The day after Mark Cavendish took the yellow jersey for the first time, Peter Sagan did so as well as he claimed his fifth stage victory at the Tour de France since his debuts in 2012. The peloton caught breakaway rider Jasper Stuyven 500 metres before the line at the uphill finish at Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. French sensation Julian Alaphilippe took the second place to move into the lead of the best young rider competition.read more
“My main feeling is disappointment. In the breakaway, I knew I'd be the fastest if we were to arrive for the victory. I could keep a good pace in the first part of the climb but I felt empty in the steep part. It's a good thing I have at least the polka dot jersey even though I'm not really a climber. It's a nice jersey to have but my legs will hurt tomorrow.”read more
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) again crashed after 60 km in stage 2 and was dejected on the finish line.read more
“Today I got my first emotion at the Tour de France but it's also a small disappointment because I've been so close to winning. It's a feeling of frustration. I've been told I should be happy and it's probably true because Peter Sagan is a big champion. This is my first Tour. I still have a lot to learn. To have the white jersey is good for my morale and for my team. I'm here to discover what the Tour is like. I'm also here to help my team the maximum I can. We'll ride full gas every...read more
“I'm very surprised I won. I thought there were still two guys in the front. Only at the very end I realized we were sprinting for victory. I'm very happy to be first. My team today very did a big job. Roman Kreuziger helped me a lot in the last climb. It's unbelievable. He rode 500 meters flat out. Julian Alaphilippe was very close to me at the end but I beat him. I'm in yellow first time. It's a very nice jersey. This is something special for sure. Compared to last year's Tour de France,...read more
Mark Cavendish will parade with the yellow jersey for the first time of his life during stage 2 from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. He said he'll respect this iconic symbol of cycling but he's very likely to lose it as the uphill finish is too steep for sprinters of his type. Still in La Manche near the English Channel, it shouldn't be too windy though. Most of the course is protected but a short section exposed to the sea just before the city of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin could lead to...read more
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1. Peter Sagan
2. Julian Alaphilippe
3. Alejandro Valverde
4. Dan Martin
5. Michael Matthews
|17:19||Sagan wins stage 2|
Peter Sagan outsprints Julian Alaphilippe to win stage 2.
|17:17||Stuyven first at la Glacerie|
Jasper Stuyven is first atop La Glacerie. He'll get the polka dot jersey but he's getting caught.
|17:16||Porte by himself|
Richie Porte chases by himself after a puncture. No team mate to help him.
|17:14||2km to go|
Less than one minute lead for Stuyven. TJ Slagter accelerates at the head of the peloton.
|17:12||Stuyven with 3km to go|
Stuyven has 1.18 lead over the peloton.
|17:10||Richie Porte has a flat tyre|
Porte has a flat tyre.
|17:09||Stuyven the most aggressive|
Jasper Stuyven has been designated the most aggressive rider of the day.
|17:05||In the climb|
The leading trio has hit the climb to La Glacerie.
With 10km to go, the three leaders are 2.20 ahead of the peloton now led by Team Sky.
|16:57||15km to go|
With 15km to go, the time gap is 2.45.
|16:54||Rodriguez: "This is my big occasion to have the yellow jersey"|
Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez told letour.com at the teams presentation that stage 2 was his biggest goal of the Tour de France. “I've had all the leaders jerseys at the Grand Tour except for the yellow jersey”, the Catalan rider said on Thursday. “This is my big occasion because the final climb suits me but a lot of my potential of winning like last year at Mur de Huy will depend on what happens in the few kilometers before the conclusive hill.”
Rodriguez has been noted in...
|16:45||Benedetti can't follow|
With 25km to go, Benedetti can't hold the pace of the breakaway anymore. Voss, Breen and Stuyven are 3.35 ahead of the peloton.
|16:43||Big teams in action|
With 26km to go, big teams like Tinkoff, Astana and BMC take the command of the peloton along with Direct Energie. Time gap: 3.35.
|16:41||Geraint Thomas has a flat, again...|
For the second day in a row, Geraint Thomas (Sky) sustains a flat tyre. He's on his way back to the pack.
27: Peter Sagan (5th Tour de France) counts as many positions on the podium of stages as Mark Cavendish's stage victories (10th participation). The Slovakian has 4 stage wins, 16 second places and 7 third places since 2012. Cavendish also has 3 second places and 4 third places since 2007.
|16:36||The peloton speeds up|
Direct Energie and IAM Cycling speed up at the head of the peloton. Time gap: 3.55 with 32km to go.
|16:25||5 minutes with 40km to go|
40km before the end, Voss, Benedetti, Breen and Stuyven have 5 minutes lead.
|16:23||Sam Bennett and Michael Morkov in trouble|
Sam Bennett and Michael Morkov, the two most injured riders after yesterday's crash in the final sprint, are getting dropped again after they made it back to the bunch.
|16:20||Coquard: "I've put pressure on myself"|
Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) is another rider to watch today. He's also eligible for the white jersey – like Julian Alaphilippe, among the up and coming French puncheurs. “I've put a bit of pressure on myself by saying that I was targeting today's stage”, Coquard told letour.com this morning. “It's true that I like it a lot. My legs are good. Yesterday, I was bitter and disappointed to have lost my two lead out men [Angelo Tulik and Adrien Petit] before the sprint.”
|16:14||Van Avermaet: "Today's finale suits me"|
Greg van Avermaet (BMC) is another favourite today after he managed to beat Peter Sagan in a similar finale at Rodez during last year's Tour de France. “That's a stage that suits me, of course”, the Belgian told letour.com this morning. “It's even ideal for me. We checked the course and it's not hard enough for the climbers like Purito or Valverde but it's too hard for the sprinters. So it suits me. It would be good to win early in the Tour because it would the pressure off the team...
|16:11||50km to go|
The four leading riders are 5.45 ahead of the peloton with 50km to go.
Voss, Benedetti, Stuyven and Breen have covered 43km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 41km/h.
|15:59||6 minutes with 60km to go|
The time difference between the four leading riders and the peloton is 6 minutes with 60km to go.
|15:57||16 points between Cavendish and Sagan|
After the intermediate sprint, Mark Cavendish has 63 points. With 37 points under his belt, Peter Sagan who is one of the favourites for today's stage finish needs to make the top 4 at Cherbourg-en-Cotentin to be ahead of Cavendish in the points competition. Bryan Coquard has 25 points. 50 points are awarded to the stage winner.
Results of the intermediate sprint at Port-Bail (km 107.5):
1. Cesare Benedetti, 20 pts
2. Paul Voss, 17 pts
3. Vegard Breen, 15 pts
4. Jasper Stuyven, 13 pts
5. André Greipel, 11 pts
6. Marcel Kittel, 10 pts
7. Alexander Kristoff, 9 pts
8. Peter Sagan, 8 pts
9. Mark Cavendish, 7 pts
10. Jens Debusschere, 6 pts
11. Bryan Coquard, 5 pts
12. Michael Matthews, 4 pts
13. Gorka Izagirre, 3 pts
|15:36||Dan Martin: "It might not be hard enough for me"|
Etixx-Quick Step has another chance to win with a puncheur today in Cherbourg-en-Cotention. Dan Martin told letour.com this morning: “It might not be hard enough for me. But of course if there is a chance. The idea is to ride to the front to keep out of trouble. I'm more here to compete for the GC and we have another chance in this stage with Julian Alaphilippe. I think this stage suits him better than it suits me.”
|15:34||Kittel admis the best won yesterday|
Etixx-Quick Step missed out on the stage win with Marcel Kittel yesterday. “I was looking for the right wheel to take yesterday and struggled a bit to find it”, the German told letour.com this morning. “I probably started my sprint a little bit too early. But there is no discussion that the best man won.”
|15:24||Tony Martin missed some sleep because of football|
Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) was caught in the crash at km 60. Was he too tired to pay attention? This morning, he told letour.com: “I had planned to go to bed earlier but I couldn't. I had to watch the penalty shootout to the finish. I'm glad Germany won in the end. I was so hyped up that it took me a while to fall asleep.”
|15:11||News from Alberto Contador|
Sean Yates, the sport director of Tinkoff, told Francetelevisions that Alberto Contador fell again on the same shoulder that was injured in the crash yesterday. "It's not ideal but he's fine", the Englishman said. "It's not good to fall two days in a row but we hope this was the last time. We're confident that he won't lose too much time in the uphill finish today."
|15:07||Alaphilippe was a winner at Port-Bail|
Port-Bail, the hosting town of the intermediate sprint at km 107, is the home of a famous amateur race, la Gainsbarre, named after Serge Gainsbourg, a controversial French singer and song writer who burned a banknote of 500 French francs live on TV but also donated 100.000 French francs (approximately 15.000 euros) to a policeman, André Quentin, for his cycling club of AG La Haye-du-Puits. Julian Alaphilippe who is one of the favourites for today's stage won La Gainsbarre in 2011, so did...
The four breakaway riders have covered 40.5km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 40km/h.
|14:53||6.50 at km 69|
Dimension Data sets a steady pace 6.50 behind Voss, Benedetti, Stuyven and Breen at km 69.
|14:47||Sam Bennett in trouble|
Sam Bennett who crashed yesterday in the final sprint is in difficulty, getting dropped by the peloton in Coutances.
|14:45||Contador back in the pack|
The peloton has slowed down and Contador made it back with the help of his team-mates. At Coutances, the peloton is 6.30 behind the leading quartet.
The leading group is at Coutances. The town remained famous for the abandon of the Pelissier brothers and their interview by book writer Albert Londres who invented the headline "The convicts of the road" to describe how hard the life of the Tour de France riders was... in 1924.
|14:36||Vicioso back on the road|
Angel Vicioso is also back on his bike. Tony Martin was involved in the crash as well.
All riders involved in the crash are back on their bike, except for Angel Vicioso (Katusha). Contador is trying to make his way back to the bunch with a deficit of two minutes.
|14:33||Contador down again|
Crash at km 60: Alberto Contador is involved again, as well as Joaquim "Purito" Contador, Warren Barguil, Michael Matthews...
|14:25||Six minutes difference|
At Montpinchon, a difference of six minutes has been recorded. Paul Voss is back in the leading group.
|14:24||Stuyven first at côte de Montpinchon|
Jasper Stuyven takes one KOM point at the côte de Montpinchon (km 52). Stuyven and Voss are equal on points in the virtual ranking. The winner of the category 3 KOM price at côte de la Glacerie is very likely to receive the polka dot jersey today. He'll also score two points and will benefit from the higher category of the final climb.
|14:14||Three riders in the lead|
Stuyven, Benedetti and Breen form the leading trio with eight seconds over Voss at km 50. Côte de Montpinchon coming soon.
|14:11||Stuyven and Benedetti at the front|
Jasper Stuyven has rejoined Cesare Benedetti at the front. Vegard Breen tries to come across. It's rainy! Peloton at 4.20.
Cesare Benedetti tries to go away from the leading group. He won the classification of the intermediate sprints at Tirreno-Adriatico this year.
|13:59||39.5km in the first hour|
Paul Voss and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) have covered 39.5km in the first hour of racing.
|13:56||4.35 at km 34.5|
The time difference is on the down.
|13:51||Fabio Aru turns 26|
It's Fabio Aru's birthday today. 26 years ago, the stage of the Tour de France – won by Johan Museeuw – arrived at Mont-Saint-Michel where the start was given yesterday. Aru's personal masseur Umberto Inselvini, 58, was then looking after Claudio Chiappucci who was going to wear the yellow jersey and finish second overall in that 1990 Tour de France. Aru is the first ever cyclist from Sardinia to take part in the Tour de France. Only six riders from the Mediterranean island participated...
|13:48||5.10 at km 29|
Paul Voss and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) are 5.10 ahead of the peloton at km 29.
|13:43||At Montpinchon, a tribute to Keagan Girdlestone|
The third categorized climb of the day is located at Montpinchon (km 52), a famous place in French cycling. Four participants of the Tour de France have won the local GP of the Saint-Laurent held every year in August: Amaël Moinard (2004), Fabrice Jeandesbosz (2005), Warren Barguil (2010) and Alexis Gougeard (2013). The circuit is named after Thierry Marie who wore the Maillot Jaune on several occasions. Last year, a South African rider won in the junior category. Racing for UC Nantes,...
|13:37||Stuyven first at côte de Montabot|
Jasper Stuyven won the KOM price at côte de Montabot (km 23).
|13:36||5.30 at km 20|
Time gap at km 20: 5.30.
|13:35||Breen first at côte de Torigny-les-Villes|
Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) won the KOM price at côte de Torigny-les-Villes (km 10).
|13:27||5.25 to the peloton|
The four breakaway riders have an advantage of 5.25 over the peloton led by Dimension Data.
|13:13||3.35 at km 7|
New time gap: 3.35 at km 7
|13:08||2.20 at km 4|
Paul Voss and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) have 2.20 lead at km 4.
|13:04||1.30 at km 3|
Time gap between the four breakaway riders and the peloton: 1.30 at km 3
|13:03||Breen, Benedetti and Stuyven also in the lead|
Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) are the other three leaders with Paul Voss (Bora-Argon 18).
|13:00||Four riders in the lead|
Four riders has gone clear including Paul Voss. Peloton at 30 seconds.
|12:58||Voss first in action|
The start proper of stage 2 has been given at 12.58 to 198. Paul Voss has attacked from the gun.
|12:56||Delaplace with the red bib number|
Anthony Delaplace has the red bib of most aggressive rider after his long ride ahead of the bunch yesterday. On his statistics, he's now considered as having compiled more than 2000km in breakaways since he first rode the Tour in 2011.
|12:56||Lotto-Soudal with the yellow bibs|
Lotto-Soudal leads the teams competition ahead of Trek-Segafredo and Etixx-Quick Step. All 22 teams are with the same time.
|12:55||Eight young riders in the top 14!|
Edward Theuns has the white jersey. The Belgian rookie was the first of the eight u26 riders who made the top 14 of yesterday's stage: Christophe Laporte, Bryan Coquard, Dan McLay, Sondre Holst Enger, Jasper Stuyven, Warren Barguil and Julian Alaphilippe.of
|12:54||Paul Voss has the polka dot jersey|
Paul Voss is in the polka dot jersey. He took the only two points up for grabs yesterday. There are five on the menu today: one point to the first rider on the line at each category 4 climb (côte de Torigny-les-Villes at km 10, côte de Montabot at km 23, côte de Montpinchon at km 52), two and one points to the first two riders at the côte de la Glacerie (km 181.5). The summit of the final climb is 1.5km before the finish line but the last part of the race after that includes a little...
|12:53||Kittel in green|
Marcel Kittel wears the green jersey as a runner up to Mark Cavendish. Third placed Peter Sagan is expected to get it back today as the finale suits him more than the other sprinters in contention yesterday. The intermediate sprint of the day is at Port-Bail, km 107.
|12:52||Cavendish, first day in yellow|
Mark Cavendish leads the Tour de France for the first time at his tenth participation – he started his first one in London in 2007. He has four seconds lead over Marcel Kittel, six over Peter Sagan and ten over the rest of the peloton that crossed the line all together yesterday. The overall classification is expected to be completely reshuffled today atop the côte de La Glacerie.
|12:49||Sean Yates: "Contador is sore but he's ok to race"|
Alberto Contador is at the start despite his crash, as he expected yesterday. His sport director Sean Yates confirmed it to letour.com this morning.
“Given the characteristics of the finale, it's obviously a stage in which Peter [Sagan] should do well”, said the Englishman at the helm of the Tinkoff team. “He's on form as he showed yesterday and there is a fair chance to win the stage and take the yellow jersey because I don't think Cavendish or Kittel will be there. Peter was...
|12:42||198 riders at the start|
It has stopped raining in the starting area in Saint-Lô just before the riders started to roll towards the start proper. All 198 riders have signed in.
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