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Mark Cavendish wins 2nd stage of Tour de France

07-03-2012 17:42 BJT

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The 99th edition of the Tour de France remained in Belgium for a third and final day on Monday, with the field facing a 207.5-kilometre second stage from Vise to Tournai. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara came into the final Belgian ride leading the pack and wearing the leader's yellow jersey but the day would belong to Great Britain's Mark Cavendish.

Monday's main breakaway occurred 22 kilometers into the stage, with Anthony Roux going on the attack. The Frenchman was chased down by Michael Morkov and Christophe Kern, and the duo joined him after a ten-kilometer pursuit.

Britain's Mark Cavendish (centre), next to Australia's Matthew Harley
Goss (right), celebrates on the finish line at the end of the second
stage of the Tour de France starting in Vise and finishing in Tournai,
Belgium, July 2. Cavendish won the stage on Monday, with Switzerland's
Fabian Cancellara retaining the overall race leader's yellow jersey.

The day's intermediate sprint came 55 kilometers from the finishing line - Kern would cross first and uncontested, followed by Roux and Morkov. With the peloton closing in, Kern and Morkov gave up on the breakaway, while Roux was eventually reeled in by the main bunch with 14 kilometers to go.

Andre Greipel was among the pre-race favorites and the German's Lotto team-mates put him in position to take the honors. However, Great Britain's Mark Cavendish timed his attack to perfection. The Team Sky rider edged ahead inside the final 100 meters and won the stage in four hours, 56 minutes and 59 seconds.

There were no changes at the top of the general classification. Fabian Cancellara of RadioShack-Nissan retains a seven-second lead.

Stage winner, Great Britain's Mark Cavendish celebrates on the finish line at
the end of the second stage of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race starting
in Vise and finishing in Tournai.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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