Giro d'Italia stage 2 live: Will Tadej Pogačar take the pink jersey?

A GC battle is expected on the second day of the Giro, with the race's first summit finish

Jhonatan Narváez at the Giro d'Italia

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Good morning and welcome to our live blog for stage two of this year's Giro d'Italia. After an explosive opening day (did anyone predict Jhonatan Narváez to win?), it's time for the first summit finish of the race – as early as day two!


Giro d'Italia stage two profile

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Tom Dumoulin on Oropa in 2017

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Here's how the general classification stands going into stage two: 

Today's stage timings are as follows: 

Still an hour and a half from the stage start, it's breakfast time for the riders right now (and me). 

Not sure how to watch today's stage? Check out our live stream guide.

Demi Vollering at the Vuelta Femenina

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There's one non-starter at the Giro today. 


160km to go: Immediately, Filippo Fiorelli (VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè) races ahead of the peloton to start the day's breakaway. The Italian, wearing the ciclamino points jersey on behalf of race leader Narváez, takes a handful of riders with him. 

155km to go: The peloton comes back together, but the struggle for the breakaway isn't over. This has been an animated start. 

152km to go: Five riders go clear, and the peloton looks happy to let them to do so. They are: 

146km to go: The all-Italian breakaway has an advantage of 2-20 up the road. The mood has settled down, and the riders in the peloton are mingling calmly. 

Geraint Thomas waving

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122km to go: The breakaway now have a gap of 3-48. If you haven't already had your lunch, now is probably a good time to pop away from the screen.  

114km to go: The average speed so far is 46.5km/h. I struggle to do that going downhill. 

This year's Vuelta Femenina came to a close earlier this afternoon. I won't give you any spoilers, just in case you're planning on catching up later, but you can read the full race report, including the winner's words, on our website now.

99.9km to go: We're into the last 100km now. The five-rider breakaway has a lead of 4-29, with UAE Team Emirates pulling in the peloton behind. 

90km to go: Connor Swift (Ineos Grenadiers) takes over from Ivo Oliviera (UAE Team Emirates) on the front of the peloton. Ineos and UAE look happy to control this one together – will they go head-to-head for the stage win? 

Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia

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74km to go: It's all calm at the Giro. The breakaway has a 3-24 advantage. 

67km to go: We have a snippet of action at the intermediate sprint. Fiorelli (VF Group - Bardiani CSF - Faizanè) leads his breakaway companions under the banner to take maximum points. 

65km to go: There's a good tustle in the peloton to sweep up the minor sprint points. Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) comes in ahead of his fellow sprinters, with Olav Kooij (Visma-Lease a Bike), Caleb Ewan (Jayco AlUla) and Jonathan Milan (Lidl-Trek) on his wheel. A nice leg-stretcher for the fastmen. 

63km to go: A crash in the bunch sees Eddie Dunbar (Jayco AlUla) end up on the floor. The Irishman is slow to get up. As is Olav Kooij (Visma-Lease Bike), who came down in the same tumble

Breakaway at the Giro d'Italia stage two

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54km to go: Fiorelli (VF Group - Bardiani CSF - Faizanè) wins the Intergiro sprint from the breakaway. What's the Intergiro? I hear you ask. Well, it's basically a race within a race, an opportunity for riders from smaller teams to get on the podium at the end of the day. 

50km to go: Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-EasyPost) has gotten sick of his breakaway companions and attacked up the road. The 23-year-old is only 1-07 down on the GC and is the virtual race leader on the road. 

44km to go: We're on the first official climb of the day – a third-category lump, 5.5km in length, at an average pitch of 5.6%. Piccolo leads with a 39-second advantage. 

43km to go: Attila Valter (Visma-Lease a Bike) is on the ground. He's the second Visma rider to crash today, after Olav Kooij, in what has been a very unfortunate year for his team. Wout van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard are both still sidelined with injuries, remember. 

39km to go: A Cofidis rider shoots out of the bunch and up the road. It's Harrison Wood, the young Brit, on his Grand Tour debut. 

36km to go: Piccolo is the first onto the descent, carrying a 1-09 advantage. Wood's attack was short-lived, and the Brit has now rejoined the peloton. 

33km to go: Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) is on the front of the peloton, winding down a bendy, tree-lined descent at 50km/h. This is pure artistry. 

27km to go: I'll be honest, I thought Piccolo's foray would be over by now, but the EF Education-EasyPost rider keeps nudging out his lead. He's 1-35 up the road, and taking some dicey risks on the descents. 

26km to go: Piccolo, a former junior European time trial champion, is yet to win a professional race in his career. 

25km to go: There's a bit of movement behind Piccolo. Christian Scaroni (Astana-Qazaqstan) and Martin Marcellusi (VF Group - Bardiani CSF - Faizanè), the remnants of the early breakaway, and jostling to the top of this climb, perhaps for KOM points. 

Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia

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21km to go: Piccolo (EF Education EasyPost) leads onto the descent, but his advantage is coming down - now at 1-10. Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) is pulling behind. 

15km to go: Ineos Grenadiers have their full contingent at the front of the peloton, clawing back the 1-40 gap to Piccolo. Is the British squad trying to set something up? 

11km to go: Puncture for Tadej Pogačar! The Slovenian tumbles off his bike as he grinds to a halt. He gets a new bike, but he's chasing to get back on before the foot of the Oropa climb. 

10km to go: A sprint at the foot of the climb sees a handful of bonus seconds dealt out. Here's who took them: 

8km to go: We're onto the climb, and Pogačar is back in the pack, near the front with his UAE Team Emirates team-mates. 

7km to go: Here's what this climb looks like. We're still on the shallower slopes, but it's about to kick up.  

6.5km to go: Piccolo is caught. It's gearing up for a GC battle. 

6km to go: Nairo Quintana (Movistar) gets dropped from the peloton. The pace is high, as is the gradient, which ticks into the double figures. 

5.5km to go: Mikkel Bjerg hands over the baton to Rafal Majka, and Tadej Pogačar's UAE Team Emirates train is in full swing. He looks poised to attack.  

4.5km to go: Pogačar attacks!

4km to go: The other GC contenders are riding their own tempos, trying not to worry about Pogačar, who is alone out front

2.5km to go: Pogačar's advantage is going up. He's now got a 25-second gap. 

1km to go: Under the flamme rouge, Pogačar has a 31-second advantage. 

Tadej Pogacar at the Giro d'Italia

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