The Shark of the Strait, aka Vincenzo Nibali, claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France as he rode away from the main peloton with 2km to go into stage 2 to Sheffield after surviving all the climbs of West and South Yorkshire. The Italian champion is the new race leader with an advantage of two seconds over Peter Sagan who lost the stage but took the lead in the points classification, which is his main goal this year.read more
News from the sick bay…06.07.2014
The few crashes in this tricky second stage amidts huge crowds were finally not too harsh on the peloton...read more
The Tour de France leaves Yorkshire after two exceptional days which allowed the favourites to gauge themselves...read more
Alberto Contador attacked sharply in the finale before Vincenzo Nibali's victorious move and he said he felt in good shape in this satrting Tour de France.read more
On the attack in the finale like most other favourites, Tour de France champion Chris Froome admitted he was a bit worn out by two tough days of racing in Yorkshire.read more
4th in stage 2, 2nd overall, leader of the points classification.read more
"This is wonderful victory! It pays me off for all the sacrifices. The beginning of the season has been a difficult one for me but I've trained hard with my team-mates for the Tour de France and my confidence is now boosted by the two victories I just got, at the Italian championship and here today. But I want to keep working with serenity. My main goal is to get a good result at the end of the Tour de France. I don't want to lose my head. The Tour is a very hard race. I'm superstitious so I...read more
Off the bus quotes06.07.2014
The media scrum of the day took place around the Omega Pharma Quick Step bus...read more
The of the town06.07.2014
The huge crowds lining the roads of the first stage of the Tour to Harrogate were on everybody's lips at the start of stage 2 at the York racecourse...read more
See you at XXX km06.07.2014
If you believe race director Thierry Gouvenou but also local experts, the second Yorkshire stage amounts to a small Liege-Bastogne-Liege...read more
How was the first time ?05.07.2014
The youngest Tour newcomer at 21, even though he is not the youngest rider in the race - Dutchman Danny van Poppel made his Tour debut at 20 a year ago...read more
Focus on a team05.07.2014
Of course the long-term plan of Team BMC is to lead Tejay Van Garderen to the best possible position in Paris in three weeks...read more
Nine categorized climbs are listed on the route of stage 2 that will pass through Haworth, the village of the Brontë sisters, the famous novelists, but riders will find it hard to recover between the climbs as there's no flat terrain on that itinerary from York to Sheffield. French cycling legend Bernard Hinault described the race as “the equivalent of Liège-Bastogne-Liège” when he went to reconnoitre it on his bike in March with local pros Russel and Dean Downing. “The badger”...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
2. Greg van Avermaet (BMC), 0.02
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS)
4. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
5. Tony Gallopin (Lotto)
|16:27||The winner is... Vincenzo Nibali|
Nibali wins in Sheffield and takes the yellow jersey.
|16:26||Nibali at the flamme rouge|
|16:24||2km to go|
|16:23||Kadri the most agressive|
Blel Kadri has been awarded the Antargaz most agressive rider price of the day.
|16:22||Contador tests himself, Froome attacks|
Action is on at the head of the peloton in the last hill. Froome is first atop the Jenkin Road hill and scores his first point in the KOM competition.
|16:19||Gerrans at the back of the bunch|
Orica-GreenEdge leads the bunch but possibly for Michael Albasini as Simon Gerrans seems to suffer at the back of the pack.
Rolland is caught with 8km to go. All together (about 60 riders).
|16:14||10km to go|
Pierre Rolland is still away with ten kilometres to go and less than ten seconds lead.
Péraud gives up but Rolland continues solo with 13km to go and a small advantage of nine seconds.
|16:05||Péraud and Rolland continue|
Péraud and Rolland keep riding away from the bunch with an advantage of 15 seconds with 16km to go.
|16:04||Oughtibridge Hill: 1. Rolland, 2. Péraud|
Pierre Rolland (Europcar) precedes JC Péraud (AG2R) atop Oughtibridge Hill. Cyril Lemoine now has a very high chance of getting the polka dot jersey in Sheffield.
|16:02||Kristoff, Yates, Arashiro off the back|
Among the riders getting dropped in Oughtibridge Hill: Alexander Kristoff, Simon Yates, Yukiya Arashiro...
Most of the sprinters have been dropped, so Cannondale leads the bunch and controls for Peter Sagan who is the hot favorite at this stage.
|15:58||20km to go|
With 20km to go, the peloton has two more climbs ahead. The last one five kilometres before the finish is very steep.
|15:55||Kittel at ten minutes|
The group of the yellow jersey is cruising ten minutes behind the main peloton. There'll be a different race leader in Sheffield.
|15:54||Bradfield Hill: 1. Grivko|
Ukraine's Andriy Grivko who is from Crimea and wants to remain a Ukrainian passes first atop the Bradfield Hill.
|15:51||Sky in the lead|
Team Sky - and mostly Geraint Thomas - leads the peloton with Astana in second lane.
|15:49||60 riders in the main peloton|
The main peloton is formed of about 60 riders including all the GC favorites but also Peter Sagan and Simon Gerrans.
|15:46||All together again|
The 24 leading riders are caught by the main peloton again.
|15:43||24 riders in the lead|
24 riders form a front group after Garmin-Sharp put the hammer down in Midhopestones Hill, including Sagan, Contador, Froome, Nibali, Talansky...
|15:42||Midhopestones Hill: 1. Slagter, 2. Talansky|
TJ Slagter and Andrew Talansky, both from Garmin-Sharp, take the first two positions atop Midhopestones Hill.
|15:39||Voigt and Coquard off the back|
Two distinctive jerseys off the back in Midhopestones Hill: Jens Voigt and Bryan Coquard. John Degenkolb is also dropped.
|15:34||Kadri's breakaway ends|
Kadri is caught by the bunch with 35km to go in the Midhopestones Hill.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team accelerates to reduce the gap. Kadri's lead is reduced to 25 seconds while the five chasers are reeled in by the main peloton.
|15:29||Coquard back in the bunch|
Courageously, green jersey wearer Bryan Coquard made his way back to the main peloton.
|15:23||Kadri doesn't wait|
Blel Kadri doesn't wait for the five chasers. They're 44 seconds behind him. Peloton at 1.15.
|15:15||Kadri seems to wait|
Kadri looks like waiting for the five chasers.
|15:14||Five chasers behind Kadri|
Five riders are timed 24 seconds behind the lone leader Blel Kadri: Tony Martin (OPQS), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Cyril Gautier and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar). The group of the favorites is at one minute.
|15:12||Kittel at 3.23|
Marcel Kittel cross the line of the summit of Holme 3.23 behind Kadri. Among the other sprinters off the back: Démare (FDJ), Coquard (Europcar)...
|15:10||Kadri wins at Holme Moss|
Result of 2nd category climb Holme Moss:
1. Blel Kadri (AG2R), 5 points
at 20 seconds: 2. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), 3
3. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), 2
4. Tony Martin (OPQS), 1
|15:08||Kadri alone atop the Holme Moss|
Kadri has dropped Voeckler off before the top of the Holme Moss.
|15:06||Kittel has a puncture|
Marcel Kittel gets a wheel change after a puncture in the Holme Moss.
|15:02||Voeckler rejoins Kadri|
In the middle of the enormous crowd on the slopes of the Holme Moss, Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is the first man to come across to Blel Kadri.
|15:00||Team Sky in action|
Team Sky accelerates in the climb. Race leader Marcel Kittel gets dropped.
|14:59||End of the breakaway|
Blel Kadri resist at the front but the rest of the breakaway is caught in the ascent to Holme Moss.
|14:57||Holme Moss in sight|
Blel Kadri attacks at the bottom of the Holme Moss, which is the most difficult climb of the day classified in second category. It was the crucial point of the world cup race Leeds Classic from 1994 to 1996. The summit is 524 m above sea level.
|14:52||Porte has a mechanical|
Richie Porte's handlebar is damaged. He stops and calls for a repair. He's back on his bike. Nicolas Roche as well...
|14:39||Less than one minute|
With 73km to go, the gap goes under one minute: 55 seconds.
|14:31||Greetland Hill: 1. Lemoine, 2. De La Cruz|
Atop Greetland Hill, Lemoine (Cofidis) scores two more points for the KOM competition and De La Cruz (NetApp) one. Lemoine virtually leads the KOM classification with six points.
|14:27||1.28: the gap goes down|
With 82km to go, the gap goes down again: 1.28.
|14:26||Démare back in the bunch|
Arnaud Démare is back in the bunch after puncture, escorted by Mickaël Delage.
|14:25||35.9km in the third hour|
35.9km have been covered in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 37.5km/h.
|14:20||Ripponden Hill: 1. Lemoine, 2. De La Cruz|
Sprint at cat. 3 Ripponden Hill: 1. Lemoine (Cofidis), 2 points, 2. De La Cruz (NetApp), 1
|14:12||The French champion has a flat|
Arnaud Démare (FDJ) has a flat tyre with 93km to go.
|14:02||1.55 with 100km to go|
The race is just at half way and the difference between the seven breakaway riders and the peloton is 1.55.
|13:53||Acevedo and De Kort down|
Janier Acevedo (Garmin) and once again Koen de Kort (Giant) have crashed in the feed zone.
|13:40||3.20 at the top of the climb|
At the top of Oxenhope Moor Hill, the deficit of the peloton is 3.20.
|13:39||Quémeneur back with his breakaway companions|
After passing the Oxenhope Moor Hill alone in the lead, Perrig Quémeneur waited for his breakaway companions. Seven riders in the lead again.
|13:36||1. Quémeneur, 2. Lemoine|
At Oxenhope Moor Hill, Perrig Quémeneur takes 2 points and Cyril Lemoine 1 in the KOM competition.
|13:35||Quémeneur on the move|
Perrig Quémeneur has attacked more than one kilometre from the top of Oxenhope Moor Hill.
|13:34||36.4km in the second hour|
36.4km have been covered in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 38.3km/h.
|13:29||Breakaway in Oxenhope Moor Hill|
The breakaway riders are climbing the Oxenhope Moor Hill with an advantage of 2.20. Noted at the head of the peloton: Jack Bauer (Garmin), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Daniele Bennati and Rafal Majka (Tinkoff).
|13:23||Time gap under two minutes|
After 80km of racing, Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) see their advantage going down to 1.45.
|13:18||The race in Haworth|
Breakaway riders are climbing on the cobblestones in Haworth, the village that inspired the Brontë sisters, the famous novelists... A beautiful place!
|13:12||Result of intermediate sprint|
Result of the intermediate sprint in Keighley, km 68.5
|13:06||Kadri wins in Keighley|
Blel Kadri (AG2R) passed the sprint line of Keighley in first position.
|13:00||Hiccup for Mollema|
One more crash at the back of the peloton. Bauke Mollema (Belkin) is involved and now chasing to come across.
|12:59||Time gap: 2.25|
Time gap at km 54: 2.25
|12:58||Time gap on the down|
The peloton has reduced the deficit after Bernhard Eisel suggested riders from Giant-Shimano and Cannondale to speed up a bit.
|12:50||Sky in the lead|
Bernhard Eisel (Team Sky) has come to the head of the peloton alongside the Giant-Shimano riders to set the pace as the main bunch is cruising three minutes behind the seven breakaway riders.
|12:47||De Kort calls for medical treatment|
Koen De Kort (Giant-Shimano) who crashed together with Marcel Kittel is more affected than the Maillot Jaune. He called the race doctor to look after his bleeding knee.
|12:45||Hubert: «The breakaway can last until 40km to go"|
Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne) has probably started sprinting too late in Blubberhouses Hill. Contacted a few minutes earlier by letour.fr, his directeur sportif Emmanuel Hubert said: “We tried to get the polka jersey with Benoît Jarrier yesterday and we try our luck again today. Armindo is good for this job. He's pretty fast and he can sprint uphill. But all seven riders in the front group probably have the same ambition. It'll be hard to do it. I believe this breakaway can last until about...
|12:41||Time gap: 3.45|
Time gap at km 53: 3.47. Tejay van Garderen (BMC) is making his way back to the peloton.
Another crash happens in the bunch in Bubblerhouses Hill, at km 46: Gerrans (Orica) is down again. Also involved Tejay van Garderen and Darwin Atapuma (BMC), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Lieuwe Westra (Astana)... All riders are back on their bike and the peloton is riding slowly.
Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) crashed at the back of the peloton. He's back.
|12:33||Lemoine first at Blubberhouses|
Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) outsprinted Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne) to claim the only point awarded atop teh fourth category climb of Bubberhouses at km 47.
|12:30||Crash with no consequence for Kittel|
The yellow jersey went down! As he was coming across to the peloton with his guardian angel Koen De Kort after answering the call of the nature, Marcel Kittel crashed in the middle of the convoy but with no consequence. Questioned by France Television, Giant-Shimano DS Christian Guiberteau said: "It's no problem for Marcel, just a little crash because there are so many people on the roadside. He's back in the peloton. We control the race for now because we respect the yellow jersey but it's...
|12:26||40.2km in the first hour|
In the first hour of racing, the seven breakaway riders, Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol), have covered 40.2 kilometres.
|12:23||In the press today|
The Grand Départ in Yorkshire is a massive popular success, as reported in The Independent on Sunday this morning: “Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, described the 2014 Grand Départ as ‘the biggest ever event in the north of England'. As the man responsible for bringing le Tour to the White Rose County, perhaps he could be excused for overlooking such events as the Roman conquest and the English Civil War.”
|12:21||Simon called for medical assistance|
Julien Simon (Cofidis) who was the second victim of the crash caused by Mark Cavendish just after Simon Gerrans seems to suffer from a hand injury. He called for the medical assistance car behind the peloton a few minutes ago.
After 25km of racing, the time gap between the seven leaders and the peloton is still 2.45.
|11:52||Romain Bardet: "The terrain inspires me"|
Questioned by letour.fr after he went to reconnoitre stage 2, Romain Bardet wondered if it was smart to launch a breakaway from far. “We rode the last 70 kilometres”, the young Frenchman said. “From Midhopestones Hill onwards, it'll be very tense. The roads are narrow. It's a Liège-Bastogne-Liège type of course, indeed. This kind of terrain inspires me. Part of me says I shouldn't spend too much energy too early in the Tour but on the other hand, I'm also craving for a stage victory....
|11:41||Time gap: 2.45|
The time gap is stabilized at 2.45 at km 16. Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) swap turns with determination.
|11:35||De Clercq in the breakaway|
Bart De Clercq (Lotto) bridges the gap and takes place in the breakaway at km 12.
|11:34||Giant-Shimano leads the bunch|
There's no chase by the peloton, led by Giant-Shimano 2.30 behind the escapees after ten kilometres of racing.
|11:30||De Clercq in between|
Bart De Clercq (Lotto) is in between the six breakaway riders and the peloton, chasing at 20 seconds while the bunch is timed with a deficit of two minutes.
|11:29||Fonseca the first attacker|
The Breton rider Armindo Fonseca is at the origin of the first breakaway of the day, just like his team-mate from wild-card team Bretagne-Séché Environnement did yesterday. A rookie at the Tour de France, Fonseca has a Portuguese name but he was born in Rennes and was developed in his regional team now taking part in the world's biggest race.
|11:24||The leaders are...|
The leaders are... Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (NetApp), Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne) and Blel Kadri (AG2R).
|11:22||Six riders in the lead|
Six riders have broken clear from the gun.
|11:19||The race is on|
The start proper has been given at 11.18. Only one non-starter: Mark Cavendish, as announced by his team earlier this morning.
|11:14||Nine categorized climbs today|
It's a lumpy course in the hills of Yorkshire!
|11:13||Team Sky leads on home soil|
Britain's only team of the Tour de France Team Sky leads the teams classification as Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte made the top 30 yesterday. After stage 1, all the 22 teams of the Tour de France are equal on time.
|11:11||Peter Sagan is still young!|
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) reminds that he's still young. Two years ago in Seraing, Belgium, he became the first rider born in the 1990s to win a stage at the Tour de France. By the way, he'll still be eligible for the white jersey of the U26 category next year. A runner up yesterday, the Slovakian national champion is second in the points competition, on pair with Marcel Kittel. He aims at exchanging the white jersey for the green as soon as possible. It might happen today. Shall he be able...
|11:10||Jens Voigt a climber at 43|
Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) leads the King of the Mountain competition after his solo breakaway yesterday. He needs to do it again today to keep the polka dot jersey. The classification will be completely reshuffled with nine categorized climbs on the course.
|11:08||Coquard's debut in green|
Bryan Coquard (Europcar) wears the jersey of his dream: the green one. It's already the color of his team but the young Frenchman sees his future among the world's top sprinters and at the head of the points classification. A rookie at the Tour de France, he won the bunch sprint for fourth place in the intermediate sprint yesterday and finished fourth in Harrogate. That puts him third in the points ranking behind Kittel and Peter Sagan who are already busy with the yellow and white jersey...
|11:07||Marcel Kittel in yellow|
Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) will enjoy riding in the yellow jersey today, at least until the hills make the race a bit too hard for him. He honestly expects to lose his lead just like last year in stage 2 in Corsica.
Mark Cavendish is a non-starter after the crash he caused in yesterday's final sprint in Harrogate. He said he'll apologize to Simon Gerrans as soon as possible. The Australian champion went down but he's back on the saddle with high ambitions today.
|11:03||In the neutral zone|
The peloton is leaving York Racecourse. The neutral zone is 8.5km long.
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 2 of the 101st Tour de France on www.letour.fr. The riders will cover 201km from York to Sheffield, visiting the counties of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
|09:42||Mark Cavendish calls it quits|
Mark Cavendish will not be able to start the second stage of the Tour de France between York and Sheffield after his crash in the finale of Saturday's first stage in Harrogate, his OPQS manager Patrick Lefevere told journalists.
“Mark had a sleepless night and it's absolutely impossible for him to start. The ligaments binding the shoulder and the collarbone have been hit. We don't know what he has precisely but he cannot continue,” he said.
“He a hard-boiled guy but he's...
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Who is the most likely to win stage 21 on the Champs-Elysées?
- Marcel Kittel37.14%
- Alexander Kristoff12.44%
- André Greipel7.74%
- Mark Renshaw2.15%
- Peter Sagan40.53%