Tour de France 2022 LIVE - Fear of crosswinds as carnage looms, Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic pray for survival

Tour de France
Stage 2 | Flat | men | 02.07.2022
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Nick Christian
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Nick Christian
Updated 02/07/2022 at 15:15 GMT
16:15
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FABIO JAKOBSEN WINS THE TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 2!
The Dutchman completes the comeback as Quick Step Alpha Vinyl make it two wins from two stages. After Yves Lampaert swung off at 400m, it looked like it was between Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo), and Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma). Jakobsen seemed to have left it too late, but the Dutchman, on debut, found a gap and came round on the right of all of them.

The six bonus seconds awarded to runner-up Van Aert is enough for him to take the yellow jersey.
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FLAMME ROUGE - THE SPRINT IS ON
Most of the sprinters seem to have survived that one but they're all over the road. They've lost their lead-outs and the nerves are jangling. Swing right and into a headwind as the maillot jaune looks to lead out for Fabio Jakobsen.
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2.3KM TO GO - HUGE PILE-UP!

Lots of riders involved, we'll have to make sense of that afterwards.
16:08
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5KM TO GO - THE FIGHT FOR THE FRONT
With the end of the bridge in sight, we're all set up for a fast and furious finish. The riders needed at the front make their way up, while those whose work is done can retreat. It really does resemble a washing machine from above. Trek-Segafredo's Quinn Simmons (booo) is there for Mads Pedersen, while Florian Senechal (QuickStep AlphaVinyl) picks up the pace in the French national champion's jersey.
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10KM TO GO - THE CALM BEFORE THE (NEXT) STORM

The peloton ease up slightly and just as EF reach the cars, the commissaires instruct them to pull to the side, so they can be of no more assistance. Uran's team-mates, including Owain Doull, are going to have to bury themselves to bring the Colombian back, as Stefan Bisseger drops back. Still several hundred metres between them and the end of the bunch, though.
A propos of nothing, I'm loving Lotto Soudal's sky blue helmets and complementary accents on their kits.
15:50
15KM TO GO - LAMPAERT BACK AT THE FRONT
Great job by his team-mates to bring him back up, especially as they were told off for taking advantage of the cars. Further back the EF Education Easy Post riders can't even see the cars, let alone the peloton. There's probably still time to return Uran to the bunch but they have a lot to do. His 10th place on the GC in three weeks time is looking very much at risk #snark
15:48
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20KM TO GO - BIG CRASH AS THEY HIT THE BRIDGE
High up the left hand side of the peloton, another EF rider flies over his handlebars. Unlucky for Yves Lampaert who is taken down in the aftermath and is now struggling to rejoin the bunch. He's in the convoy of cars and it looks like they're battling a headwind, so he should be able to get back on. He has Michael Morkov and Mikkel Honore for company, which will definitely make his job easier. Who's with Jakobsen?
15:44
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21KM TO GO - CRASH!

In the roads running up to the entrance to the bridge, a crash brings down Rigoberto Uran (EF Education Easy Post) and Kevin Vermaerke (Team DSM). The American, on debut, comes off worse but is back on his bike. That's caused significant splits right when they wouldn't have wanted them.
15:32
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30 KM TO GO - BYSTROM FINALLY BACK IN THE FOLD
And the final phase of the race is on. The maillot jaune is in the second row, behind team-mate Kasper Asgreen.
15:19
40KM TO GO - BYSTROM PLODDING ON
Still 30 seconds his advantage over the bunch. Can he make it onto the bridge alone? That would make quite the picture, you'd imagine.
Problems at the back for Martijn Tusveld (Team DSM), Patrick Konrad (Bora Hansgrohe) and Krists Neilands (Israel Premier Tech) who are involved in the first crash of the day. It's not a bad one, but has left Tusveld in need of a bike change, which isn't quick in coming.
Mechanical for Konrad's team-mate Aleksandr Vlasov, who has to stop for a bike change himself. He has Nils Politt to help him get back.
15:05
50KM TO GO - TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE
The long anticipated crossing of the 18km Great Belt Bridge, is now less than 30km away. One of the longest suspension spans in the world, it will make for a spectacular sight - which is why Christian Prudhomme was so keen to include it - and likely some thrilling racing, as a result of its positioning at the very end of the stage. We can only hope that the winds we've seen stay on the safe side of exciting, causing chaos but not catastrophe.
It's getting crowded at the front of the peloton. This is the first significant glimpse we've got of Ineos Grenadiers.

Image credit: Imago

14:49
60KM TO GO - BYSTROM THE LAST MAN STANDING

With the breakaway duo's days numbered, Magnus Cort Nielsen gifts his pal some solo screentime, who is all but guaranteed a podium place this evening and the red combativity number tomorrow.
14:39
65KM TO GO - INTERMEDIATE SPRINT RESULTS
1. Sven Erik Bystrom - 20 points
2. Magus Cort Nielsen - 17
3. Caleb Ewan - 15
4. Wout van Aert - 13
5. Peter Sagan - 11
6. Christophe Laporte - 10
7. Fabio Jakobsen - 9
8. Jeremy Lecroq - 8
9. Michael Morkov - 7
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75KM TO GO - CALEB EWAN HAS ARRIVED AT THE TOUR
Cort and Bystrom make no contest of the top two places before the bunch come through 30 seconds later.
Laporte leads out for Van Aert, but it's the Australian pocket rocket, on the Belgian's wheel who is first to the line with what looks like an 80% effort. Peter Sagan is next in line, happy enough with the eleven points for 5th place.

All that excitement has brought the break back within 30 seconds, and the riders at the front of the bunch should be able to see them on the longer stretches of road.
14:24
80KM TO GO - SPRINT TEAMS GETTING INTO FORMATION

Five kilometres out from the intermediate sprint, the pace has increased in the peloton, bringing the breakaway's lead down to less than ninety seconds. Jumbo Visma lead the way for Wout van Aert, with TotalEnergies also looking lively. Can Peter Sagan challenge for an eighth green jersey?
The wind is picking up, which seems to be worrying the GC teams a tad.
14:04
90KM TO GO - 15KM TO THE INTERMEDIATE SPRINT
It's all but certain that the two riders out front will take the top positions at Kalundborg, but behind we can expect to see the beginnings of a battle. There are plenty of riders expected to be vying for green this year, with none more vocal about their ambitions than Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma). The riders with stage wins on their mind might be inclined to keep their powder dry and save themselves for the finale.

There are no bonus seconds on offer at the intermediates this year.
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101KM TO GO - HALFWAY THROUGH THE STAGE
As they roll around the "Danish Caribbean" it's lunchtime in the peloton. The first of a thousand ricecakes and mini cans of coke for them.

Cort Nielsen and Bystrom - who is presumably after the combativity prize and likely to get it by default - have a lead of three minutes. Rolland and Barthe are back in the bosom of the bunch.
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110 KM TO GO - BYSTROM AND NIELSEN PUSHING ON
More than a minute separates them from the red-faced Frenchman, who will want to avoid the glare of the TV cameras - not to mention the hairdryer treatment from sports director Sam Dumoulin in the team car. (What a rider he was, by the way.) The peloton are a further two minutes back

Here what the crowd looked like on the Hoeve Straede. Told you, Yorkshire as you like.

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13:31
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117KM TO GO - MAGNUS CORT MAKES IT THREE FROM THREE
As Cort and Bystrom begin climbing the Côte de Kårup Strandbakke, the French fellas find themselves in no man's land, almost a minute back. Might as well knock it on the head, eh lads?

Cort sails away from his Norwegian colleague, raising his arms in celebration as if he's won the stage. That is his de facto finishline, so why not, eh?

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129KM TO GO - JOB DONE MCN
Onto the 800m Côte d'Høve Stræde, Barthe and Rolland are too far back to contest the second categorised climb. Magnus Cort Nielsen lets Bystrom lead it out to begin with, before coming round and looking over his shoulder. Bystrom launches as they come round the corner, Cort flies past and through the gate. As long as he makes it to the finish, he will be on the podium in polka dots at day's end.

As the peloton rolls onto the climb, the TV shots switch to the back of bunch and we can appreciate how large these crowds are. All very reminiscent of the Cote de Buttertubs in 2014.