07/07/19 - 13:30
Brussels - Brussels
Tour de France • Stage2

Brussels - Brussels

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Five Jumbo-Visma riders come home to take the win by 20 seconds over Ineos with Deceuninck-QuickStep third a further second back.




Into the last kilometre now and they still have 20-odd seconds...


Just two more kilometres to go for Jumbo-Visma who have five riders left, including the yellow jersey Mike Teunissen - who is clinging onto the back.


Here come Wanty-Gobert but they're 1:37 down at the finish so that's a blow to their GC man Guillaume Martin. Just one more team to go - can they hold on?


A Tony Martin-powered Jumbo-Visma are indeed 14 seconds clear of Katusha and 16 seconds clear of Ineos at the second intermediate check.


We're now hearing that it will be Gianni Moscon who dons yellow should Ineos win by more than 10 seconds today. But it could all be immaterial because Jumbo-Visma are flying...


Deceuninck approaching the finish now... and they were just 2 seconds down on Katusha at the second check and level with Ineos. They're down to five riders now... and it's so close! They're 0.82 seconds down!


Superb stuff from Rigoberto Uran's EF Education First, who come home just seven seconds down on Ineos.


Wow, this is a blistering time for Jumbo-Visma who come through the first check a huge 10 seconds clear of Katusha's leading effort - so that's 13 seconds clear of Ineos at this point.


Trouble for Dylan Groenewegen, the Dutchman who crashed heavily in yesterday's finale. Jumbo-Visma will have to make do without him.


Just 16 seconds at the finish for Nibali's Bahrain-Merida team. That's a solid time for the Shark and his shoal.


Apparently it was Bernal and not Van Baarle who lead Ineos over the line. Should they win this time trial by more than 10 seconds on Jumbo-Visma, the Colombian will be in yellow.


Mitchelton-Scott come home 20 seconds down and without Simon Yates. So, their GC man Adam Yates limited his losses but is already 20 seconds down on his Ineos rivals Thomas and Bernal.


Deceuninck-QuickStep approach the first check and they're looking slick and still have a full compliment of riders. And they're just the one second behind Katusha and so they're ahead of the current leaders at the finish, Ineos!


They final team are off! Down the ramp rolls yellow jersey Mike Teunissen and his Jumbo-Visma team. Can they beat Ineos - or, at least, stay within 10 seconds of them - and stay on top?


Mitchelton-Scott now 18 seconds down at the second check...


Wanty-Group Gobert get going - the penultimate team today.


Just three seconds down for EF Education First at the first check.


Peter Sagan, in his green skinsuit, leads Bora home 25 seconds down.


Bahrain still have eight riders together at the first check - and they're almost five seconds down on Katusha, and two seconds down on Ineos.


But it's come at a cost: Simon Yates has just been dropped by the Mitchelton-Scott train. He wasn't scheduled to race the Tour after his difficulties in the Giro, but here he is and he's clearly already feeling the pinch.


Strong stuff from Mitchelton-Scott: the Aussie outfit are just three seconds down on Ineos at the first check and six seconds down on the leaders at that point, Katusha.


EF Education First, in their garish pink jerseys, got going five minutes ago while I was answering a call of nature. The newest team to roll down the ramp are Deceuninck-QuickStep, who have a good outfit for this kind of challenge. Just two more teams to go now...


Team Sunweb were just six seconds down at the first check and 10 seconds down at the second check. They give it a real go on the final straight with four remaining riders digging deep - but they come up short by five seconds. Ineos still lead!


Lotto Soudal are only 12 seconds down on Katusha at the first check.


We omitted to mention that Trek came home 58 seconds down on Ineos and so Richie Porte will have it all to do were he to progress beyond stage 9 this year.


Vincenzo Nibali's Bahrain Merida go down the ramp. They may struggle today because Matej Mohoric and Damiano Caruso both went down very hard in two separate crashes yesterday.


Peter Sagan won't be in yellow tonight: Bora-Hansgrohe are 19 seconds down at the first check.


Another one of the favourites have just rolled down the ramp - the Mitchelton-Scott team of the Yates brothers Adam and Simon. They have some big engines in their team with the likes of Luke Durbridge, Jack Haig and Michael Hepburn.


Here come Katusha - they only have six riders left but they could pull this out of the bag. Ah, it's close but not close enough: they're five seconds down at the finish despite a brave rally.


Lotto Soudal get going: if things go well, Caleb Ewan could be in yellow today. But it's unlikely.


We have a battle on our hands! Katusha-Alpecin go through the second check and they still have two seconds on Ineos...


Dimension Data are 20 seconds down at the first check.


It's the Bora-Hansgrohe team of the man in green, Peter Sagan, who get going now. Sagan won the intermediate sprint yesterday but then came second to Mike Teunissen at the finish - putting him level on points with the Dutchman, 50 apiece. So, while stage winner Teunissen is offically the leader in the points classification, it's the Slovakian who wears the green jersey by virtue of his rival being in yellow.


UAE come home 43 seconds down on Ineos.


Team Sunweb are the latest team to start. Never mind Ineos and Jumbo-Visma, Sunweb are many people's favourites today.


Wow! We have a new fastest time at the first check set by Katusha-Alpecin, who have shaved almost four seconds off Ineos's time.


Impressive stuff from CCC who come home just 10 seconds down on Ineos. Van Avermaet, the polka dot jersey, was one of the four riders who came home as one.


Dimension Data, sans Mark Cavendish, get going. Their sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo took fourth yesterday, but they're not expected to feature at all today.


The FDJ rider who came down on the finale was David Gaudu. But despite that, Thibaut Pinot is happy with his team's performance: "It’s a nice performance and it’s not a surprise for us. We were told we’d lose a minute but we had prepared for this stage specifically. We’re all in good form with a group of riders who are all good team time trialists. Stefan Küng [who won last year in Cholet with BMC] gave us a lot of advice. With this nice result, I’m looking forward to Thursday’s stage on my home soil."


It's not quite last for Total-Direct Energie but it's close: they come home 1'21" down on Ineos, which is 10 seconds quicker than Arkea-Samsic.


UAE Team Emirates are 23 seconds down at the first check and Trek are two seconds slower, so it's not looking good for Messrs Martin, Aru, Porte and Mollema.


Problems for Belgian Jens Debuscherre of Katusha, who has already been dropped.


Cofidis the next team under way. They have no chance, which is perhaps why they took that one so gingerly down the ramp.


Six Movistar riders come home together - including the holy trinity of Quintana, Landa and Valverde - but they're 45 seconds down on Ineos.


Ilnur Zakarin and his Katusha-Alpecin cronies are on course. They'll be powered by British TT champ Alex Dowsett and the Austrian machine Marco Haller.


Here's that crash by the FDJ rider earlier...


Here come Ag2R-La Mondiale, who pass under the Atomium monument and then cross the line - just five of them - some 58 seconds down on Ineos. Not a good day for Bardet - especially in relation to Pinot, his countryman.


Not bad by CCC Team: Greg van Avermaet and pals come through the first check just four seconds down on Ineos. The boys in orange are going well.


Movistar are 38 seconds down on Ineos at the second check; they were 27 down at the first. Quintana et al will have to attack in the mountains...


Bardet's Ag2R team are 40 seconds down on Ineos at the second check. Groupama were only seven seconds down at this point.


Next up, the Trek-Segafredo team of Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema.


CRASH! One of the Groupama-FDJ riders skids to the ground on a tight bend near the finish - but Pinot and three others carry on to the line and manage to limit their losses to just 11 seconds! The Frenchman will be very pleased with that effort.


Geraint Thomas at the finish after Ineos's leading run: "We've come so close before - including a few seconds - and it will be great to win today, but there are a lot of good teams still to come."


The UAE Team Emirates outfit of Ireland's Dan Martin are next up. Any time lost today - and they will ship a fair bit - Martin will have to recoup in the mountains. That said, this Tour route really suits him what with only one ITT left after this and five summit finishes.


Here come Astana... they still have seven riders with their eighth only recently dropped. They come through 20 seconds down on Ineos, which isn't bad considering Fuglsang's crash yesterday.


The CCC Team of polka dot jersey Greg van Avermaet are down the ramp.


Warren Barguil, the French champion, leads the much depleted Arkea team across the line 1:30 down on Ineos. Just four riders still together as they come home - and that deficit will open things up for the Frenchman and his bid to win stages and the polka dot jersey he took in 2017.


Bardet's Ag2R team are 27 seconds down on Ineos at the first check, so the Frenchman is on course to enter the first mountain stage on Thursday the best part of a minute - if not more - in arrears.


At the second check and Fuglsang's Astana are really suffering. They're 19 seconds down on Ineos. But that's not as bad as Arkea, who are a full 1:08 down.


Groupama-FDJ are pushing Ineos the most so far. Pinot's men came through the first check in 14:06 which is just eight seconds down.


Team Total Direct Energie get their effort going. Don't expect big things, even with Niki Terpstra there.


Ineos shed a couple more before the finish and it's Dylan Van Baarle, the Dutchman, who leads the five riders home - the time is taken with the fourth rider. Both Thomas and Bernal were there. The target time is 29:18.


Ineos have dropped their first rider. Surprisingly, it's Wout Poels, the Dutch whippet. He won a stage in the Dauphine and is one of the big mountain lieutenants for Thomas and Egan Bernal.


The Movistar team of the holy trinity of Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde are next down the ramp.


Ineos approaching the final few kilometres still with a full quota of eight riders.


Astana are 14 seconds down on Ineos at the first check.


Meanwhile, Ineos have gone through the second check in a time of 21'11".


Arkea-Samsic come through the first check in 14'14 so that's 16 seconds down on Ineos. CORRECTION: it's 14:44 and so that's 46 seconds in arrears...


The Ag2R-La Mondiale team of Romain Bardet are on course. Both Frenchmen - Pinot and Bardet - will try to limit their losses today. They're not the best against the clock individually, but perhaps even weaker collectively as part of their team unit.


The Groupama-FDJ team of Thibaut Pinot are the latest to roll down the ramp.


Ineos come through the intermediate check with a time of 13'58"96. That's an average speed of 56.6km/h.


Ineos riding well here with all eight still together as they pass the 15km to go marker. They're approaching the 13.2km split at Bois de la Cambre.


Astana are on the way now. They had a tricky first day with Jakob Fuglsang crashing badly with 18km remaining. The Dane rallied to complete the stage - and he's started again today - but he bashed his knee and cut his elbow and forehead quite badly.


CORRECTION: The nuances of the finish are a bit more complicated than I first thought for I hadn't appreciated the bonus seconds that were dished out yesterday. The GC has Teunissen on top by four seconds on Sagan, six seconds on Ewan and 10 seconds on the rest. That means the Dutchman could still be in yellow even if Jumbo come, say, second to Bora, but by fewer than four seconds... Put differently, Ineos could win the TTT by nine seconds over Jumbo and Teunissen will still be in yellow. Got that?


The Arkea-Samsic team of French national champion Warren Barguil and German veteran sprinter Andre Greipel are the second team to get going. The teams are going at five-minute intervals. Astana next.


They're off! Geraint Thomas and his Ineos teammates roll down the ramp to get their race against the clock underway. It will be interesting to see which of these eight riders crosses the line first. For should they go on to set the best time, that rider is likely to be in yellow. Unless it's Jonathan Castroviejo, who came in 4'11" down yesterday.


Funnily enough, with Jumbo-Visma the last team down the ramp at 15:15 UK time, we have a situation where the two big favourites for the win top and tail this race against the clock. That will keep the suspense right to the end. Remember, Ineos (or Sky as they were before) have never won a TTT on a Grand Tour before. They're off in 2 minutes.


First down the ramp today is Team Ineos - one of the big favourites. Their early start comes because they're on the bottom of the team standings following that small crash by defending champion Geraint Thomas in the finale yesterday. Because most Ineos riders stopped to check up on the Welshman, their position in the standings was affected. That can all change today.


If you missed it, this was how Mike Teunissen took a maiden Tour stage win and with it the first Dutch yellow jersey for 30 years.

Video - Crash mars finish as Teunissen edges Sagan


Here's the official profile of today's stage: it looks lumpy but the highest point is only 108m and it's going to be a very fast course between the Palais Royal and Atomium monument.

Stage 2 profile, 27.6km TTT, Tour de France 2019

Yesterday, Dutchman Mike Teunissen sprung a huge surprise to deny Slovakia’s Peter Sagan victory and the yellow jersey in the opening stage in Brussels after a crash-strewn finale ended the chances of Teunissen's Jumbo-Visma teammate Dylan Groenewegen. Thanks to his last-minute promotion and a superior bike lunge at the end of the 194.5km stage, Teunissen beat Bora-Hansgrohe’s Sagan in a photo finish in front of the Laeken Castle in the Belgian capital, with Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in third.


Bonjour le Tour! Hello and welcome to live coverage of Stage 2 of the 106th edition of the Tour de France - a 27.6km team time trial around the streets of Brussels.