Sagan wins Tour de France stage 2, Contador loses time

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won stage 2 at the Tour de France, outsprinting Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the uphill finish in Cherbourg. The victory and time bonus that came with it put the Tinkoff rider into the yellow jersey as race leader Mark Cavendish lost ground on the final climb.

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won stage 2 at the Tour de France, outsprinting Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the uphill finish in Cherbourg. The victory and time bonus that came with it put the Tinkoff rider into the yellow jersey as race leader Mark Cavendish lost ground on the final climb.

Sagan takes his first ever yellow jersey but it was not all plain sailing for the Russian Tinkoff team. Team leader Alberto Contador crashed for the second day in a row and he was unable to keep up with the best in the finale and ended up losing 48 seconds.

Things were even worse for Richie Porte (BMC) who punctured with 4km to go and had no chance to get back in the hectic finale. With very little support from his teammates, he reached the finish alongside race leader Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), losing a massive 1’45”.

Sagan moved into the race lead with an 8-second advantage over Alaphilippe. He should have an easier day tomorrow in the very long 223.5km stage 3. There’s only an early category 4 climb on an almost completely flat course and so the sprinters are expected to come to the fore on the slightly uphill finishing straight.

Tour de France 2016 – stage 2 results (Saint-Lô – Cherbourg):

1 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

4:02:51

2 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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3 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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4 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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5 Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange)

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6 Wilco Kelderman (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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7 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)

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8 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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9 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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10 Christopher Froome (Sky)

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General classification after stage 2:

1 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

8:34:42

2 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+08”

3 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+10”

4 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)

+14”

5 Christopher Froome (Sky)

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6 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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7 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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8 Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)

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9 Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange)

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10 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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