Live Coverage of Tour de Suisse - Stage 2

Race overview:

Distance: 159.6km

Start Location: Langnau

End Location: Langnau

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse.

 

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Stage 1: Dennis wins opening time trial

 

Live commentary by Daniel Ostanek

  1. 18:03:54 CEST

    That's all from our live coverage of stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse. Join us again tomorrow for live coverage of stage 3.

     

  2. 17:56:47 CEST

    Tomorrow's stage is a nailed-on sprint stage, with just two third-category climbs on the road from Flamatt to Murten. Look out for Sagan and Matthews to battle for the win – and the race lead.

     

  3. 17:49:50 CEST

    Asgreen is also the best young rider, while Rohan Dennis retains in the points jersey. Imhof takes the mountains jersey for his efforts in the break today.

     

  4. 17:39:58 CEST

    Stage 2 result

     

    1 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 4:01:21
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:06
    3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
    4 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
    5 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
    6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    7 Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    8 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
    9 Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
    10 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Ineos

     

    General Classification after stage 2

     

    1 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 4:12:16
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:01
    4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    5 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First 0:00:06
    6 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:10
    7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:17
    8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:18
    9 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky 0:00:19
    10 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep

     

  5. 17:38:27 CEST

    Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) is third, one second down.

     

  6. 17:38:09 CEST

    Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is the new race leader, despite only finishing fourth. He took bonus seconds earlier on, and is level on time with Sagan.

     

  7. 17:30:14 CEST

    Sagan led Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) over the line for the minor placings.

     

  8. 17:29:08 CEST

    Sanchez wins! The peloton charges home 5 seconds later.

     

  9. 17:25:54 CEST

    1km remaining from 159.6km

    Sanchez heads into the final kilometre. Still 30 seconds up the road.

     

  10. 17:25:10 CEST

    1.5km remaining from 159.6km

    Sunweb, CCC and QuickStep lead the peloton, but they're not making any inroads into the gap. 

  11. 17:23:38 CEST

    3km remaining from 159.6km

    The gap is showing as 29 seconds now.

     

  12. 17:22:15 CEST

    The Slovakian flags of the Peter Sagan fanclub indicate that Sanchez is turning into a headwind now. Advantage peloton?

     

    The time gap shows 40 seconds but Sanchez's advantage isn't that large.

     

  13. 17:21:10 CEST

    5km remaining from 159.6km

    Into the final 5km now. The gap is still 30 seconds.

     

  14. 17:20:41 CEST

    Still only one rider apiece for Sunweb and CCC at the head of the peloton. Bora don't have anyone up there.

     

  15. 17:20:08 CEST

    6km remaining from 159.6km

    Sanchez has 30 seconds now.

     

  16. 17:18:55 CEST

    7km remaining from 159.6km

    The gap is rising, up to 26 seconds for Sanchez now. Not sure how accurate that time gap is...

     

  17. 17:18:12 CEST

    CCC have a man on the front of the peloton, and Sunweb have a man up there too. Astana have a few riders trying to disrupt though.

     

  18. 17:16:34 CEST

    Sagan, Matthews and Van Avermaet are back in the peloton, which is 8 seconds behind Sanchez.

     

  19. 17:14:46 CEST

    11km remaining from 159.6km

    Luis León Sánchez (Astana) attacks on the flat.

     

  20. 17:12:14 CEST

    Asgreen leads the peloton.

     

  21. 17:11:48 CEST

    13km remaining from 159.6km

    It's a twisting, technical descent, but the roads are in good shape and it's a fast one.

     

  22. 17:10:18 CEST

    We're not sure which other sprinters are chasing on, if any. Matthews is definitely in the chase group though.

     

  23. 17:09:49 CEST

    Elsewhere, Jakob Fuglsang has sealed his Dauphiné victory. Stay tuned for the report and results here.

     

  24. 17:07:51 CEST

    Merhawi Kudus (Astana) attacks the descent and he has a few riders on his wheel. They're quickly caught by the peloton though.

     

  25. 17:07:07 CEST

    Michael Matthews is at the rear of the group. He has a chance to make it back before the finish.

     

  26. 17:06:39 CEST

    Asgreen held on to take 6 points over the top but he's back in the peloton now.

     

  27. 17:05:24 CEST

    18.5km remaining from 159.6km

    Fraile and Asgreen are caught now.

     

  28. 17:04:36 CEST

    Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale) tries a move. Dalmann is brought back by the peloton.

     

  29. 17:02:57 CEST

    Fraile is 25 seconds up on the peloton.

     

  30. 17:00:29 CEST

    Fraile ups the pace and cracks his companions. They're not going to bring him back on these steep slopes.

     

  31. 16:58:46 CEST

    21km remaining from 159.6km

    Lotto Soudal lead the peloton onto the final climb, the third ascent of Chuderhüsi. Meanwhile, Fraile is pushing it up front and Asgreen struggles to keep up.

     

  32. 16:56:10 CEST

    20 seconds separate the lead trio and the peloton.

     

  33. 16:51:31 CEST

    28km remaining from 159.6km

    Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Roland Thalmann (Switzerland) attack from the peloton and catch Fraile.

     

  34. 16:50:39 CEST

    Fraile is 11 seconds up on the peloton as he tackles the descent.

     

  35. 16:48:55 CEST

    Fraile leads over the top of the climb.

     

  36. 16:47:31 CEST

    Nobody can immediately follow.

     

  37. 16:46:46 CEST

    31km remaining from 159.6km

    Omar Fraile (Astana) goes on the attack!

     

  38. 16:45:13 CEST

    Young American climbing talent Brandon McNulty (Rally UHC) is dropped too.

     

  39. 16:44:29 CEST

    32km remaining from 159.6km

    Astana are still on the front with three riders.

     

  40. 16:42:25 CEST

    Rui Costa is, surprisingly, among the dropped riders.

     

  41. 16:40:04 CEST

    The peloton is maybe 50 riders strong now.

     

  42. 16:37:05 CEST

    36km remaining from 159.6km

    Numerous riders drop off the back of the peloton under the pace set by Astana, who have their whole team on the front now.

     

  43. 16:35:41 CEST

    He's out the back, but has a teammate for company after his big effort today.

     

  44. 16:34:13 CEST

    And Imhof is caught.

     

  45. 16:33:23 CEST

    38km remaining from 159.6km

    Astana take it up on the front of the peloton

     

  46. 16:32:24 CEST

    His advantage has suddenly dropped to 35 seconds. I was going to say he looks good to last up the next climb at least, but now it looks a big ask.

     

  47. 16:30:18 CEST

    There's around 10km to the top of the next climb for Imhof now. 

     

  48. 16:28:05 CEST

    42km remaining from 159.6km

    Imhof has a mechanical and has to change his bike without any drama. The gap goes down to 1:20 as a result.

     

  49. 16:20:23 CEST

    There's little change in the situation at the moment. The gap fluctuates between 1:40 and 2:00. It's just a matter of when the peloton want to step up the pace and make the catch at this point.

     

  50. 16:13:13 CEST

    His gap is back up to two minutes with 50km to go.

     

  51. 16:09:24 CEST

    54km remaining from 159.6km

    Imhof passes through the line and takes the bell for the last lap. There's still over 50km to go though.

     

  52. 16:02:36 CEST

    Bahrain-Merida drive the peloton.

     

  53. 16:01:11 CEST

    He's holding the gap pretty well here. Imhof should have a chance to take points over the final climbs too.

     

  54. 15:54:13 CEST

    65km remaining from 159.6km

    Imhof takes a drink from his team car as he reaches the valley once again.

     

  55. 15:48:10 CEST

    70km remaining from 159.6km

    A few riders are dropping from the back of the peloton, who are still on the climb. Shouldn't be a problem with 70km to race though. Imhof's lead is down to 1:45 now.

     

  56. 15:44:48 CEST

    Over at the Dauphiné, Adam Yates has surprisingly abandoned. He was running in second place and there are still 50km to race on the final stage, so a bit of a shock. Follow live here.

     

  57. 15:38:42 CEST

    Imhof led over the second ascent of Schallenberg and is now tackling the second ascent of Chuderhüsi.

     

  58. 15:37:41 CEST

    75km remaining from 159.6km

    Sagan leads the peloton over the second intermediate sprint of the day, beating Matthews to take 2 and 1 bonus seconds respectively.

     

  59. 15:35:51 CEST

    Mannion and van Keirsbulck are back in the peloton now. Imhof is 2:50 up the road.

     

  60. 15:33:43 CEST

    Bora-Hansgrohe are working at the head of the peloton for Peter Sagan.

     

  61. 15:32:11 CEST

    The peloton are closing in on Mannion and van Keirsbulck.

     

  62. 15:25:59 CEST

    Grellier has dropped back to the peloton now. Mannion and van Keirsbulck are only 40 seconds up.

     

  63. 15:20:34 CEST

    85km remaining from 159.6km

    Imhof is, of course, the virtual leader at this point.

     

  64. 15:14:00 CEST

    Imhof reaches the foot of Schallenberg. He's two minutes up on the chasers now.

     

  65. 15:11:06 CEST

    Bahrain-Merida are leading the peloton.

     

  66. 15:04:53 CEST

    Imhof and Grellier lead the mountain classification with 9 points, while Mannion is on 8. There are four climbs left to race today and a maximum of 24 points up for grabs.

     

  67. 14:58:08 CEST

    Imhof is still out there in the valley, a minute up on the chasers.

     

  68. 14:51:38 CEST

    A bit delayed, but the results of the second climb saw Imhof take 6 points, Mannion take 4 and Grellier take 3.

     

  69. 14:45:46 CEST

    The leaders pass through the finish line for the first time. They're in the valley now.

     

  70. 14:44:04 CEST

    Imhof is reportedly out ahead on his own, over a minute up the road.

     

  71. 14:37:08 CEST

    Meanwhile, our live coverage of the Dauphiné has started. You can follow live here.

     

  72. 14:35:15 CEST

    Imhof led the way over the top of the climb.

     

  73. 14:32:51 CEST

    The break's advantage has now gone up to four minutes. Imhof is back with them now. 

     

  74. 14:27:06 CEST

    123km remaining from 159.6km

    The break are currently around 2:30 up on the peloton.

     

  75. 14:21:21 CEST

    Imhof got away from the rest of the break on the descent, taking the intermediate sprint.

     

  76. 14:16:49 CEST

    128km remaining from 159.6km

    The break has flown down the descent and they're now on the second climb, Chuderhüsi. It's 3km long at an average of 9.3% – shorter but harder.

     

  77. 14:11:56 CEST

    Grellier led Imhof and Mannion over the top of the climb. They got 6, 4 and 3 points respectively.

     

  78. 14:08:24 CEST

    The break aren't getting much time here. In fact, their advantage is waning a little.

     

  79. 13:58:31 CEST

    Imhof is the best-placed rider on GC in the break. He's 19 seconds down on Dennis, so is already in the virtual race lead. Mannion and van Keirsbulck lie within a minute, while Grellier is 1:16 down.

     

  80. 13:54:43 CEST

    145km remaining from 159.6km

    The break are a minute up the road now, after 15km of racing.

  81. 13:49:54 CEST

    Four riders have a small advantage right now. They are Guillaume van Keirsbulck (CCC Team), Gavin Mannion (UHC Cycling Rally), Cladio Imhof (Switzerland) and Fabien Greiller (Total Direct Energie).

     

  82. 13:48:58 CEST

    Several attempts at breaking away have been made, but none have stuck yet.

     

  83. 13:47:36 CEST

    The riders are approaching the first climb of the day, Schallenberg. It's 8km long at an average of 5.1%, though the 4km of false flat in the middle does bring that figure down.

     

  84. 13:41:43 CEST

    Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) was the only non-starter today.

     

  85. 13:37:45 CEST

    Fabian Cancellara kicked off today's stage, firing a starter pistol into the air as the riders set off. Here's a video of the start.

     

  86. 13:34:04 CEST

    The stage proper has started now as the neutralised zone ends.

     

  87. 13:28:41 CEST

    Here's a reminder of the GC top ten as the riders get stage 2 underway.

     

    1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:10:50
    2 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:00
    3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:02
    4 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:00:02
    5 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:03
    6 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First 0:00:05
    7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:08
    8 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team 0:00:09
    9 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:09
    10 Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First 0:00:11

     

  88. 13:23:58 CEST

    The peloton are rolling through the neturalised zone now.

     

  89. 13:18:52 CEST

    The riders will start and ride the neutralised section in just a few minutes.

     

  90. 13:14:09 CEST

    Read our report on yesterday's stage, along with a photo gallery and full results, here.

     

  91. 13:11:00 CEST

    Yesterday's opening stage was a 9.5km time trial around the same town. Rohan Dennis took the win, his first for Bahrain-Merida and first since taking the rainbow jersey last season. He's in the race lead but could lose it today with Matthews and Sagan lurking a few seconds down.

     

     

  92. 13:05:43 CEST

    The two climbs aren't too tough, meaning that which fastmen make it to the finish depends on how hard they're raced.

     

  93. 13:04:30 CEST

    It could be a day for a break or for classics specialists, especially those with a sprint like Greg Van Avermaet, Michael Matthews or Peter Sagan.

     

  94. 12:57:49 CEST

    Today's stage is another around the town of Langnau im Emmental in Bern. This time it's a road stage featuring three circuits and six second-category climbs (two climbs repeated three times).