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Giro d'Italia 2016: Stage 2


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

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. 


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.     


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

The Maglia Rosa @tom_dumoulin & @GiantAlpecin #giro

@giroditalia Sat, 7th May 2016 10:24:35

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


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


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


ST2 on the way #giro

@AstanaTeam Sat, 7th May 2016 10:28:11

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. 


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.  


Just a couple of minutes left till the start of the #Giro stage. Good luck, Etixx - Quick-Step!

@Etixx_QuickStep Sat, 7th May 2016 10:37:05