race report by clicking HERE.

Still 130 km to go

Connor Swift is now alone at the front of the pack for Ineos Grenadiers. Behind him are five Decathlon-AG2R riders. Then the riders of UAE Team Emirates.

Rear flat tire

The Ineos Grenadiers riders at the front are Connor Swift, Magnus Sheffield and Filippo Ganna with Bora-Hansgrohe, Decathlon-AG2R and UAE Team Emirates sitting close behind with their housemates.

Still 140 km to go

Ineos Grenadiers send three riders to the front of the peloton and they have blinked first. The British team takes on the traditional role of riding at the front of the pack to protect pink and show confidence in Geraint Thomas.

Mechanical

Still 150 km to go

Break formed

Tim Merlier (SOQ) stops for a natural break and Juan Pedro Lopez (LTK) has a mechanical fault.

Cofidis is not happy because they missed the move. But they are highlighted by Polti-Kometa and EF Education-EasyPost, who do have men in the breakaway. That also drags Ineos and UAE out and they all now sit up and block new moves with five riders free.

Attack

Ineos Grenadiers and UAE Team Emirates have almost the entire team at the front of the pack, marking moves.

Break caught.

He is currently driving on the flat at a speed of 61 km/h! An absolutely crazy start. UAE Team Emirates is not happy with the number of riders now on the road while Molano does the work.

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) are now in the chasing group that is now being dragged along by the peloton.

Now there are fifteen riders at the head of the peloton and it’s not going anywhere.

EF Education-EasyPost is now chasing the leading group and constantly firing riders from the front. UAE Team Emirates and Ineos Grenadiers also have riders in this new pursuit movement.

For a moment the break seemed to have disappeared, but EF Education-EasyPost tries and they are followed by a rider from UAE Team Emirates, which increases the pace.

Attack!

Still 161 km to go

Some riders who may have targeted the general classification that lost time yesterday were:

The sun is shining, but there are some gray clouds nearby. Nice temperatures. Currently 19 degrees Celsius on Oropa with little chance of rain.

Another 5 km to the official start.

Israel-Premier Tech’s Simon Clarke and Marco Frigo took their time to head out and join the rest of the pack.

The neutral start has begun! The riders have left for kilometer zero of stage two of the 107th Giro d’Italia.

The riders are all lined up at the starting line with the jerseys in front.

Cian Uijtdebroeks (Visma-Lease a Bike) goes into today’s stage with confidence…

The jerseys after stage one:

The riders will register and prepare for the start in San Francesco al Campo on the outdoor cycling track there.

Still more than 45 minutes to go until the start of the stage. Unfortunately there is no full peloton today, as Dutch veteran Robert Gesink has had to leave the race due to too many injuries after his crash yesterday. Disappointing for Visma-Lease a Bike.

Two-time Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali gave his view on today’s finish:

It seemed that Jhonatan Narváez agreed with Tadej Pogačar on how the sprint went, as the Ecuadorian champion eventually won quite comfortably.

Pogačar, as always, was gracious in defeat, saying that Narváez was simply faster than him and that he went too early. Adding: “Unfortunately it wasn’t our day, but we still did well.”

After yesterday’s surprise victory by Jhonatan Narváez of Ineos Grenadiers when he threw another surprise on the podium and the first pink jersey of the race with Max Schachmann of Bora-Hansgrohe, a certain Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) will be very happy to be stamp printing authority today.

Day two of the ‘Fight for Pink’ and we already have a summit finish! And it’s not just any summit finish. It is the Santuario di Oropa, or Oropa for short.

Buongiorno and welcome to our live coverage of stage 2 of the Giro d’Italia 2024!