Tour de France 2019

July 6-28, Brussels, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Ostanek

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 2 of the Tour de France. Today sees the riders take on a 27.6-kilometre team time trial, starting and finishing in Brussels, running from the Royal Palace in Brussels to the modernist landmark in the north, the Atomium.

 

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  1. 13:43:16 CEST

    We're under an hour from the start of stage 2, the first chance for a GC shakeup. It's the team time trial in Brussels.

  2. 13:46:41 CEST

    Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) was a somewhat surprising winner of yesterday's opening stage, also in Brussels. His team will be one of the strongest today, but with a slender ten-second lead over the majority of the field, it might be a tough task to hang on for another day.

     

  3. 13:50:40 CEST

    Jumbo-Visma will be up there though. Otherwise, Team Ineos, Mitchelton-Scott, EF Education First, Deceuninck-QuickStep and CCC Team are all expected to finish the day towards the top of the standings.

     

  4. 13:55:30 CEST

     

    It's included in our preview, but here's a list of today's start times. Ineos set off first, while Jumbo start last, an hour and 45 minutes later. Each team sets off at five-minute intervals.



    1 Team Ineos 14:30:00
    2 Team Arkea-Samsic 14:35:00
    3 Astana Pro Team 14:40:00
    4 Groupama-FDJ 14:45:00
    5 AG2R La Mondiale 14:50:00
    6 Movistar Team 14:55:00
    7 Total Direct Energie 15:00:00
    8 CCC Team 15:05:00
    9 UAE Emirates 15:10:00
    10 Trek-Segafredo 15:15:00
    11 Katusha-Alpecin 15:20:00
    12 Cofidis Solutions Credits 15:25:00
    13 Dimension Data 15:30:00
    14 Team Sunweb 15:35:00
    15 Bora-Hansgrohe 15:40:00
    16 Lotto Soudal 15:45:00
    17 Mitchelton-Scott 15:50:00
    18 Bahrain-Merida 15:55:00
    19 EF Education First 16:00:00
    20 Deceuninck-QuickStep 16:05:00
    21 Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team 16:10:00
    22 Team Jumbo-Visma 16:15:00

  5. 14:01:24 CEST

    Last year's TTT in Cholet was a little longer than today at 35.5km, and a little lumpier too. Over three minutes separated stage winners BMC and last place Cofidis, while the top five were spread over just 11 seconds.

     

    Look for smaller gaps today and an average speed in the region of a 55kph for the top teams.

     

  6. 14:08:44 CEST

    EF Education First might not quite be the TTT powerhouse they were in years past, but they should be one of the top teams on the road today nonetheless.

     

    The US team boast a wealth of strong time trialists in their Tour team, including Rigoberto Urán, Tejay Van Garderen, Alberto Bettiol, Tanel Kangert and Sebastian Langeveld. Before the Tour, Cyclingnews visited their training camp in Girona as the team finalised their Tour roster and went through TTT tests.

     

    How EF Education First selected their Tour de France team - Podcast

     

     

  7. 14:13:55 CEST

    We're just over 15 minutes away from Ineos setting off on their effort now.

     

  8. 14:18:50 CEST

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  9. 14:25:06 CEST

    Report from Eurosport suggest that Astana's Jakob Fuglsang is suffering with his knee injury after yesterday's crash. He said that he isn't feeling much power from it.

     

  10. 14:25:33 CEST

    Ineos are ready to set off. Five minutes to the start, they're gathered together, preparing to go to the start ramp.

     

  11. 14:30:41 CEST

    And they're off. Ineos kick off stage 2.

     

  12. 14:31:16 CEST

    Here's their team, the strongest-looking TTT squad on paper, with numerous former national TT champions.

     

    Geraint Thomas
    Egan Bernal
    Jonathan Castroviejo
    Michał Kwiatkowski
    Gianni Moscon
    Wout Poels
    Luke Rowe
    Dylan van Baarle

     

  13. 14:35:16 CEST

    It looks like they're starting off well. Of course, beyond the eye test we don't have a clear idea of how fast they're going yet.

     

  14. 14:35:37 CEST

    The checkpoints come at 13.2km and 20.1km today, so a while yet.

     

  15. 14:37:00 CEST

    Arkéa-Samsic set off in their eyecatching all-white skinsuits. This is their team. It's safe to say not to expect too much from the French squad.

     

    Warren Barguil
    Maxime Bouet
    Anthony Delaplace
    Élie Gesbert
    André Greipel
    Kévin Ledanois
    Amaël Moinard
    Florian Vachon

     

  16. 14:40:54 CEST

    Now it's Astana's turn to set off. It'll be interesting to see how Fuglsang is going after his crash.

     

    Jakob Fuglsang
    Pello Bilbao
    Omar Fraile
    Hugo Houle
    Gorka Izagirre
    Alexey Lutsenko
    Magnus Cort
    Luis León Sánchez

     

  17. 14:43:31 CEST

    Brad Wiggins is back out on the moto for Eurosport. He says that Thomas is looking strong, and that Ineos are protecting Bernal – letting him take shorter turns. He's a strong time trialist but the likes of Thomas and Castroviejo have more experience in organising and racing a team in a TTT situation.

     

  18. 14:44:39 CEST

    Groupama-FDJ are off now. They'll be looking to limit their losses for leader Thibaut Pinot today.

     

    Thibaut Pinot
    William Bonnet
    David Gaudu
    Stefan Küng
    Matthieu Ladagnous
    Rudy Molard
    Sebastien Reichenbach
    Anthony Roux

     

  19. 14:45:11 CEST

    Ineos pass through the first checkpoint at 13:58 and an average speed of 56.6kph.

     

  20. 14:49:52 CEST

    Now AG2R La Mondiale are off. They'll be looking to do the same for Romain Bardet as FDJ are for Pinot.

     

    Romain Bardet
    Mickael Cheret
    Benoit Cosnefroy
    Mathias Frank
    Tony Gallopin
    Alexis Gougeard
    Oliver Naesen
    Alexis Vuillermoz

     

  21. 14:52:00 CEST

    21:11:08 through the second checkpoint for Ineos.

     

  22. 14:53:50 CEST

    Here's Team Ineos flying along out on course.

     

  23. 14:54:54 CEST

    Astana pass through the first check. They're 14 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  24. 14:56:03 CEST

    Movistar are the next team off. They're back with their three-pronged approach to GC. They don't have a wealth of great individual time trialists, but they're usually quite strong in this discipline.

     

    Nairo Quintana
    Alejandro Valverde
    Andrey Amador
    Imanol Erviti
    Mikel Landa
    Nelson Oliveira
    Marc Soler
    Carlos Verona

     

  25. 14:58:33 CEST

    Wout Poels drops off the Ineos train in the final five kilometres.

     

  26. 15:00:08 CEST

    29:18.00 for Ineos at the finish. 56.5kph average. That might be the winning time today.

     

  27. 15:00:54 CEST

    Total Direct Energie start their effort. Estonian national TT champion Rein Taaramäe ranks among their number.

     

    Lilian Calmejane
    Niccolò Bonifazio
    Fabien Grellier
    Paul Ourselin
    Romain Sicard
    Rein Taaramäe
    Niki Terpstra
    Anthony Turgis

     

  28. 15:02:55 CEST

    There are a number of national TT champions at the race this year. None of them are wearing their champion's skinsuits today though, as the TTT is a different discipline, raced by national teams this year onwards.

     

    Luke Durbridge – Australia
    Wout Van Aert – Belgium
    Kasper Asgreen – Denmark
    Rein Taaramäe – Estonia
    Tony Martin – Germany
    Alex Dowsett – Great Britain
    Alexey Lutsenko – Kazakhstan
    Patrick Bevin – Republic of Ireland
    Jose Gonçalves – Portugal
    Daryl Impey – South Africa
    Jonathan Castroviejo – Spain
    Stefan Küng – Switzerland

     

  29. 15:05:42 CEST

    AG2R La Mondiale pass the first check with a time of 14:26. Not great for Bardet.

     

  30. 15:06:37 CEST

    Mountain classification leader Greg Van Avermaet leads CCC Team down the start ramp. Though not as strong as they were in their previous guise of BMC, they'll still put in a good ride today.

     

    Greg Van Avermaet
    Patrick Bevin
    Alessandro De Marchi
    Simon Geschke
    Serge Pauwels
    Joey Rosskopf
    Michael Schär
    Lukasz Wiśniowski

     

  31. 15:07:42 CEST

    Brad Wiggins watches AG2R's effort. He says that the team is fanning across the road, which can happen when a rider stays on the front for too long. "They're not as slick as Ineos."

     

  32. 15:09:26 CEST

    Astana come to the finish.

     

  33. 15:10:35 CEST

    Astana finish with a time of 29:38, 19 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  34. 15:11:18 CEST

    UAE Team Emirates are off now. Dan Martin and Fabio Aru are their main hopes for the Tour, while Alexander Kristoff would hopefully snag a stage win.

     

    Daniel Martin
    Fabio Aru
    Sven Erik Bystrøm
    Rui Costa
    Sergio Henao
    Alexander Kristoff
    Vegard Stake Laengen
    Jasper Philipsen

     

  35. 15:11:49 CEST

    Movistar lost 26 seconds to Ineos at the first check. not ideal.

     

  36. 15:12:36 CEST

    Meanwhile, Groupama-FDJ are going well. At the second check, they're just 7 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  37. 15:14:33 CEST

    Trek-Segafredo are fully behind Richie Porte this year. They're up and running now.

     

    Richie Porte
    Julien Bernard
    Giulio Ciccone
    Koen De Kort
    Fabio Felline
    Bauke Mollema
    Toms Skujinš
    Jasper Stuyven

     

  38. 15:15:45 CEST

    Groupama-FDJ lose a rider to a crash in the final corners. He was at the back of the paceline though, and Pinot is fine.

     

    They cross the line with a great time of 29:29, second fastest so far.

     

  39. 15:17:32 CEST

    14:36 at the first check for Total Direct Energie.

     

  40. 15:18:55 CEST

    Here's a shot of Arkéa-Samsic, the slowest team so far. It's an interesting look, that's for sure.

     

     

  41. 15:20:15 CEST

    14:03 through the first check for CCC Team. That's the second-fastest time there so far.

     

  42. 15:21:16 CEST

    AG2R La Mondiale finish with a time of 30:16, almost a minute down on Ineos.

     

  43. 15:22:11 CEST

    Katusha-Alpecin are off, featuring two national TT champions in Dowsett and Gonçalves.

     

    Ilnur Zakarin
    Jens Debusschere
    Alex Dowsett
    José Gonçalves
    Marco Haller
    Nils Politt
    Mads Würtz Schmidt
    Rick Zabel

     

  44. 15:24:31 CEST

    Movistar go through the second check at 21:50, 39 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  45. 15:25:41 CEST

    Here's FDJ at the finish after their impressive ride.

     

     

  46. 15:26:28 CEST

    30:02 for Movistar at the finish. That's 44 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  47. 15:27:12 CEST

    Cofidis set off. No high expectations here. Laporte and Herrada are their men for the sprints and mountains. Rossetto and Berhane were in the break yesterday.

     

    Christophe Laporte
    Natnael Berhane
    Nicolas Edet
    Jesús Herrada
    Anthony Perez
    Pierre-Luc Périchon
    Stéphane Rossetto
    Julien Simon

     

  48. 15:30:43 CEST

    14:24 for Trek at the first check, three seconds behind UAE Team Emirates, who passed through . a few minutes ago.

     

  49. 15:31:42 CEST

    Dimension Data are off.

     

    Edvald Boasson Hagen
    Lars Ytting Bak
    Steve Cummings
    Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
    Ben King
    Roman Kreuziger
    Giacomo Nizzolo
    Michael Valgren

     

  50. 15:32:17 CEST

    30:39 for Total at the finish.

     

  51. 15:33:02 CEST

    21:24 for CCC through the second chack. They're holding their speed.

     

  52. 15:34:19 CEST

    CCC are aiming for yellow this week, with tomorrow's stage high in their mind to launch Greg Van Avermaet.

     

    Tour de France: Van Avermaet aiming for yellow jersey in first week

     

     

  53. 15:35:24 CEST

    And they cross the line with a time of 29:28, good for second fastest.

     

  54. 15:36:28 CEST

    Team Sunweb start their run. Michael Matthews is their man for stage wins and the green jersey challenge.

     

    Michael Matthews
    Nikias Arndt
    Cees Bol
    Chad Haga
    Lennard Kämna
    Wilco Kelderman
    Søren Kragh Andersen
    Nicolas Roche

     

  55. 15:36:54 CEST

    Katusha-Alpecin are fastest at the first check! Their time of 13:55.19 beats Ineos by four seconds.

     

  56. 15:38:31 CEST

    UAE Team Emirates post a time of 21:45 at the second check.

     

  57. 15:40:20 CEST

    Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe squad are off next. They have GC ambitions with Buchmann and Konrad, while Schachmann is a potential stage hunter. Sagan, of course, is here for stage wins and a record-breaking seventh green jersey. Seven teams left to start.

     

    Peter Sagan
    Emanuel Buchmann
    Marcus Burghardt
    Patrick Konrad
    Gregor Mühlberger
    Daniel Oss
    Lukas Pöstlberger
    Maximilian Schachmann

     

  58. 15:41:05 CEST

    UAE Team Emirates finish with a time of 30:01.

     

  59. 15:42:12 CEST

    Astana warm down after their effort. Pello Bilbao said that Fuglsang "did his work like everybody else." Seemingly no major ill effects from his crash yesterday, then.

     

     

  60. 15:43:07 CEST

    Cofidis just edge Astana's time at the first check. They're 18 seconds down on Katusha.

     

  61. 15:47:05 CEST

    A disappointing time for Trek. They finish with a time of 30:15, 57 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  62. 15:47:56 CEST

    Katusha are fastest at the second checkpoint too, a second up on Ineos.

     

  63. 15:50:16 CEST

    Katusha-Alpecin just miss out on the fastest time! They're 5.67 seconds down on Ineos.

     

  64. 15:51:39 CEST

    Mitchelton-Scott roll down the ramp. They'll be right up there today, supporting Adam Yates' GC bid. Their men Luke Durbridge and Daryl Impey are national TT champions.

     

    Adam Yates
    Luke Durbridge
    Jack Haig
    Michael Hepburn
    Daryl Impey
    Christopher Juul-Jensen
    Matteo Trentin
    Simon Yates

     

  65. 15:52:18 CEST

    Team Sunweb have gone third-fastest at the first check with a time of 14:02.

     

  66. 15:56:48 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain-Merida set off. Rohan Dennis is their TT powerhouse, and they should put in a good time here.

     

    Vincenzo Nibali
    Damiano Caruso
    Sonny Colbrelli
    Rohan Dennis
    Ivan García Cortina
    Matej Mohorič
    Dylan Teuns
    Jan Tratnik

     

  67. 15:58:12 CEST

    Bora-Hansgrohe set a time of 14:15 at the first check. A decent time.

     

  68. 16:00:41 CEST

    Team Sunweb shed 10 seconds to Katusha at the second check – their time was 21:20.

     

  69. 16:01:14 CEST

    EF Education First are off. They have a strong history in this discipline and have a good team here.

     

    Rigoberto Urán
    Alberto Bettiol
    Simon Clarke
    Tanel Kangert
    Sebastian Langeveld
    Tom Scully
    Tejay Van Garderen
    Michael Woods

     

  70. 16:02:15 CEST

    Here's our podcast from the Tour countdown on how EF built their Tour de France team. 

     

    How EF Education First selected their Tour de France team - Podcast

     

     

  71. 16:03:18 CEST

    14:08 for Lotto Soudal at the first checkpoint.

     

  72. 16:05:14 CEST

    Team Sunweb have had a great finish. They just miss out on Ineos though. Their time is 29:23.

     

  73. 16:06:03 CEST

    Mitchelton-Scott are seven seconds down at the first check.

     

  74. 16:06:31 CEST

    Deceuninck-QuickStep are off. They have a very strong team and could be the team to overhaul Ineos here.

     

    Julian Alaphilippe
    Kasper Asgreen
    Dries Devenyns
    Yves Lampaert
    Enric Mas
    Michael Mørkøv
    Maximiliano Richeze
    Elia Viviani

     

  75. 16:08:20 CEST

    Simon Yates has trouble and is dropped 11km from the line.

     

  76. 16:10:32 CEST

    Bora-Hansgrohe cross the line. Their time is 29:44.

     

  77. 16:11:25 CEST

    Wanty-Groupe Gobert are the penultimate team off. One of their men is on a road bike, weirdly. Safe to say that they won't be finishing high up the standings here.

     

    Guillaume Martin
    Frederik Backaert
    Aimé De Gent
    Odd Christian Eiking
    Xandro Meurisse
    Yoann Offredo
    Andrea Pasqualon
    Kevin van Melsen

     

  78. 16:13:53 CEST

    Bahrain are going fast. 14 minutes through the first checkpoint for them.

     

  79. 16:15:13 CEST

    13:59 for EF after 13.2km, just edging out Ineos.

     

  80. 16:15:56 CEST

    Jumbo-Visma set off, the last team to do so. They're supporting Steven Kruijswijk here, and riding to keep stage 1 winner Mike Teunissen in his bid to keep yellow.

     

    Steven Kruijswijk
    George Bennett
    Laurens De Plus
    Dylan Groenewegen
    Amund Grøndahl Jansen
    Tony Martin
    Mike Teunissen
    Wout Van Aert

     

  81. 16:18:25 CEST

    Bahrain-Merida are 11 seconds down at the second checkpoint. Their time was 21:21.

     

  82. 16:20:15 CEST

    QuickStep are flying. They're second fastest at the first check with a time of 13:56.

     

  83. 16:21:25 CEST

    Mitchelton-Scott finished with a time of 29:39, 21 seconds down on Ineos. A good time, but not great by their high standards.

     

  84. 16:23:24 CEST

    21:19 at the second check for EF. It looks like teams are fading as they progress through the course. They're nine seconds off Katusha right now.

     

  85. 16:25:24 CEST

    Bahrain-Merida finish their ride. Another good one, and it's 29:33 for them. They're sixth at the moment.

     

  86. 16:27:28 CEST

    Groenewegen is dropped 17km from the finish. He's clearly feeling the after-effects of his crash yesterday.

     

  87. 16:27:49 CEST

    EF are 2km from the finish now.

     

  88. 16:30:04 CEST

    Jumbo-Visma are already down to seven men, but they're flying. They smash Katusha's time, crossing the first checkpoint ten seconds faster at 13:45!

     

  89. 16:33:02 CEST

    Team Ineos have been in the hot seat(s) all afternoon. It will be a brutal for them to lose this stage to the last team on the road.

     

  90. 16:33:51 CEST

    QuickStep are going super fast too. They're in second at the second checkpoint, one second down on Katusha.

     

    Devenyns drops off as they reach the final kilometre.

     

  91. 16:35:27 CEST

    Deceuninck-QuickStep cross the line and they just miss out! 0.8 of a second down on Ineos. That is brutal.

     

  92. 16:38:13 CEST

    Jumbo-Visma are kiling it out there! 20:55 at the second checkpoint. That's a full 15 seconds up on Katusha. Wow.

     

  93. 16:41:55 CEST

    Wanty-Groupe Gobert finishw thia time of 30:55, the slowest so far.

     

    Now we wait for Jumbo-Visma.

     

  94. 16:42:42 CEST

    Kruijswijk, Bennett, Van Aert, Martin, Teunissen left for Jumbo. Inside the final 2km.

     

  95. 16:45:58 CEST

    Jumbo-Visma do it! A dominant performance. They finish with a time of 28:57.

     

    Two wins in two days for the Dutch squad.

     

  96. 16:46:48 CEST

    20 seconds separates Jumbo and Ineos in first and second. Astana in tenth are 21 seconds down on Ineos, to give that performance some perspective.

     

  97. 16:49:41 CEST

    Here's George Bennett's take on his Jumbo-Visma team, which has won two out of two stages so far during this Tour de France.

     

    Analysing Jumbo-Visma's Tour de France team with George Bennett

     

     

  98. 16:53:34 CEST

    Stage result

     

    1 Jumbo-Visma 28:57

    2 Team Ineos 29:18.00

    3 Deceuninck-QuickStep 29:18.82

    4 Team Sunweb 29:23

    5 Katusha-Alpecin 29:24

    6 EF Education First 29:25

    7 CCC Team 29:28

    8 Groupama-FDJ 29:29

    9 Bahrain-Merida 29:33

    10 Astana 29:38

    11 Mitchelton-Scott 29:39

    12 Bora-Hansgrohe 29:44

    13 Cofidis 29:51

    14 Dimension Data 29:52

    15 Lotto Soudal 29:57

    16 UAE Team Emirates 30:01

    17 Movistar 30:02

    18 Trek-Segafredo 30:15

    19 AG2R La Mondiale 30:16

    20 Total Direct Energie 30:39

    21 Arkéa-Samsic 30:48

    22 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 30:55

     

  99. 16:54:37 CEST

    Mike Teunissen retains the yellow jersey, of course.

     

  100. 17:02:44 CEST

    Yellow jersey Mike Teunissen after the finish.

     

    "We heard that we were fastest, and we got so much morale – we already had a lot with this jersey on. We were flying, it was unbelievable. It's not that I'm getting used to winning stages at the Tour de France but it's two out of two now and it's really, really nice."

     

  101. 17:10:49 CEST

    General classification after stage 2

     

    1 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 4:51:34
    2 Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:10
    3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
    4 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
    5 George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
    6 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Ineos 0:00:30
    7 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos
    8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos
    9 Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos
    10 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:31

     

  102. 17:15:53 CEST

    Here are some shots of Jumbo-Visma celebrating after the finish and taking to the podium.

     

     

     

  103. 17:28:57 CEST

    Here's a look at the big GC names and their relative rankings after stage 2.

     

    Steven Kruijswijk, George Bennett

    Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas 0:00:20

    Enric Mas 0:00:21

    Wilco Kelderman 0:00:26

    Rigoberto Uran, Michael Woods 0:00:28

    Thibaut Pinot 0:00:32

    Vincenzo Nibali, Rohan Dennis 0:00:36

    Adam Yates 0:00:41

    Jakob Fuglsang 0:00:41

    Patrick Konrad, Emanuel Buchmann 0:00:46

    Dan Martin 0:01:03

    Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Mikel Landa 0:01:05

    Richie Porte 0:01:18

    Romain Bardet 0:01:19

     

  104. 17:43:14 CEST

    Belgian legenad Tom Boonen and stage winner Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) chat after the finish.

     

     

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