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Hailstorm Batters Critérium du Dauphiné as Primož Roglič Wins Stage 2

By Monica Buck

Team Ineos tried to control the race but Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Pavel Sivakov simply faded away in the final part of the stage. It was up to Egan Bernal alone to battle Sepp Kuss and Primož Roglič from Jumbo-Visma. Bernal tried to attack and Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) did the same. However, Roglič proved all too powerful for all of them.

The Slovenian rider launched a powerful seated attack with 700 metres to go leaving everyone behind. He took the yellow jersey from his teammate, Wout van Aert and is leading the GC by 12 seconds.

At that moment, the event was all but over as far as the fans were concerned. However, the weather decided to come and play as well. The heavens opened up and hailstorms rained down upon the fans and riders alike. Fans rushed for cover and Egan Bernal had to be escorted off a collapsing podium. Tony Martin from Jumbo-Visma retreated to the side of the road and waited it out under an inflatable raft. You can see the toll the weather has taken on the riders in the tweet below.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2020 stage two results

1. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 3:39:40
2. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) + 8s
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe)
4. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)
5. Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) + 10s
6. Miguel Ángel López (Astana)
7. Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling)
8. Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren)
9. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)
10. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)

General classification

1. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) – 9:07:12
2. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) + 12s
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 14s
4. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) + 16s
5. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) + 18s
6. Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) + 20s
7. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)
8. Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren)
9. Miguel Ángel López (Astana)
10. Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling)