Tour de France 2013

June 29 - July 21, 2013, Porto-Vecchio, France, Road

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Stage two of the Tour de France 2013 is one for the puncheurs, with four ranked climbs along the way.

  1. 13:08:23 CEST

    Welcome back to the Tour de Chaos!  What will they have in store today? The plan calls for the first climbing, so let's hope that all the excitement comes from some great cycling!


  2. 13:10:20 CEST

  3. 13:13:54 CEST

    Good news: Tony Martin will be at the start today. He suffered a lot of damage in yesterday's big crash, but has been cleared to ride today. At least he will start – whether he will finish is another question entirely.

  4. 13:16:16 CEST

    We also have a video preview of the stage:

  5. 13:20:21 CEST

    As we said, there are four climbs today, and here are the details, courtesy of

    Km 70.0 - Col de Bellagranajo6.6 kilometre-long climb at 4.6% - category 3
    Km 85.0 - Col de la Serra5.2 kilometre-long climb at 6.9% - category 3
    Km 95.5 - Col de Vizzavona (1 163 m)4.6 kilometre-long climb at 6.5% - category 2
    Km 144.0 - Côte du Salario1 kilometre-long climb at 8.9% - category 3

  6. 13:23:41 CEST

    Note that the last climb comes on 12 km before the finish. Will this make a difference to today's outcome?

  7. 13:27:26 CEST

    It is a short stage today, only 156.5 km, so we have a later start. And it is warm and sunny today, we haven't had a lot of race days like that this year!


  8. 13:30:32 CEST

    A number of riders were caught up in yesterday's crashes, including Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), who ended up rather bumped and bruised. If he is not in top condition today, will the other teams see this as an opportunity to step on the gas and try to dump him along the way?

  9. 13:32:59 CEST

    The race has started, we are now off on the neutralized section.

  10. 13:33:25 CEST

    Kittel glowing with yellow today, he even has a yellow helmet.

  11. 13:35:07 CEST

    Our first crash of the day yesterday was Chris Froome in the neutralized section, let's hope we don't have a repeat today!

  12. 13:36:38 CEST

    Jens Voigt is up at the race director's car, having a serious discussion.  Probably saying, "No stuck buses today, ok?"

  13. 13:38:21 CEST

    After all those nasty crashes yesterday, we are happy to report that all 198 riders are still in the race today.

  14. 13:40:52 CEST

    Off we go! We have the sharp start, and immediately we have our first attack. Looks like a Belkin rider.

  15. 13:41:45 CEST

    No break yet, lots of riders trying to form one, though.

  16. 13:43:39 CEST

    Looks like two riders have dashed out to a small lead. "Small" being the key word here....

  17. 13:46:27 CEST

    We now have four riders up ahead, including the ever-young Voigt. A Belkin rider is trying to join them.

  18. 13:48:58 CEST

    No Voigt in the group. Instead we have David Veilleux (Europcar), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) and Lars Boom (Belkin). So far they have 13 seconds.

  19. 13:51:08 CEST

    The gap is now at 1:31. Julien Simon of Sojasun is dangling between the field and the break group.

  20. 13:55:35 CEST

    Boom was also in the break group yesterday.

  21. 13:56:32 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Tony Martin is looking rather mummy-like today, with all has bandages and wrappings.

  22. 13:58:40 CEST

    The gap is now 2:52, with Simon about 40 seconds ahead of he field.

  23. 13:59:56 CEST

    Oops, let's make that: Simon is now only about 40 seconds behind the lead group.

  24. 14:02:55 CEST

    There is not much flat in today's stage. It starts out with a gradual ascent up to the first three climbs of the day, which come fairly quickly after each other, with nothing in between. After the third climb, there is a long descent – about 35 km – before a tiny flat section, followed by the last little climb and then a flattish run-in to the finish line.

  25. 14:03:39 CEST

    Simon is now 1:13 behind the four leaders. Might be a good idea to just drop back, we think.

  26. 136km remaining from 156km

    14:07:15 CEST

    The gaps are now 1:51 to Simon and 2:21 to the peloton.

  27. 133km remaining from 156km

    14:09:37 CEST

    That was it for Simon. He is back in the field now.

  28. 14:10:23 CEST

    Geraint Thomas was oe of yesterday's crash victims as well, and he is at the very back of the peloton.

  29. 14:14:34 CEST

    A mechanical for Philippe Gilbert. BMC is there to help, but he has a way to go now to catch up again.

  30. 14:20:15 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Geraint Thomas of Sky has dropped back to see the race doctor, we hear. He was taken to hospital after yesterday's stage, but fortunately proved to have broken nothing.

  31. 124km remaining from 156km

    14:21:08 CEST

    There is one intermediate sprint today, and it is coming up shortly.

  32. 14:21:48 CEST

    Gilbert is back in the peloton, which is now more than three minutes behind the break group.

  33. 14:23:03 CEST

    The fourseome picks up their pace as they near the sprint line, but they don't actually sprint for it, and Boom takes the points.

  34. 14:23:55 CEST

    Boom and Veilleux have a few words after the sprint. Nice words, that is, not angry words.

  35. 14:24:52 CEST

    The sprinters who lost out on the sprint finish yesterday will be looking to pick up points at the intermediate sprint. Cannondale jumps into the fray to help out Sagan. But Cavendish and Greipel are also there.

  36. 14:25:40 CEST

    Kittel lets them go, and Greipel takes the fifth-place points, ahead of Sagan. Cavendish and Danny Van Poppel took the next places.

  37. 14:30:14 CEST

    Our top ten in GC after yesterday's opening stage:

    1     Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     4:56:52      
    2     Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha            
    3     Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team            
    4     David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp            
    5     Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team            
    6     Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale            
    7     Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol            
    8     Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol            
    9     Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team            
    10     Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team            

    Not only do all ten of them have the same time, all 198 riders who finished yesterday have the same time.

  38. 14:34:56 CEST

    OPQS is leading the peloton at the moment, with Argos-Shimano of course right behind.

  39. 14:39:04 CEST

    Kittel can also claim the green jersey, as he naturally leads the points ranking as well.

    1     Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     45      pts
    2     Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha     35      
    3     Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     30      
    4     David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp     26      
    5     Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team     22      
    6     Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team     20      
    7     Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     20      
    8     Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     19      
    9     Gregory Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol     18      
    10     Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     17      

  40. 14:42:17 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Here is the entire mountains ranking from stage one:

    1     Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi     1      

    Only one point, but that's enough, right?


  41. 106km remaining from 156km

    14:47:50 CEST

    The gap has fallen from some three and a half minutes to 2:40.

  42. 14:53:08 CEST

    Kittel could wear white, as well, as best young rider.

    1     Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     4:56:52      
    2     Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team            
    3     Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team            
    4     Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Procycling Team            
    5     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team            
    6     Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale            
    7     Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team            
    8     Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team            
    9     Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano            
    10     Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel Euskadi

  43. 14:57:16 CEST

    There is still a ways to go to the first ranked climb, but the riders are definitely climbing now. And the gap is shrinking correspondingly, now at 2:14.

  44. 99km remaining from 156km

    15:02:13 CEST

    The gap has now fallen under two minutes.

  45. 15:08:06 CEST

    • Vacansoleil - DCM

    Vacansoleil can claim the team ranking after stage 1.

    1     Vacansoleil-DCM     14:50:36      
    2     Orica Greenedge            
    3     Lotto-Belisol            
    4     Ag2R La Mondiale            
    5     Movistar Team            
    6     Omega Pharma-Quick Step            
    7     Katusha Team            
    8     Sojasun            
    9     Team Argos-Shimano            
    10     Sky Procycling            

  46. 15:12:11 CEST

    We have two birthdays in the peloton today: Sylvain Chavanel of OPQS turns 34 and Marcus Burghardt of BMC has turned 30. Happy Birthday!

  47. 15:15:32 CEST

    The four leaders are plugging their way along, with the field 1:49 behind them. The break group has now officially started up the first climb of the day.

  48. 15:17:02 CEST

    Brent Bookwalter stuffs his jersey full with BMC bidons and heads back up to his teammates.

  49. 15:19:29 CEST

    Minard of AG2R has a mechanical problem.

  50. 15:24:06 CEST

    As well all know by now, the Orica-GreenEdge bus got stuck at the finish line yesterday, which the team called “unfortunate”. This situation led to a big mess in the race, with no one seeming to know what was going on.

  51. 15:27:13 CEST

    One km to go to the first mountain ranking. It seems likely that Perez will go for it, to keep the polka-dot jersey within the Euskaltel team.

  52. 15:28:17 CEST

    It is a real sprint! Boom takes it, with Perez second.

  53. 15:29:07 CEST

    They were the only ones to get points. Two for Boom, one for Perez.

  54. 81km remaining from 156km

    15:34:17 CEST

    The peloton crossed the top only 55 seconds behind the leaders, and now on the descent is only 35 seconds down.

  55. 15:37:01 CEST

    OPQS' Steegmans leads the chase.

  56. 15:38:01 CEST

    And yellow jersey Kittel,who is actually a sprinter, is comfortably near the front of the field. So the climbs must not be too bad so far.

  57. 76km remaining from 156km

    15:38:58 CEST

    And meanwhile the gap has crept back up to 1:05.

  58. 15:40:59 CEST

    The four leaders are now on the second official climb.  A reminder, that is the:

    Km 85.0 - Col de la Serra5.2 kilometre-long climb at 6.9% - category 3

  59. 15:41:52 CEST

    Vielleux and Kadri pull away from Boom and Perez.

  60. 74km remaining from 156km

    15:45:08 CEST

    The two leaders now have 35 seconds on their former companions.

  61. 15:46:11 CEST

    An attack out of the peloton -- who else but Thomas Voeckler!

    And at the other end of things, Tony Martin drops back out of he field.

  62. 15:47:11 CEST

    And the yelow jersey is dropping back as well.

    Voeckler passed Perez and Boom, and is on his way to Kadri and Vielleiux. Was the whole thing planned this way?

  63. 15:51:36 CEST

    Kadri takes off alone at the top. Boom and Perez are back in the peloton.

    Kittel and Martin are by no means alone at the back of things, the grupetto seems to be forming already.

  64. 15:52:06 CEST

    Kadri keeps looking back to see where Veillieux and perhaps also Voeckler are.

  65. 15:53:18 CEST

    Voeckler is actually not all that far ahead of the field. Kadri has taken the mountain points.

  66. 15:54:03 CEST

    The field catches Voeckler before the summit and nearly has Veilleiux as well.

  67. 15:55:26 CEST

    That certainly didn't work out as Europcar may have hoped. They didn't get any points at all.

  68. 15:56:01 CEST

    Kittel and his little group have only now crossed the mountain top.

  69. 15:57:20 CEST

    Ooh, things are really not looking good for Kittel. He is now 2:57 back.

  70. 15:59:05 CEST

    Only 34 seconds for Kadri now. The chase is being led by, and it is taking some time to get used to their new jersies and new team name.

  71. 66km remaining from 156km

    16:00:23 CEST

    • Feed

    Kittel grabs a feed bag. Perhaps the nourishment will help him catch up again.

  72. 16:04:40 CEST

    Kadri has now 22 seconds on the chasing field, with Kittel more than three minutes back.

  73. 16:06:25 CEST

    That's it for Kadri. He drops his chain, gets help fixing it and now has about five seconds on the field.

    But he manages to pull away again!

  74. 62.5km remaining from 156km

    16:07:53 CEST

    His lead is now 15 seconds, and he keeps looking back to see how close they are.

  75. 16:10:17 CEST

    Pierre Rolland jumps to try and catch Kadri, and now he has them.

  76. 16:10:51 CEST

    A Sojasun rider is the next to go.

  77. 16:12:05 CEST

    Rolland is now alone in the lead, 20 seconds ahead of the peloton.

  78. 16:12:57 CEST

    It looks like Europcar will finally get some mountain points. Rolland picks up five as the first at the marker.

  79. 16:14:13 CEST

    The Sojasun rider is Brice Feillu, and he takes third on points, behind Kadri.

    They are at 21 seconds, with the field at 31 seconds, and the Kittel group at 5:07.

  80. 16:17:18 CEST

    Six minutes now for Kittel.

  81. 16:18:42 CEST

    AG2R's Jean-Christope Peraud just had to change both tyres.

  82. 16:20:16 CEST

    The Kittel group now crosses the mountain ranking. Everyone now faces a very long descent, with a short flat section, the final category 3 climb, and 12 flattish kilometers later, the finish line.

  83. 16:22:33 CEST

    AG2R has sent two riders back to bring captain Peraud back to the field on this descent.

  84. 44km remaining from 156km

    16:30:06 CEST

    44km to go and six and a half minutes for Kittel. Well, at least he had the yellow jersey for one day. Not everyone can say that!

  85. 16:31:06 CEST

    BMC leads the chase, with Cannondale and Sky right behind them.

  86. 16:32:45 CEST

    Rolland, Feillu and Kadri have all been caught now.

  87. 16:36:43 CEST

    This stage has always looked like one for Peter Sagan, and it looks like his team is doing its all to deliver him as first to the finish line.

    Meanwhile the Kittel group catches the group ahead of it. Not the first group, though!

  88. 16:43:42 CEST

    Cannondale is doing 62% of the leadwork, with BMC doing the remaining 38%, we are told.

  89. 16:44:31 CEST

    All of the favourites seem to be in this large group, including Contador, Rodriguez, Froome,and Evans.

  90. 16:46:18 CEST

    Seven and a half minutes for Kittel,, who looks to have accepted his fate.

  91. 16:46:50 CEST

    Another puncture for Peraud! He again has a helper to pull him up to the front.

  92. 16:47:34 CEST

    Two helpers, in fact, as they work their way up through the team cars.

  93. 16:49:30 CEST

    Today was the first stage of the Tour of Austria, and it featured a mountaintop finish. Read about it here.

  94. 16:50:11 CEST

    Now here's a surprise: Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil) is way back in the Kittel group.

  95. 25km remaining from 156km

    16:52:13 CEST

    25 km to go.

  96. 16:54:56 CEST

    Every special jersey will change hands (or shoulders) today, as letour points out. Kittel had overall lead, points and young rider, and Lobato's one mountain point has been bested as well.

  97. 20km remaining from 156km

    16:57:31 CEST

    There are maybe 40-50 riders in this lead group.

  98. 16:58:44 CEST

    Sky sharing the lead work now. This could be something for Edvald Boasson Hagen today.

  99. 16:59:47 CEST

    The lead group passes the airport of Ajaccio.

  100. 17:01:12 CEST

    Contador very near the front, with 17.6 km to go.

  101. 17:01:58 CEST

    Kittel, and the grupetto, now 9:03 down.

  102. 17:04:23 CEST

    The group is moving through the city streets,which at the moment are still relatively wide. We understand that will change, though.

  103. 17:05:48 CEST

    They are nearing the final climb, which is only 1 km long. After than cat.3 climb, they face only 12 km to the finish line.

  104. 17:06:57 CEST

    A sharp right hand turn and the climbing starts. Flecha attacks!

  105. 17:07:17 CEST

    Followed by, of course, a Europcar rider.

  106. 17:08:33 CEST

    Another Europcar rider with a mechanical or puncture.

    It is Gautier who is in the lead with Flecha.

  107. 17:09:02 CEST

    They have 10 seconds on the field, led by Porte.

  108. 17:09:45 CEST

    Flecha is now caught, but Gautier struggles on alone. Riders are being dropped off the back.

  109. 17:09:56 CEST

    Froome attacks!

  110. 17:10:42 CEST

    Gautier descends with Froome behind him.

  111. 17:11:42 CEST

    Gautier is takng perhaps a few too many chances. But he survives to cross under the 10km marker.

  112. 17:12:01 CEST

    We've not yet seen the finish line today, but we will assume it is bus-free.

  113. 17:12:26 CEST

    Froome is being caught now.

  114. 17:13:18 CEST

    A fan just jumped into the road, slightly scaring a rider, but fortunately there was no contact.

  115. 17:13:38 CEST

    Over 11 minutes now for the Kittel group!

  116. 17:14:15 CEST

    Gautier has six seconds on the group.

  117. 17:14:33 CEST

    Three riders have pulled away from the chasers.

  118. 17:15:02 CEST

    And everything is all back togehter again. Are we surprised to see Sagan near the front? No, we are not.

  119. 17:15:26 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel, the birthday boy, has pulled away now. And caught again.

  120. 17:15:36 CEST

    Six riders with a gap now.

  121. 17:15:58 CEST

    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) is leading this group.

  122. 5km remaining from 156km

    17:17:40 CEST

    The six in the lead group have a decent gap on the field, pulling away every minute. Wish we had their names!

  123. 17:18:52 CEST

    Irizaare, Morei, Chavanel, Flecha, Fuglsang and an Euskalgtel rider in the led group

    A dog ran n the road and a tragedy was only very narrowly avoided.

  124. 17:19:32 CEST

    The lead group is: Markel Irizar, Jakob Fuglsang, Gorka Izagirre, Manuele Mori, Sylan Chavanel and Flecha.

  125. 17:20:02 CEST

    They have 10 seconds on the field, with the grupetto at over 12 minutes.

  126. 17:21:28 CEST

    The pace is incredibly high, with 1.9km to go. The field is not far back, they could catch the group.

  127. 17:21:58 CEST

    Irizar seems to want to contiune, as the others don't.

  128. 17:22:31 CEST

    Now they do too, but they left it rather late, as the Spaniard has a tidy lead.

  129. 17:22:52 CEST

    The others are caught, but it looks like he may well take it!

  130. 17:23:20 CEST

    He looks back and sees the mob very close....

  131. 17:23:59 CEST

    The field thunders its way up, but Irizar takes it! By one whole second!

  132. 17:25:24 CEST

    There seems to be much confusion as to who won....let's hold on here....

  133. 17:26:05 CEST

    It was not irizar at all - but Jan Bakelants!

  134. 17:26:43 CEST

    We think he gets yellow too, but we will wait on that.

  135. 17:27:40 CEST

    Our top eight finishers today:

    1    Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    3:42:11
    2    Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling    0:00:01
    3    Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step   
    4    Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida   
    5    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling   
    6    Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun   
    7    Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team   
    8    Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge

  136. 17:30:06 CEST

    The question now, of course, is what will be the time limit today? Will Kittel and his group make it to the finish in time? This is actually rather large group.

  137. 17:30:31 CEST

    Bakelants is the new overall leader, with one second ahead of David Millar and Julien Simon.

  138. 17:32:40 CEST

    And our new top ten in GC:

    1    Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard    8:40:03
    2    David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp    8:40:04
    3    Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    8:40:04
    4    Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge    8:40:04
    5    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    8:40:04
    6    Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge    8:40:04
    7    Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    8:40:04
    8    Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    8:40:04
    9    Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    8:40:04
    10    Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    8:40:04

  139. 17:33:14 CEST

    Hard to believe, but that is Bakelants' first pro win, after five years!

  140. 17:34:07 CEST

    We are still waiting for Kittel.....

  141. 17:36:49 CEST

    It looks as if Kittel will be able to hold on to his points jersey -- assuming he finishes in time.

  142. 17:38:42 CEST

    More than 14 minutes have now passed since Bakelants crossed the finish line, and all the riders are still not in.

  143. 17:40:54 CEST

    17 minuts and the grupetto nears the finish.

  144. 17:41:17 CEST

    Looks like they came in at about 17:30.

  145. 17:44:29 CEST

    Tony Martin was in the Kittel group. Nice to know that he was able to finish the stage.

  146. 17:45:17 CEST

    This Tour has certainly given us two very interesting stages so far! We wonder what tomorrow will be like -- be sure to join us again and find out!

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