Tour de France 2017: Kittel powers to glory, Thomas retains in lead

In the 2nd stage of the Tour de France the riders travel from Düsseldorf to Liège. Escapees Phinney and Offredo are reeled in in the last kilometre before Kittel outguns Démare in the sprint. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage 2017 Tour de France

1. Marcel Kittel (ger)
2. Arnaud Démare (fra) s.t.
3. André Greipel (ger) s.t.
4. Mark Cavendish (gbr) s.t.
5. Dylan Groenewegen (nld) s.t.
6. Sonny Colbrelli (ita) s.t.
7. Ben Swift (gbr) s.t.
8. Nacer Bouhanni (fra) s.t.
9. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.
10. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.

GC after the 2nd stage
1. Geraint Thomas (gbr)
2. Stefan Küng (swi) + 0.05
3. Marcel Kittel (ger) + 0.06
4. Vasil Kiryienka (blr) + 0.07
5. Matteo Trentin (ita) + 0.10
6. Chris Froome (gbr) + 0.12
7. Jos van Emden (nld) + 0.15
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (pol) s.t.
9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (nor) s.t.
10. Nikias Arndt (ger) s.t.

26. Simon Yates (gbr) + 0.37
39. Richie Porte (aus) + 0.47
42. Nairo Quintana (col) + 0.48
43. Rafal Majka (pol) s.t.
46. Daniel Martin (irl) + 0.49
48. Romain Bardet (fra) + 0.51
50. Fabio Aru (ita) + 0.52
62 Alberto Contador (spa) + 0.54
64. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.
102. Louis Meintjes (rsa) + 1.12
105. Esteban Chaves (col) + 1.13

Race report
Once the flag is dropped Taylor Phinney, Thomas Boudat, Yoann Offredo and Laurent Pichon go on the attack. Phinney is the first to crest the Grafenberg, thus taking 1 KOM point. The quartet races to a maximum lead of more than 3 minutes before the pack takes them on a leash.

With 30 kms remaining a crash in the peloton takes Froome and Bardet down. But they are able to go on en they re-join the peloton.

Phinney takes another KOM point atop Côte d’Olne and will start in the polka dot jersey. Along with Offredo he pushes on, but they are chased down in the last kilometre.

In the ensuing sprint Marcel Kittel outpowers Démare and Greipel, while leader Thomas finishes safely in the peloton.

Read also: route 2nd stage 2017 Tour de France

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