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Criterium du Dauphine 2018: Stage 2


Bonjour and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné.


Bonjour and welcome to full live coverage of stage 2. 

The riders head north from Montbrison to Belleville north of Lyon for what is expected to see the fast finishers and attackers fight for victory before the battle for overall victory really begins.

The skies are a little grey but the riders will enjoy warm early summer temperatures of 21C today.

Several riders crashed in the finale of Monday's stage but most of them lined up and signed on for the stage, including David Gaudu of Groupama-FDJ, who had nine stitches in a finger injury.  

Gaudu lost lost all hope of doing well in the GC at the Critérium du Dauphiné, losing 8:52 but hopes to bounce back. 

They're off! The riders have left the start and the flag has been dropped. 

We immediately have an attack with the peloton happy to let them go clear and hang out front in the hills. 

Their lead is already up to 1:30.    

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This is how the riders lined up at the start, with Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the leader's yellow jersey, teammate Gianni Moscon in the best young rider's white jersey, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in the green points jersey and Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Samsic) in the blue polka-dot jersey as best climber. 

A total of 149 riders are in the race. Johan van Zyl (Dimension Data) did not start and neither did Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) after crashing yesterday.

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This is the full race map for the 2018 Dauphine. Today's stage is the second to east of the Alps.

65 riders finished in the front group on Monday and this is how the GC looks so far. 



To catch up on Monday's stage and enjoy our huge photo gallery, click here.

Race organiser ASO have published the first images of the break of the day as the quartet push on through the wheat fields of central France. 

The chase is becoming more organised behind, with the Vital Concept putting a rider up front to help with the work.

We can see Team Sky has several riders up front, with British neo-pro James Fox again working for Quick-Step Floors. 

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The first half of the 180km stage is on rolling roads. The second half is much tougher and includes 5 categorised climbs.

We've updated our Situation column on the right that indicates the riders in the break and the time gaps. 

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Cyclingnews has reporters at most of the races and Patrick Fletcher and Josh Evans are in France at the Dauphine. 

Patrick spoke to Geraint Thomas about his future, with the Welshman confirming he wants to decide which team he rides fro before heading to the Tour de France. 

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The Bora-Hansgrohe team is also on the front now, helping with the work.

The stage started under cloudy but bright skies but the weather is getting worse as the riders head northeast to wards Belleville.  

Aleksej Saramotins (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Corentin Ermenault (Vital Concept) are the two riders swapping turns on the front of the peloton in pursuit of the break. 

The Dauphine is traditionally the big preparation race for the rapidly approaching Tour de France. It marks a pivotal moment in the cycling season.

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The riders are approaching the Col de Cambuse - the first of five categorised climbs in the second half of the 180km stage. 

As the riders near the 80km mark, the rain has started to fall. 

This shot from ASO shows van Baarle and Rowe taking turns on the front as they ride tempo to keep the break under control. 

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Once over the Col de Cambuse, the riders face a long descent and then start the Col de la Croix de Marchampt. 

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The peloton crest the climb at a gap of 4:25. 

Our man Patrick Fletcher also spoke to Adam Yates. He raced the Tour of California as his twin brother impressed at the Giro d'Italia and is preparing for the Tour de France, where he will lead Mitchelton-Scott. 

Yates said: "I’m at about 85 per cent,” he said. “I came off California pretty good – I wasn’t 100 per cent there – and had a couple of weeks to recover from that. There are still four weeks until the Tour. That’s my main objective for the season, so I’ll keep it up towards that."

Yates has already shone at the Tour de France, finishing fourth and winning the white jersey for best young rider in 2016, yet extra attention is likely to accompany him following the exploits of his twin brother Simon at last months’ Giro d’Italia.

Click here to read the full Adam Yates story. 

Race radio has come alive to confirm that Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) has quit the race.

He climbed off at the feed zone, getting a ride in a Trek team car.

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The Vital Concept team is using its riders wisely as it helps chase the break to set up Bryan Coquard. 

Our race photographer Tim de Waele has sent us a first set of shots from the stage. 

Those grey skies soon turned to rain as this ASP photo shows.

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Bora and Vital Concept continue to set the pace in the main peloton, which remains 3:10 behind the leaders.

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The peloton crests the summit of the Col de Crie a shade under three minutes behind the three leaders. There is one classified climb still to come, the category 3 Col du Fût d'Avenas (3.8km at 6%), the summit of which comes a little under 30km from the finish.

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The peloton is lined out on the fast descent, with at least 300 metres between the head and the tail of the 145 rider peloton.

Bahrain is helping with chase of the break. It will be interesting to see if ride for Nibali or for a sprint finish.

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The break hits the Col du Fût d'Avenas climb - 3.8km at 6%. 

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Pierre-Luc Périchon leads the trio over the top but the peloton is closing them down.

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Antwan Tolhoek (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) have attacked from the peloton but they're in no-man's land on the fast descent. 

Coquard has 2 teammates with him to help get back onto the peloton but they're 30 seconds or so behind.

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Guillaume Martin (Wanty) has attacked and goes clear with Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) but the peloton is onto them.

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The three in the break start looking back and so loose vital speed.

Another name for the finish?

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He deserves a glass off the finest Beaujolais tonight if he stays away or even if he is caught. 

This is today's finish. It rises slightly after 5 roundabouts in the final 5 kilometres.  

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He leads by 200m as he goes deeper and deeper to try to stay away.  

Here comes Lotto for Jens Keukeleire.

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Nobody wants to lead it out. 

Boasson Hagen hits out early but it is Ackermann that wins!  

Kwiatkowski is back up and riding. 

Kwiatkowski landed on his back but does not seem injured. He is out of the saddle and so should be okay to ride in the TTT with Team Sky on Wednesday. 

Ackermann rightly celebrated with his Bora teammates.

Ackermann beat Boassen Hagen and Impey in the sprint. 

Impey's third place and the time bonus means he becomes the new race leader. 

This is the top ten on the stage. 

Ackermann was stuck behind other riders yesterday but still came from behind to find a way through to win the sprint today.

Ackermann is clearly happy to celebrate his second win as a professional. He also won a stage at the Tour de Romandie. 

Darryl Impey also gets his moment on the podium and pulls on the leader's yellow jersey. 

Kwiatkowski is second overall at 2 seconds, with Gianni Moscon third overall at 5 seconds.

This is our first photo of Ackermann winning the sprint. He seems pretty happy. 

This is the confirmed top ten overall after stage 2:

Pascal Ackermann was happy to take his second WorldTour win of 2018 and confirm his sprinting talents on rolling routes.

He explained why it was so difficult for a sprinter today.

It seems that Kwiatkowski was very lucky in the crash. He lost some skin but has no other injuries.

Kwiatkowski quickly took to Twitter to explain how he crashed, also posting a photo of his ripped yellow jersey. 

This shot shows Kwiatkowski's road rash on his back. He seems to agree he was lucky to day.

His smile and tongue out showed he was happy to ride to the finish.

Darryl Impey was hoping to win a second consecutive sprint win but was content to take the yellow jersey after his teammates lead the peloton in the fast finale of the stage.

Thanks to Impey taking the race lead, Mitchelton-Scott will start last in Wednesday's 35km TTT. 

Here's Impey looking happy in the yellow jersey.

We spotted lots of new bike tech at the Dauphine. Yesterday we brought you this gallery of the new Specialized Venge Disc.

For full results, a full report and a photo gallery of all the action from today's stage, click here. 

Thanks for joining us for full live updates from all of the stage to Belleville. 

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