Live Coverage of Abu Dhabi Tour - Stage 2

Race overview:

Distance: 154km

Start Location: Yas Mall

End Location: Yas Beach

  1. 16:06:06 GST

  2. 15:57:01 GST

    That's Viviani's fourth sprint victory of the season, after a win at Tour Down Under and a brace in Dubai. It's five wins if you count the overall title in Dubai, meaning he's over half-way to his 2017 tally already. 

     

  3. 15:50:43 GST

  4. 15:38:48 GST

    Tom Dumoulin is in the medical truck after crashing earlier, but it only seems to be precautionary.

     

  5. 15:34:09 GST

    Viviani says in his post-race interview that he told his team to work for him and set up the sprint, instead of driving the front echelon with Alaphilippe and Mas. He's fully justified that.

     

  6. 15:33:13 GST

    Elia Viviani, then, takes the red jersey of overall leader. He's about to be presented on the podium.

     

  7. 15:32:50 GST

    General Classification after stage 2

     

    1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 8:03:44
    2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
    3 Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:04
    4 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    5 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:06
    6 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:07
    8 Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
    9 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
    10 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data 0:00:08

     

  8. 15:27:42 GST

    Top 10

     

    1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
    2 Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
    3 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    4 Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky
    5 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
    6 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
    7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
    8 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    9 Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    10 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data

     

  9. 15:24:29 GST

    Viviani's Quick-Step teammates came to the fore when it mattered. The Italian was actually on the wheel of Van Poppel and produced a searing sprint to leave the others in his wake.

     

    Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky), Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott), and Alexander Kristoff (UAE) were coming back but started too far back. 

     

  10. 15:21:57 GST

    Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) finished second, Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) third, but Viviani was a convincing winner.

     

  11. 15:20:48 GST

    Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) wins stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour

     

  12. 15:20:27 GST

    Viviani takes it!

  13. 15:20:18 GST

    Here comes Viviani though

     

     

  14. 15:20:10 GST

    Van Poppel opens...

     

  15. 15:19:58 GST

    Thee bunch splits. It's strung out on the approach to the final few hundred metres

     

  16. 15:19:32 GST

    Alaphilippe sprints through the flamme rouge taking it up for Quick-Step

     

  17. 15:18:52 GST

    2km to go and Katusha have fragmented. LottoNL looking strong on the other side of the road

     

  18. 15:18:07 GST

    3km remaining from 154km

    Inside the safety net of the 3km to go banner. The GC men can breathe a little easier.

     

  19. 15:16:31 GST

    Quick-Step and LottoNL set up on the left hand side of the road

     

  20. 15:15:52 GST

    Into the final 5km and Katusha take it up

     

  21. 15:13:38 GST

    Kristoff is down at the back of the bunch at the moment. He did plenty of frantic turns in those crosswinds - will he have enough left in the tank for the sprint finish?

     

  22. 15:11:38 GST

    8km remaining from 154km

    Still Knox on the front, Team Sky just behind. We'll see things really intensify in the final few kilometres. 

     

  23. 15:07:18 GST

    It's a similar scene to yesterday as British neo-pro climber James Knox is put on the front for Quick-Step. It's a familiar format as we head into the last 10km and towards a bunch sprint but, unlike yesterday, that was an action-packed hour of racing.

  24. 15:03:42 GST

    And a reminder that Mark Cavendish is out of the race. He crashed in the neutral zone yesterday and suffered concussion and whiplash. 

     

    Bizarrely, the crash was caused by the race director's car, whose brakes were triggered by automatic sensors with the riders right behind. 

     

    Here are the details

     

  25. 15:02:09 GST

    A reminder of how things played out yesterday

     

    Abu Dhabi Tour: Kristoff wins opening stage

     

  26. 15:01:28 GST

    16km remaining from 154km

    Movistar lead the way with 16km remaining.

     

  27. 15:00:46 GST

    The fragments that were knocked off that chasing pack are also able to get back in.

     

  28. 15:00:21 GST

    All together. There's finally a let-up in the pace as the red jersey group comes back to the front of the race.

     

  29. 14:57:47 GST

    The wind's not blowing from the side anymore, and the front group know it's over.

     

  30. 14:56:11 GST

    As we come through an irrelevant intermediate sprint point, the race is coming back together. 10 seconds the gap now.

     

  31. 14:54:54 GST

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  32. 14:53:30 GST

    23km remaining from 154km

    The gap is nudging down. 20 seconds now.

     

  33. 14:53:13 GST

    We have what is almost a complete list of riders in the front group, over on the right hand side of your screen.

     

  34. 14:49:05 GST

    127km remaining from 154km

    The gap is holding firm at 30 seconds.

     

  35. 14:44:27 GST

    The race leader finds help from Quick-Step, with Elia Viviani also missing out on that split. Quick-Step have Julian Alaphilippe up the road with Enric Mas, and therefore have something of a dilemma, but they appear to be chasing now. 

     

  36. 14:42:53 GST

    Kristoff now has teammates but he's still up there doing turns himself.

     

  37. 14:41:54 GST

    34km remaining from 154km

    There has been a regrouping between the second and third groups on the road. 

     

    So we've got a front group of around 25 out front and a group of around 50 chasing behind, 25 seconds in arrears.

     

  38. 14:38:36 GST

    Sunweb, AG2R, and Kristoff doing the chasing in group two. They're outnumbered.

     

  39. 14:38:04 GST

    Katusha have done well. They've got their sprinter Kittel and GC man Ilnur Zakarin in the front group, with Dowsett there for support.

     

  40. 14:37:23 GST

    38km remaining from 154km

    30 seconds is the gap between the front group and the Kristoff group.

     

  41. 14:36:05 GST

    Movistar have three men in the front group, including Valverde, and they're taking control.

     

  42. 14:35:30 GST

    Kristoff looks miserable in there, with no teammates for support. Fabio Aru is up the road in the front group but he's a favourite for the overall title and won't be dropping back.  

     

  43. 14:33:39 GST

    Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan are both in the front group and working hard to not let Kristoff et al back into the mix.

     

  44. 14:32:57 GST

    Kristoff caught out

     

    Stage 1 winner and overall leader Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) has been distanced here. He's in the second group on the road.

     

  45. 14:32:04 GST

    These crosswinds are doing real damage.

     

  46. 14:30:28 GST

    Groups of riders losing contact here as the peloton fragments into echelons.

     

  47. 14:29:52 GST

    And there's your reason for the big increase in pace. The riders have turned into a section of crosswinds and the race is well and truly on.

     

  48. 14:27:42 GST

    Rosskopf looks round and can see the advancing peloton. It looks like the catch is imminent as Alex Dowsett works for Marcel KIttel's Katusha-Alpecin team. Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar men also up towards the front. 

     

  49. 14:25:18 GST

    50km remaining from 154km

    The gap to the break has come tumbling down as the riders head through the feed zone. Just 30 seconds separates the two groups on the road now.

     

  50. 14:22:17 GST

    Tonelli sprints clear from range, but no one's minded to go with him. The Italian mops up the points with ease. 

     

  51. 14:20:58 GST

    The break are approaching an intermediate sprint...

     

  52. 14:18:57 GST

    In the break are:


    Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing)

    Jaco Venter (Dimension Data)

    Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF)

    Alexander Porsev (Gazprom-RusVelo)

    Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk)

     

  53. 14:17:37 GST

    As we pick up the action, just under 60 kilometres remain. We have a five-man break with a lead of two minutes. 

     

  54. 14:15:52 GST

    Good morning and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. 

     

    It's named the 'Yas Island stage' and it's a 148km route starting at the Yas Mall and finishing by the Yas beach. Like yesterday, it's pan flat.