Sunday July 6th, 2014

Stage 2York / Sheffield

Start 11h20 (Local time)

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Shark attack in Sheffield

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.

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News from the sick bay…06.07.2014

Westra the hardest hit

The few crashes in this tricky second stage amidts huge crowds were finally not too harsh on the peloton...

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The Tour de France leaves Yorkshire after two exceptional days which allowed the favourites to gauge themselves...

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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.

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Most agressive rider.

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interview06.07.2014

Chris Froome: "I'm tired"

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.

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4th in stage 2, 2nd overall, leader of the points classification.

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interview06.07.2014

Cyril Lemoine: "It's magic!"

King of the Mountains.

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"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...

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Off the bus quotes06.07.2014

Cavendish: «That's cycling...»

The media scrum of the day took place around the Omega Pharma Quick Step bus...

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Stage Analysis by Bernard Hinault

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The of the town06.07.2014

Amazed by the crowd

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...

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If you believe race director Thierry Gouvenou but also local experts, the second Yorkshire stage amounts to a small Liege-Bastogne-Liege...

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How was the first time ?05.07.2014

Simon Yates (OGE) - The youngest debutant

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...

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Focus on a team05.07.2014

BMC also eye goals in the first week

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...

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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”...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

16:29Top 5

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

2. Greg van Avermaet (BMC), 0.02

3. Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS)

4. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

5. Tony Gallopin (Lotto)

16:27The winner is... Vincenzo Nibali

Nibali wins in Sheffield and takes the yellow jersey.

16:26Nibali at the flamme rouge

Nibali solo

16:242km to go

Nibali attacks

16:23Kadri the most agressive

Blel Kadri has been awarded the Antargaz most agressive rider price of the day.

16:22Contador 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.

16:19Gerrans 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.

16:16Rolland caught

Rolland is caught with 8km to go. All together (about 60 riders).

16:1410km to go

Pierre Rolland is still away with ten kilometres to go and less than ten seconds lead.

16:10Péraud surrenders

Péraud gives up but Rolland continues solo with 13km to go and a small advantage of nine seconds.

16:05Péraud and Rolland continue

Péraud and Rolland keep riding away from the bunch with an advantage of 15 seconds with 16km to go.

16:04Oughtibridge 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.

16:02Kristoff, Yates, Arashiro off the back

Among the riders getting dropped in Oughtibridge Hill: Alexander Kristoff, Simon Yates, Yukiya Arashiro...

16:00Cannondale controls

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.

15:5820km to go

With 20km to go, the peloton has two more climbs ahead. The last one five kilometres before the finish is very steep.

15:55Kittel 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.

15:54Bradfield Hill: 1. Grivko

Ukraine's Andriy Grivko who is from Crimea and wants to remain a Ukrainian passes first atop the Bradfield Hill.

15:51Sky in the lead

Team Sky - and mostly Geraint Thomas - leads the peloton with Astana in second lane.

15:4960 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.

15:46All together again

The 24 leading riders are caught by the main peloton again.

15:4324 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...

15:42Midhopestones Hill: 1. Slagter, 2. Talansky

TJ Slagter and Andrew Talansky, both from Garmin-Sharp, take the first two positions atop Midhopestones Hill.

15:39Voigt and Coquard off the back

Two distinctive jerseys off the back in Midhopestones Hill: Jens Voigt and Bryan Coquard. John Degenkolb is also dropped.

15:34Kadri's breakaway ends

Kadri is caught by the bunch with 35km to go in the Midhopestones Hill.

15:32Tinkoff-Saxo accelerates

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.

15:29Coquard back in the bunch

Courageously, green jersey wearer Bryan Coquard made his way back to the main peloton.

15:23Kadri doesn't wait

Blel Kadri doesn't wait for the five chasers. They're 44 seconds behind him. Peloton at 1.15.

15:15Kadri seems to wait

Kadri looks like waiting for the five chasers.

15:14Five 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.

15:12Kittel 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)...

15:10Kadri 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

15:08Kadri alone atop the Holme Moss

Kadri has dropped Voeckler off before the top of the Holme Moss.

15:06Kittel has a puncture

Marcel Kittel gets a wheel change after a puncture in the Holme Moss.

15:02Voeckler 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.

15:00Team Sky in action

Team Sky accelerates in the climb. Race leader Marcel Kittel gets dropped.

14:59End of the breakaway

Blel Kadri resist at the front but the rest of the breakaway is caught in the ascent to Holme Moss.

14:57Holme 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.

14:52Porte 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...

14:39Less than one minute

With 73km to go, the gap goes under one minute: 55 seconds.

14:31Greetland 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.

14:271.28: the gap goes down

With 82km to go, the gap goes down again: 1.28.

14:26Démare back in the bunch

Arnaud Démare is back in the bunch after puncture, escorted by Mickaël Delage.

14:2535.9km in the third hour

35.9km have been covered in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 37.5km/h.

14:20Ripponden Hill: 1. Lemoine, 2. De La Cruz

Sprint at cat. 3 Ripponden Hill: 1. Lemoine (Cofidis), 2 points, 2. De La Cruz (NetApp), 1

14:12The French champion has a flat

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) has a flat tyre with 93km to go.

14:021.55 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.

13:53Acevedo and De Kort down

Janier Acevedo (Garmin) and once again Koen de Kort (Giant) have crashed in the feed zone.

13:403.20 at the top of the climb

At the top of Oxenhope Moor Hill, the deficit of the peloton is 3.20.

13:39Quémeneur 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.

13:361. Quémeneur, 2. Lemoine

At Oxenhope Moor Hill, Perrig Quémeneur takes 2 points and Cyril Lemoine 1 in the KOM competition.

13:35Quémeneur on the move

Perrig Quémeneur has attacked more than one kilometre from the top of Oxenhope Moor Hill.

13:3436.4km in the second hour

36.4km have been covered in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 38.3km/h.

13:29Breakaway 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).

13:23Time 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.

13:18The 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!

13:12Result of intermediate sprint

Result of the intermediate sprint in Keighley, km 68.5


1.    Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale), 20 points


2.    David De Las Cruz (NetApp), 17


3.    Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), 15


4.    Matthew Busche (Trek), 13


5.    Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Séché), 11


6.    Bart De Clercq (Lotto), 10


7.    Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), 9


8.    Bryan Coquard (Europcar), 8

13:06Kadri wins in Keighley

Blel Kadri (AG2R) passed the sprint line of Keighley in first position.

13:00Hiccup for Mollema

One more crash at the back of the peloton. Bauke Mollema (Belkin) is involved and now chasing to come across.

12:59Time gap: 2.25

Time gap at km 54: 2.25

12:58Time 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.

12:50Sky 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.

12:47De 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.

12:45Hubert: «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...

12:41Time gap: 3.45

Time gap at km 53: 3.47. Tejay van Garderen (BMC) is making his way back to the peloton.

12:39Another crash

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.

12:36Huzarski crashes

Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) crashed at the back of the peloton. He's back.

12:33Lemoine 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.

12:30Crash 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...

12:2640.2km 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.

12:23In 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.”
A couple of minutes ago, Tour director Christian...

12:21Simon 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.

11:54Still 2.45

After 25km of racing, the time gap between the seven leaders and the peloton is still 2.45.

11:52Romain 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....

11:41Time 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.

11:35De Clercq in the breakaway

Bart De Clercq (Lotto) bridges the gap and takes place in the breakaway at km 12.

11:34Giant-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.

11:30De 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.

11:29Fonseca 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.

11:24The 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).

11:22Six riders in the lead

Six riders have broken clear from the gun.

11:19The 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.

11:14Nine categorized climbs today

It's a lumpy course in the hills of Yorkshire!


-    Km 47: Blubberhouses Hill (cat. 4), 1.8km at 6.1%


-    Km 85: Oxenhope Moor Hill (cat. 3), 3.1km at 6.4%


-    Km 112.5: Ripponden Hill (cat. 3), 1.3km at 8.6%


-    Km 119.5: Greetland Hill (cat. 3), 1.6km at 6.7%


-    Km 143.5: Holme Moss (cat. 2), 4.7km at 7%


-    Km 167: Midhopestones Hill (cat. 3), 2.5km at 6.1%


-    Km 175:...

11:13Team 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.

11:11Peter 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...

11:10Jens 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.

11:08Coquard'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...

11:07Marcel 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.

11:05Without Cavendish

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.

11:03In the neutral zone

The peloton is leaving York Racecourse. The neutral zone is 8.5km long.

11:00Welcome

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.

09:42Mark 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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