LIVE: 5 riders opt for the open sea in stage 2 of the Tour de l’Ain | Tour de l’Ain 2020


Yesterday the sprinters could still get their money’s worth, but today the real climbing starts. The peloton rides from Lagnieu to Lélex Monts-Jura over five cols, culminating in the first category Col de Menthières. Then the riders will make their way up to the ski resort of Lélex Monts-Jura. Today, the big names of the rounds can try to get the overall victory in the Tour de l’Ain to their liking.

  1. 2 pm 48. Jumbo-Visma with a statement? Jumbo-Visma, with Robert Gesink in the lead, continues to maintain a scorching pace. Are they saying here, “Ineos, you’re not going to have it that easy this year.” .
  2. 2 pm 45. Elite group. Hanninen is caught up. Now is the time for the big guns. More riders are trying to connect with the new elite group at the front of the race. .
  3. 2.00 pm 43. Jumbo-Visma is busy with a monster effort. The Dutch team tears the peloton to pieces. An elite group is formed including Dumoulin, Bernal, Roglic and leader Bagioli. .
  4. 14:00 40. Leading group collapses. The leading group falls apart completely. The Finn Hanninen is now the lonely cyclist in front. .
  5. 2.00 pm 38. Jumbo-Visma shakes the tree. Jumo-Visma pulls on firmly. The Ineos ensemble is strategically behind it. In the leading group, Guglielmi is the next victim. & Nbsp; .
  6. Jumbo-Visma shakes the tree. Jumo-Visma pulls on firmly. The Ineos ensemble is strategically behind it. In the leading group, Guglielmi is the next victim. & Nbsp; . 14 hours 35.
  7. Another 30 km to the finish. . 14 hours 35.
  8. # 5: Col de Menthières. The leading group is still 100 meters on the last climb, and Politt has to release the role. The peloton is dangerously close: the leaders have 30 seconds left. . 14 hours 31.
  9. 1 minute difference. The lead of the leading group drops below a minute for the first time. . 14h30.
  10. 2 pm 28. Sicard seized. Sicard is not rewarded for his efforts. The platoon calls him to order. The time difference between the leaders and the peloton decreases noticeably. .
  11. 2 pm 24. Politt joins the front again. The five are now heading for today’s toughest col: the Col de Menthières. .
  12. 2 pm 21. Politt takes his time for the descent of the & nbsp; Còte de Giron. He does not take any risks and follows a few hectometres of the other four front runners. .
  13. 2 pm 17. Still 45 km to go. The five front runners have a 1’45 ”lead over Romain Sicard. Julien Bernard in the meantime takes the full boot again on the fourth pass of the day.
  14. 2 pm 10. Things are going too slow for Sicard. Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energy) jumps out of the pack on stocking feet. He looks for the five in the front, but gets little play from Jumbo-Visma, which has nestled itself at the head of the peloton. .
  15. The lead of the leading group drops to 3 minutes. . 14 hours 05.
  16. # 4: Còte de Giron. The run-in phase is over. The two toughest climbs of the day are coming. We start with the & nbsp; Còte de Giron (7.6 km at 6.2%). . 13 hours 54.
  17. 1 pm 49. Baking and roasting. It promises to be another hot race day. In the Ain the mercury rises towards 35 degrees. .
  18. Platoon follows at almost 4 minutes. The peloton allows the leading group to extend a bit further. Their lead is 3’55 “. 13 hours 03.
  19. # 3: Col de Cuvillat. The leading group starts at Col de Cuvillat, a third category climb (3.4 km at 7.4%). . 12 hours 59.
  20. 12 hours 42. Bernard is looking for the mountain jersey. Julien Bernard was the first to reach the top of the first two cols. He still has to collect some points for the mountain jersey. Ivan Centrone is firmly in the lead with 20 points. .
  21. Nils Politt leads the dance in the leading group. 12 hours 39.
  22. # 2: Col des Pézières. The riders do not get any rest. After a short descent it goes uphill again with the second climb of the day: the Col des Pézières (3.9 km at 6.5%). 12 hours 23.
  23. 12 pm 14. Including Nils Politt in the quintet at the front. The five riders who chose the open sea are: Jaakko Hanninen (AG2R La Mondiale), Simon Guglielmi (Groupama-FDJ), Nils Politt (Israel Start-Up Nation), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) and Joey Rosskopf (CCC Team) ). .
  24. # 1: Col de Montgriffon. The legs are tested for the first time today. The peloton is busy at the Col de Montgriffon (12.5 km at 4.1%). . 12 o’clock .
  25. 11 hours 33. Climbing. Today the riders will have 3,159 vertical meters on their plate, spread over 141 kilometers. The peloton rides over five cols (one in the first category, two in the second category and two in the third category) before making its way up towards the arrival point and ski resort of Lélex Monts-Jura. The final climb is more than ten kilometers long, but with an average gradient of 3%, it is not much in comparison with the other cols. The big names of the tour, including the Ineos triumvirate Bernal, Froome and Thomas and the Roglic-Dumoulin duo from Jumbo-Visma, will be well prepared for the big tours with this stage. .
  26. 10 am 40.
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