GC trio move up on stage two

  • 30 Jun 24
  • race Report

Carlos Rodriguez, Tom Pidcock, and Egan Bernal all moved up on stage two of the Tour de France, after finishing in the main general classification group into Bologna.

The breakaway of the day would amass a huge gap of over nine minutes at one point in the course, with no team in the peloton committed to the chase. On entering the final 50 kilometres of the stage, the pace suddenly ramped up as the positioning battle increased, and the gap to the break tumbled. 

With around 30 kilometres remaining, the day looked to favour the peloton, but a settling down after the first ascent of the San Luca climb meant that lone leader Kevin Vauquelin (Arkea B&B Hotels) would hold on for the stage win.

The second and final ascent of the San Luca climb would see the GC action explode, with Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) launching the decisive attack followed by Jonas Vingegaard (Visma Lease-a-Bike) and later Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quickstep) and Richard Carapaz (EF Education First). The quartet would cross the line with a 21 second advantage to the main GC group, including the Grenadiers.