Tour de France Stage 2 Results

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German Marcel Kittel broke down in tears after winning his 10th Tour de France stage in Liege on Sunday. Reigning champion Chris Froome suffered a scare on the 203.5km second stage from Dusseldorf, crashing 30km from the end but he got up to finish safely in the peloton, alongside race leader Geraint Thomas. Frenchman Arnaud Demare was second and German Andre Greipel third in the bunch sprint, with Briton Mark Cavendish fourth as he challenged for a 31st stage win.

With king of the mountains points up for grabs just six kilometres into the stage, the attacks were launched from the gun as four riders escaped into the day’s breakaway. American Taylor Phinney, in his first Tour, snatched the first mountain point atop the Grafenberg climb to put him in pole position to claim the polkadot jersey. Frenchmen Thomas Boudat, Laurent Pichon and Yoann Offredo joined Phinney but the quartet never managed to eke out a lead of more than three and a half minutes in miserable, wet conditions. Their lead had stabilised at around two and a half minutes as they left Germany and entered Belgium, where things got even wetter, 145km into the stage.

But the main drama happened 30km from the finish as the peloton chased down a four-man breakaway. A rider from the Katusha team trying to set up Alexander Kristoff for the finish slipped on a wet bend and crashed, taking down around 15-20 riders.

Froome and yellow jersey wearer Thomas were among them, with the champion suffering cuts to his lower back and seeing his shorts shredded. He got back on his bicycle to chase the peloton but was forced into a bike change before finally latching back onto the pack with 20km left. Thomas seemed unscathed and maintained his five-second lead over Swiss Stefan Kung. “A few guys went down in front of us and there was nowhere to go.” Australian contender Richie Porte was another to crash, but he said he escaped the worst of it. “I’m ok, theres a few guys that went down quite a lot harder. I fortunately landed on top of them,” said the BMC team leader.

Kittel’s stage victory meant he took the sprinter’s green points jersey as well, while American Taylor Phinney, who was in the breakaway, claimed all the king of the mountain points available and will wear the polkadot jersey on
Monday. Kittel, who hit 69.19kph in the sprint finish according to official Tour data, is now up to third overall at 6sec after taking a 10-second time bonus on the line.

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Stage Results:

1. Marcel Kittel (GER/QST) 4h37:06 (average: 44.1 km/h)
2. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) at 0:00.
3. André Greipel (GER/LOT) 0:00.
4. Mark Cavendish (GBR/DDT) 0:00.
5. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LNL) 0:00.
6. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 0:00.
7. Ben Swift (GBR/EAU) 0:00.
8. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/COF) 0:00.
9. Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) 0:00.
10. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 0:00.
11. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/AJW) 0:00.
12. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL/AJW) 0:00.
13. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 0:00.
14. Daniel McLay (GBR/FVC) 0:00.
15. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:00.
16. Matteo Trentin (ITA/QST) 0:00.
17. Dion Smith (NZL/AJW) 0:00.
18. Angelo Tulik (FRA/DEN) 0:00.
19. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:00.
20. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:00.
21. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 0:00.
22. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL/AJW) 0:00.
23. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/BAH) 0:00.
24. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/QST) 0:00.
25. Guillaume Martin (FRA/AJW) 0:00.
26. Jay McCarthy (AUS/BOR) 0:00.
27. Rick Zabel (GER/KAT) 0:00.
28. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 0:00.
29. Pierre-Luc Périchon (FRA/FVC) 0:00.
30. Mathew Hayman (AUS/ORI) 0:00.
31. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:00.
32. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 0:00.
33. Adrien Petit (FRA/DEN) 0:00.
34. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 0:00.
35. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 0:00.
36. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 0:00.
37. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:00.
38. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 0:00.
39. Frederik Backaert (BEL/AJW) 0:00.
40. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 0:00.
41. Diego Ulissi (ITA/EAU) 0:00.
42. Carlos Betancur (COL/MOV) 0:00.
43. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:00.
44. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI) 0:00.
45. Louis Meintjes (RSA/EAU) 0:00.
46. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:00.
47. Danilo Wyss (SUI/BMC) 0:00.
48. Marco Marcato (ITA/EAU) 0:00.
49. Michael Albasini (SUI/ORI) 0:00.
50. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/LOT) 0:00.

Overall Standings:

1. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Sky) 4h53:10.
2. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) at 0:05.
3. Marcel Kittel (GER/QST) 0:06.
4. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 0:07.
5. Matteo Trentin (ITA/QST) 0:10.
6. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:12.
7. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL) 0:15.
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 0:15.
9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:16.
10. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 0:16.
11. Taylor Phinney (USA/CAN) 0:17.
12. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 0:17.
13. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 0:19.
14. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 0:20.
15. Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) 0:20.
16. Pierre Latour (FRA/ALM) 0:25.
17. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 0:25.
18. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:29.
19. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 0:30.
20. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 0:31.
21. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 0:32.
22. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) 0:32.
23. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 0:33.
24. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 0:34.
25. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:36.
26. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:37.
27. Fabio Felline (ITA/TRE) 0:37.
28. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/QST) 0:39.
29. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/BMC) 0:39.
30. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 0:40.
31. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 0:40.
32. Jesus Herrada (ESP/MOV) 0:40.
33. Jasha Sütterlin (GER/MOV) 0:41.
34. Mike Teunissen (NED/SUN) 0:41.
35. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 0:41.
36. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:42.
37. Michael Albasini (SUI/ORI) 0:42.
38. Damien Howson (AUS/ORI) 0:43.
39. Diego Ulissi (ITA/EAU) 0:43.
40. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 0:43.
41. Robert Wagner (GER/LNL) 0:45.
42. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 0:46.
43. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 0:47.
44. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:47.
45. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 0:48.
46. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 0:48.
47. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/TRE) 0:48.
48. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:48.
49. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 0:49.
50. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 0:49.

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