Tour de France

Stage 2: Nice Haut Pays to Nice

The route heads straight into the Alps for a punishing climbing stage that encompasses three categorized climbs, including the Col de la Colmiane (16.3km at 6.2%) and Col de Turini (14.9km at 7.3%). The Tour can’t be won today, but it could be lost.

Stage date
AUG 30, 2020
Stage distance
187 KM
Stage terrain

Start: 9:25 am EST

Est. Finish: 12:11 pm EST

Stage 2 Results

Rank Rider Team Time
1 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck - Quick Step 4:55:27
2 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb 0:00
3 YATES Adam Mitchelton-Scott 0:01
4 VAN AVERMAET Greg CCC Team 0:02
5 HIGUITA Sergio EF Pro Cycling 0:02

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Stage 2 race report: Alaphilippe attacks alone

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) took victory and sparked the hopes of his nation at Tour de France stage 2 Sunday.

The Frenchman outkicked Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) in a three-up sprint in Nice after the trio went clear in the final 10 kilometers of the stage.

Alaphilippe had launched the decisive action in the final 10 kilometers of the stage, attacking on the final climb and drawing out his two rivals. His stage victory also leaves him in the yellow jersey, with Yates in second overall, four seconds back.

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Alaphilippe takes his fifth Tou win. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Alaphilippe takes his fifth Tour win. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Stage 2 preview

Course: The GC battle begins early as the Tour heads straight into the mountains with this punishing stage that encompasses 3,752 total meters of climbing (12,309 feet). The course tackles two category 1 climbs: the Col de la Colmiane and the Col de Turini — both climbs soar above 1,500 meters — before descending to tackle the cat. 2 Col d’Èze and the steep Col des Quatre Chemins, which is actually the first part of the Col d’Èze. The final ascent is 5.5 kilometers at 5.5 percent, and there are bonus seconds of 6, 5, and 2 seconds on the line. The Tour won’t be won today, but it could be lost.

Favorites: Julian Alaphilippe, Alejandro Valverde, Sergio Higuita, Tadej Pogačar

Illustration of Jens Voigt
Illustration: Lucy Engelman

Jens Voigt’s take: Straight into the first mountain stage, no time wasted. It seems very likely that we will see a change in yellow, and for sure a first tactical cat-and-mouse game play out between the GC contenders. Twice a climb of 1,500 meters, and the Col d’Èze as well! I don’t see the sprinters going for the win. I’m all in for Julian Alaphilippe today.