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Stage 2: Bolduque – Utrecht, 175.1km

On a course that zigzags its way north, back to Burgos and its modern suburb of Gamonal, there is plenty of time for a breakaway to stick.


Stage date
AUG 20, 2022
Stage distance
175.1 KM
Stage terrain
Flat

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Like Utrecht, Bolduque—which is called ‘s-Hertogenbosch in Dutch—is hosting a stage of the race for the first time ever. It previously hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour the France back in 1996. It is the birthplace of the painter Hieronymus Bosch, whose art was and is feted in Spain. 

Given the topography throughout most of the Netherlands, it will be of zero surprise that stage two of the race is almost completely flat. It hosts just one climb, the category four Alto de Almerongse, which is located 105.1 km after the start and 70km from the finish. This is just 2.1km long and averages a mere 2.4 percent in gradient, and will serve primarily to allocate the race’s first King of the Mountains jersey. There are also a bonus sprint 17 kilometers from the finish. 

A big bunch gallop to the line is the most likely outcome, although Utrecht’s flat terrain and relative proximity to the sea could see echelons if the wind is blowing. If so, expect teams like Quick-Step AlphaVinyl and Jumbo-Visma to try to break things up, both for the red jersey and also for the stage honors.