Tour de France – Stage 2 – Cavendish. Any Questions?

In one of the most anticipated sprints in recent years due to the sheer depth of the talent in the sprinters pool this year, Mark Cavendish has answered the critics once again beating out my pick Andre Greipel by half a wheel length. In what many thought would be a coming out party for Peter Sagan (who won yesterday) and Marcel Kittel (who was sick today and Veelers took the task) Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel have shown that the veteran guard still have some chips in the game.

The stage was a straight, flat and super fast one today and most of the peloton got through without problems as the run-in to the line had many obstacles and a quickly narrowing “funnel” at 3km to go. Cavendish, who in the post-race interview called himself a bonus rider on the team eluding to the main team responsibility being to Bradley, had to work on his own. He said that he looked for Oscar Freire who is known for being very adept at navigating his way through the bunch and finding a good position without teammates. Cav found Greipel’s wheel and had the finishing speed. That’s one stage win… more to come?

Tomorrow, we’ve got 197km to Boulogne Sur Mer as the Tour steps back onto native French soil and shoots toward the coast of Brittany. It’s a lumpy affair with six categorized climbs and an uphill finish at 700m at 7.4%. Cadel Evans is still looking to put some doubt into Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara can power up 700m effectively, and Peter Sagan will love this finish. Should be fun. Watch Sagan.

Stage 2 Top Six
1. Mark Cavendish (SKY)
2. Andre Greipel (LTB)
3. Matt Goss (OGN)
4. Tom Veelers (ARG)
5. Alessandro Petacchi (LAM)
6. Peter Sagan (LIQ)

Full Stage 2 Results:

Overall Classification after Stage 2
1. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)_____10h02’31”
2. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_______+7″
3. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)______+7″
4. Tejay VanGarderen (BMC)_____+10″
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)__+11″
6. Denis Menchov (KAT)_________+13″
7. Philippe Gilbert (BMC)______+13″
8. Cadel Evans (BMC)___________+17″
9. Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ)_______+18″
10. Ryder Hesjedal (GRS)_______+18″

24. Nicolas Roche (ALM)________+25″

28. Robert Gesink (RAB)________+26″

30. Jurgen Van DenBroeck (LTB)_+28″

33. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+29″

36. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)___+35″

40. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+37″

42. Frank Schleck (RNT)_______+38″

45. Sammy Sanchez (EUS)_____+40″

50. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)_____+45″

Full Overall Classification:


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