On a stage perfectly suited for the sprinters, Mark Cavendish demonstrated why he's the one to beat.
Cavendish's Team Columbia-HTC was able to lead the peloton in reeling in a breakaway that at one point had over a five-minute advantage. Garmin-Slipstream's Tyler Farrar and Agritubel's Romain Feillu tried to challenge for the win, but the Manx Missile had a perfect leadout and won the day by nearly four bike lengths.
The overall standings were left relatively unchanged. Fabian Cancellara retains the yellow jersey, only 18 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador.
Mark Cavendish (left) beats Tyler Farrar to the finish in Brignoles.
AP Photo/Christophe Ena
Stage 2 Results
- Mark Cavendish – Team Columbia-HTC 4:30:02
- Tyler Farrar – Garmin-Slipstream +00:00
- Romain Feillu – Agritubel +00:00
- Thor Hushovd – Cervelo TestTeam +00:00
- Yukiya Arashiro – Bbox Bouygues Telecom +00:00
- Gerald Ciolek – Team Milram +00:00
- William Bonnet – Bbox Bouygues Telecom +00:00
- Nicolas Roche – Ag2r-La Mondiale +00:00
- Koen De Kort – Skil-Shimano +00:00
- Lloyd Mondory – Ag2r-La Mondiale +00:00
Other U.S. Riders
19. George Hincapie – Team Columbia-HTC +00:00
44. Christian Vande Velde – Garmin-Slipstream +00:00
80. Lance Armstrong – Astana +00:00
105. Levi Leipheimer – Astana +00:00
153. Danny Pate – Garmin-Slipstream +00:00
164. David Zabriskie – Garmin-Slipstream +00:00
- Fabian Cancellara – Team Saxo Bank – 4:49:34
- Alberto Contador – Astana +00:18
- Bradley Wiggins – Garmin-Slipstream +00:19
- Andr?as Kl?den – Astana +00:22
- Cadel Evans – Silence-Lotto +00:23
187K (116.2 miles)
• Brignoles is a first-time stage host
• Sprint Points at: Nice, Fayence, Lorgues
• Mountain Passes: La Turbie located at 8.5 kilometers - 8.6km to 4.3 percent grade - Category 3; Cote de Roquefort-les-Pins located at 49.5km - 4.3km to 4 percent grade - Cat. 4; Cote de Tournon located at 81.5km - 4.2km to 3.6 percent grade - Cat. 4; Col de l'Ange located at 129km - 1.5km to 3.6 percent grade - Cat. 4
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