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Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 2 of the Itzulia Basque Country.

As we join the action during this long stage, the riders face 90km of further racing.

After Monday's opening time trial, Primoz Roglic is wearing the leader's yellow jersey. 

Here he is on the podium with his young son practicing his sky jumper's victory salute. 

Click below to read out full stage 1 report. 

Roglic repeated his win from the opening time trial of the 2021 Itzulia, Primož Roglič outpaced Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) by five seconds, with teammate Rémi Cavagna in third at 16 seconds back. 

Here is Roglic in his race leader's yellow and his Jumbo-Visma yellow and black. 

The rider raced over snow-covered mountains early in the stage but are now on lower and warmer roads.

We have an early break but the Jumbo-Visma team is riding to keep them in check.  

The four riders up the road are:

The Aguilar Gaina climb comes with 30km to go and is 12.km long. 

65km to go

QuickStep are also near the front as they sniff the chance of cross winds. 

The peloton is 2:45 down on the break now. 

55km to go

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50km to go

The Aguilar Gaina climb comes with 30km to go and is 12.5km long. The average gradient is 3.1% but there are parts at 7%.

On a wide road, riders try to move up and so spread across the road.

As we reach Viana, the break;s lead is down to 1:15.

The opening stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe has ended. 

The four breakaway riders pass through the intermediate sprint but share the spoils with a fight. 

40km to go

35km to go

There are 5km left to climb before the hilly, rolling finale back to and around Viana.

Attack QuickStep! 

There is clearly a plan to attack for Alaphilippe. 

The peloton is lined out as Mauri Vansevenant does his stuff on the front.  

There are three kilometres to climb. Vansevenant has eased up after being chased. 

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30km to go

The peloton crests the climb all together and still fill the road. 

Wisely Jumbo-Visma take control of the peloton to protect Roglic. 

Julian Alaphilippe is nearby, watching for any attacks. 

The mountain KOM actually comes after a final short rise. 

Ibon Ruiz won the sprint and so should be in the KOM jersey after the stage.

20km to go

Well. The peloton seems happy to let the break hang out front.  

15km to go

Itzulia Basque Country 2022 - 61st Edition - 2nd stage Leitza - Viana 207,6 km - 05/04/2022 - Scenery - Peloton - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

(Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency)

The four attackers are Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural),  Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH), Ibai Azurmendi (Euskaltel - Euskadi) and Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma).

10km to go

Behind the peloton is splitting too after an attack. They are 1:30 back on the attackers. 

Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma) pushes on alone. He's fighting for every possible second.

This could be close, very close. 

Itzulia Basque Country 2022 - 61st Edition - 2nd stage Leitza - Viana 207,6 km - 05/04/2022 - Ibai Azurmendi (ESP - Euskaltel - Euskadi) - Julen Amezqueta (ESP - Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) - Ibon Ruiz (ESP - Equipo Kern Pharma) - Ander Okamika (ESP - Burgos - BH) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

(Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency)

The peloton is traveling some 10km/h faster than the attackers but they are cutting it close. 

Attack in the peloton.

2km to go

Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma) is solo out front. but his lead is only 15 seconds. 

Itzulia Basque Country 2022 - 61st Edition - 2nd stage Leitza - Viana 207,6 km - 05/04/2022 - Ibon Ruiz (ESP - Equipo Kern Pharma) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

(Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency)

Remco Evenepoel is leading the peloton for Alaphilippe. 

Ibon Ruiz (Equipo Kern Pharma) is caught. 

Uphill sprint!

Bam! Alaphilippe kicks and wins the stage.

Alaphlippe stops and hugs Evenepoel to thank him for his superb leadout out into the final kilometre. 

It is Alaphilippe's first win of 2022 in the rainbow jersey.

Chapeau Monsieur. 

 Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies) finished an impressive second.

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General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 5:14:23
2Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00:05
3Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00:16
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:18
5Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
6Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe
7Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:20
8Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
9Ben Tulett (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:21
10Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers

The overall contenders were up there, just a few places. They didn't lose time and so  Primoz Roglic stays race leader.

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Roglic leads Evenepoel by 5 seconds, with Remi Cavagna is third at 16 seconds. 

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General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 5:14:23
2Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00:05
3Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00:16
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:18
5Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
6Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe
7Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:20
8Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
9Ben Tulett (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:21
10Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers

Here's the first shot of Alaphilippe celebrating victory. 

Alaphilippe and Evenepoel rightly celebrated their win.

The riders faced some snow in the high hills of the Basque Country.

The weather improved and the views were spectacular. 

The break of the day almost stayed away but the peloton made a lat, high-speed chase.

VIANA SPAIN APRIL 05 James Knox of United Kingdom and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl leads the peloton during the 61st Itzulia Basque Country 2022 Stage 2 a 2076km stage from Leitza to Viana 461m itzulia WorldTour on April 05 2022 in Viana Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

(Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Evenepoel made a huge difference in the lead out.

“It was a nice finish, three technical corners and you had to be well-placed," Alaphilippe explained. 

To read out full report, see our growing photo gallery and full results of the stage, click below. 

Thanks for joining our live coverage from the Itzulia Basque Country. 

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