Giro d'Italia 2016

May 6-29, 2016, Apeldoorn, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

 Welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage two of the Giro d'Italia from Arnhem to Nijmegen.

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  1. 12:17:57 CEST

     Buongiorno and welcome to live coverage of stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia. 

  2. 12:18:53 CEST

    Today's stage starts in around 30 minutes, with the sprinters and their teams expected to dominate the first day of road racing after Friday's opening time trial. 


  3. 12:20:03 CEST

    Tom Domoulin (Giant-Alpecin) is now a national hero in the Netherlands after winning the time trial and he will wear the race leader's pink jersey during the 198km stage to Arnhem.     


  4. 12:25:43 CEST

     The riders are currently signing on at the start under blue skies. 

  5. 12:28:53 CEST

    Yet again there are huge crowds at the start and along the stage route.  


  6. 12:29:47 CEST

    There is a mix of Netherlands orange and Giro d'Italia pink in the crowds. It's been a great combination so far.


  7. 12:30:17 CEST

    The sign-on is done and riders have moved up to the start line area.


  8. 12:33:58 CEST

    Stage 2 from Arnhem to Nijmegen is very flat, with only a short climb after 155km awarding the only climber's points of the day and then the first climber's jersey of the race. 


  9. 12:35:19 CEST

    Just before the climb there are also two intermediate sprints with time bonuses up for grabs. It will be fascinating to see if the sprinters and especially Marcel Kittel, let a break sweep up the bonus seconds of they will fight for every second and a chance to take the pink jersey.  


  10. 190km remaining from 190km

    12:41:13 CEST

    And they're off! The riders roll away. Stage 2 is underway!


  11. 12:45:41 CEST

    As expected, the UCI were again controlling bikes for mechanical doping at the start. Yesterday they checked a total of 574 bikes, including spare bikes. Nothing was found. 


  12. 12:53:23 CEST

    The riders have enjoyed a steady 6.7km transfer to the official start and the racing is about to begin.  


  13. 12:57:35 CEST

    Just 25km separate Arnhem from Nijmegen but today’s stage takes a wide loop westwards towards Tiel around the Waal valley before heading to Nijmegen. The stage ends with two 8.6km circuits near the river.


  14. 13:01:00 CEST

    There is a section where the road narrows at 90km, where the route switches to a short stretch of cycle path.

    Approaching Nijmegen, the route takes in the first categorised climb of the Giro, measuring 1.1 km in length, and with gradients topping 11%. It is unlikely to split the race but will award the first mountain points and so the first blue mountain's jersey of this year's race.


  15. 13:01:53 CEST

    After just a few kilometres of racing we have an attack and the peloton seems to have let them go. 


  16. 13:05:46 CEST

    The attackers are Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini), Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo). 


  17. 13:07:13 CEST

    Race radio has confirmed that all 198 riders started today's stage, including Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo), who was ill before the start. 


  18. 13:09:19 CEST

    Berlato was one of the most aggressive riders in the 2015 Giro, often going on the attack, he seems hungry to do the same this year too.   


  19. 13:10:15 CEST

    The trio already have a good gap, with the peloton letting them go. They lead by 2:30.


  20. 13:16:49 CEST

    The riders will enjoy a high of 26C today, with wind not expected to be factor.  


  21. 13:22:14 CEST

    The trio on the attack are working smoothly together. They could spend all day out front.  


  22. 13:25:37 CEST

    Race leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was at the centre of attention as he set off in the pink jersey. 

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in pink


  23. 13:26:38 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) sets off for stage two


  24. 13:30:43 CEST

    This is the map of stage 2, showing the loop west.

    Stage 2 map


  25. 13:32:32 CEST

    For further details of stage 2m check out our preview page by clicking here.   


  26. 13:33:21 CEST

    We understand the break has extended its lead to a massive 6:50. 


  27. 13:35:01 CEST

    This is the flat profile of the stage.

    Stage 2 profile


  28. 13:45:41 CEST

     Today's stage covers 190km and is scheduled to end at around 5:15pm.  

  29. 13:46:28 CEST

    The Etixx-QuickStep team is also helping to lead the peloton. Marcel Kittel is arguably the favourite for today's expected sprint finish. 


  30. 13:49:22 CEST

    There are four different classification jerseys at the Giro d'Italia.

    Here is an explanation and the riders in the jersey today.  

    Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification leader: Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant - Alpecin).

    Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification leader: Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant - Alpecin) - the jersey is worn today by Primoz Roglic (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo), 2nd in the classification.

    Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains: to be assigned after the finish today.

    Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification: Tobias Ludvigsson (Team Giant - Alpecin).


  31. 13:56:09 CEST

    During the stage, time bonuses of 3,2,1 seconds are up for grabs at the two intermediate sprints. There are 10,6 and 4 seconds up for grabs at the finish.

    A maximum possible 90 points are available for the points classification, not to mention 3 King of the Mountains points at the Cat 3 climb after 155km.


  32. 14:00:47 CEST

    The break's lead is up to 7:25.


  33. 14:03:44 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) spoke briefly to Italian TV before the start of the stage.

    "We worked hard for this Giro. It was a hard stage with an intense, violent effort. I started well but we’re going to keep our feet on the ground."

    Fortunately it’s nice weather today. We’ll try to stay together as a team during the stage. Things have started well but we’ve got to continue like this for another 20 days. Today’s it’s day for the sprinters. Kittle might try to take the pink jersey. We’ve got to ride safe and ride near the front."


  34. 14:08:13 CEST

    The sun is out but there is some wind. A gust has just blow over some barriers in the final kilometre.


  35. 14:15:39 CEST

    The trio on the attack are still working smoothly together. They could stay away to take the time bonuses and one of them could take the first climber's jersey.


  36. 14:18:24 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) admitted that he struggled to get through the crowds at the start today.

    “The crowds were amazing and I had some probably getting from bus to here but I hope it will be a cool day today."

    "This is really nice for everyone in Holland. This is one of the most historic jersey in cycling; it has so much history. If you look to the many names of who wore it… and I’m one of them now." 


  37. 120km remaining from 190km

    14:20:32 CEST

    The trio's lead is up to 8:25.


  38. 14:26:49 CEST

    Elia Viviani (Team Sky) is one of the big favourites to win the sprint today.

    "I won the first road stage last year and want to do it again. It’s a flat stage but on narrow roads, with lots of traffic furniture and so we have ben carefully."

    "Landa lost a bit of time to his overall rivals but only what we expected. We’re ready to ride up front to protect him and do the stage for me. It’s great to see the huge crowds here and it is motivating us all."

    "We’ve worked on our sprinting strategy and I beat Kittel in the sprint at De Panne. That’s boosted my confidence for the Giro. I know I can beat the very best now and that’s why were confident to do well." 


  39. 14:29:05 CEST

    The lead of the trio is up to 9:30! 


  40. 14:29:35 CEST

    With only three riders in the break, the peloton seems happy to let them open a big gap.  


  41. 14:38:27 CEST

    Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) is also a candidate for victory in the expected sprint today.

    “I know I can do well,” he told Italian TV at the start.

    “I’ve lost a leadout man but we’ve Mohoric and Ferrari. Other teams are perhaps stronger than us but we’ll try to come up with something, perhaps try to get the right wheel. We’ll try to win for sure, everyone’s form is good.”


  42. 105km remaining from 190km

    14:40:06 CEST

    Ten Minutes! The break now has a lead of 10:00.


  43. 14:43:50 CEST

    The three riders in the break have passed through the feed zone and so are enjoying a rapid lunch.


  44. 14:45:21 CEST

    The average speed so far is 41.9km/h. 


  45. 14:53:03 CEST

    In the peloton the riders are rolling along steadily. It's an easy day so far. 


  46. 14:59:13 CEST

    We've got the first images of the racing from Italian photographer Bettini. Here's the break of the day.

    The break of the day


  47. 15:00:22 CEST

    Bob Jungels (Etix-QuickStep) is at his team car for a bike change. But he's quickly away. 


  48. 15:02:06 CEST

    The peloton has crossed the Waal river as they chase the break.


  49. 90km remaining from 190km

    15:02:56 CEST

    The  gaps is slowly coming down as the sprinters' team do the work behind.


  50. 15:11:17 CEST

    Several teams are leading the chase of the break. Etixx is helping Giant-Alpecin, as is FDJ. 


  51. 15:14:50 CEST

    The Movistar and Astana teams are also near the front and so the gap is falling. It is down to 6:20 now. 


  52. 15:15:59 CEST

    There is a slight side wind blowing now as the rider ride on the top of a dyke.


  53. 15:18:45 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was mobbed by the crowds at the start.


    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) struggled to get through the crwdws


  54. 15:26:08 CEST

    Holland is famous for its windmills, and the three breakaway riders pass a particularly striking example. It's not too active at the moment, as the sort of wind levels that might complicate a stage such as this are not really materialising for now. 

  55. 15:30:33 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin's bike has been given a pink makeover in celebration of his taking the race lead yesterday. We checked it out in Arnhem this morning, and you can check out all the photos and info in our gallery.


    Dumoulin's Giro d'Italia bike gets pink makeover



  56. 15:36:12 CEST

    Under 70km to go and the riders are making their way along, stress-free, soaking up the sun that's shining like it's the height of summer. 


  57. 68km remaining from 190km

    15:37:52 CEST

    The peloton continue to eat into the breakaway's advantage. It has just ducked below the 5-minute mark, with Movistar, Astana, Giant, and Etixx the teams gathered with numbers at the head of the bunch. 


  58. 15:50:21 CEST

    There are lots of fans on the roadside even as the race makes its way through the countryside. The Dutch always seem to give a Grand Tour a good welcome, with big crowds turning out for the Tour de France last year in Utrecht and the 2009 Giro in Amsterdam. We're not quite talking Yorkshire levels, but there's fantastic support and they've been rewarded but seeing their man Dumoulin resplendent in pink. 

  59. 15:53:01 CEST

    Under the 60km to go mark now as Sky, naturally, hit the front of the bunch. As well as protecting overall contender Mikel Landa, they'll be looking to deliver sprinter Elia Viviani to today's finish. 


  60. 15:56:30 CEST

    “He’s got an ‘X’ factor, that makes you think: this is a big star in the making."


    Our man Alasdair Fotheringham spoke to Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford at the start in Arnhem this morning. He talked about Mikel Landa's star quality and told us he's convinced the Spaniard can win this Giro. Read the story at the link below.


    Giro d’Italia: Brailsford confident about Landa’s chances of overall success


  61. 55km remaining from 190km

    15:59:48 CEST

    The gap to the break is falling like the arms of the Dutch windmills are turning - steadily. It's under the 4-minute mark now. 

  62. 16:05:49 CEST

    First intermediate sprint now and it's Tjallingii who strikes out and collects some points in the red jersey standings, along with three bonus seconds in the overall standings. 


  63. 16:09:34 CEST

    The bonus seconds on offer at that sprint have all been snaffled up but the breakaway riders. That will almost certainly be the case at the next sprint at -48km as well. Dumoulin's pink jersey should be safe today, but Marcel Kittel could pile on the pressure with a stage win and the 10 bonus seconds that brings with it. 


  64. 16:11:20 CEST

    Last night we posted a story looking at Kittel's prospects of wrestling the pink jersey from Dumoulin - and what he needs to do to make it happen. Here it is:


    Kittel gives himself a shot at pink after strong Giro d'Italia time trial


  65. 16:16:23 CEST

    A shot of the start this morning in Arnhem -  a sea of riders, fans, and pink. 



  66. 16:18:04 CEST

    Tjallingii once again gets maximum red jersey points at this second intermediate sprint.

  67. 16:19:46 CEST

    Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), as he did at the last sprint, strikes out from the bunch to collect the last remaining points on offer. He's followed this time by Elia Viviani, Marcel Kittel, and Sacha Modolo.

  68. 16:21:47 CEST

    The sprint finishes at the end of stages hold much more opportunity for point-scoring than the paltry rewards of mopping up behind the break on the intermediates. Nizzolo, though, as it happens, won the points jersey at last year's Giro despite not winning a stage.


  69. 16:23:25 CEST

    • Climb

    That second sprint was located at the top of the relatively mild Berg en Dal climb. The riders are now looping around to tackle it once more, and this time it will count towards the King of the Mountains classification. 


  70. 16:27:26 CEST

    Here we go, the break is on the climb. 


  71. 16:27:35 CEST

    They're about to sprint.


  72. 16:28:42 CEST

    The three are shoulder to shoulder as if racing on the track.


  73. 16:29:26 CEST

    It's Berlato against Fraile.


  74. 16:30:15 CEST

    But Omar Freile is the strongest and wins the sprint. He will pull on the first blue climber's jersey after the finish in Nijmegen.


  75. 33km remaining from 190km

    16:30:57 CEST

    The peloton is 2:45 down on the trio.  


  76. 16:35:14 CEST

    The stage is covering some twisting, narrow roads but there have been no problems or crashes due to the steady pace.


  77. 16:38:31 CEST

    The peloton is making a very calculated chase of the break. They will be caught close to the finish.


  78. 16:41:05 CEST

    Orica rider Sam Bewley gets a bike change but it will take him some time to get back on. 


  79. 25km remaining from 190km

    16:42:04 CEST

    The trio on the attack seem ready to give up their attack and are even calling on the crowd to cheer them. 


  80. 16:44:02 CEST



  81. 16:44:29 CEST

    Andre Cardoso (Cannondale) went down but is back on his way.


  82. 16:45:20 CEST

    Other riders were affected, including two Gazprom riders.


  83. 16:46:51 CEST

    The trio are about to caught after being away for 170km.


  84. 16:48:11 CEST

    The race is on the bridge over the Waal river. 


  85. 16:48:48 CEST

    The lack of cross winds mean there are no echelons. After such a steady stage, it is going to be a very fast finish.


  86. 16:50:42 CEST

     The peloton is about to catch the break but Berlato jumps away alone. 

  87. 16:51:40 CEST

    He is chasing the most aggressive rider award after Fraile took the climber's jersey and Tjallinii took the two intermediate sprints.


  88. 16:52:18 CEST

    The teams are now lined up in the peloton to protect their team leaders.


  89. 16:53:42 CEST

    The riders are about to pass through the finish area for two 8.6km laps. The sprinters will get two chances to see the finish and especially the final sweeping right turn. 


  90. 16:54:26 CEST

    Berlato rightly gets a cheer from the huge crowd. 


  91. 16:55:28 CEST

    He leads the peloton by just 57 seconds. 


  92. 16:57:17 CEST

    Berlato refuses to give up and is fighting on alone. 


  93. 16:59:46 CEST

    The sprinters' teams are holding back for now, letting the GC teams keep their leaders safe at the front.


  94. 17:00:48 CEST

    Each lap crosses the river twice over two spectacular bridges.


  95. 17:02:23 CEST

    Sky, Movistar, Giant-Alpecin and Cannondale are bossing the front of the peloton.


  96. 17:03:51 CEST

    Race leader and pink jersey Tom Dumoulin is on the wheel of his Giant-Alpecin teammates. He needs to avoid any late crashes or splits to keep the pink.


  97. 17:04:28 CEST

    Berlato is still clear but his lead is down to 20 seconds.


  98. 10km remaining from 190km

    17:05:03 CEST

    There's a slight cross wind on the bridges but not enough to cause problems.


  99. 17:06:16 CEST

    Gruppo Compatto! Berlato is caught and so the race is all back together. The young Italian was away for 181km today. He will no doubt enjoy his post-race massage tonight.


  100. 17:07:10 CEST

    The bell rings. one 8.6km lap to go. The speed will kick up very soon.


  101. 17:10:34 CEST

    The peloton is lined out with riders on both sides of the road. Which is the best line?


  102. 17:11:45 CEST

    The riders are on the big bridge but remain packed together.


  103. 17:12:25 CEST

    Matteo Tosatto is on the front for Tinkoff. This is his 33rd Grand Tour of his career.


  104. 4km remaining from 190km

    17:12:46 CEST

    Here we go. FDJ take control on the left. 


  105. 17:14:23 CEST

    FDJ has six riders lined out fro the lead out. Etixx is also moving up but nobody wants to take control. 


  106. 17:14:55 CEST

    Orica is mixed in with Eitxx. As Lotto Soudal move up.  


  107. 17:15:39 CEST

    Here comes Trek Segafredo but now Etixx is finally taking charge.


  108. 1km remaining from 190km

    17:15:53 CEST

    Last kilometre!


  109. 17:16:18 CEST

    FDJ leads it out.


  110. 17:16:46 CEST

    Kittel leads it out...


  111. 17:17:05 CEST

    .... and Kittel wins stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia. 


  112. 17:17:37 CEST

    The German hit the front quite early but won it well. His rivals had no reply to his final turn of speed.


  113. 17:18:13 CEST

    Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was second.


  114. 17:18:29 CEST

    Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) was third.


  115. 17:19:48 CEST

    Kittel waited before starting his sprint but then he quickly distanced his rivals to win by several bike lengths.  


  116. 17:20:21 CEST

    He got a kiss from his Dutch girlfriend as an extra prize.


  117. 17:24:10 CEST

    Marcel Kittel has now won three stages at the Giro d’Italia but none of them have ever been in Italy. He won two in the 2014 Giro, which started in Ireland.


  118. 17:26:50 CEST

    Marcel Kittel was happy to win a third stage.


    “I’m super happy. Yesterday in the time trial I showed that I was in good shape. This was a tricky finale today but a finale where I said I’d stay with my teammates. They did a good job to put me in a good place for the sprint and I did the rest. There was a great atmosphere today, it was a great day," he said.


  119. 17:29:08 CEST

    Kittel let out a big 'Yes!' after winning. It was the 24th win of the season for Etixx-QuickStep. 


  120. 17:31:57 CEST

    Provisional results show that Dumoulin keeps the pink jersey but he is on the same time as second in the time trial  Primož Roglič (Team LottoNL - Jumbo). Kittle is now third at just one second. He could take pink if he picks up bonus seconds on Sunday. 


  121. 17:32:25 CEST

    Kittel celebrates his win on the podium by spraying the spumante high in the sky.  


  122. 17:33:40 CEST

    Now Dumoulin is on stage to pull on the pink jersey. He gets a massive cheer from the Dutch crowd.


  123. 17:36:59 CEST

    Dumoulin was happy to keep the pink jersey and enjoyed his special day in pink in front of the Dutch crowd.

    “It was a party out there. The Crowd was huge, especially on the final lap.,” he said.

    “I think we did a good job to keep the jersey. Kittel is now close now on GC and so maybe dwe’ll follow a different plan tomorrow but I’ll still wear this nice jersey tomorrow.”


  124. 17:40:03 CEST

    Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant - Alpecin) keeps the white jersey as best young rider.


  125. 17:53:13 CEST

    The stage finished just minutes ago but we've got the first images and our full stage report. Click here to read it and enjoy the images of the first road stage in the Netherlands. 


  126. 17:58:16 CEST

    Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) produced a good sprint to finish third behind Kittel and Demare but he wasn’t satisfied with the result.

    “I came up from about seventh or eighth place. I almost got Demare too,” he said.

    “It’s a pity I didn’t get Kittel’s wheel. He would probably have won but anyway but I could have had a go and taken him on.”

    The high speed meant it was difficult to move up. It was a bit dangerous because I saw Nicola Ruffoni of Bardiani fighting for position with other riders. It’s a pity but lets see what happens tomorrow. My form is good and third is not a bad result. There were a lot of people along the roadside and even in the road. It’s great to see.”


  127. 18:10:09 CEST

    Want to see Marcel Kittel's sprint win at the Giro d'Italia?


    We've got the stage highlights. Click here. 


  128. 18:16:36 CEST

    The sprint has sparked a lot of debate and questions that we will try to expalin in our news and interview stories. 

    For example, what happened to Andre Greipel, Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani.  


  129. 18:18:46 CEST

    Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini) was the hero of the day and took the most aggressive rider prize by fighting to stay away until just 9km from the finish.

    “I tried right from the start. I wanted to take the climber’s jersey after going for it on the same stage last year. It didn’t come off and I only got third but I’ll keep attacking. Tomorrow is another day and I’m not going stop now. We’ve got a long way to go yet in the Giro d’Italia.”

    “The crowds were amazing out there. I had goose-bumps for long sections of the stage and the crowd gave you the moral to really fight. I hope its the same in Italy because this was something special.”


  130. 18:28:51 CEST

    The stage was a quiet day for the overall contenders, with all of them avoiding the rare crashes i the final. Nobody lost any time in the finish and so are ready to fight for another day on stage 3. 


  131. 18:32:13 CEST

    Rory Sutherland (Movistar) was happy to enjoy the relaxed, party atmosphere of the opening stages in the Netherlands.

    “If there’s no crashes on the first day of a Grand Tour, then it’s generally a good thing. It was an amazingly beautiful out there, so many people came out to see the race, it really showed what a great cycling country Holland is. It’s great that the Giro came here," he said.

    “Alejando Valverde got through the stage safely and we kept him safe. For us it was a successful day.”


  132. 18:37:13 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for full live coverage of stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia.

    With the riders on their way to the hotels and our full report, video highlights and finish line quotes already on, we're going bring the CN blimp down and rest up for tomorrow's stage.


    Stage three from Nijmegen to Arnhem is much like today: pan flat. It heads out east to complete a 190km loop, before two 14km finishing circuits in the city.

    Join us from midday CET for full live coverage yet again. 


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