Sunday June 30th, 2013

Stage 2Bastia / Ajaccio

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

Mountains of opportunity en route to Ajaccio

Sporting stakes29.06.2013Stage 2- Bastia / 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 1,163m high col de Vizzavona. It might be the first Sunday of the 100th Tour but it could help us understand who will be in the yellow jersey on the final Sunday.
Already a number of riders are injured; Alberto Contador was caught in a crash in the finale of stage one and although he finished, he's battered, bruised and is missing some skin. Will this prompt other squads to throw down the gauntlet and try to gain time on the two-time champion? Or will his accident prompt him to come out fighting?
This traditionally a week for the sprinters but stages two and three are on tough terrain, on twisting roads that will inspire opportunists and GC specialists alike.

Stage 2 Bastia / Ajaccio

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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%
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