Tour de France wrap for w/e 8th July
Sagan back with a vengeance to win Tour de France Stage 2
A year after being kicked out of the Tour de France, world champion Peter Sagan was back with a vengeance as he claimed victory in the second stage to take the overall leader’s yellow jersey on Sunday.
The Slovak was thrown out after the fourth stage 12 months ago for sending Britain’s Mark Cavendish crashing in a chaotic sprint, but he won it clean this time to beat Italian Sonny Colbrelli and France’s Arnaud Demare into second and third places.
“It’s a perfect day, I was a bit scared because Sonny was coming back strong,” said Sagan, who also wore the yellow jersey in 2016. “It’s a very good start. I’m really back.”
Colombian Fernando Gaviria, who won the opening stage on Saturday and wore the yellow jersey during the 182.5-km ride from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain, crashed in the finale and was unable to contest the sprint.
German Marcel Kittel, who has 14 Tour stage wins under his belt, suffered a puncture just under eight kilometres from the line and could not make it back to the front of the bunch in time.
The final sprint was contested by a dozen riders after a massive pile-up split the bunch, with Gaviria and Australian Michael Matthews, suffering in the crash. Demare launched the sprint 250 metres from the line and Sagan jumped ahead of him with ease before holding off Colbrelli in the final metres. After picking up a 10-second time bonus on the finishing line in La Roche-sur-Yon, Sagan climbed to top spot on general classification for the only the second time in his career.
Spain’s Luis Leon Sanchez, who has four Tour stage wins to his name, pulled out after he sustained a possible shoulder injury in a crash 37km from the finish. Defending champion Chris Froome, who lost 51 seconds to some of his main rivals after crashing on Saturday, had an uneventful day on the bike and finished safely in the peloton.
The Briton, hoping to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve a Giro d’Italia-Tour double, was booed by the French crowd ahead of the start.
Stage two result
1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) 4hrs 6mins 37secs
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) same time
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)
4. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto Soudal)
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE Team Emirates)
6. Timothy Dupont (Bel/Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
7. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)
8. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita/Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
9. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo)
10. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors)
General classification after stage two
1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) 8hrs 29mins 53secs
2. Fernando Gaviria (Col/Quick-Step Floors) +6secs
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +10secs
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Katusha-Alpecin) +12secs
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra/Direct Energie) +13secs
6. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors) +14secs
7. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +15secs
8. Oliver Naesen (Bel/AG2R La Mondiale) same time
9. Alexander Kristoff (Nor/UAE Team Emirates) +16secs
10. John Degenkolb (Ger/Trek-Segafredo) same time
81. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1min 7secs 84.
Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) same time (Source: Reuters, BBC Sport)
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