Tour de France 2024: Vauquelin wins in Bologna, Pogacar new maillot jaune

Kevin Vauquelin - Tour de France 2024: Vauquelin wins in Bologna, Pogacar new maillot jaunefoto: Cor VosBreakaway rider Kévin Vauquelin goes solo on the finishing circuit in Bologna. The 23-year-old Frenchman heads out alone on the steep San Luca climb to take the win. Tadej Pogacar, Jonas Vingegaard, Remco Evenepoel, and Richard Carapaz cross the line as the best GC riders. Pogacar is the new maiilot jaune. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage 2024 Tour de France

1. Kévin Vauquelin (fra)
2. Jonas Abrahamsen (nor) + 0.36
3. Quentin Pacher (fra) + 0.49
4. Cristián Rodríguez (spa) s.t.
5. Harold Tejada (col) s.t.
6. Nelson Oliveira (spa) + 0.50
7. Axel Laurance (fra) + 1.12
8. Mike Teunissen (nld) + 1.33
9. Hugo Houle (can) + 1.36
10. Richard Carapaz (ecu) + 2.21

12. Remco Evenepoel (bel) s.t.
13. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
14. Tadej Pogacar (slo) s.t.
– other GC riders + 2.42

GC after stage 2
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Remco Evenepoel (bel) s.t.
3. Jonas Vingegaard (den) s.t.
4. Richard Carapaz (ecu) z.t
5. Romain Bardet (fra) + 0.06
6. Maxim Van Gils (bel) + 0.21
7. Egan Bernal (col) s.t.
8. Pello Bilbao (spa) s.t.
9. Tom Pidcock (gbr) s.t.
10. Giulio Ciccone (ita) s.t.

Race report
Following several in vain attacks, a group distances the peloton after 7 kilometres of action. Mike Teunissen, Bram Welten, Quentin Pacher, Axel Laurance, Hugo Houle, Nelson Oliveira, Kévin Vauquelin, Cristián Rodríguez, Harold Tejada, Jordan Jegat, and KOM leader Jonas Abrahamsen open up a lead of almost 10 minutes.

Welten loses contact on the Côte de Monticino, while Abrahamsen extends his KOM lead at the summit. The Norwegian is also the first to crest the Côte de Gallisterna, Côte de Botteghino di Zocca, and Côte de Montecalvo.

The gap has fallen tot 4.43 minutes when the leader cross the line for the first time.

Laurance strikes from the lead group on the steepest stretch of the San Luca climb. He reaches the summit with Pacher, Vauquelin, Rodríguez, Tejada, and Abrahamsen. And again, the Norwegian grabs most KOM points. The other attackers regain contact in the descent.

Back in Bologna, Oliveira counters an attack by Teunissen. Vauquelin and Abrahamsen go with him. The trio crosses the line 15 seconds ahead of the chasers, while the peloton is 3.47 minutes in arrears.

Ben Healy, Warren Barguil, Alexey Lutsenko, and Odd Christian Eiking attack form the peloton before the finish passage.

Vauquelin continues on his own in the second San Luca ascent and he reaches the summit with a 43 seconds lead. Meanwhile, yellow jersey Romain bardet is dropped from the GC group.

Tadej Pogacar attacks in the last part of climb and Jonas Vingegaard follow him like a shadow. Remco Evenepoel and Richard Carapaz reach the summit as the best of the rest.

While Vauquelin crosses the finish line celebrating, Evenepoel and Carapaz go all out to catch the two top favourites. In the final kilometre, they succeed before Carapaz wins the sprint. Bardet comes home 21 seconds later in a group with other GC contenders.

Pogacar now leads the overall classification, tied on time with Evenepoel, Vingegaard, and Carapaz.

Another interesting read: route 2nd stage 2024 Tour de France.

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