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Tour of the Alps stage 2 2021

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second stage of the Tour of the Alps.

Today's stage sees the peloton take on 121.5 kilometres of racing and three major climbs, including the finish.

Today's stage starts in Innsbruck, where Ineos rider Gianni Moscon took the win aftr a late attack. He's in the race lead today as a result.

The peloton are rolling out to start the neutralised section in Innsbruck now.

All 143 riders take the start again today.

Today's stage has 2,500 metres of altitude gain – largely concentrated in the second half of the day. It's going to be a tough one.

After some attacking to kick off the race, a number of riders have broken away.

108km to go

Engelhardt is in the red jersey today after being in the break yesterday as well. He is the intermediate sprints leader, while fellow stage 1 breakmate Alessandro De Marchi is in the blue best climber's jersey.

100km to go

A look at the breakaway.

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Ineos Grenadiers are currently setting the pace in the peloton. That's no surprise given they hold the race lead and several GC contenders in the form of Pavel Sivakov, Iván Sosa and Dani Martínez.

85km to go

It won't be long before the riders start heading uphill for the first (uncategorised) climb of the day.

The riders have covered 47 kilometres in the first hour. A very quick start to the day.

68km to go

The gap goes up to 3:05 and Bais is now the virtual leader on the road. It'll be a different story at the end of the day, though – this break won't make it all the way to the finish out front.

Ineos Grenadiers continue to work as the riders head down the descent towards our first categorised climb.

Janse van Rensburg is a minute behind the breakaway as they head towards the second-category Piller Sattel climb, having been dropped.

Janse van Rensburg is caught by the peloton.

50km to go

The break are a couple of kilometres away from the top of the climb and above the snow line.

Thompson leads the way as the break nears the top.

He jumps away 500 metres from the top and nobody can answer him. He takes the points at the top of the climb and starts the descent alone.

Bais has joined him now.

44km to go

20 seconds between the two breakaway groups as they continue down the descent.

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30 seconds now as they hit the flat road. The peloton lies 2:20 back.

The lead duo will hit the climb again, this time from the harder side, soon. It's a first-category climb, 7.5 kilometres at a 9 per cent gradient.

30km to go

Arkea-Samsic take it up on the front of the peloton for Nairo Quintana.

Thompson and Bais continue to push on up front.

28km to go

27km to go

And now it's over for the breakaway, five kilometres from the top.

Just Anacona left in front of Quintana here... Ineos right behind.

EF, FDJ, Trek, BikeExchange, DSM are all represented a little further back in the peloton.

Quintana goes!

He has three Ineos men right on his wheel.

Sivakov goes next. Quintana follows.

Hugh Carthy is with them, too.

Simon Yates and Uno-X rider Torstein Træn are there, too, along with Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec's Jefferson Cepeda.

It looks like Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) is next on the road.

3.5 kilometres to the top of the climb. Martínez is away.

Simon Yates chases.

An upping of the pace from Yates has seen him, Sivakov, Carthy and Quintana go clear.

The likes of Pinot and Pozzovivo have been nowhere today.

Pozzovivo is in the Moscon group, so not particularly close to the four leaders.

Yates is pulling the group. 2.5 kilometres to the top of the climb.

15 seconds back to the peloton.

Yates ups the pace and everybody else is struggling. Quintana and Carthy have cracked!

Sivakov looked in trouble but he was just held up by Carthy and Quintana struggling.

24km to go

Yates tries another acceleration. Sivakov hangs on.

Carthy and Quintana aren't coming back.

Sivakov is done.

Yates has blown him away there, wow.

Carthy and Quintana make it across to Sivakov.

Yates crosses the top of the climb. He's well ahead.

The official timing says the gap is 12 seconds but it was around 30-32 seconds.

20km to go

It should be Yates' to lose here given the show of strength he put on up the climb. Sivakov went backwards like he'd put the brakes on.

Yates takes on the descent after a short section of false flat.

The gap is still around 30 seconds.

Sivakov leading the way in the chase.

Yates is pushing it all the way down, right on the margins around the bends and through a small town on the mountainside.

12km to go

And now the chasers have the peloton breathing down their necks.

Dan Martin (ISN) leads a small group to the chasers.

Yates hits the final 10km. 40 seconds.

Alejandro Osorio (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Dani Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) attack the chase group.

8km to go

More riders come across as they head through a tunnel, and more riders try to attack, led by Cepeda.

44 seconds for Yates up front.

It's very fluid in the chase. Around 15 riders in total with small groups trying various moves.

Vlasov, Hindley, Martin, Cepeda and Sivakov are in a move now.

5km to go

The five chasers aren't making much headway at the moment.

Sivakov pushes on now. Cepeda tries to chase and the others follow further back.

Hindley is out the back.

4km to go

Sivakov has 10 seconds on the chasers.

3km to go

Now the chase group behind Sivakov are a minute down.

1km to go

He's heading into the final metres now.

Simon Yates (BikeExchange) wins stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps and takes over the race lead!

Sivakov crosses the line 41 seconds down.

Martin leads Vlasov over the line for third, 59 seconds down.

Cepeda finishes with them, while Hindley and Carthy finish 1:17 down.

Another six men finish at 1:42, including Bardet, Bilbao, Quintana and Sosa.

More groups trail in later on, a long way down on Yates.

Yates celebrates his win.

Here's what he had to say after the finish.

Our brief report on the stage is up now. Read it here.

We'll have more news and reaction from the race as it comes this afternoon.

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