Sunday July 3rd, 2016

Stage 2Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Start 13h00 (Local time)

An uphill finish for a great spectacle

Sporting stakes02.07.2016Stage 2- Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Mark Cavendish will parade with the yellow jersey for the first time of his life during stage 2 from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. He said he'll respect this iconic symbol of cycling but he's very likely to lose it as the uphill finish is too steep for sprinters of his type. Still in La Manche near the English Channel, it shouldn't be too windy though. Most of the course is protected but a short section exposed to the sea just before the city of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin could lead to splits in the peloton. The very end is very hard. The côte de la Glacerie is 3km long with a maximum gradient of 14%. It's the domain of the explosive puncheurs: Alejandro Valverde, Julian Alaphilippe, Greg van Avermaet, Peter Sagan, Alexis Vuillermoz. Orica-BikeExchange has a dilemma: which leader to choose between Michael Matthews, Michael Albasini and Simon Gerrans? The latter dreams of going back to Angers with the yellow jersey. That's where it all started for him when he agreed to join his first pro team, AG2R, minutes after Tom Boonen's stage victory in 2004. There's another favourite even though he's been quiet so far this year: Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez sees this stage as his only chance of getting the yellow jersey after he wore the pink jersey of the Giro d'Italia and the red jersey – as well as the jersey de oro (the leader's colour then in 2003) – at the Vuelta a España. Cavendish's old dream eventually made true might add to his motivation as another veteran of the peloton.

  • Peter Sagan from rainbow to yellow

    The day after Mark Cavendish took the yellow jersey for the first time, Peter Sagan did so as well as he claimed his fifth stage victory at the Tour de France since his debuts in 2012. The peloton caught breakaway rider Jasper Stuyven 500 metres before the line at the uphill finish at Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. French sensation Julian Alaphilippe took the second place to move into the lead of the best young rider competition.

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