Tour de France 2013 Stage 2 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights

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Tour de France 2013 Stage 2 Results: Winner, Leaderboard and Highlights
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Marcel Kittel's hold on the yellow jersey was short-lived, as the Day 1 victor fell off the pace and gave up the overall lead to Jan Bakelants, who won the second stage at the Tour de France.

On an absolutely beautiful day on the road from Bastia to Ajaccio, Bakelants broke away from the main pack with five other riders with about five kilometers remaining.

He eventually pulled away from the lead group—which was absorbed by the main group of riders in fast pursuit—with about a kilometer to go and barely held off a slew of sprinting challengers to earn the stage and yellow jersey by just a second.

It was a pretty gripping finish, especially on a day when so many of the sprinters fell off the pace toward the middle of the race. Bakelants was clearly tiring down the stretch and would have been absorbed by the main group were the finish line a bit further off.

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After Saturday's fiasco at the finish line, it was smooth sailing on Day 2. Well, it was mostly smooth sailing, as a wayward dog nearly caused another gigantic crash with about four kilometers remaining.

Seriously. From NBC Sports:

In case you were wondering how yesterday's bizarre finish would impact the overall times, Lawrence Ostlere of The Guardian has you covered:

After yesterday's slightly farcical finish, everyone was awarded the same time. Given the huge pack that are together right now there could well be plenty of riders on the same time after the first two stages tonight. The yellow jersey will then be awarded to the rider that has finished highest over the two days, if that situation occurs. 

As noted previously, it was not a great day for the sprinters, who were eaten up by the several steep climbs in the race, including Mark Cavendish and Day 1 winner Kittel, who each fell 17 minutes and 35 seconds off the pace.

Andre Greipel earned 11 points as the first rider to cross the sprint line.

Contenders such as Peter Sagan, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez, Cadel Evans, Alejandro Valverde, Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana, Tejay van Garderen and Thibaut Pinot all remain a second behind Bakelants on the leaderboard.

 

Stage 2 Results (via LeTour.com)

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RANK RIDER RIDER NO. TEAM TIMES GAP
1. BAKELANTS Jan 42 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD 03h 43' 11''  
2. SAGAN Peter 11 CANNONDALE 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
3. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 153 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
4. CIMOLAI Davide 143 LAMPRE-MERIDA 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
5. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald 2 SKY PROCYCLING 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
6. SIMON Julien 218 SOJASUN 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
7. GAVAZZI Francesco 65 ASTANA PRO TEAM 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
8. IMPEY Daryl 185 ORICA GREENEDGE 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
9. BENNATI Daniele 92 TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
10. LAGUTIN Sergey 206 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
11. FAVILLI Elia 144 LAMPRE-MERIDA 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
12. ARASHIRO Yukiya 52 TEAM EUROPCAR 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
13. MILLAR David 176 GARMIN-SHARP 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
14. TANKINK Bram 166 BELKIN PRO CYCLING 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
15. RIBLON Christophe 89 AG2R LA MONDIALE 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
16. GERRANS Simon 181 ORICA GREENEDGE 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
17. IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon 114 EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
18. GILBERT Philippe 34 BMC RACING TEAM 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
19. VICHOT Arthur 79 FDJ.FR 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
20. VORGANOV Eduard 109 KATUSHA TEAM 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
21. GALLOPIN Tony 44 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
22. EVANS Cadel 31 BMC RACING TEAM 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
23. POELS Wouter 201 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
24. HANSEN Adam 25 LOTTO-BELISOL 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''
25. GAUTIER Cyril 54 TEAM EUROPCAR 03h 43' 12'' + 00' 01''

(Note: A total of 92 riders tied at just one second off the leader's pace for Stage 2.)

 

Overall Leaderboard (via LeTour.com)

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RANK RIDER RIDER NO. TEAM TIMES GAP
1. BAKELANTS Jan 42 RADIOSHACK LEOPARD 08h 40' 03''  
2. MILLAR David 176 GARMIN-SHARP 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
3. SIMON Julien 218 SOJASUN 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
4. IMPEY Daryl 185 ORICA GREENEDGE 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
5. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald 2 SKY PROCYCLING 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
6. GERRANS Simon 181 ORICA GREENEDGE 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
7. KWIATKOWSKI Michal 153 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
8. LAGUTIN Sergey 206 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
9. RIBLON Christophe 89 AG2R LA MONDIALE 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''
10. EVANS Cadel 31 BMC RACING TEAM 08h 40' 04'' + 00' 01''

(Note: 83 other riders are tied at just one second off the leader's pace.)

 

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