Sunday June 30th, 2013

Stage 2Bastia / Ajaccio

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

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Stage summary30.06.2013 in 17:44Bakelants cooks up a surprise in Ajaccio

With every rider on the same time in general classification there was destined to be a shake up of the general classification in what was effectively a re-start of the hunt for the yellow jersey. If you nominated Jan Bakelants as the rider who would prevail in Ajaccio, take a bow. The 27-year-old from RadioShack-Leopard has been a pro since 2009 but has not won a race in that time. Now he's the leader of the Tour de France. He held off the peloton after an attack that came on the long, flat...

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interview30.06.2013 in 19:14Pierre Rolland - «This effort will not penalise me...»

He has won the white jersey and stages in the Alps at the past two Tours de France but wearing a polka-dot top makes Mr Rolland happy...

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interview30.06.2013 in 18:58RadioShack-Leopard: specialists!

The defending champions in the team classification, RadioShack-Leopard, have twice won this prize at the Tour de France (2012 and also 2010). Two out of three... ain't bad! The victory in the stage by Jan Bakelants in Ajaccio gave his team the victory for the stage but also moved it up to the lead in the general classification. There are advantages of being ranked high in this category as the order of departure for the team time trial on Tuesday is determined by this; only the yellow...

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interview30.06.2013 in 18:32Michal Kwiatowski - «I just came here to learn...»

After finishing the second stage in third place, the Polish champion will swap his national coloured jersey for a white one as leader of the youth classification at in his first Tour de France. There was a suggestion that he might be able to post a good GC result himself but that's not something he's thinking about.

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interview30.06.2013 in 18:26Marcel Kittel - «Probably the best thing that a cyclist can
do...»

The winner of stage one last over 17 minutes in stage two but Marcel Kittel still has one of his original three prize jerseys. Yellow and white have gone to other riders but the German still has green and he's still smiling...

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interview30.06.2013 in 18:15Jan Bakelants - «It felt so easy in the break...»

He won the Tour de l'Avenir back in 2008 and, the next year Jan Bakelants turned professional with a Belgian team. He's not won a race since. Not until today, that is. He surprised the commentators but also himself. He felt strong and that's what he was; his belief in himself stopped «another win of Sagan» from happening. He tells the story of his victory in Ajaccio...

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Sporting stakes29.06.2013 in 18:53Mountains of opportunity en route to Ajaccio

The winner of stage one didn't even want to consider what might happen when he first rides the Tour de France as the race leader. Generally, he could hope to keep the yellow jersey for a few days but without time bonuses – and with everyone in the peloton on the same time after the race to Bastia – it's highly likely that there'll be a change in leadership.
The race from Bastia to Ajaccio is far from a standard second stage of the Tour; it features three climbs, including the...

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