July 2, 2017
Tour de France 2017
Stage 2: Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Germany's Marcel Kittel (Quickstep Floors) took a tenth Tour de France victory in Liege, edging out Andre Demare woht Andre Greipel in third spot. Geraint Thomas retained the yellow jersey despite suffering being involved in a massive pileup with 31 km to go that included Chris Froome and Romain Bardet.
The racing got underway immediately when Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie) took off straight from the starting gun to initiaite the first breakaway of the 104th Tour de France. Boudat was quickly joined by Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac), Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro).
While all debutants at the Le Tour the peloton were taking their move seriously enough to keep up a steady pursuit with the sprinters' teams leading pace at the front, notably Lotto-Soudal, Quick-Step Floors, Dimension Data, FDJ, and Katusha-Alpecinin. The pressure was enough to tmake sure the lead never extended beyond 3 '25".
Of the four Taylor Phinney was the man with the most commitment and declared a desire for the Polka Dot Mountain Leader's jersey winning the first sprint at Grafenberg, km 6.5. He did the same Côte d'Olne at 20.5km outsprinting Pichon for the second point and secure the jersey.
With 15km to go the breakaway was reduced to Phinney and Offredo. The pair had 30 seconds in hand with 4km to go but the peleoton was in ful charge and their day was done at the kilometre kite.
Kittel's victory whose feat came despite lacking a lead out train made it 23 stage wins by German riders since 2013.
Stage Two Results and GC
Stage 1: 1 July - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (time trial), 13km
Stage 2: 2 July - Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Stage 3: 3 July - Verviers (Belgium) - Longwy, 202km
Stage 4: 4 July - Mondorf-Les-Bains (Luxembourg) - Vittel, 203km
Stage 5: 5 July - Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6: 6 July - Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Stage 7: 7 July 7 - Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8: 8 July 8 - Dole - Station des Rousses, 187km
Stage 9: 9 July - Nantua - Chambery, 181km
First rest day: 10 July
Stage 10: 11 July - Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11: 12 July - Eymet - Pau, 202km
Stage 12: 13 July - Pau - Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13: 14 July - Saint-Girons - Foix, 100km
Stage 14: 15 July - Blagnac - Rodez, 181km
Stage 15: 16 July - Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Second rest day: 17 July
Stage 16: 18 July - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17: 19 July - La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18: 20 July - Briancon - Izoard, 178km
Stage 19: 21 July - Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20: 22 July - Marseille - Marseille (time trial), 23km
Stage 21: 23 July - Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km