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104th Tour de France - Stage 2 Results and Report
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/2/2017
104th Tour de France - Stage 2 Results and Report
 
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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.

Marcel Kittel

Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 © ASO

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


 

Route 104th Tour de France © ASO

Stage List

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




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