World News – AU – La Vuelta a Espana 2020 Stage 2 live


Richard Carapaz from Ecuador and the INEOS team – Grenadiers / during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020, stage 1 a 173 km stage from Irun to Eibar – Alto de Arrate

1 Marc Soler (Movistar) 2 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) 3 Dan Martin (Israel StartUpNation) 4 Richard Carapaz (Ineos) 5 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

He absolutely beat him Team management will be delighted Can Valverde take the sprint for the second and make it a Movistar double?

Domestic Jumbo Visma fights hard but can’t close the gap fast enough It’s 20 seconds in Soler now

The slender Brit is just having a little trouble keeping in touch during this furious confrontation

Marc Soler attacked on the downhill and opened up a good small lead over the Red Jersey group

Bennett catches up with the GC group after being left behind and passes just above them

The GC group is now Chaves, Carapaz, Kuss, Hugh Carthy, George Bennett, Valverde, Roglic, Dan Martin and Enric Mas Soler has 13 seconds on them That means a wheelchair ride for Valverde and Mas

The Eagle of Durango launches an attack with the aim of gaining maximum points in the competition of the King of the Mountains that he currently leads He is brought back by Carapaz, of all people, who always looks very lively

Infuriatingly, the TV footage cut off as the GC group passed over the summit, so I’m not sure who won the 10 points for the first over the ridge, or if Kuss got scored enough to secure his lead

It won’t be the young Russian’s race At least not in a GC sense

The Spanish national champion attacked and he managed to open a small gap of 22 seconds He is not a threat on GC, as Movistar continues to set the pace in the peloton

It’s a real show of strength from the Spanish team, which still have Marc Soler and Valverde with Mas

All the best runners in the GC are there, Hugh Carthy, Felix Grosschartner, Carapaz, Dan Martin, Esteban Chaves and of course Roglic

We now know if Carapaz will pay for this effort Gosh I hope not

Movistar leads the elite squad as they tackle the lower slopes of the Alto de San Miguel Eight km with 8% remaining

Why did they attack? Can they stay away? What is the quality of Carapaz’s legs? «  I don’t know  » is the answer to all three

Carapaz burned Amador and now he attacks on his own, he is only 20 meters ahead of the peloton but he injures everyone behind him

In the midst of all this excitement in the peloton, I forgot to tell you that Bruno Armirail attacked from the last vestiges of the breakaway in an attempt to do what Wellens could not

Between him and the peloton there is a very hard-hitting shot containing Richard Carapaz & Andrey Amador (Ineos) plus Alex Arunburu of Astana Bold stuff from the second-place man on GC!

The Spanish team, which runs on its true original roads, is doing everything it seeks to maximize the damage caused by these divisions Their main man of the GC is Enric Mas, current white jersey

Former Vuelta champion Chris Froome is another struggling to pick up the pace The peloton appears to have been winnowed to around 80 riders now

Not good news for Guillaume Martin A split has appeared in the peloton caused by a little wind and the forcing at the front by Movistar, and the Frenchman of Cofidis is caught on the other side

Forcing the peloton cut his lead in half and he now seems to think the solo stage victory is out of reach. Will he wait for the other four riders who had paused with him and start again -he? Let’s see

30 km for the powerful man from Sint-Truden in Flanders to the top of the last climb of the day If he can get that far, he will win the KOM jersey for tonight

For a few brief moments it seemed like the peloton had forgotten everything about Ole Timmy Wellens, but Movistar, for some reason, has now set their sights on speed

Why? No idea Maybe in a cross wind? But also the race crosses a forest? Sometimes I think teams just got into a frenzy to play with each other

Wellens now has 4’44 « in the field, the other runaways are 90 seconds down the road

With 7-6 km from the second ascent of the day, Timmy Wellens clinched the other four members of the break and advances alone. He was four minutes ahead of the peloton and about 20 seconds over his former criminal partners, this which should be enough to take him over the first ascent he has to face, but he will still have 47 km in solo before the summit of the cat 1 Alto de San Miguel

You would certainly call this a « lull » in the proceedings as we reach halfway on stage

We’ll see how it goes, I feel good I did a good step yesterday, it’s nice to be back in red Today is a new day, a new challenge There are a lot of wind so it should be nervous There is another nice climb at the end and I think we’ll be back at full speed

There are five here: Alex Aranburu (Astana), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Jonathan Hivert (Total-Direct Energie), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) & Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

A happy moment at Driedaagse De Panne when Michal Kwiatkowski gave Caleb Ewan a hand And where the Australian sprinter left his bike, presumably

And just for good measure here is your man Mark Cavendish surprised by a starter pistol

On the first climb, the Belgian Lotto Soudal rider gets the maximum points, with van den Berg second Wellens attacked and left everyone in their dust He might have ideas to take the blue polkadots in Madrid, given his penchant for breakaways

There were a lot of changes to the break as well, with the peloton keeping them on a very short leash and allowing the riders to cross

If the start of La Vuelta took you by surprise and you missed day 1 – and I wouldn’t blame you – here is a recap of this masterful demonstration by Señor Roglic himself

They have lost three of their eight riders now, with the retirement today from Axel Domont Yesterday they lost Mathias Frank and Alexandre Geniez – so you have to think that there is some kind of bug in this team

The break is approaching the top of the first ascent of the day, the Alto de Guirguillano It’s a Cat 3, with 3, 2 and 1 points offered None of the guys at the break have mountain points for the moment, but they could take the top spot if they score max on all three mountains today

A very short stage today with fireworks expected so let’s go quickly while it’s going

Lunsar Cycling Team is a Sierra Leonean cycling team that aims to compete at an international level They are currently fundraising for bikes to do so, the first step in enabling Sierra Leonean cyclists to thrive in races at home and abroad – and who knows, maybe one day compete in La Vuelta

You can read a bit more about their history here and donate to the cause if you wish

Juan Felipe Osorio de Burgos BH has moved away a little and Tim Wellens, Julius van den Berg and Julen Amezqueta continue in the gap

Furious competition for the break, but nothing is blocked yet Second in the KOM jersey, Quentin Jauregui, is naturally impatient to make the trip Pim Lighthart is also stuck in

As the peloton advance into the neutral zone, let’s listen to Harry Tanfield, the rarest of things, a British driver plying his trade in a French racing team It’s good to hear that safety is being observed and that ` «  Notre Harry  » continues his French lessons

After a stage, there is not much dispersion in terms of the jerseys of the different leaders Primoz Roglic has the red for the leader of the general and the jersey of the green points is also his right It will be worn today hui by Richard Carapaz of Ineos Roglic’s Jumbo Visma teammate Sepp Kuss has the blue polka dots of the best climber in the race, while Enric Mas is unlikely still young enough to wear the white jersey of the best young rider

Mas seems to have connected with the GC in Grand Tours for at least six years, but a quick check of his Wikipedia page indeed confirms that he is only 25 years old

And welcome to the second stage of La Vuelta Yesterday’s opening was an absolute highlight, and from the look of things today it won’t be any different

We have a bumpy 151 kilometer course, with a few warm-up climbs, then a big monster of Navarre in the form of the Alto de San Miguel in the north-west of Pamplona From the top it is a dizzying descent to ‘on arrival at Lekunberri

We might see some fierce competition for the breakaway when the stage starts in about ten minutes

Chris Froome lost more than 11 minutes on the opening day of La Vuelta as any lingering hope he could claim the overall honors were dashed Froome struggled to regain his top form and strength. in great shape after his accident in 2019, and will not compete for the title of Vuelta in his last appearance for Ineos

And Sean Kelly has said he expects more from Froome, even though the 35-year-old is still on his way back from his 2019 injuries

“I was very surprised,” said Kelly “I thought he would be able to hang on in the group but we could see that he was fighting a lot to try to stay in the group. ‘he’s still a long way off It doesn’t seem like he’s anywhere in the overall standings and today gave us this answer « 

Every day Eurosportcouk will broadcast uninterrupted coverage of each stage We will also have continuous online coverage on the website and our social channels

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