Ineos Grenadiers and Visma-Lease A Bike also at the front along with UAE Team Emirates.

Colleoni and Jaime have been caught and now it’s just the two groups of two left on the move out front.

UAE back on the front on the flatter ground before the final climb.

1:55 for the two leaders currently.

34km to go

It’s all back together in the peloton now.

The riders hitting the end of the descent and they race into the valley and Sant Joan de les Abdesses.

A small group is with Pogačar now, though only a few seconds off the front.

Janssens catches Fernandez out front.

2:05 for Fernandez at the moment.

Tadej Pogačar is pushing on the front on the way down the descent!

40km to go

Fernandez off the front of the race now with Janssens dropping back on the descent.

UAE Team Emirates at the head of the peloton.

Isasa and Sainbayar now 25 seconds down in the chase. The remainder of the break is at 40 seconds. The peloton is 3:05 back.

47km to go

Fernandez leads Janssens over the top of the climb.

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Isasa currently 10 seconds behind the two leaders.

It was sunny and warm earlier but it’s now raining on the riders as they make their way up the first-category climb.

51km to go

2:30 between break and peloton.

Janssens and Fernandez off the front now.

Fernandez and Isasa are following him.

52km to go

Jimmy Janssens making a move from the breakaway now. 

The climb is 9.6km long at 5.2%.

The riders now beginning the climb to the Coll de Coubet.

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Now just 3:20 between break and peloton.

66km to go

The riders have just tackled an unclassified climb ahead of the Coll de Coubet.

Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe), who is 10 seconds down in the GC, spoke with ahead of the stage about his ambitions for the overall classification, and how to beat race-favourite Tadej Pogacar.

“I want to show a good result in the GC. My legs were good in Paris-Nice. I’ve had some rest and we will see today how it goes.

“We can always race for second place, but we can also try to do something. Yesterday, it was possible to beat [Tadej Pogacar] and maybe today it will be something similar.

“It is very difficult to beat him but we will see. Today is a different day, a different stage, a long mountain, and so it will be more difficult. You really need to have the legs.”

In about 10km, the breakaway will reach the first categorised ascent of the day at Coll de Coubet, which is 9.6km and has an average gradient of 5.4%.

The is no change to the race situation with the six breakaway riders working together out front, however, the average speeds are starting to drop as the terrain shift from the flatter valley roads to the more mountainous. 

85km to go

Israel-Premier Tech and UAE Team Emirates are leading the peloton and holding the gap to the breakaway at four minutes as the race heads toward the second intermediate sprint in Olot, and as the finale, Vallter 2000 looms ahead.

Sepp Kuss (Visma-Lease a Bike) finished ninth in the opening stage and is sitting in 11th overall at 10 seconds back in the GC. He spoke with the media at the start in Mataró this morning and made a few pre-race predictions.

“It’s all good so far, and it’s sometimes nice to know all the roads and what’s coming. But, I think a lot of the peloton trains here a lot, so it’s good for everybody.

“It’s more or less straightforward with just one climb in the end. We have to see what kind of differences there will be or what the weather is like … who knows?

“There are so many good riders here and good climbers. There can always be some surprises, you never know.

“This race is straightforward, only mountain stages so we [Visma-Lease a Bike teammates] can help each other and see how we do.”

The six riders out front still have a healthy lead, however, the gap has fallen from 5:30 to 4:30 minutes over the last 15km.

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100km to go

No change in the situation at the moment following the sprint in Girona.

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114km to go

The breakaway riders have passed through the intermediate sprint at Girona. Isasa lead the way ahead of Janssens and Colleoni.

It’s still pretty much all flat roads for the time being.

The peloton racing along a highway during today’s stage.

120km to go

It’s still Israel and UAE on the front, 5:50 down on the break.

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Around 15km to Girona now.

125km to go

6:10 for the breakaway now.

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“It was a really nice stage. We had a great plan and great teammates. Sadly yesterday Jay Vine didn’t feel so good so we lost him early – today he can’t start because of stomach problems.

“We managed to take second place. It was a great opp for Nick Schultz to take the win and Israel-Premier Tech made a great tactical play and made it happen. For me, it was a little bit too short to the finish line.

“I was thinking too much and relying too much on others. Everybody was waiting for us to do the final move. When Schultz got a gap there was hesitation from everybody. I was thinking Visma would close the gap but I should have taken the initiative.

“Today, on one side it’s good that Israel-Premier Tech have the jersey. Let’s hope they honour it and control the start and race until the final as the leaders. Then in the final climb, we’ll see what we can do, how strong the guys are, and try to make the difference.”

Around 20km to go until the riders hit the day’s first intermediate sprint in Girona.

The peloton, including the aptly named Hungarian champion Attila Valter, on the road to Vallter 2000 today.

No change in the race situation at the moment following Pogačar’s brief move. The break remain 6:30 up the road.

No major obstacles to traverse before the Coubet.

146km to go

We’ve been underway for an hour and the riders have covered just over 40km.

100km to go until the riders hit the first of two climbs today, the Coll de Coubet.

Pogačar and Novak on the attack a little earlier on.

153km to go

Israel-Premier Tech and UAE Team Emirates now pulling at the head of the peloton.

All back to normal now after that strange move.

Yep, here’s a shot of Pogačar and Novak on the attack.

6:40 for the breakaway now.

160km to go

Pogačar and Novak are reportedly back among the peloton now after a 5km ride off the front. Bizarre.

It appears that the move will be a brief one.

We’ll wait for further updates.

Surely it can’t be a real move on the flat roads this far out from the finish…

That is… surprising.

Tadej Pogačar has attacked from the peloton! He’s making a move along with his teammate Domen Novak.

The team are leading the way on behalf of race leader and stage 1 winner Nick Schultz.

165km to go

6:30 for the breakaway now and Israel-Premier Tech are taking the lead in the peloton.

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Five minutes for the breakaway six now.

The peloton rolling out at the start of today’s stage.

173km to go

The breakaway riders have two minutes on the peloton currently.

Three Spaniards plus an Italian, Belgian and Mongolian in the move.

Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Kevin Colleoni (Intermarché-Wanty), Samuel Fernández (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Alex Jaime (Kern Pharma), Jambaljamts Sainbayar (Burgos-BH), and Xabier Isasa (Euskaltel-Euskadi) are in the move.

This looks like our break of the day already.

180km to go

An attack by six men from the front of the peloton….

Flat roads to start the stage.

The peloton all sticking together at this early stage.

186km to go

The flag has dropped at the start of today’s stage and racing is underway.

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Here’s a look at the results from stage 1 of the race.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya!