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Live: Giro d'Italia stage two


    Route: Belfast to Belfast Distance: 219km

    Top 10:
    1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Giant-Shimano 5hrs 13mins 12secs
    2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) all same time
    3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
    4 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
    5 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni
    7 Ben Swift (Gbr) Team Sky
    8 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge
    9 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    10 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp

    Top 10 overall:
    1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge 5hrs 37mins 54secs
    2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge +3secs
    3 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge st
    4 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge st
    5 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge st
    6 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge st
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step +8
    8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step st
    9 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step st
    10 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step st
    5/10/2014 11:55:17 AM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of stage two of the Giro d'Italia. It's another wet day in Northern Ireland I'm afraid so the peloton is a mass of raincoats and leg-warmers.
    5/10/2014 12:26:01 PM
  • The breakaway (names above) went up the road early and carved out a maximum gap of almost seven minutes, but the peloton had since cut that back down to around five minutes. We're just coming up to half stage distance.
    5/10/2014 12:30:28 PM
  • The early news this morning was that Nathan Haas and Andre Cardoso, who were caught up in Garmin-Sharp's crash on stage one's TTT yesterday, both started the stage after being given the all clear. Koldo Fernandez, however, broke his collarbone in the incident and joined Dan Martin in being forced to abandon the race.
    5/10/2014 12:36:08 PM
  • Here's the profile of today's stage...

    5/10/2014 12:37:38 PM
  • And here's the map of the route...

    5/10/2014 12:38:12 PM
  • Marcel Kittel is the favourite for today's stage, which looks set to finish in a bunch sprint. And the Giant-Shimano star was adamant he would not be put off by the wet and windy weather conditions. Read his thoughts here:

    Giro dItalia: Marcel Kittel not flustered by wet and windy conditions expected in Ireland

    SkySportsMarcel Kittel has insisted he will not be flustered by the rain and winds that are expected to batter the peloton over the Giro d’Italia’s next two days in Ireland.
    5/10/2014 12:41:31 PM
  • Just a quick reminder of how the general classification looks after one stage:

    1 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge, 24:42
    2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, same time
    3 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    4 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    5 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    6 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    7 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +2secs
    8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    10 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    5/10/2014 12:42:44 PM
  • Looks like the peloton has allowed the breakaway a little bit more rope because the gap has stretched back out to 6'30".
    5/10/2014 12:46:39 PM
  • Wet, slippery roads + nervous peloton = a couple of crashes already. Caruso (Katusha) stayed down for a long time but is back up now.
  • Apologies, we got some incorrect information there - the gap is 5'28" at present, so it has still grown out a little.
    5/10/2014 12:48:22 PM
  • Pretty dreadful conditions out there for the riders. The rain is pouring down and there's also a lot of spray on the road. Nevertheless, there are lots of people out on the roads showing their support. The race has received a great welcome from Northern Ireland.
    5/10/2014 12:50:07 PM
  • Here was the peloton passing Castle Upton Gate Lodge a little earlier today...

    5/10/2014 12:53:09 PM
  • And here were the riders making their way up the Antrim road past Templepatrick...

    5/10/2014 12:54:07 PM
  • And finally, here they were leaving Belfast this morning...

    5/10/2014 12:54:57 PM
  • Riding the first climb of the 2014 Giro d'Italia and there was an attack straight away inside the break with Fedi having a crack. Tjallingii soon responded and it will be interesting to see who gets the first point.
    5/10/2014 1:06:25 PM
  • Armee doesn't contest the 'sprint, Fedi is soon beaten and it's Maarten Tjallingii who claims the lead in the race for the blue jersey...long way to go though
    5/10/2014 1:07:21 PM
  • The peloton is on the climb now, paced by Orica Greenedge - there are a couple of riders off the back already but only a few metres as they head to the summit.
    5/10/2014 1:11:02 PM

  • 5/10/2014 1:11:27 PM
  • Gap for the leaders at the top of the climb is almost precisely five minutes but there is a crash at the back of the group. No-one seems to be hurt but there is a Europcar rider in need of a new bike - it;s Bjorn Thurau
    5/10/2014 1:13:01 PM
  • Such a shame the weather Gods haven't been in our favour today - this would look spectacular in bright sunshine. Out the back Marco Bandiera (Androni) is fighting to get back into the peloton.
    5/10/2014 1:14:49 PM

  • 5/10/2014 1:15:19 PM
  • Gap heading back out towards six minutes again as riders take natural breaks on the side of the road - 80kms remain heading back to Belfast
    5/10/2014 1:21:21 PM
  • Wheel change for Maxime Monfort (Lotto Belisol). He's soon back underway.
    5/10/2014 1:22:59 PM
  • A little bit of news from the Women's Tour...
    The win went to world champion Marianne Vos with Italy's Giorgia Bronzini second. Vos leads overall heading into Sunday's finale.
    5/10/2014 1:26:16 PM
  • And now the lead tumbles quickly - the peloton is suddenly strung out - more than a minute has come off it in just a few kilometres unless the GPS calculations were wrong of course...
    5/10/2014 1:27:42 PM
  • Giant-Shimano and Orica Greenedge have really upped the pace. The group is strung out in one long line now with a few Team Sky riders near the back.
    5/10/2014 1:30:18 PM

  • 5/10/2014 1:35:16 PM
  • Peloton and leaders are still getting battered by the rain as they continue along the coast. The weather was looking a little better at the finish line in Belfast but it has started to rain again.
    5/10/2014 1:48:44 PM
  • Albert Timmer (Giant-Shimano) is waiting for a new bike or back wheel - he could be one of Marcel Kittel's key lead-out men in an hour or so
    5/10/2014 1:52:22 PM
  • Lead is under four minutes for the first time in hours as Orica Greenedge, Giant-Shimano and Omega Pharma - Quick-Step come to the fore
    5/10/2014 2:00:04 PM
  • You just know it's going to be agony for the four leaders now. You would think they get picked up inside the final 3kms and this ends in a bunch sprint. Kittel? Matthews? Viviani? Swift perhaps?
    5/10/2014 2:15:31 PM
  • A lot of domestiques are heading back to their team cars laden down with rain capes, gloves and other accoutrements - the weather is definitely brighter now and the roads aren't quite as wet
    5/10/2014 2:17:54 PM
  • One of the Colombia riders, Rodolfo Torres, has been down on the deck - ripped shorts and not at all happy on his bike at the moment as he bashes his brakes to try and correct a problem.
    5/10/2014 2:20:41 PM
  • Another little climb coming up in less than 10kms but the leaders will still be in front when they get there, so one of them will be wearing the blue climbers' jersey on Sunday.
    5/10/2014 2:24:00 PM

  • 5/10/2014 2:24:47 PM
  • According to the bookmakers' odds, there's no stopping Kittel, who is odds-on (4/5) to win Stage Two, with Viviani (9/2) given the best chance of halting his charge. Bet here.
    5/10/2014 2:27:00 PM
  • Attacks within the lead group as Armee has a go. Soon marked by the other three. They know their time is almost up with the lead under 90 seconds now.
    5/10/2014 2:36:27 PM
  • Tjallingii secures the blue jersey for tomorrow by winning the final climb of the day (Knocknaguillagh) - another three points for the Belkin rider, who easily beat Fedi and Armee. 
    5/10/2014 2:39:02 PM
  • Peloton eases over the top of the climb 70 seconds behind. There is a sprint yet to come at Carrickfergus.

    Climbers' standings after stage 2:
    1 M Tjallingii (Belkin) 6pts
    2 A Fedi (Neri Sottoli) 3
    3 J Romero (Colombia) 2
    5/10/2014 2:41:09 PM

  • 5/10/2014 2:45:03 PM
  • Noticeable that BMC Racing and Movistar, who do not boast a sprinter worthy of the name, have moved to the front keen to avoid any accidents for Cadel Evans and Nairo Quintana.
    5/10/2014 2:46:20 PM
  • Andrea Fedi wins the sprint in Carrickfergus but you would think the red jersey will be won at the finish line. Rain heavy where the peloton is riding through but dry in Belfast as Francesco Chicchi, one of the leading Italian sprinters, has an untimely mechanical.
    5/10/2014 2:47:24 PM
  • 15kms to go for our intrepid leading quartet
    5/10/2014 2:49:15 PM
  • Coming into the final 10kms at a hell of a pace now. The lead is 54 seconds and falling fast. Let's just hope everyone makes it to the finish line in one piece. Cannondale on the front for Viviani
    5/10/2014 2:55:11 PM
  • Romero has been dropped by the other three leaders
    5/10/2014 2:56:34 PM
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