Welcome to live coverage of stage two of the Tour de France, a 183.5km route from Perros-Guirec to a tough uphill finish to Mûr-de-Bretagne. 

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If you thought stage one of the Tour de France yesterday was hectic, imagine how the riders feel. The good news for us is they have a very similar parcours to face today on stage two, the bad news for them is they have a very similar parcours to face today on stage two.

It all kicks off by the sea in Perros-Guirec before heading to the steep finishing climb of the Mûr de Bretagne 183.5km later.

The race kicks off at 13.10 local time (12.10 UK time), and should finish between 17.30 and 17.55 local time (16.30 and 16.55 UK time).

Here's today's profile. As you can see it's another lumpy day with six categorised climbs on fairly twisty roads in the Brittany countryside. The key points of today''s stage are of course the two ascents of the Mûr de Bretagne. 

The first comes around 15km from the finish, the second is the finish. Will anyone go early on the attack on the first ascent?

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And let's be honest, who can look past this fella again today?

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Julian Alaphilippe soared into yellow again with a daring attack over 2km from the finish on stage one's final climb, and the Mûr de Bretagne will suit the world champion's attributes too.

Mathieu van der Poel will hope to give it another go today after starting way too far back yesterday, while Wout van Aert may also hope for a better result after not following Alaphilippe's move.

Of course you can't discount Primož Roglič either. The Jumbo-Visma man rode into third place behind Michael Matthews yesterday and took an early advantage in the GC race on just day one thanks to the bonus seconds.

You can read more about that here (opens in new tab).

This the fourth time the Tour has finished on the Mûr de Bretagne; Cadel Evans won in 2011, Alexis Vuillermoz in 2015, and of course Dan Martin - who is at this Tour - won in 2018 (opens in new tab).

Let's not forget that yesterday was a brutal day for the peloton, mainly due to the two huge crashes.

With so many riders on the ground and injuries, it's astonishing that so far we only have four riders confirmed out:

Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team DSM
Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis
Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar

Four-time winner Chris Froome, who went down hard yesterday, has confirmed he will start today, which is great news considering the efforts it's taken him to just reach the Tour.

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Marc Hirschi was another one who crashed yesterday, but it appears the Swiss will start stage two on his debut Tour for UAE Team Emirates.

The team posted earlier that Hirschi will 'try' to start after suffering pain in his shoulder.

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Full story on Chris Froome here:

Chris Froome passed fit to start stage two of Tour de France after evening in hospital (opens in new tab)

Hear from the man himself here

Deceuninck-Quick-Step have shown off their yellow customisations for Alaphilippe on stage two, with some subtle touches to the Frenchman's Specialized Tarmac.

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We're around 40 minutes from the neutral start of today's stage.

Who will win? Vote in our Twitter poll:

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Away from the race itself, EF-Nippo's Lachlan Morton is taking on the challenge of riding the entire route of the Tour and beating the peloton to Paris.

Not only will he be riding the stages, but the Aussie will ride the transfers as well, and won't take any rest days, covering well over 5,000km over the next three weeks.

More on that here: Lachlan Morton sets off on solo Tour de France, aiming to beat peloton to Paris (opens in new tab)

A reminder of the general classification heading into stage two. Alaphilippe leads by 12 seconds, but 14 seconds over one of today's contenders, Roglič.

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, in 4-39-05
2. Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange, at 12 seconds
3. Primož Roglič (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma, at 14s
4. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious, at 18s
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
6. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
7. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8. Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Education-Nippo
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
10. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, all same time

Just a couple of minutes from the neutral start in Perros-Guirec

It's so good to see fans at the roadside again

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The riders are off from the start, they'll cover 5.5km of neutral zone before racing begins

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Michael Matthews rides in green today, the Australian is second in that classification after finishing behind Alaphilippe yesterday. Ide Schelling wears the polka-dot jersey thanks to his day in the break yesterday, and of course Tadej Pogačar is in white of best young rider.

It's all looking pretty even so far in our Twitter poll!

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We're about to get underway with the proper racing on stage two

Christian Prudhomme waves his flag from the car and there's attacks straight away with Schelling pushing on in the polka dots

It's all together with a fast looking start thanks to some downhill and a cross-tailwind 

Attacks still coming as the riders fly along at 65kmh in opening few kilometres, but nothing has stuck yet

There's an early mechanical issue for Miguel Angel Lopez. The Colombian is back on a spare bike after a quick change, but he'll need to chase back on to a fast moving peloton

It's still all together with 176km to go - Ide Schelling is desperate to get in the break and take some more mountains points 

There's quite a big group just off the front but Movistar are working to peg them back having missed it

It's all together again though, with the likes of Cofidis, Qhubeka-NextHash, and Intermarche the most active teams trying to form a break

With 172.6km to go we have two riders with a small break, one from Cofidis and one from Intermarche, but Trek are now trying to get across

Miguel Angel Lopez is still trying to chase on after that mechanical but has a team-mate to help bring him up to the rear of the peloton

There's four men now at the front with Edward Theuns and Simon Clarke getting across

Ide Schelling yet again launches an attack from the peloton to make the break, which is now 20 seconds up the road

169km to go we have Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Jonas Koch (Intermarche), Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-NextHash) with a 17 second advantage

Schelling has just failed to make it to the break, but doesn't sit in the peloton for long as he tries go clear again to defend his mountains jersey

That gap to the four is at just 11 now and Schelling is still trying to make it across

The four leaders have a narrow gap now with 165.5km to go, with Schelling and a TotalEnergies rider bridging across after a lot of effort

The six up front look to be the breakaway as the peloton settles down and the gap grows out to 40 seconds very quickly

162.5km to go. These are the riders in the breakaway:

Anthony Perez (Cofidis)
Jonas Koch (Intermarche)
Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)
Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-NextHash)
Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Jeremy Cabot (TotalEnergies)

They have a gap of around 1-20

The break has definitely settled and the peloton are content. Their gap has increased to 3:20 with 155km to go. The quiet hour in the Tour de France has begun.

147km to go. With the day's rhythm set, it may be the time to eat lunch or get out for your own quick ride, but the peloton haven't completely sat up. They're working hard to keep the gap between them and the break to a maximum of four minutes. They won't be allowed much more.

Here comes the rain. It's been forecast and it's arrived. Nothing too strong yet, but the 180 riders who took to the start-line will not be wanting the weather to cause any disruption today, especially with so many riding to survive. 

One thing to keep an eye on today will be the condition of the riders who were felled yesterday. The likes of Chris Froome and Marc Hirschi will be subject of interest, but it's worth passing a distant observation on the entire Jumbo-Visma team who fell during the first stage. Usually a battered and bruised body starts to feel better within a few days, and any GC riders who have got some discomfort from yesterday, will be desperately hoping that those pains are alleviated before Wednesday's time trial.

We're not sure what Julian Alaphilippe's take on fashion is, but we're certain that he looks good in yellow. 

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Respect the race. That's the message from riders and race organisers, ASO, ahead of today's stage. Following yesterday's crash that was caused by a fan holding a sign in the path of the peloton, expect to see more of this in the coming days. 

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There's 131km left to race and the break of six have an advantage of 3:41. The day's first climb, Côte de Sainte-Barbe, comes within 20km. Ide Schelling of Bora-hansgrohe is wearing the King of the Mountains jersey and is in the break. 

There are six climbs with King of the Mountains points on offer today, with the final two being the Mûr-de-Bretagne. There is only one intermediate sprint, which comes 12km after the first KOM. 

Ritchie Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart both suffered time losses yesterday, with the latter's hopes of a tilt at the GC almost certainly over having finished five minutes down. Interestingly, Ineos Grenadiers are up at the head of the peloton today, clearly not wanting to be caught behind any more potential crashes.

117km to go: Tim Declerq still leads the peloton with an Ineos train just behind. The gap to the break is at 3-22 but the peloton is in full control here

Meanwhile, our reporter Jonny Long spoke to Deceuninck-Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere on the ground in Brittany this morning. The Belgian still seemed scathing of Sam Bennett who withdrew from the Tour squad with injury:

Patrick Lefevere: Sam Bennett Tour de France absence 'says more about him than about me' (opens in new tab)

We're not far from our first category four climb, the Côte de Sainte-Barbe. Polka-dot jersey wearer Ide Schelling will no doubt go for the points, as will Anthony Perez in the break, who has two points in the classification, just one behind Schelling.

There's only one point available at the top of this climb, but with only small points available today the polka-dot jersey wearer for stage three will be decided on fine margins

As expected it was Perez and Schelling who went for the KoM point first, with Perez leading from the front and taking the single point. Edward Theuns finished second ahead of Schelling, but gets nothing for his efforts

KoM points standings:

Ide Schelling: 3 pts
Anthony Perez: 3 pts
Julian Alaphillipe: 2pts

It's 30km until the next climb, another category four. The break still hols a lead of 2-40

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Here's that KoM point. Perez gets the best of Schilling and Theuns with a huge move from the front.