Chavanel takes stage and yellow in Spa

Emotional comeback victory for Frenchman

Spa is Belgium's home of speed - the city's world-renowned motor racing circuit has hosted daring feats over the decades - and there was plenty of bravado during today's 201km journey from Brussels to the Wallonne region, so it was fitting that a man known for his bravado take line honours.

Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel put in what will likely be one of the best performances of the this year's Tour de France - on just the third day of the event - to win in Spa and put himself in the maillot jaune ahead of the race's entry to French soil, which will come during tomorrow's stage to Porte du Hainaut.

The peloton, coming in nearly four minutes behind, failed to fulfil the city's need for speed, instead staging a 'go-slow' protest to the line after most of the race favourites crashed on the slippery descent with 30km to go.

Chavanel: "My most beautiful day on the bike"

Having spent much of the day in a break, Lady Luck finally shone on Chavanel, who has experienced a terrible run of fortune thus far in 2010. He hung tough at crucial moments in the stage and when he was thrown a moment of opportunity - another significant crash in the peloton - he took it like the proverbial dog with a bone and capitalised with a magnificent victory.

A fractured skull suffered during this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège had been the highlight of Chavanel's season for all the wrong reasons but today's stage win will go a long way to rectifying the misfortunes suffered in what has been a fairly forgettable 2010 thus far for the affable Frenchman.

After the stage, Sylvain Chavanel was ecstatic at his double strike. "The wheel is always turning. I have had so much bad luck, so many times. I've been caught a kilometre, two kilometres from the line. That's life. I've learned from it. This is my most beautiful day on the bike."

"20km from the line, I knew that I had a great chance of winning the stage, but I wasn't thinking of the yellow jersey. I only knew I'd take the yellow jersey 5km from the line."

As for his defence of the jersey, Chavanel said, "Now I want to keep it until Paris! [laughs] No, I just want to keep it as long as possible. It's something that I don't want to let pass by. I have a reasonable chance [of keeping the jersey] as far as Rousses, why not?"

The peloton's neutralising of the sprint behind did little to detract from his day, however. "That's part of racing, but it doesn't take from my victory. It's something that I don't understand."

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) was considerably more upset by the decision not to sprint. "I feel frustrated by what happened today. Our team was working hard and we would have had a good chance for victory. I feel like they have taken something away from us today. There were a few sprinters who did not make it to the front group, but there was no reason to not contest the sprint today. Everyone made a gentleman's agreement not to sprint, but I lost an important opportunity to try to win the stage and gain points."

His teammate Jeremy Hunt was similarly frustrated. "We pulled at the front all day. We all managed to get through. It was just chaos. In the end, they didn't want to sprint. I cannot understand why."

Other riders found the conditions more troublesome, however. "It was like skating on ice, and the bike was uncontrollable," said Alberto Contador.

Meanwhile, Milram leader Linus Gerdeman defended the peloton's decision. "That wasn't a strike. With this action we wanted to show our solidarity with the many crash victims."

Andy Schleck was glad of such solidarity after his torrid descent of the Stockeu. "I fell twice in 200 metres, I couldn't really control the bike. I thank everybody for the fair play shown, and I think it can be said that fair play won today."

The points jersey passed to Chavanel, but Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) will be consoled by being able to keep wearing his green outfit as the runner up in the classification.

If at first you don't succeed...

The day's breakaway, instigated by Chavanel, made its way off the front of the peloton after 17 of the day's 201 kilometres. Quick Step's mercurial Frenchman was joined by countryman and teammate Jérôme Pineau in a group of eight that settled in for the long haul with 179km to ride.

The other members of the escaping octet were Omega Pharma-Lotto riders Matthew Lloyd and Jürgen Roelandts, Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing), Sebastien Turgot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) and Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-Farnese Vini).

With 167km remaining the gap had grown to 4:25, but seemingly in control by the peloton. The catch in theory would be a mere formality as some undulating terrain toward the finish offered plenty of territory for the peloton to flex its muscles. Pineau, Taaramae and Lloyd were fighting amongst each other for the mountains points on offer while the big guns behind negotiated wet Belgian roads as the race made its way further south.

A crash of portent came in the peloton with just under 60km remaining, as Mickäel Delage (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) came off, their battered bikes and bodies sitting on the side of the road. And after yesterday's shenanigans, a sense of déjà vu pervaded amongst observers. But more of that a little later...

Meanwhile, on the Côte de Aissomont, the break began to splinter as it hit the Wallonian hills, with Turgot and Lloyd contemplating life back in the peloton, a thought that became reality several kilometres later when, with 40km to go, the Franco-Australian duo was caught as the pace increased amongst the big hitters in the main bunch.

The Côte de Stockeu, next on the list of côtes on the menu, was Roelandts' time to make a move. Joined by Chavanel he tried his luck, although it was the Frenchman who made the most of the confusion in the break, which had disintegrated by this point in time.

And while the ascent of the Stockeu offered the perfect place for a pent up peloton to pounce, with only Chavanel and a labouring Roelandts offering any meaningful resistance, what was in store on its descent was the trump card the Frenchman had been hoping for.

Myriad splits opened in the bunch courtesy of crashes that followed a spill from Gavazzi, who had hitherto been amongst the eight escapees; the likes of Andy Schleck, Christian Vande Velde and Alessandro Petacchi all came down hard, the latter two eventually rolling into the finish many minutes down on the front group, making it a day to forget for the Italian who had experienced the heights the Tour has to offer just 24 hours earlier.

Andy Schleck looked dazed after the crash, but after being given a bike by teammate Matti Breschel, he remounted and set about chasing back to his teammates.

"We knew that crashes were unavoidable so we tried to set the pace at the front of the pack but the surface was simply as slippery as soap and bikes and motor bikes were scattered everywhere in the chaos on the descent," said Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis.

For a second consecutive day, the teams of the general classification favourites were performing rapid roll calls to determine where their big names were. Three distinct groups emerged on the road behind Chavanel, who continued his run ahead unabated: Jens Voigt worked his legs to the bone in order to get the brothers Schleck back to a group boasting the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, who had managed to escape the carnage relatively untouched. Ahead, the group of yellow jersey Cancellara kept the pace under control to allow the Schlecks to rejoin.

Today was all about Chavanel, however, who increased his lead at the head of proceedings to an insurmountable margin nearing three minutes, and with less than 20km remaining it appeared that southern Belgium was going to be a more fruitful hunting ground than his last outing on these roads. His solo win was confirmation of this, with a well-savoured celebration exorcising the demons of several months ago.

Behind him the peloton, controlled by Fabian Cancellara, finished en masse with no sprint, apparently in protest at the day's route, which was perceived as dangerous by the big names of the race. It ended what was another eventful stage for all the wrong reasons but with a memorable result to take into the event's homeland tomorrow.

And now for something completely different

Putting a lighter spin on what was another serious day on the Tour, the first of this year's Cyclingnews Tour de France 'stage awards' are presented to:

'Mr Perpetual Motion' - Sylvain Chavanel, who showed what it means to be a baroudeur and go for broke, even with only a faint hope of winning something.
'Mr Tough' - Andy Schleck, who demonstrated that skinny guys can hang tough with the best of them and not every fall results in a broken collarbone.
'Mr Unlucky' - Christian Vande Velde, who managed to lack a shred of luck once again and came down in the day's main crash ,finishing a long way behind the other general classification favourites.
'Mr Diplomacy' - Fabian Cancellara, who organised what appeared to be a show of rider solidarity seemingly about the stage's conditions.

Stage 3: Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 213km

Here come the cobbles

After a nod to Liège-Bastogne-Liège today, Tour organisers ASO pay homage to another race in their portfolio by taking the field over several of the cobbled sections from Paris-Roubaix. There are 13.2km of pavé hell for the riders to deal with in seven separate sections. The last four are in France and particularly nasty, the final one just 10km from the finish.

It’s been six years since the Tour last encountered the cobbles. Back in 2004 the hopes of principal Spanish contender Iban Mayo were blown away in the dust. The sylph-like Alberto Contador will be hoping he doesn’t suffer the same fate. The finish is at the entrance to Roubaix’s infamous Arenberg Forest.

Full results

1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4:40:48 
2Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:56 
3Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
4Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
5Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
6Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
7Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
8Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
9Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
10Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
11Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
12Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank  
13Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
14Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
15Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
16Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
17Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
18Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
19Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
20Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
21Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
22Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
23Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
24Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step  
25Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
26Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
27Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
28Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
29Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
30Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
31Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
32Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
33Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack  
34Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack  
35Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
36Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
37Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
38Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
39Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
40Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
41Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
42Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
43Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
44Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
45Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
46Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
47Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
48Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
49Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
50Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
52Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
53Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
54Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
55Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
56Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
57Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
58Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack  
59Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
60Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
61Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
62Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
63Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
64Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
65Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step  
66José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
67Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
68Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
69Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
70Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
71Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
72Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
73Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
74Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
75Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
76Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
77Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
78Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
79Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
80Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
81Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana  
82Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
83Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
84Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
85Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
86Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
87Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
88Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
89Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
90Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
91Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
92Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
93Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
94David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
95Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
96Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
97Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
98Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank  
99Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
100Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
101Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
102Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
103Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
104Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
105Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
106Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
107Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank  
108Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
109Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
110Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
111Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
112Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
114David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
115Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
116John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
117Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
118Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
119Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
120Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
121Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step  
122Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
123Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
124Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
125Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:04:09 
126Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
127Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:04:12 
128Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
129Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:04:58 
130Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:08:51 
131Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
132Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
133Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux  
134Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
135David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
136Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
137Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
138Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
139Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
140Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
141Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
142Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:08:58 
143Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
144Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:09:49 
145Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
146Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
147George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team  
148Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
149Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
150Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
151Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
152Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
153Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions  
154Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
155Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:13:32 
156Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:13:37 
157Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
158Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux  
159Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
160Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
161Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
162Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:13:38 
163Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
164Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
165Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
166Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
167Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
168Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
169Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
170Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
171Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
172Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
173Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step  
174Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
175Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
176Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
177Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana  
178David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana  
179Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
180Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
181Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:16:35 
182Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:19:03 
183Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
184Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
185Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
186Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
187Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram  
188Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram  
189Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
190Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
191Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
192Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
193Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
DNSAdam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step25pts
Sprint 1 - Perwez , 39.5km
1Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4 
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
Sprint 2 - Seny (Tinlot), 112.0km
1Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6pts
2Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 
3Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step2 
Sprint 3 - Coo (Stavelot), 177.0km
1Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto6pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4 
3Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia2 
Mountain 1 - Côte de France (Cat. 4) 98.0km
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step3pts
2Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto2 
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1 
Mountain 2 - Côte de Filot (Cat. 4) 128.5km
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step3pts
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
3Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountain 3 - Côte de Werbomont (Cat. 4) 136.0km
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step3pts
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
3Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto1 
Mountain 4 - Côte d'Aisomont (Cat. 3) 161.5km
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step4pts
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3 
3Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
4Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
Mountain 5 - Col de Stockeu (Cat. 3) 167.5km
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4pts
2Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
3Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia2 
4Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini1 
Mountain 6 - Col du Rosier (Cat. 3) 189.0km
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step4pts
2Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia3 
3Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2 
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1 
Young rider
1Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4:44:44 
2Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
3Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
5Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
6Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo  
7Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
8Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
9Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne  
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
11Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
12Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
14Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
15Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
16Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
17Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
18Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
19Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
20Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
21Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
22Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:00:13 
23Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
24Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:02 
25Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:04:55 
26Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
27Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:05:53 
28Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:09:41 
29Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
30Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:09:42 
31Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
32Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
33Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
34Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:15:07 
35Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team  
36Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
Most combative rider
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
1Quick Step14:10:16 
2Team Milram0:03:56 
3Omega Pharma - Lotto  
4Team Katusha  
5Cervelo Test Team  
7Garmin - Transitions  
8Team Saxo Bank  
9BMC Racing Team  
11Caisse D’Epargne  
12Sky Professional Cycling Team  
13Team Radioshack  
14Euskaltel - Euskadi  
15Ag2R La Mondiale  
16Team HTC - Columbia  
18Française des Jeux  
19Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
22Lampre - Farnese Vini0:08:51 
General classification after stage 2
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step10:01:25 
2Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank0:02:57 
3Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:07 
4David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:03:17 
5Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:03:19 
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:20 
7Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana0:03:24 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack0:03:25 
9Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:29 
10Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:03:32 
11Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
12Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
13Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
14Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:33 
15Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
16Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:03:35 
17Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
18Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:36 
19Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
20Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana0:03:37 
21Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
22Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:03:38 
23Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:39 
24Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:40 
25Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step0:03:43 
26Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
27Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
28Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:44 
29Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:45 
30Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:46 
31Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
32Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
33Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
34Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
36Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
37Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
38Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:03:47 
39Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
40Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
41Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:03:48 
42Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
43Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack0:03:49 
44David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
46Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:03:50 
47Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram  
48Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:51 
49Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
50Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
51Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
52Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:52 
53Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
54Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:03:53 
55Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
56Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
57Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
58Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
59Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:03:54 
60Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram  
61Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:03:55 
62José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:56 
63Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:57 
64Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
65Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack0:03:58 
66Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:03:59 
68Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
69Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:00 
70Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:04:01 
71Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
72Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
73Alexander Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas-Doimo  
74Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:04:02 
75Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
76Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
77Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:03 
78Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha  
79Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:04 
80Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:04:05 
81Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step  
82Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
83Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia  
84Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
85Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:04:06 
86Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
87Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
88Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank0:04:07 
89Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
90Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana  
91Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia0:04:08 
92Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank0:04:09 
93Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team0:04:10 
94Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
95Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
96Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:11 
97Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:04:13 
98Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
99Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Astana  
100Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:14 
101Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step0:04:15 
102Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
103Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team0:04:16 
104Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha  
105Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
106Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:04:17 
107Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:18 
108Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
109Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
110John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:19 
111Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
112Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
113Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:20 
114Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:21 
115Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:04:22 
116Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram  
117Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:04:23 
118Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:24 
119Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:25 
120Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:26 
121Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:28 
122Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:30 
123Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:04:31 
124Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:35 
125Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:36 
126Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:39 
127Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:04:47 
128Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:24 
129Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step0:07:17 
130David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:08:32 
131Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:08:37 
132Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:41 
133Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:08:45 
134Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack0:08:46 
135Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank0:08:48 
136Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:08:51 
137Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:09:04 
138Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:09:05 
139Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:09:07 
140Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:09:09 
141Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:12 
142Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:09:14 
143Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions0:09:29 
144Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:31 
145George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team0:09:44 
146Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:09:50 
147Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:09:55 
148Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:09:58 
149Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:10:00 
150Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
151Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:10:09 
152Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:10 
153Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:11:56 
154Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:13:13 
155Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:17 
156Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:13:20 
157Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:13:26 
158Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team0:13:27 
159Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:13:31 
160Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step0:13:34 
161Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:13:37 
162Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha0:13:38 
163Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
164Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:13:44 
165Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:45 
166Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:13:48 
167Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:13:49 
168Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:13:51 
169Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas-Doimo  
170Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:13:55 
171Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:13:57 
172Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:13:58 
173Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:14:00 
174Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:14:01 
175Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions  
176Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
177Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Astana0:14:03 
178David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Astana0:14:10 
179Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:14:19 
180Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:16:43 
181Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:18:19 
182Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:18:32 
183Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram0:18:40 
184Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:18:48 
185Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:18:54 
186Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:19:03 
187Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:19:10 
188Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:19:18 
189Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:19:20 
190Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:19:23 
191Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:19:26 
192Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
193Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:22:33 
Points classification
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step44pts
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini35 
3Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto34 
4Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia30 
5Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team26 
6Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha24 
7Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux22 
8Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo20 
9Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne19 
10Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom19 
11Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram18 
12Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team17 
13Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi17 
14Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank15 
15Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram15 
16Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi14 
17Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne13 
18Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank12 
19Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia12 
20Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram12 
21Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Quick Step10 
22David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions10 
23Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team10 
24Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia10 
25Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack8 
26Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step7 
27Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
28Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana5 
29Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne5 
30Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
31Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Transitions4 
32Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack3 
33Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step3 
34Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia2 
35Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2 
36Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
37Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha1 
Mountains classification
1Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step13pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step8 
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne8 
4Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia5 
5Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto4 
6Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto3 
7Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2 
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini2 
9Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team2 
10Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank1 
Young rider classification
1Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia10:04:32 
2Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:13 
3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:22 
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:28 
5Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:32 
6Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:33 
7Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:39 
8Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:00:40 
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:41 
11Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
12Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:52 
13Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:00:53 
14Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:54 
15Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
16Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:55 
17Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:59 
18Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
19Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:01:08 
20Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:09 
21Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:01:16 
22Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:18 
23Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:01:40 
24Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:02:17 
25Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:30 
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:53 
27Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank0:08:49 
28Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:10:06 
29Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram0:10:24 
30Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux0:10:37 
31Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:10:42 
32Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:10:48 
33Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:10:51 
34Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team0:15:41 
35Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram0:15:47 
36Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:16:11 
Teams classification
1Quick Step30:11:40 
2Team Radioshack0:02:51 
3Team HTC - Columbia0:02:52 
4Garmin - Transitions0:02:53 
5Sky Professional Cycling Team0:03:07 
7Team Saxo Bank0:03:13 
8Caisse D’Epargne0:03:19 
9BMC Racing Team0:03:21 
10Team Milram0:03:27 
13Cervelo Test Team0:03:53 
14Française des Jeux  
15Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:03:54 
16Team Katusha0:03:56 
17Ag2R La Mondiale0:04:01 
18Omega Pharma - Lotto0:04:14 
19Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:26 
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:04:34 
22Lampre - Farnese Vini0:08:43 


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Scott Sunderland's stage analysis:

There is a lot of debate about if the riders in the peloton did the right thing by waiting for the riders who had crashed and then protesting about the conditions. I can understand both sides of the argument and trying to analyze what happened is like walking a tightrope.

As a former rider I can understand the solidarity the riders showed and the fears they had about the conditions. I was involved in a nasty crash that almost ended my career - I was hit by a team car during a race - so I always feel it in my bones and my stomach turns when riders go down. Yet watching the race as a spectator, I can understand that people feel they were deprived of seeing some great racing.

It's not easy to say who is right or wrong. Personally I think the riders were right to wait after the crash but they should have contested sprint at the finish. No points were awarded at the finish and I hope that doesn’t affects who eventually wins the points jersey in Paris.

Some riders have criticized the race organiser ASO, but I think they're wrong. ASO are always very careful about safety. The descent and roads covered during the stage are all used in other races. Teams and riders had plenty of time to study then in the spring.

The riders have to remember that they're racing on public roads. I feel for them but they also have to toughen up a little. Some of them need some cement in their breakfast cereal.

It will now be interesting to see what happens on the cobbles on stage three. Who knows, perhaps the riders who didn't crash today, will go down tomorrow. Cycling is not held in a controlled environment like a football stadium and the unpredictability and the inherent risks are in many ways, what makes cycling so thrilling to watch and so unique as a sport.

I hope nobody crashes on the sections of pave and that we have a great day of bike racing and most of all a deserved winner.

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