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‘Damage limitation’ – Roglič, Pidcock and Bardet curb Tour de France stage 2 losses as Pogačar attacks

BOLOGNA ITALY JUNE 30 LR Romain Bardet of France and Team dsmfirmenich PostNL Yellow Leader Jersey and Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers compete passing through a Bologna city during the 111th Tour de France 2024 Stage 2 a 1992km stage from Cesenatico to Bologna UCIWT on June 30 2024 in Bologna Italy Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) was not able to get away from Jonas Vingegaard with his expected attack on the San Luca climb during stage 2 of the Tour de France and was also later caught by Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) and Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost), but that only made it more disappointing for the bunch of riders who shed time. 

They were not blown away by Pogačar but it was the start of the slow drip loss of precious seconds. The very top of the GC standings is already starting to become clear after two days of racing and it will be hard to pull back the time lost on Sunday over the top of San Luca and on the fast descent to the centre of Bologna.

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