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La Route d'Occitanie 2020 stage 2

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Stage result

1 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 4:22:22

2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept

3 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Team Total Direct Energie

4 Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez

5 Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale

6 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert

7 Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

8 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis

9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic

10 David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second stage of La Route d'Occitanie. Today, the peloton travel 174.5km on a rolling route from Carcassonne to Cap'Découverte.

92km to go

We join the action 83km into the stage, with the climb of the Montée du Sour behind us and two more third-category climbs to go.

We have six riders up the road and they have an advantage of just over seven minutes on the peloton.

Nikodemus Holler (Bike Aid), Samuel Leroux (Natura4ever - Roubaix - Lille Metropole), Fumiyuki Beppu (Nippo Delko Provence), Michal Paluta (CCC Team), Emil Vinjebo (Riwal Readynez Cycling Team), Ibai Azurmendi (Euskaltel - Euskadi) are the men in the break.

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) hit the deck not long ago. He's back in the peloton now though, seemingly without any major issue.

B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Cofidis lead the peloton.

There's an uphill finish today, though it doesn't look strenuous enough to put the sprinters off. The likes of Bernal, Froome, Pinot, López and Bardet have a tough summit finish to look forward to tomorrow, in any case.

Elia Viviani (Cofidis) is the biggest sprint name in the race, though he finished second to Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) on stage 1.

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain McLaren) and Andrea Pasqualon (Circus-Wanty Gobert) took third and fourth in Cazouls-lès-Béziers. Other fast men here include Eduard Grosu (Nippo Delko One Provence), Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie), and Viviani's leadout men Christophe Laporte and Simone Consonni.

84km to go

Bardet has damage to his shoulder and elbow. It's unclear how badly he's hurt.

The gap to the break holds steady at seven minutes.

Here are Ineos leaders Chris Froome and Egan Bernal, resplendent in their branded face masks, at the start today.

Here's a video of Romain Bardett after his crash earlier. His crashed on his left shoulder, but looks fine.

Here's our race report from yesterday's stage 1, which saw Bryan Coquard beat Elia Viviani and Sonny Colbrelli in a sprint finish. Can they get revenge today?

61km to go

Cofidis, B&B Hotels-Vital Concept, Total Direct Energie and Bahrain McLaren are all represented at the front of the peloton.

The riders will soon hit the next climb of the day, the third-category Cagnac-les-Mines. The top of the climb comes shortly before the first passage of the finish line.

Beppu led Holler and Vinjebo over the top of the climb.

51km to go

Six minutes between the break and the peloton now, after 124km of racing.

47km to go

Vinjebo takes the intermediate sprint across the first passage of the finish line.

4:50 for the break. The gap is finally coming down.

Unsurprisingly, it's the sprinter's teams who are working to reduce the gap.

40km to go

The latest report on the time gap is that it's come down to 4:20.

The riders are on the plateau now. There's a descent, some flat road, and then a climb (at 11km to go) before the uphill finish.

August Jensen (Riwal Readynez) abandons the race.

37km to go

It's 3:25 for the break now as the sprinter's teams up the pace.

Cofidis, B&B Hotels, Bahrain McLaren and Total Direct Energie are still working up front

26km to go

Onto the flat section now ahead of the Cote de Monesties climb and the finish.

The break is 2:30 up on the chasing peloton at the last update.

19km to go

The gap is steadily coming down now. The break is now just 1:35 up the road with the sprinter's teams working hard behind.

A shot of today's breakaway, with Fumiyuki Beppu leading the way

CAP DCOUVERTE FRANCE AUGUST 02 Fumiyuki Beppu of Japan and Team Nippo Delko Provence Samuel Leroux of France and Team Natura4Ever Roubaix Lille Mtropole during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 2 a 1745km stage from Carcassonne to Cap Dcouverte 344m RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 02 2020 in Cap Dcouverte France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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15km to go

It looks set for a sprint now as the teams working at the head of the peloton upped pace. The gap to the men in the breakaway is just over a minute.

An arty shot of the peloton from B&B Hotels-Vital Concept. Their man Bryan Coquard triumphed yesterday – can he repeat the feat here?

Lilian Calmejane (Total Direct Energie) has gone on the attack on the final climb of the day, the Cote de Monesties.

Vinjebo is the only man remaining from the original break now, after pushing on as the rest were caught.

There has been a crash in the peloton, too. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) was involved, though it doesn't look too serious, thankfully.

3km to go

Vinjebo is just 13 seconds ahead of the peloton. It'll be a tough task for him to stay away to the line.

Vinjebo out front on his own.

CAP DCOUVERTE FRANCE AUGUST 02 Emil Nygaard Vinjebo of Denmark and Riwal Readynez Cycling Team during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 2 a 1745km stage from Carcassonne to Cap Dcouverte 344m RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 02 2020 in Cap Dcouverte France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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1km to go

Final kilometre now and Vinjebo is caught.

It's a sprint finish to the line in Cap'Découverte!

And it's Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain McLaren) who takes victory!

That's two wins in two races today for Bahrain McLaren. A great day for the team.

Stage 1 winner Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Niccolò Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) rounded out the podium.

Here's today's top ten

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 4:22:22
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
3Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Team Total Direct Energie
4Arvid De Kleijn (Ned) Riwal Readynez
5Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
6Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Circus-Wanty Gobert
7Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
10David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

Here's Colbrelli celebrating his win as he crossed the line.

CAP DCOUVERTE FRANCE AUGUST 02 Arrival Sonny Colbrelli of Italy and Team Bahrain McLaren Celebration Bryan Coquard of France and Team BB Hotels Vital Concept Orange Leader Jersey Niccolo Bonifazio of Italy and Team Total Direct Energie Clment Venturini of France and Team Ag2R La Mondiale during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 2 a 1745km stage from Carcassonne to Cap Dcouverte 344m RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 02 2020 in Cap Dcouverte France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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That's Colbrelli's first win of the season, and his first since the GP Bruno Beghelli in October of last year. Number 26 of his career, too.

Sonny Colbrelli on the podium after his win with a.. nice piece of card (?) to designate his stage winner status

CAP DCOUVERTE FRANCE AUGUST 02 Podium Sonny Colbrelli of Italy and Team Bahrain McLaren Celebration Covid Safe measures during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 2 a 1745km stage from Carcassonne to Cap Dcouverte 344m RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 02 2020 in Cap Dcouverte France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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That's all from us here today for stage 2 of La Route d'Occitanie. Join us in future for more live coverage of races through the rest of the restart. Keep an eye on the site for the full report and results as well as news from the race.

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