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

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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17:30Bakelants takes the yellow jersey

The new leader of the Tour de France is also the stage winner today, Jan Bakelants has an advantage of one second over David Millar (GRS). We await confirmation of the other places on GC before posting the top five...

17:27The top five in stage two

The RadioShack team has picked up a stage win... and the yellow jersey. The provisional top five is:

1. Jan Bakelants (BEL) RLT - 156km in 3h43'11"

2. Peter Sagan (SLO) CAN at 1"

3. Michal Kwiatowski (POL) OPQ at 1"

4. Davide Cimolai (ITA) LAM at 1"

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) SKY at 1"

17:24Bakelants wins the stage!

Jan Bakelants has held off the chase and won his first stage of the Tour de France.

17:23RadioShack in the hunt for a stage win...

The RadioShack team looks like it might pick up a win.

17:222km to go: 8" lead

With 2km to go, Chavanel's group is eight seconds ahead of the peloton. Bakelantsis hasopened a little gap and now he's committed to chasing the stage win. Chavanel leads the pursuit and the bunch is closing in quickly.

17:203km to go

There are three riders from Garmin-Sharp at the front of the peloton that is 10" behind Chanvanel, Fuglsang, Izagirre, Mori, Bakelants and Flecha inside the final 3km.

17:1910" lead for six

Chavanel's group is 10" ahead of the peloton that narrowly escaped an incident with a dog.

Tip for spectators at bike races: Leave The Dog At Home!

17:185km to go

Bakelants, Gorka Izagirre, Fuglsang, Mori, Chavanel and Flecha are the riders in the lead with 5km to go. Cannondale has two men at the front of the chase...

17:16Six in the lead

There are now six men at the front of the stage, including Chavanel, Flecha... an Euskatel rider, Astana, Lampre and RadioShack are also represented.

17:15Attack by the birthday boy

On his 34th birthday, Sylvain Chavanel has gone on the attack. He has blasted past Gautier and is now in the lead of the stage.

17:14Gautier continues on alone...

Gautier has a lead of just 8" inside the final 8km of the stage. It's Astana leading the chase with Saxo-Tinkoff behind him. The attack was good but it's not likely to be good enough to win the stage... the peloton is right on his tail.

17:12Froome caught..

Froome has safely reached the bottom of the descent and he's now been caught by Roche (TST) and Evans (BMC).

17:12Gautier inside the final 10km

Froome, it seems, has attacked to keep himself safe for the descent. He is 7" behind Gautier who is less than 10km from the finish.

17:10Froome goes ahead!

Froome has attacked the peloton and he is now in pursuit of Gautier. There is daylight behind the Sky team's leader and none of the other GC favourites are able to match his pace.

17:09Gautier on his own...

Gautier is insisting with his attack. He is within sight of the peloton that is now being led by none other than Froome...!

17:09Porte leading the peloton

Porte is ahead of Froome at the front of the peloton that is in pursuit of Flecha and Gautier. Evans is on the wheel of Froome and the GC riders are about catch the stage leaders.

17:08Gautier into the lead

Gautier and Flecha are insisting with their efforts. Now we see Roche leading the peloton that is about 100m behind the two stage leaders.

17:07The final climb...

Flecha (VCD) is the first to attack on the final climb of the stage. He is being chased by a Europcar rider, Gautier. They have opened a good gap on the peloton.

17:03Sojasun with three up front

There are now three Sojasun riders at the front of the bunch with about 5km to go before the final climb of the stage which has an average gradient of 8.9 per cent. It's steep but short.

As that was typed, El Fares (SOJ) has punctured his rear tyre.

16:5920km to go

The final climb is just 1km long and the top is 12km from the finish. The bunch is now inside the final 20km of the stage and still it's BMC, Sky, and RadioShack at the front... but Sojasun is also sending some riders forward.

16:56Millar in the lead group... another yellow jersey for Garmin?

For now, the virtual leader of the Tour de France is David Millar. He was fourth in stage one and all those who finished ahead of him are in a group that has already lost over eight minutes... and that deficit is growing.

16:52RadioShack send troops forward

With 25km to go, there is a group of RadioShack riders arriving at the front of the race. Andy Schleck can be seen but there are a variety of teams setting the tempo: Garmin, Sky, BMC and RadioShack... with Astana nestled in close behind Andy.

16:49A new rider for each prize jersey today...

Marcel Kittel leads the general, points and youth classifications. Lobato leads the climbing classification... both riders are in the group that is over seven minutes behind the peloton. Millar (fourth overall after stage one) is apparently in the lead group... he has worn the yellow jersey before (in 2000) will today be a chance for him to, once again, lead the Tour de France?

16:45Kittel losing more time...

Kittel is now in a larger group of riders but they are losing time to the lead peloton that is now over seven minutes further up the road. Kristoff (second overall) and van Poppel (third overall) are in the group with the yellow jersey.

16:43Wind blows from the right on the finishing straight

Earlier today there was a light breeze coming off the water at the site of the finish in Ajaccio but it has turned and the wind will now hit the riders from the right side as they race towards the finish which is 32km away for the peloton.

16:39Brookwalter setting the tempo

The BMC team has put Brookwalter on the front of the peloton since the top of the third climb. He is now setting the tempo... could this mean that we'll see the world champion, Philippe Gilbert, try his luck with an attack on the final climb of the stage? The directeur sportif, John Lelangue, told this morning that this could be an option... even if it's not the priority of the Tour - which, of course, is to win the yellow jersey with Cadel Evans.

16:3540km to go

The yellow jersey will change today. Kittel is currently 6'15" behind and although his group is pulling back some time, it's not possible for them to catch the main peloton as there are less than 40km to go. There are about nine others in the group that includes the yellow jersey and it includes Danny van Poppel (who wears the white jersey today).

16:33Cannondale continue to set the pace

Peter Sagan missed out on picking up any points at the finish of stage one but he is one of the sprinters who has survived the climbs so far today. That's surely the reason why one of his Cannondale team-mates is at the front of the peloton (along with one from BMC).

Then comes the blue line of Sky riders with Cadel Evans (BMC) nestled in behind the British team.

16:27Rolland waits for peloton

Rolland realises that it's futile to try and hold off the peloton on his own. He is waiting for the bunch that is now inside the final 46km of the 156km stage.

16:2450km to go

Rolland is still on his own in the lead: 30" ahead of the bunch that has a Cannondale and BMC rider at the front. They are inside the final 50km of the stage.

16:20Rolland chasing a third stage win...

Rolland continues to lead the stage. He has won the Alpe d'Huez and La Toussuire stages of the 2011 and 2012 Tours, respectively.

He is currently on his own at the front of the race with an advantage of 35" on the peloton that's led by Sky.

16:19French action at front and back...

The French teams are animating the second stage. Rolland is up the front of the race with a lead of 30" on the peloton. Meanwhile, at the back of the peloton Jean-Christophe Peraud had a flat tyre which was tended to by a team-mate... who sacrificed a wheel to get him going again.

16:17Kadri and Rolland equal with 5pts

There are now two riders at the top of the climbing classifcation standings: Rolland (who led over the col de Vizzavona and collected five points) and Kadri who was second over the top of the third climb and first over the second climb. (Make sense?)

There is one more climb to go in the second stage, it is a cat-3 with 12km to go.

16:13Results of third climb

The points for the col de Vizzavona were won by:

1. Rolland (EUC) 5pts

2. Kadri (ALM) 3pts

3. Feillu (SOJ) 2pts

4. Kiryienka (SKY) 1pt

16:12Rolland in the lead by 20"

Rolland already has a lead of 20". He has blasted past Kadri who is still ahead of the peloton that's led Kiriyenka (SKY).

16:10Rolland attacks

It's a showdown between the French teams today. After a long stint of seeing FDJ at the front, we see Rolland (EUC) on the attack. The best young rider of the 2011 Tour has already caught Kadri and the two Frenchmen are in the lead.

Now comes an attack by Feillu (SOJ)...

Is there a rider from any other country willing to join this party?

16:06Kadri stopped by mechanical

Kadri had a lead of just 20" and then he had to stop to get Mavic neutral service to fix his bike. His chain came off but the problem was quickly solved and he's still on his own at the front of the stage.

16:03Kadri on third climb

The stage leader is 4.6km from the top of the third climb. Kadri has a lead of just 22" on the FDJ-led peloton. The current ascent is the first cat-2 of the 2013 Tour. At the top there are points for the first four: 5, 3, 2 and 1.

16:01Kadri continues on alone

Kadri (ALM) is still in the lead but there is a showdown between other French teams unfolding at the front of the bunch. is leading the pursuit of the AG2R rider and behind FDJ is Europcar... then comes a selection from BMC, Sky and Saxo-Tinkoff.

15:56Kadri leads Kittel by 2'55"

Kittel (ARG) was dropped by the peloton on the second climb. The yellow jersey is now 2'55" behind the stage leader who is 40" ahead of the peloton.

15:55Result of second climb

The points of the col de la Serra were won by:

1. Blel Kadri (ALM) 2pts

2. David Veilleux (EUC) 1pt

There are now two riders with two points in the climbing classification: Boom and Kadri... reel in Voeckler

Voeckler's show is almost over. He is within sight of the FDJ-led peloton and the King of the Mountains of last year achieved nothing with his attack... other than confirm that old habits die hard: he can't resist the temptation to attack.

15:52Voeckler in the final kilometre of climb

Kadri leads Voeckler by 45". It could be that Veilleux is waiting for his team leader rather than try and match the Frenchman in the lead.

Kadri is about to collect two points for the cat-3 climb.

The crowds are out in force on the second climb but there were virtually no spectators on the first ascent of stage two.

15:50Kadri alone at the front

Veilleux cannot match the pace of Kadri and the AG2R La Mondial rider is now on his own with 1km to go on the second climb of the stage.

15:49Five FDJ riders lead peloton

The peloton is about 20" behind Voeckler and five riders from the FDJ team are setting the pace...

15:48Kittel dropped

At the same time that Voeckler attacked, Kittel lost contact with the peloton. Voeckler is now 40" behind Kadri and Veilleux.

15:47Voeckler into 3rd place

Voeckler has raced past Boom and Perez Moreno and he is now in third place in the stage. The Europcar manager, Jean-René Bernaudeau promised that his team would attack stages two and three like it was the final week of the Tour. That's what the expression on Voeckler's face right now is suggesting he's doing.

15:46Voeckler on the attack

He didn't contest the French championships but Thomas Voeckler (EUC) is already showing the attacking style that netted him the polka-dot jersey in the 2012 Tour. He has bolted ahead of the peloton at the same time that Kittel has been dropped.

15:44Cavendish dropped

There are now a number of riders being dropped by the peloton that's 1'15" behind the two stage leaders. is setting the pace but it's too fast for Cavendish, Steegmans and about three others...

15:43Average speed for second hour

The average speed for the second hour was 34.4km/h. The average for the first two hours of stage two: 40.0km/h.

15:42Boom and Perez Moreno waiting for peloton

Kadri and Veilleux are now on their own at the front of the stage. There was a surge by the Canadian and the Frenchman responded but the Dutchman and Spaniard just shrugged their shoulders and seemed to say, 'We'll wait.'

15:40Leaders on second climb

The escapees are 1'15" ahead of the peloton and are about to start the ascent of the Col de la Serra. This is 5.2km long with an average gradient of 6.9 per cent. The top is at an altitude of 809m.

15:37Advantage grows again...

The speed set by Garmin-Sharp on the way to the top of the climb helped reduce the advantage of the escapees but it has grown again and we currently see Geert Steegmans of Omega on the front of the bunch that is 50" behind Perez Moreno's quartet.

15:34Escape almost over...

At the top, the peloton was just 30" behind the four escapees who have been on the attack since the 3km mark. They have covered 74km today.

The race jury has asked the team cars behind the break to pull over which means that they believe capture is imminent.

15:32Kittel close to the front

This climb may reach an altitude of 723m but it hasn't proven to be too difficult for the yellow jersey. In fact, no riders have been dropped as the bunch makes its way to the top of the col de Bellagranajo.

15:31Garmin leading peloton to the top

There are riders from Garmin-Sharp now at the front of the peloton that is 55" behind the Perez Moreno group. Alongside the American team are several Sky riders and, on the other side of the road, the green jerseys of Cannondale.

15:28Boom takes two points

Boom (BEL) is currently the leader of the climbing classification. He has beaten Perez Moreno (EUS) to the line of the first climb of stage two.

15:27Veilleux attacks

There was an acceleration from Veilleux (EUC) but he was marked by Kadri and then Perez and Boom. The Canadian is surging again and he leads the way to the line but still the others follow him and he fails to gain any advantage.

15:26Leaders 1km from top

Kadri, Veilleux, Perez Moreno and Boom are inside the final kilometre of the first climb. They're starting to watch each other as there are two points - and thus the lead in the climbing classificatioin - on offer at the top.

They are 1'30" ahead of the peloton.

15:20Strong Sky presence at front of peloton

Stannard (SKY) is one of the riders to have crashed in stage one but he's now leading the peloton up the slopes of the first categorised climb today. Behind him are a number of other riders from his team including the leader, Froome who was riding alongside Siutsou.

15:19Dan Martin punctures

Dan Martin (GRS) has just had a flat front tyre but he has stopped to get a quick while change.

The next to get a flat is Seb Minard of AG2R.

15:17Movistar getting ready...

There are now a group of Movistar riders moving to the front of the bunch. They are coming up the right-hand side of the road. Two from this Spanish team have previously won at the Tour de France - Valverde (who, most recently, claimed the stage victory at Peyragudes last year) and Rui Costa who won at Super Besse in 2011.

15:12Leaders on col de Bellagranajo

The first cat-3 climb of the 100th Tour is a 6.6km long ascent with an average gradient of 4.6 per cent. The four stage leaders have reached the foot of this hill and they have a lead of 1'50".

15:10Katusha send two forward

The first cat-3 climb of the 2013 Tour is about to be raced. There are two riders from the Katusha team moving to the front of the bunch that is now just 1'40" behind Perez Moreno's quartet.

15:04Dropping down to Corte

There was a steep climb with 100km to go and the leaders of the stage have crested the top and they are now in aero tucks as they descend down to the town of Corte. Their advantage is down to 2'00". The maximum gain so far today was around 3'15" at the 13km mark.

14:59Climbing in small chainring

The four escapees have 100km to go and they have all shifted into the small chainring as they make their way up the first climb of the stage.

14:53Four lead by 2'20"

Of the four in the lead of the stage, none have previously won a stage of the Tour de France. Perez Moreno is a regular attacker but his best result from six previous starts is seventh in stage 14 of the 2008 race (in Digne-les-Bains).

His quartet is 2'20" ahead of the peloton.

14:46Goss crashed because all his spoke were broken... spoke with Brett Lancaster before the stage today and asked about the accident of Matt Goss in the finale of stage one. The lead-out man explained what happened...

“He survived the first crash; he was on my wheel and I was following [Geert] Steegmans and he was caught up in one of the falls but I didn't go down, luckily, and Gossie also got through.

"It was looking quite good for him but someone took out his front wheel and he lost all his spokes... they...

14:42Average speed for first hour...

The escapees have covered 45.6km in the opening hour of stage two. The road will now start to rise and we can expect the pace to ease a little as they second hour will send the peloton up to the col de Bellagranajo.

14:41Four teams share the work

Lotto-Belisol, Omega Pharma-Quickstep, Argos-Shimano and Cannondale all have riders swapping off at the front of the peloton that is now 3'10" behind the four escapees.

14:36Lelangue: ??It could be a good stage for Philippe...? contacted the directeur sportif for BMC Racing this morning and asked if there might be a temptation for Philippe Gilbert to try and go for a stage win. John Lelangue acknowledged that the course does suit the strengths of the world champion but the first priority will always be to ensure that the team's leader, Cadel Evans is safe. “The final climb is well located for Philippe,” said the Belgian DS. “But we'll have to determine our tactics as we get near the...

14:28Results of intermediate sprint

The full result for the sprint at the 33km mark are:

1. Boom (BEL) 20pts

2. Veilleux (EUC) 17pts

3. Kadri (ALM) 15pts

4. Perez Moreno (EUS) 13pts

5. Greipel (LTB) 11pts - at 2'40"

6. Sagan (CAN) 10pts

7. Van Poppel (VCD) 9pts

8. Cavendish (OPQ) 8pts

9. Goss (OGE) 7pts

10. Kristoff (KAT) 6pts

11. Steegmans (OPQ) 5pts

12. Veelers (ARG) 4pts

13. Bouhanni (FDJ) 3pts

14. Kittel (ARG) 2pts


14:25Greipel takes 5th place

Greipel has taking fifth place at the intermediate sprint, beating Sagan and Cavendish to the line.

14:24Cannondale begin the lead-out

There are five Cannondale riders setting Peter Sagan up for the intermediate sprint. They have 1,000m to go and they are in a drag race with Argos-Shimano...

14:23Four riders take points

Lars Boom (BEL) has led the three other escapees over the line for the intermediate sprint. The Dutchman claims another 20 points (making his total 40) while Veilleux was second, Kadri third and Perez Moreno fourth.

Full results to follow once the peloton reaches the 33km mark.

14:214km to go to sprint

The peloton is 3'10" behind the four escapees at the 29km mark. The escapees are about to contest the sprint for points in Castello-di-Rostino.

14:19New aero helmets on display...

Most of the riders from the Saxo-Tinkoff team have new aerodynamic helmets from their supplier Specialized today... but not all of them. The leader - two-time Tour champion - Alberto Contador has a more traditional shape.

Sky has also helped develop a new design that will feature a shifting lid that can be pulled forwards to close the vents (when aerodynamics will assist the rider) or backwards to open the vents and cool the rider.

14:15Comments from Philippe Gilbert

“It's a tough stage today,” said the world champion Philippe Gilbert when interviewed by one of the Tour's ‘Jeune Reporters' (young reporters) this morning, “and that is what I personally wanted. I hope it will work to my advantage!

“It is true that yesterday we had quite a nervous race and I hope this will be the case again today as there will be many riders who will be thinking about the climbs today. The goal will be to win... so we'll see how it goes,” said an...

14:09Simon in the peloton

At the 19km mark, Julien Simon has been caught by the peloton. There are now just four men ahead of the bunch that's now led by Omega Pharma.

14:06Sojasun continue leading peloton

There are still riders from the French wildcard team Sojasun at the front of the peloton that is 2'20" behind the four stage leaders. Simon is is still on his own, with just the company of a Mavic neutral spares vehicle and his team car, and it's clear that he's sitting up and waiting for the bunch.

14:05Comments from Brett Lancaster about stage two

The profile for stage two would suggest that it's a day for either Simon Gerrans or Michael Albasini. spoke with their team-mate, Brett Lancaster this morning and asked: what was the talk about on the bus – the ‘famous' bus - this morning?
“Yeah, they are in our plans," said Lancaster. "Either Albasini or ‘Gerro' or maybe Daryl Impey. We'll have some guys kicking around and trying to get up there. I think Gerrans was 15th in the sprint yesterday so he's going...

14:01Advantage up to 3'00"

At the 13km mark, the peloton is 3'00" behind Kadri, Boom, Veilleux and Perez. Three Sojasun riders are, curiously, now at the front of the peloton even though he has a team-mate - Julien Simon - in between the escape group and the peloton.

13:57Sprint teams leading peloton

Argos-Shimano, Omega Pharma-Quickstep and Cannondale are the teams that have put riders at the front of the peloton that is now 2'45" behind the four leaders.

13:56Boom in the break for the second successive day

Lars Boom won the intermediate sprint of stage one as part of the breakaway group yesterday. The Dutchman is part of the escape again today. His attack lasted 174km. He finished 113th in the stage to Bastia.

13:54Two birthdays in the peloton today

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) will celebrate his birthday on the Tour de France. The rider who has won stages of the races and worn yellow, polka-dot and green jerseys at one point during his 12 previous appearances is 34 today.

Marcus Burghardt is another rider who has won a stage of the Tour in the past (in St-Etienne in 2008) who celebrates a birthday today. The German from BMC is contesting the race for the sixth time.

13:52Simon still trying to bridge the gap

The riders in the escape are:

- Ruben Perez (ESP) EUS

- David Veilleux (CAN) EUC

- Lars Boom (NED) BEL

- Blel Kadri (FRA) ALM

Julien Simon is still on his own between the leading four and the peloton.

13:491'00" at 6km

The peloton is now spread out across the road and the pace has eased allowing the escapees to build their advantage up to one minute at the 6km mark.

13:48Perez Moreno 18th overall after stage one

Of the four in the lead, the best on GC is the Euskaltel rider Ruben Perez Moreno. He was 18th in the stage to Bastia yesterday.

His quartet is now being chased by Julien Simon of Sojasun.

The peloton is at 15".

13:46The four escapees...

Veilleux (EUC), Kadri (ALM), Perez Moreno (EUS), Boom (BEL) are the riders who are currently 12" ahead of the peloton.

13:45Tony Martin will start despite injuries...

There are numerous injured riders in the peloton after several crashes in stage one. The official medical report offers appraisals of 15 men, with the longest list of ailments going to ‘Pantserwagen' – as Tony Martin's team manager, Patrick Lefévère, calls him. The time trial world champion lost a lot of skin and had some nasty cuts but he announced this morning that he will start the stage.

13:44Belkin bridging to leading trio

There are now four riders in the lead of the stage. The peloton is in one long line that indicates the speed is rapid early in stage two. So far they have covered four kilometres and the leading quartet have an advantage of about 200m.

13:43Voigt also on the attack...

The irrepressible Jens Voigt (RSH) is one of the riders currently trying to establish an escape group but he and the other early attackers have been caught and now a new bout is beginning with one rider each from AG2R, Europcar and Euskaltel-Euskadi.

13:41Racing in stage two!

The official start of the second stage of the 100th Tour de France came at 1.40pm. There are 198 riders still in the race. Belkin sent a rider on the attack immediately and he is looking to see who can catch up and share the work in an escape.

13:40Yellow race numbers for Vacansoleil-DCM

The efforts of Danny van Poppel, Kris Broekmans and Sergey Lagutin gave the Vacansoleil-DCM team the lead in the team classification. They will wear yellow race numbers today to show this status.

13:36Puncture for Kadri

The riders are yet to reach the site of the official start but Blel Kadri (ALM) has stopped to get a new wheel after a puncture in the neutral zone.

13:34Prize classification review: part 04 ?? white jersey

The race leader is one of 35 riders eligible for the youth classification, thus Marcel Kittel was presented with a white jersey as well as yellow and green. The third rider in the stage, Danny van Poppel (VCD) will get to wear a prize jersey in his first Tour at the age of just 19.

The winner of the white jersey in 2012, Tejay van Garderen (BMC), finished the first stage in 195th place. He lost no time but it's worth noting that he's ranked last in the youth classification.

13:31Prize classification review: part 03 ?? polka-dot jersey

One of yesterday's five escapees claimed the single point on offer on the only categorised climb: Juan José Lobato (EUS) is contesting his first Tour de France and after one day, he's earned himself a polka-dot jersey.
There are four climbs in the 156km stage from Bastia to Ajaccio: they are the col de Bellagranajo (cat-3 at 70km), the col de la Serra (cat-3 at 85km), the col de Vizzavonna (cat-2 at 95.5km), and the côte du Salario (cat-3 at 144km).

The points for cat-3 climbs...

13:30Prize classification review: part 02 ?? green jersey

Kittel's win yesterday earned him 45 points in the sprinters' classification. He was presented with a green jersey after stage one but cannot wear it in the race (as he's clad in yellow). The rider in second, Kristoff is thus in the ‘maillot vert' for the race to Ajaccio.

Thanks to his first place in the intermediate sprint, Lars Boom (BEL) is in sixth place even though he didn't collect a point at the finish.

The intermediate sprint for stage two comes early, in...

13:28Prize classification review: part 01 ?? yellow jersey

After 213km of his second Tour de France, Germany's Marcel Kittel (ARG) is the leader of the race. He wears the yellow jersey for the first time. The 25-year-old made his debut in the race last year but suffered stomach ailment as early as stage one and eventually abandoned during the fifth stage of the 99th Tour. His win yesterday was his 12th for the season.
All of the riders were awarded the same time as the winner because of the confusion caused by the bus incident at the...

13:27Rolling in the neutral zone

Marcel Kittel (ARG) is at the front of the peloton that has just started to make its way through the neutral zone in Bastia. It's warm today and he's wearing yellow knicks to match the 'maillot jaune' he wears for the first time. Beside him are the other riders in prize jerseys, Danny van Poppel (VCD), Juan José Lobato (EUS) and Alexander Kristoff (KAT).

13:20Welcome to the live coverage of stage two

The 156km stage from Bastia to Ajaccio is scheduled to start at 1.25pm with a 6.5km neutral zone before the white flag will be waved to send the riders on their way up and over three climbs that are a feature of the second day of racing in the 100th Tour de France. The mountains come early in the Tour this year and the route today includes three category-three ascents and the category-two col de Vizzavona that reaches an altitude of 1,163 metres.

The finish is very much at sea level,...


Jersey wearers after the stage 21

Classifications after the stage 21


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These five riders have won sprint stages of the 100th Tour de France. Of these five, who do you think will win in Paris?

  • Marcel Kittel14.93%
  • Simon Gerrans1.08%
  • Mark Cavendish54.21%
  • André Greipel5.5%
  • Peter Sagan24.28%
14123 votes

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