The 2018 Tour of California opened with a straightforward stage for the big-name sprinters of the peloton, with a modest 134.5km circuit race in Long Beach, but stage two saw a more challenging parcours with a summit finish to Gibraltar Road.
This year’s start list for the American WorldTour stage race boasts a host of climbers, including Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), and Rafal Majka.
The second stage is one of three mountain stages, with stages three and six of the week-long race offering opportunities for the climbers.
Many of the riders taking on the Tour of California will be returning from a mid-season break after the Classics season, as they begin to build towards the 2018 Tour de France on beginning on July 7.
Mixed with a plethora of domestic American riders, the start list also features some notable overall contenders and a strong sprinting field, including stage one winner Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates
Catch-up with the highlights from the second stage of the 2018 Tour of California to Gibraltar Road above, or read the full report of the day’s action here.
The Tour of California runs from Sunday May 13 to Sunday May 20 with mountain days on stage two, three and six as well as a crucial 24.7km time trial from San Jose to Morgan Hill.