Tour de France 2014: Vincenzo Nibali soloes to yellow jersey

Vincenzo Nibalifoto: Cor VosSunday July 6th, 2014 - In 201 kilometres stage leads from York to Sheffield. The route is teeming with hills, making the ride an English style Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Vincenzo Nibali breaks free in the deep finale and takes a bonus of 2 seconds plus he is the victor of the day. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage Tour de France 2014

1. Vincenzo Nibali (ita)
2. Greg van Avermaet (bel) + 0.02
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (pol) s.t.
4. Peter Sagan (Svk) s.t.
5. Tony Gallopin (fra) s.t.
6. Michael Albasini (Swi) s.t
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) s.t.
8. Bauke Mollema (Nld) s.t.
9. Tejay van Garderen (USA) s..t
10. Romain Bardet (fra) s.t.

11. Alejandro Valverde (spa) s.t.
13. Rui Costa (por) s.t.
16. Richie Porte (aus) s.t.
20. Michal Kwiatkowski (pol) s.t.
21. Andrew Talansky (USA) s.t.
24. Thibaut Pinot (fra) + 0.16
26. Nicolas Roche (Irl) s.t.
29. Frank Schleck (lux) s.t.
53. Andy Schleck (lux) + 1.19
134. Joaquim Rodriguez (spa) + 14.48

GC after stage 2nd stage
1. Vincenzo Nibali (ita)
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) + 0.02
3. Greg van Avermaet (USA) s.t.
4. Michael Albasini (Swi) s.t.
5. Chris Froome (gbr) s.t
6. Bauke Mollema (Nld) s.t.
7. Jurgen Van den Broek (bel) s.t.
8. Alberto Contador (spa) s.t.
9. Tejay van Garderen (USA) s.t.
10. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.

Race report
Within minutes six riders are gone. Perrig Quémeneur, Matthew Busche, Cyril Lemoine, David de la Cruz, Armindo Fonseca and Blel Kadri. Bart de Clercq bridges the gap after 12 kilometres and the seven escapees are off for today. Their maximum gain is around 4 minutes, so the pack is in control.

At Holme Moss the break is reeled in, except for Kadri. For a moment the French rider is accompanied by his countryman Thomas Voeckler, but the latter is dropped. Just before cresting Edet joins Voeckler and in the descent a group of five is created with Tony Martin, Cyril Gautier and Marcus Burghardt teaming up.

At Midhopestones, a 3rd category climb, the riders upfront are swallowed by the bunch. Garmin speeds up and the pelotons breaks. The lead group of around 50 is filled with GC-men like Contador, Froome, Nibali, Van Garderen, Mollema and Costa. Sprinters Sagan and Kristoff are still on board also.

Upon cresting Bradfield Rolland and Peraud break free. Rolland is strongest and soloes on with Cannondale chasing for their leader Peter Sagan.

Before the steep closing climb the Rolland-story is over. Contador dances uphill, Nibali in his slipstream. Just prior to cresting Froome takes over the attack. Powerplay of the three big men, but all GC-men bunched together speed downhill.

With 2 kilometres left Nibali attacks. No reaction at first, then Costa and Froome try to bridge the gap, but it’s too late. Italy’s Champion soloes to victory and takes his first yellow jersey of his career in doing so.

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