Stage two, Nice Haut Pays to Nice

Julian Alaphilippe, who held the race lead for a fortnight last year, is back in yellow on Sunday night after outsprinting young Swiss Tour debutant Marc Hirschi and Britain’s Adam Yates.

We review the stage, talk about why the result suited Jumbo-Visma and Ineos Grenadiers down to the ground and wonder what this means for the rest of the Tour’s opening week.

We hear from our Tour diarists Sam Bewley, team-mate of Yates at Mitchelton-Scott, and from Michael Mørkøv, whose Deceuninck-Quick Step team now has the twin jobs of defending Alaphilippe’s yellow jersey and trying to set up Sam Bennett for the stage win in Sisteron on Monday.