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TDF 2014 - Stage 2 Report & Photos
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/6/2014
TDF 2014 - Stage 2 Report & Photos
 
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Tour de France 2014 - 5-27 July

7 July, 2014

Stage 2: York - Sheffiled, 201.5km

Nibali triumphs after daring attack.

Vicenzo Nibali, aka the Shark, put himself in yellow with a daring attack in the last two kilmetres of a stage that left the peloton gasping. The Italin champion has a two second advantage over Peter Sagan. Sagan may have lost out on yellow but moved into top spot in the points competition.

Vicenzo Nibali triumphs on Stage 2© Mark Sharon

Seven riders away at the initiative of Fonseca

The day's first headline was the not unexpected withdrawl of Mark Cavendish (OPQS). The injuries sustained in teh previous day's crash menat a new visit to hopsitla and with it no possibility of lning up for the start.,

The day's action was initialed by Breton team Bretagne-Séché Environnement who launched the first attack from the gun for the second straight day. Armindo Fonseca took off accompanied by Perrig Quémeneur (Europcar), Matthew Busche (Trek), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis), David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura) and Blel Kadri (AG2R-La Mondiale). Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Belisol) bridged the gap at km 12 to make it a seven-man breakaway.

The break worked hard to pull out a maximum advantage of 3.55 by the 50km mark. The opening kilometres were a painful time for the peloton with several crashes. The first part of the race was marred by a few crashes in the peloton, one of them involving yellow jersey wearer Marcel Kittel but with no consequence prior to the first categorized climb. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Tejay van Garderen and Darwin Atapuma (BMC) also went down.

Kadri in action at Holme Moss

Cyril Lemoine dominated in the fight for the mountain classification overtaking Jens Voigt after four uphill sprints to become the new King of the Mountains.. Perrig Quémeneur put himself in contention went he took maximum points after soloing over Oxenhope Moor Hill.

Led mostly by Tinkoff-Saxo, the peloton kept the breakaway under control with a deficit of less than two minutes. The escape came to an end in the ascent to the Holme Moss, where Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) rejoined Kadri at the front. However, Kadri rode him off to take the five points awarded at the top of the only second category climb of the day (km 143.5). Kadri was eventually reeled in with 35km to go while Kittel was no longer part of the main peloton.

 Rolland warms up, Nibali finishes off

Several teams principally Sky, Astana, Tinkoff controlled the bunch in order to protect their captains. Cannondale was next to the front to prepare a sprint victory for Peter Sagan. Two riders managed to go away in the Oughtibridge Hill with 18km to go: Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale). Rolland insisted more than his compatriot and got reined in 8km before the finishing line. A fight between the three main favorites of the Tour de France turned into the favor of Vincenzo Nibali as he found the way to escape with two kilometers to go after Alberto Contador tested his legs in the Jenkin Road Hill and Chris Froome accelerated at the top of the hill. The Italian champion was brilliant in staying away solo and showing his national colors as he crossed the finishing line.

Nibali in yellow © Mark Sharon

Sagan leads in the Points Compettion © Mark Sharon

Race Route for 2014

2014 Tour de France Race Route

2014 Tour de France Race Route

Stage List

Stage date To - From Length
Stage 1 Jul 5 Leeds - Harrogate 191 km
Stage 2 Jul 6 York - Sheffield 198 km
Stage 3 Jul 7 Cambridge - London 159 km
Stage 4 Jul 8 Le Touquet - Paris-Plage 164 km
Stage 5 Jul 9 Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 156 km
Stage 6 Jul 10 Arras - Reims 194 km
Stage 7 Jul 11 Épernay - Nancy 233 km
Stage 8 Jul 12 Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
Stage 9 Jul 13 Gérardmer - Mulhouse 166 km
Stage 10 Jul 14 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km
Rest Day 1 Jul 15 Besançon
Stage 11 Jul 16 Besançon - Oyonnax 186 km
Stage 12 Jul 17 Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 183 km
Stage 13 Jul 18 Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 200 km
Stage 14 Jul 19 Grenoble - Risoul 177 km
Stage 15 Jul 20 Tallard - Nîmes 222 km
Rest Day 2 Jul 21 Carcassonne
Stage 16 Jul 22 Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km
Stage 17 Jul 23 Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet 125 km
Stage 18 Jul 24 Pau - Hautacam 145 km
Stage 19 Jul 25 Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour - Bergerac 208 km
Stage 20 Jul 26 Bergerac - Périgueux (ITT) 54 km
Stage 21 Jul 27 Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées 136 km

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Stage 2 Results - Top 50

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 5:08:36
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale  
5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
6 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
9 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
13 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
14 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
15 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
16 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
18 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
19 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
20 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky  
21 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
22 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:16
23 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
24 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida  
25 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
26 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
27 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
29 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
30 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
31 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
32 John Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team  
33 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
34 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
35 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
36 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale  
37 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:35
38 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
39 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
40 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
42 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
43 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
44 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
45 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
46 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
47 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
48 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
49 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
50 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:56

General Classification - Top 50

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 9:52:43
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:02
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
9 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
11 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
12 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
13 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
14 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
16 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
17 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky  
19 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
20 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
21 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
22 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:16
23 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
24 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
25 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
26 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
27 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
29 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
30 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida  
31 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
32 John Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team  
33 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
34 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
35 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
36 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:35
37 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha  
38 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
39 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
40 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr  
41 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
42 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
43 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
44 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
45 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
47 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
48 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
49 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:56
50 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:01:19

 


 
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