Tour de France: Sagan wins stage 2

World champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won his first Tour de France stage in three years when he outsprinted Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the uphill finish in Cherbourg. The victory and time bonus that came with it put the Tinkoff rider into the yellow jersey as race leader Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) lost ground on the final climb.

"I am very surprised I won, because I was thinking that there were still two guys in the front," Sagan said. "Then when I finished I didn't know I won and later realized the breakaway had been caught.

"It is the first time in my career to have the yellow jersey, and it is unbelievable. I'm already wearing a nice jersey [world champion], but this one is also very nice."

Set up by Tinkoff teammate Roman Kreuziger, Sagan found himself on the front 500 metres out and immediately decided it was too soon to make his move. Looking around to see what was happening behind him, he saw Alaphilippe coming through and manoeuvred cleverly onto the Frenchman's wheel.

The Etixx rider opened up his sprint 100 metres from the line, only to see Sagan surge past him at the very last to take victory, with Valverde close behind in third. GC favourites Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) also finished strongly and in the same time as Sagan, but other notables lost ground.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) yielded 48 seconds to his rivals. The Spaniard crashed onto his right shoulder for the second consecutive day and looked to be in some pain on the run-in. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) lost almost two minutes when he suffered a very untimely puncture six kilometres from the finish and then received a slow rear wheel change from the neutral service.

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Sagan's failure to deliver a victory salute suggested the Slovak had given everything to overhaul Alaphilippe. But he soon explained that he had thought that he was sprinting for third place rather than first, believing that two men from the break of the day had finished ahead of him.

His reaction spoke volumes about the chaotic nature of the finale, as the breakaway, or more precisely one member of it, had gone close to pulling off a stunning coup. Four riders had been in that break, which formed just three kilometres into the stage – king of the mountains leader Paul Voss (Bora-Argon 18) and his teammate Cesare Benedetti, together with Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).

Their principal goal had been the contest for mountains jersey, which Stuyven ultimately won when he led over the third-category Côte de la Glacerie. By that point, though, the young Belgian had his focus very much on the yellow jersey rather than red polka dots.

Helped by the crash that saw Contador and several other riders hit the deck, the four escapees had pushed their lead out to six and a half minutes with 100km to the finish. Even when they were another 60km closer to Cherbourg, that advantage was still five minutes as peloton happily let Cavendish's Dimension Data team set the pace.

Although Benedetti dropped back from the lead group 25km from home, Voss, Breen and Stuyven kept going hard as the chase behind them continued to lack cohesion. With 10km left, the three-man break still led by 2-20.

The trio finally slowed on the Côte d'Octeville as they entered Cherbourg, and Stuyven decided this was his moment, blasting away from his two companions on the uncategorized climb. When he topped the uncategorized ascent with 7.5km to the finish, his lead was still above 90 seconds.

Stuyven looked strong as he flew through Cherbourg;s rain-dampened streets and reached the Côte de la Glacerie with a minute in hand and just 2,000 metres away from unexpected glory. It was here, though, that Tinkoff;s domestiques, notably Kreuziger, dashed Stuyven and Trek's hopes.

With fatigue taking a toll as he fought his way up the hill at La Glacerie, Stuyven crested it with only a narrow advantage. As he swept down to the foot of the final 700-metre drag up to the line, the peloton was bearing down on him. He;d barely started to climb, when Sagan charged past with a clutch of puncheurs on his wheel.

Denied at the very last, the courageous Stuyven did at least have the consolation of the polka-dot jersey that had been his original goal. Instead it was Sagan who claimed the day's main spoils, much to his own surprise.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team4:20:51
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 3 - Cell 2
5Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2
8Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 11 - Cell 2
13Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 13 - Cell 2
15Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team KatushaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team SkyRow 20 - Cell 2
22Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 21 - Cell 2
23Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:10
28Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:11
29Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 29 - Cell 2
31Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - MeridaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:15
34Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:17
36Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 36 - Cell 2
38Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 37 - Cell 2
39Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18Row 38 - Cell 2
40Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 39 - Cell 2
41Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 40 - Cell 2
42Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 43 - Cell 2
45Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:21
46Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:24
47Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:26
48Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 47 - Cell 2
49Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:00:32
50Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:00:35
51Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 50 - Cell 2
52Alberto Losada (Spa) Team KatushaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:00:41
56Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 56 - Cell 2
58Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team0:00:48
61Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 62 - Cell 2
64Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:00:57
67Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:07
68Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 67 - Cell 2
69Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:13
70Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 69 - Cell 2
71Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 70 - Cell 2
72Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:01:22
73Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:01:28
75Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:39
76Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 75 - Cell 2
77Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 77 - Cell 2
79Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 78 - Cell 2
80Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:45
82Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 82 - Cell 2
84Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 83 - Cell 2
85Wouter Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 85 - Cell 2
87Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:51
89Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:06
90Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:10
91Stef Clement (Ned) IAM CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:02:29
93Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:52
94Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 93 - Cell 2
95Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 97 - Cell 2
99Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale-DrapacRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
105Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 105 - Cell 2
107William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 106 - Cell 2
108Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 107 - Cell 2
109Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:03:07
110Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:09
111Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:19
112Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 111 - Cell 2
113Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:24
114Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:30
115Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:47
116Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:03:51
117Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 116 - Cell 2
118Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 117 - Cell 2
119Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:04:17
120Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 119 - Cell 2
121Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 120 - Cell 2
122Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:04:46
123Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 122 - Cell 2
124Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 125 - Cell 2
127Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 127 - Cell 2
129Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 128 - Cell 2
130Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 129 - Cell 2
131Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaRow 130 - Cell 2
132Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team KatushaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:53
134Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:56
135Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:15
137Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:06:51
138John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 137 - Cell 2
139Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 138 - Cell 2
140Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 139 - Cell 2
141Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 141 - Cell 2
143Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - MeridaRow 142 - Cell 2
144Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 143 - Cell 2
145Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 144 - Cell 2
146Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 146 - Cell 2
148Marco Haller (Aut) Team KatushaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 148 - Cell 2
150Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 149 - Cell 2
151Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 150 - Cell 2
152Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 151 - Cell 2
153Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 152 - Cell 2
154Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 153 - Cell 2
155Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 154 - Cell 2
156Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 155 - Cell 2
157Borut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 156 - Cell 2
158Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - MeridaRow 157 - Cell 2
159Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18Row 158 - Cell 2
160Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct EnergieRow 159 - Cell 2
161Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18Row 160 - Cell 2
162Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
163George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 162 - Cell 2
164Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 163 - Cell 2
165Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
166Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - MeridaRow 165 - Cell 2
167Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
168Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 167 - Cell 2
169Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 168 - Cell 2
170Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:08:15
171Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 170 - Cell 2
172Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 171 - Cell 2
173Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto SoudalRow 172 - Cell 2
174Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 173 - Cell 2
175Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
176Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 175 - Cell 2
177Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 176 - Cell 2
178André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 177 - Cell 2
179Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 178 - Cell 2
180Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 179 - Cell 2
181Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team KatushaRow 180 - Cell 2
182Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 181 - Cell 2
183Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 182 - Cell 2
184Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 183 - Cell 2
185Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 184 - Cell 2
186Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 185 - Cell 2
187Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 186 - Cell 2
188Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 187 - Cell 2
189Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 188 - Cell 2
190Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 189 - Cell 2
191Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 190 - Cell 2
192Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 191 - Cell 2
193Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 192 - Cell 2
194Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 193 - Cell 2
195Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:09:47
196Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:13:39
197Michael Morkov (Den) Team KatushaRow 196 - Cell 2
198Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:16:23
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Sprint 1 - Port-Bail, 107.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 1820pts
2Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 1817Row 1 - Cell 3
3Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo13Row 3 - Cell 3
5André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team3Row 12 - Cell 3