Tour of California 2018 Stage 2: Egan Bernal climbs to stage win and leader’s jersey

Tour of California 2018 stage 2The 2nd stage of the Tour of California is a hilly race with a mountainous finale. The finish lies atop a 12 kilometres climb at 8%. Egan Bernal strikes with 2 kilometres to climb and solos to the win ahead of Rafal Majka and Adam Yates.

Results 2nd stage 2018 Tour of California

1. Egan Bernal (col)
2. Rafal Majka (pol) + 0.21
3. Adam Yates (gbr) + 0.25
4. Antwan Tolhoek (nld) + 0.30
5. Daniel Martínez (col) s.t.
6. Kristjan Durasek (cro) s.t.
7. Mathias Frank (swi) + 0.40
8. Tejay van Garderen (usa) + 0.50
9. Edward Ravasi (ita) + 0.59
10. Ruben Guerreiro (por) + 1.01

GC after the 2nd stage
1. Egan Bernal (col)
2. Rafal Majka (pol) + 0.25
3. Adam Yates (gbr) + 0.31
4. Antwan Tolhoek (nld) + 0.40
5. Daniel Martínez (col) s.t.
6. Kristjan Durasek (cro) s.t.
7. Mathias Frank (swi) + 0.50
8. Tejay van Garderen (usa) + 1.00
9. Edward Ravasi (ita) + 1.09
10. Ruben Guerreiro (por) + 1.11

Race report
Adam De Vos, Ruben Companioni and Jonny Clarke open up a gap, which they gradually widen to almost 6 minutes. Companioni captures the maximum amount of KOM points on the first four climbs before the three are reeled in with 17 kms remaining.

On the lower slopes of the last climb leader Gaviria is dropped. And he is not the only one. Some tem riders left 2 kms before the top. Then Egan Bernal speeds up to distance the others. Antwan Tolhoek is the first chaser, while Van Garderen, Majka, Martinez and Yates are further back.

Bernal is in a class of his own and takes the win. Behind him Majka and Yates claw back to overhaul Tolhoek, but the Colombian is on a roll. It will be hard to deny him the overall win.

Read also: route 2nd stage 2018 Tour of California.

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