Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2016

April 4- 9, 2016, Etxebarria, Basque Country, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

 Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage two of the Tour of the Basque Country. 

  1. 15:54:56 CEST

    Hello from a very wet Basque Country for live coverage of the finale of stage, two. 


  2. 15:56:00 CEST

    As we join the action, there are 53km to go in the stage but the riders face the toughest climbs of the stage. 


  3. 15:58:01 CEST

    The riders are passing close to huge waterfall but will soon have to climb up to the summit. Today's stage finishes atop the Amurrio Barandio climb.


  4. 15:59:13 CEST

    It tops out at 610m and is only just over two kilometres long but has a gradient of 11%. 


  5. 16:00:44 CEST

    The early break of the day includes two riders. They have 3:25 at the moment but the peloton is chasing them.    


  6. 16:09:07 CEST

    The two riders are: Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling) and Angel Madrazo (Caja Rural).


  7. 16:10:36 CEST

    The race route has been modified due to oil in the race. However the stage distance remains the same as does the tough finish. 


  8. 45km remaining from 174.2km

    16:11:57 CEST

    Their lead has fallen to 3:10 as a climb kicks in.


  9. 16:14:39 CEST

    Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural) accelerated away to take third over the top of the climb but then sits up and waits for the peloton. 


  10. 16:15:03 CEST

    Team Sky is controlling the peloton.  


  11. 16:19:03 CEST

    Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) has joined Lastras but they are going to struggle to go across to the break.


  12. 16:20:08 CEST

    Meanwhile Alberto Contador has lost a key teammate as Sergio Paulinho abandon's the race. 


  13. 16:21:18 CEST

    Madrazo is working hard on the front, keen to ensure the break stays away as long as possible.  


  14. 16:25:24 CEST

    Earlier Lampre-Merida riders SimonePetilli and Louis Meintjes were in the break of the day but both dropped back. There are reports that Meintjes has quit the race.  


  15. 32km remaining from 174.2km

    16:28:56 CEST

    The peloton seems to have eased off with their chase. The break has extended to 3:40.


  16. 16:30:43 CEST

    With the sun coming out and the roads drying, the overall contenders have taken off their rain jackets as they prepare for the final attacks on the steep climb to the finish. 


  17. 16:32:21 CEST

    Katusha and Orica-GreenEdge are also near the front of the peloton alongside Tinkoff and Team Sky. 


  18. 16:32:38 CEST



  19. 16:34:27 CEST

    A Trek-Segafredo rider went down but seems okay to continue.


  20. 29km remaining from 174.2km

    16:36:23 CEST

    The red jerseys of the Katusha are on the front, working for Purito Rodriguez


  21. 16:37:33 CEST

    The Trek-Segafredo team confirms that it was Kiel Reijnen who crashed.


  22. 16:39:27 CEST

    Teams are now riding in formations, protecting their team leaders.


  23. 16:42:21 CEST

    Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) is now in short sleeves after taking off his cape. He's ready for the steep finale.  


  24. 25km remaining from 174.2km

    16:44:33 CEST

    The two breakaway riders are still working together but their lead is down to 2:00. 


  25. 16:47:27 CEST

    The whole Katusha is lined out on the front of the peloton, with other teams right behind them.  


  26. 18km remaining from 174.2km

    16:52:36 CEST

    The gap is falling rapidly now. 


  27. 16:53:57 CEST

    The Movistar team is trying to take control of the chase. 


  28. 16:57:02 CEST

    The gap is down to below a minute now.


  29. 16:58:09 CEST

    The roads are flat at the moment but the road will soon kick up. 


  30. 13km remaining from 174.2km

    17:00:30 CEST

    The two are about to sit up and be caught. 


  31. 17:02:26 CEST

    The peloton is down to 50 or so riders. 


  32. 17:03:48 CEST

    The peloton is racing hard as they fighting for position. 


  33. 10km remaining from 174.2km

    17:04:34 CEST

    The Cannondale is also gathering at the front. 


  34. 17:05:35 CEST

    We have four teams lined out across the road: Cannondale, Sky, Orica and Movistar.


  35. 17:06:29 CEST

    The road is rising gradually now and the peloton is suddenly lined out. Team Sky is hurting everyone. 


  36. 17:07:27 CEST

    Cannondale is riding for Lawson Craddock and perhaps Pierre Rolland.


  37. 17:09:02 CEST

    Team Sky has four riders on the front with Vasil Kiryienka doing a big chunk of the hard work.


  38. 6km remaining from 174.2km

    17:10:28 CEST

    Sky has eased off the pace a little and the peloton reshuffles quickly as riders fight for position.


  39. 17:11:30 CEST

    Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) is on the wheel of the Yates brothers.  


  40. 17:12:39 CEST

    The peloton is on the right of the road but other riders are moving up on the left. 


  41. 3km remaining from 174.2km

    17:13:03 CEST

    The fight is on for position before the turn onto the climb. 


  42. 17:13:45 CEST

    The Garrastatxu climb kicks up at 11% with some points even steeper.


  43. 17:14:27 CEST

    The climb is also very narrow, making it vital to be placed up front. 


  44. 17:15:04 CEST

    The gradient kicks in and hurts. 


  45. 2km remaining from 174.2km

    17:15:35 CEST

    Latour of AG2r surges first but the other big names are just behind him.


  46. 17:16:19 CEST

    Landa is at the front for Team Sky but LottoNL take over.  


  47. 17:16:38 CEST

    Contador is either suffering or waiting.


  48. 17:17:47 CEST

    Kelderman and Landa have opened a slight lead. 


  49. 17:18:02 CEST

    The gradient is now 17%.


  50. 17:19:50 CEST

    The favourites are fighting to open gaps on their rivals as the road climbs steeply through the trees. 


  51. 1km remaining from 174.2km

    17:20:11 CEST

    Landa hits the front as they pass under the red kite. 


  52. 17:20:47 CEST

    Costa accelerates with Contador on his wheel but they are 10 seconds down on Landa and Kelderman. 


  53. 17:21:06 CEST

    The gradient is 15%.


  54. 17:21:35 CEST

    Landa and Kelderman are about to fight for the stage win.


  55. 17:22:13 CEST

    The road eases as Sanchez attacks behind. 


  56. 17:22:35 CEST

    Quintana too.  They could catch them on the line. 


  57. 17:23:01 CEST

    They stay clear with Landa winning the stage!

  58. 17:23:33 CEST

    Kelderman was just  few bike lengths back with  Sergio Henao taking third for Sky. 


  59. 17:24:16 CEST

    LL Sanchez finishes now and loses more than a minute. He is no longer race leader.


  60. 17:25:34 CEST

    Alberto Contador finished fifth on the stage at 11 seconds. Pinot was sixth at 13 seconds.


  61. 17:26:57 CEST

    Landa was especially happy to win his first race for Team Sky and on home roads to boot. 


  62. 17:28:04 CEST

    Beyond the finish line riders are pulling on jerseys ready for the descent down to their team vehicles.  


  63. 17:30:38 CEST

    Landa now leads overall and so will pull on the yellow jersey and wear it during Wednesday's 193km third stage to Lasaka. It is again packed with climbs but finishes after some testing descents.


  64. 17:32:12 CEST

    Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished eighth on the stage at 15 seconds.   


  65. 17:32:51 CEST

    He tried to attack on the easier gradient near the finish but was caught by the other riders.


  66. 17:33:39 CEST

    Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) was also off the pace a little as the fast pace set by Landa and Kelderman hurt the other riders. 


  67. 17:36:41 CEST

    The Pais Vasco is always a tough race but Landa and Team Sky are now in control.   


  68. 17:38:49 CEST

    Landa has only raced for seven days so far this season after bring slowed by illness but he is clearly on form.  


  69. 17:42:29 CEST

    Th results reveal that Lawson Craddock (Cannondale) finished an impressive 15th at 22 seconds, one place ahead of Fabio Aru (Astana).  


  70. 17:46:15 CEST

    On the podium, Landa gets the cheers and pulls on the Basque hat. 


  71. 17:47:51 CEST

    Dan Martin finished 25th today at43 seconds. That has probably put an end to his hopes of overall success.  


  72. 17:52:28 CEST

    Read our full report and see our early photo from the Pais Vasco by clicking here. 


  73. 17:55:53 CEST

    Wednesday's stage is the longest of this year's Vuelta a Pais Vasco at 193km. It starts in Vitoria - Gasteiz and ends in Lesaka. 


  74. 17:56:42 CEST

    It includes five classified climbs with the last -the steep Alto di Piedad coming close to the finish, with a fast descent to the line. 


  75. 17:57:03 CEST

    It will be another hard day of racing. 


  76. 17:58:17 CEST

    Cyclingnews will again have full coverage of all the action from the Basque Country plus coverage of the Scheldeprijs race in Belgium as the sprinters and Classics riders return to racing mid-week before Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. 


  77. 17:58:48 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for this live coverage. 


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