Tour de France 2018 Stage 2: Sagan outsprints Colbrelli and Démare to take yellow

The 2nd stage of the Tour de France is yet another chance for the fast finishers to shine. Peter Sagan grabs the opportunity and outsprints Sonny Colbrelli and Arnaud Démare. The finale is marked by a crash with 2 kilometres out. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage 2018 Tour de France

1. Peter Sagan (svk)
2. Sonny Colbrelli (ita) s.t.
3. Arnaud Démare (fra) s.t.
4. André Greipel (ger) s.t.
5. Alexander Kristoff (nor) s.t.
6. Timothy Dupont (bel) s.t.
7. Alejandro Valverde (spa) s.t.
8. Andrea Pasqualon (ita) s.t.
9. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
10. Philippe Gilbert (bel) s.t.

GC after the 2nd stage
1. Peter Sagan (svk)
2. Fernando Gaviria (col) + 0.06
3. Sonny Colbrelli (ita) + 0.10
4. Marcel Kittel (ger) + 0.12
5. Sylvain Chavanel (fra) + 0.13
6. Philippe Gilbert (bel) + 0.14
7. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 0.15
8. Oliver Naesen (bel) s.t.
9. Alexander Kristoff (nor) + 0.16
10. Timoty Dupont (bel) s.t.

11. Bob Jungels (lux) s.t.
16. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.
19. Tom Dumoulin (nld) s.t.
20. Alejandro Valverde (spa) s.t.
21. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) s.t.
22. Romain Bardet (fra) s.t.
23. Rafal Majka (pol) s.t.
26. Bauke Mollema (nld) s.t.
28. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) s.t.
29. Rigoberto Uran (col) s.t.
32. Mikel Landa (spa) s.t.
37. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) s.t.
39. Primoz Roglic (slo) s.t.
40. Daniel Martin (irl) s.t.
71. Richie Porte (aus) + 1.07
73. Adam Yates (gbr) s.t.
76. Chris Froome (gbr) s.t.
99. Nairo Quintana (col) + 1.31
159. Wout Poels (nld) + 6.17

Race report
Sylvain Chavanel, Dion Smith en Michael Gogl form the breakaway after 2 kilometres. Smith is first to crest the only classified climb, Côte de Pouzauges, with the peloton 3 minutes in arrears. Gogl stops his efforts, a little later followed by Smith.

So now Chavanel is the lone leader. He extends his lead to almost 5 minutes before the peloton start to reel him in. Moments after the intermediate sprint for time bonuses he is brought back. Geraint Thomas pockets 1 second.

With 2 kms to go Gaviria and Matthews go down in a crash. A group of some ten riders power to the line. Arnaud Démare opens the sprint, but Peter Sagan overhauls him. Sonny Colbrelli misses out on the final jump to win the race, so the Slovak takes the win and the yellow jersey.

Read also: route 2nd stage 2018 Tour de France.

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