2013 Tour de France: Stage two as it happened

Belgium's Jan Bakelants wins hilly 156km race from Bastia to Ajaccio as Britain's David Millar moves up to second overall.

30 June 2013 Last updated at 17:23

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As it happened

  1. 1700: 

    Join Chris Bevan from around 11:45 BST for live text commentary of stage three. Thanks for all your texts and tweets today. The race report is taking shape and the BBC Radio 5 live podcast will be available shortly too.

  2. 1657: 

    The Tour de France website boasts that there is not a single metre of flat on Monday's third and final stage on Corsica. The lumpy route features four categorised climbs spread throughout a stage that is likely to suit a rider who likes to get involved in breakaways. But who will make it first over the final category two climb and the 13km ride to the finish? Will we see Tommy Voeckler stretching his legs again?

  3. 1656: 

    All the big names are in the group one second behind today's stage winner but I would imagine there will be some talk in the cafes of Ajaccio this evening about Chris Froome's little turn of pace on that final climb. He rode away from the field with some ease and while he was never going to pick up any time, it could be a nice psychological marker on his rivals.

  4. 1651:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    The top five overall:

    1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard - 8h40'03"

    2. David Millar (GB) Garmin Sharp at 1"

    3. Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun

    4. Daryl Impey (SA) Orica GreeEdge

    5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky

  5. 1647:  
    White Jersey, Classification

    Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski takes over the white jersey as best young rider.

  6. 1646:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    French Europcar rider Pierre Rolland is confirmed as leader of the King of the Mountains classification.

  7. 1645:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    A consolation for Kittel is that he leads the green points jersey standings - he picked up two points in today's intermediate sprint to add to the 45 he won for winning stage one and is on 47.

    Sagan is breathing down his neck on 43, while Cavendish is down in 20th on 17 points.

  8. 1642:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    The overall top five is yet to be confirmed and that is because Marcel Kittel is only just finishing. The yellow jersey standing out in a large group of riders rolling over the line at a pedestrian pace, 17 minutes and 35 seconds after Bakelant, who is already on the podium receiving his maillot juane.

  9. 1639:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Britain's David Millar finished in the main bunch and is second overall. Millar would have been in the yellow jersey had Bakelants won but been credited with the same time as everyone else. So close Dave, so close.

  10. 1637: 

    The top five on stage two:

    1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard - 156km in 3h43'11"

    2. Peter Sagan (Slo) Cannondale at 1"

    3. Michal Kwiatowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep

    4. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre

    5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky

  11. 1635: 

    The peloton chased hard but for once left their final sprint a fraction too late. Sagan crossed the line in second and will pick up valuable green jersey points, while Poland's Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Michel Kwiatkowski was third. Edvald Boasson Hagen of Team Sky was fifth.

  12. 1633: 

    The peloton looked like it was going to catch Bakelants on the long drag to the finish but the Belgian held on and here's what he had to say: "I'm incredibly happy. I've never won a professional race. I knew I couldn't win in a sprint so I gambled and gave everything I had. I thought of Jensie (Jens Voigt) my room mate and just pedalled. I had to wait five years but what a victory."

  13. 1628:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    The even better news for the Belgian rider is that he will also be in the race leader's yellow jersey because everybody was given the same time on stage one and Bakelants won the stage by one second from Peter Sagan.

  14. 1626: 

    A little bit of confusion as to the identity of the stage winner with race radio suggesting a different RadioShack rider was out front but Bakelants is the man who takes the stage win.

  15. 1625: 


  16. 1622: 

    Bakelants has had a little dig off the front but the peloton is closing in as they ride under the Flamme Rouge - 1km to go.

  17. 1621: 

    Here are the six out front - never good for a live text commentator to get a group of six out front this close to the finish - Bakelants, Gorka Izagirre, Fuglsang, Mori, Chavanel and Flecha. I'll bring you their team if they win because they are in the final 2km.

  18. 1620: 

    Jakob Fuglsang and Flecha are among the leading six and a dog goes scampering into the road. It's a little white one, no idea what breed and the owner is trying to coax it back but it has nowhere to go as the peloton careers towards it. At the last second it jumps off to the left as the peloton swerves to avoid it. Day two and we can tick the dog in the road box off the Tour list.

  19. 1617: 

    Six riders have gone clear with Chavanel and Cannondale are forced to lead the chasing peloton from 6km out as they try to get their man Sagan to the finish line.

  20. 1614: 

    That 25km/h wind was a welcome tailwind on the road into Ajaccio has turned into a pesky headwind as they zip down the coast road. Gautier is just six seconds clear of the chasing group with 7.5km remaining. He is desperately trying to keep his lead but here goes birthday boy Chavanel.

  21. 1613: 

    Froome has daylight between him and the peloton as he negotiates the tricky descent a few seconds behind Gautier. They go under the 10km to go banner and Gautier is pushing hard. Froome finally sits up and here is Peter Sagan up at the front.

  22. 1611:  
    Polkadot Jersey, ClassificationTHAT'S INCREDIBLE!

    And here goes Chris Froome, attacking off the front of the peloton! Incredible scenes as Gautier takes the two King of the Mountains points for being first over the top and Froome picks up one.

  23. 1609: 

    And here we go up the climb. Cyril Gautier of Euopcar and Juan Antonio Flecha of Vacansoleil are off and chasing the King of the Mountains points. Rolland is involved in a bit of a spill towards the back and is out of it. Richie Porte of Team Sky is pulling the peloton up the climb - this is classic Team Sky - a steady climb, riding tempo.

  24. 1607: 

    A lot of the big names are in the front of this peloton. Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Cadel Evans, Alejandro Valverde, Andy Schleck, Sylvain Chavanel, are all up there. Chavenel rides for Cavendish's team and as the Manxman doesn't appear to be in this lead group, he will be free to have a go. It's his 34th birthday today as well.

  25. 1604: 

    The pace is quickening in the peloton with riders jostling for position as they head towards this short-sharp climb. There is just 15km remaining in today's second stage as they head into Ajaccio. They will go into the town before heading out to this climb. They have a cross tailwind of 25km/h which is helping the pace.

  26. 1602:  
    Simon Brotherton, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    "David Millar is the virtual leader of the race because none of the three riders who finished ahead of him yesterday are in this lead group."

  27. 1601:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    I've just been informed the link I gave you for the Radio 5 live Sports Extra commentary does not work on mobiles. Apologies for that and try this instead.

  28. 1557: 

    Ajaccio is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. And that is about as far as my knowledge of the Corsican capital stretches. The peloton is just 20km and one short, but steep, climb from the finish.

  29. 1555: 

    No news on where Cavendish is. Is he with Greipel, or Kittel, or somewhere in between? Garmin, Lampre and BMC Racing are heading the peloton which is 22km from the finish in Ajaccio.

  30. 1552:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Simon Brotherton on commentary suggests that Britain's David Millar is in this leading group. He is fourth in the overall standings after his surprisingly-high placing on stage one. With Kittel well out of the picture, could Millar end the day in yellow?

  31. 1549: 

    Unconfirmed reports are suggesting that German sprinter Andre Greipel is in a group of riders about to catch the main peloton. If true, that will make for a very interesting finish. The final climb is just 1km long remember, although at 8.9% it's a tough kilo.

  32. 1547: 

    Ah...and then I see this...

    Team Sky on Twitter: Team Sky are right to the fore. The #SkyTrain is Kiryienka, Froome, Porte, Kennaugh and Boasson Hagen. 32km to go.

  33. 1546: 

    I'm trying to spot Thomas in the Team Sky train. If he is up there it will be a monumental effort by the Welshman given he had to go for an X-ray last night after crashing on stage one. Could today suit him? He is an able climber and has sprinting power. Have we overlooked G?

  34. 1544:  
    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "I'm quite surprised to see Geraint Thomas riding so well on the road given he spent so much time last year on the track preparing for the London Olympics and winning gold in the team pursuit in the velodrome."

    Matt Slater, BBC sports news reporter, in Corsica

    On Twitter: I'm enjoying these pictures of Kittel. Is this the most half-hearted ride in the yellow jersey in recent history?

  36. 1541: 

    The peloton is rolling along nicely and there is 34km left in today's stage. Kittel is now seven minutes behind this leading group of 100 or so riders. Five Team Sky riders following a Cannondale rider at the front of the bunch. After yesterday's carnage on the run-in to Bastia, they will be keen to keep Chris Froome safe.

  37. 1538:  
    Matt Slater, BBC sports news reporter, in Corsica

    "The roads into Ajaccio are pretty fast. I think a more selective sprint is likely. Think Peter Sagan, Edvald Boasson Hagen or Philippe Gilbert for this one."

  38. 1537:  
    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "I managed to speak with David Millar after the race and he was chuffed to get a top-four finish. I had a text conversation with Cavendish late last night and he'd calmed down a bit and was happy to not go down in that crash. He said if he'd not just moved to hydraulic brakes he may have gone over his handle bars."

  39. 1535: 

    Rolland has dropped back into the peloton which is haring down the descent with a BMC Racing rider from the team of Cadel Evans controlling the pace. A Cannondale rider and the Team Sky train are in his wake.

    Matt Slater, BBC sports news reporter, in Corsica

    "Only a cooling breeze is preventing me from describing the temperature at the finish at Pointe de la Parata as scorchio. It is lovely here, as I'm sure the director of the host broadcaster is eager to demonstrate with some stunning shots from the helicopter. There is a bit of the Open at Turnberry vibe, with lighthouses visible from the finishing straight. So that's the scene that awaits the riders: which riders will get here first?


    Rich in Bristol, via text on 81111: In his green Europcar jersey with those Gurns lead to me and my house mate calling Voeckler the "Green Goblin".

  42. 1531:  
    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "I still can't believe what happened yesterday. You couldn't have written that script. Crashes you expect but not a bus getting stuck on the finish line."

  43. 1530:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Time to tune into BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra for commentary on the closing 45km or so of today's stage with Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles.


    Danny Cunningham on Twitter: It's all about the heroes on the breakaways - come on Kadri! #bbctdf Also can't believe all the jersey wearers have been dropped.

  45. 1525: 

    Cannondale take over at the front and that tells us all we need to know. Sagan is in the group and his team is keen to keep the pace high to stop any of the sprinters from chasing them down on the descent. The category three climb to come is only 1km in length and is unlikely to shake too many people. I reckon the odds on Sagan winning today are tumbling by the second.

  46. 1522: 

    All eyes are on Peter Sagan. Is the Cannondale rider in touch? Marcel Kittel certainly isn't. He's just gone over the top of Vizzavona. There are certainly some Cannondale riders in the front bunch, but I cannot identify if one of them is the Slovakian.

  47. 1520:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Those five points put Rolland into the King of the Mountains jersey with five points and just one category three climb to go today. He is level with Kadri on five points, but a category two climb trumps two category three ones. The riders are on a 40km or so descent from the summit. Team Sky leading the peloton.

  48. 1516:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Result of category two climb of Col de Vizzavona:

    1. Rolland (Eurpcar) 5pts

    2. Kadri (AG2R) 3pts

    3. Feillu (Sojasun) 2pts

    4. Kiryienka (Team Sky) 1pt

  49. 1515:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Rolland crests the Col de Vizzavona first, around 20 seconds ahead of Kadri and Feillu. Feillu tries to go past Kadri in the closing kilometres of the climb but the sheer number of fans encroaching onto the road leaves him with no space and after an exasperated wave of his arms, he has to follow his compatriot over the top.

  50. 1513:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    The peloton is being pulled along, in familiar fashion, by Team Sky. Chris Froome looking comfortable as the shot flicks back to Kadri, who is now joined by Brice Feillu of Sojasun, who fancies a few points at the top of this climb.

  51. 1511: 

    But here comes Europcar's team leader Pierre Rolland out of the peloton. The Frenchman quickly gets on Kadri's wheel and he is not hanging around as a quartet of Stars and Stripes-clad fans chase them up the road.

  52. 1509: 

    But rather than give up and go back to the peloton, Kadri gives it another big effort. Reckon he's going for the combativity award today - given to the stage's most aggressive rider. The Frenchman leaping up in my estimations after this effort. He's still got 3km to the top though.

  53. 1507: 

    Kadri's time out front looks like it may be over as he winds his way through a forest where wild board roam. His lead is just 22 seconds and his shoulders are rolling and...he's had a mechanical. Poor lad, you've got to feel sorry for him. He hops off his bike and an official sorts it out in a flash but the peloton is only a couple of seconds away.


    Tom Grigson on Twitter: Lars Boom must know my fantasy #tdf team are in trouble, single-handedly rescuing the situation after yesterday.

    RyRy on Twitter: The sight of Voeckler wincing up a mountain. The Tour de France is back.

    Chris on Twitter: Little Tommy Voeckler's climbing style was once described as like watching a "monkey on a pogo stick" by commentator Phil Liggett. #bbctdf

    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Kittel grabs a musette as the riders get hold of some food before tackling the 4.6km ascent of Col de Vizzavona. The German is almost three minutes behind race leader Kadri. Who is going to take the yellow jersey off his back?

  56. 1458:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    So that leaves just one man out front. Kadri is first over the top of the Col de la Serra and picks up two points in the King of the Mountains classification to join Boom as the jersey leader. Veilleux took the one point for second before dropping into the peloton. Kadri's lead is just 36 seconds as he briefly drops downhill before starting on the day's big climb.

  57. 1454: 

    Kadri is determined to try and be first up to the top of this climb but he is nervous and constantly looking over his shoulder. However, Voeckler's chase is up and the peloton, lead by the FDJ team, swallow both him and his Europcar team-mate Veilleux within seconds of each other.

  58. 1451:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Kittel's time as race leader is coming to an end too. Like Cavendish, he too has dropped out of the peloton as the race starts to string out a bit on the ascent of Col de la Serra. There are hundreds of fans on this climb and Voeckler is getting terrific support. Tour de France, I have missed you.

  59. 1448: 

    Voeckler, shirt agape, out of his saddle, tongue hanging out of his mouth, giving an appreciative nod to the encouraging fans, whizzes past Boom and Perez Moreno as if they are regular club riders. The duo cast a glance backwards to see if anyone else is following him. Nope. This is just a typical Voeckler attack.

  60. 1446: 

    And this is not good news for Cavendish. The Manxman, wearing the British national road race champion jersey, is struggling up this category three climb and dropping out the back of the peloton. But who's this going out the front of the peloton? Get in Tommy Voeckler.

  61. 1444: 

    I think it's safe to say that Veilleux and Kadri are not happy with Boom. The duo have shot off and left the Dutchman with Perez Moreno for company on the next climb. Spaniard Perez Moreno in limbo - he could easily chase up but then he would drag Boom with him.

  62. 1441: 

    Elsewhere in Europe, the women's Giro Rosa has started today. It's an eight-stage race and the female equivalent of the Giro d'Italia. Dutch rider Kirsten Wild won the 124.3km race from Giovinazzo to Margherita di Savoia, beating compatriot Marianne Vos, although the Giro Twitter feed seems to be suggesting that Vos is the overall race leader.

  63. 1436: 

    Boom is leading the quartet down the other side of the hill, weaving through a lovely-looking village which is bathed in beautiful sunshine. I'm not sure whether he has been admonished by the other riders for nicking the King of the Mountains points. 80km remaining on stage two - but there's still a good deal of climbing to come.

  64. 1431:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Lars Boom wins the race to the summit and picks up two King of the Mountains points to take the lead in that classification. That was a cheeky move by the Belkin rider. It looked like he had negotiated a deal with his fellow escapees to take the sprint points earlier and they would probably have not been expecting him to race for the summit.

  65. 1429:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Bit of cat and mouse among the leaders with Kadri and Boom on one side of the road and Veilleux is the first to show his hand but he is not getting away that easily. The Canadian is reeled back by Kadri and here goes Boom.

  66. 1426: 

    Team Sky have moved up towards the front of the peloton, with Ian Stannard doing the main legwork. The nine-man squad are wearing new aerodynamic helmets - they have vents in the front which can be closed when aerodynamics are needed, or opened when a rider needs cooling down. The leaders are 1km from the summit of the first climb,

  67. 1420: 

    The first pictures of my favourite Frenchamn Tommy Voeckler. He's in familiar pose, out the saddle, dancing in the pedals, jersey unzipped as the peloton hits the slopes of Bellagranajo.


    Sideburns Kev on Twitter: My money's on the sprinters failing to keep up today. Someone like Boasson Hagen or Gilbert is a good bet. I've got a quid on BH.

    Christopher Kerry on Twitter: Cavendish will keep up in the hills but be out sprinted at the end. Sagan & Greipel have great trains and look in top condition.

  69. 1416: 

    The leaders are on the the first categorised climb of the day - the category three Col de Bellagranajo, which is 6.6km long with a 4.6% gradient. The quartet's advantage is just under two minutes.

  70. 1413:  
    Yellow Jersey, Classification

    Germany's Marcel Kittel is in the race leader's yellow jersey remember. His victory on stage one, and the 45 points that went with it, also put him top of the green points jersey and white young rider standings. As he can't wear all three tops, Alexander Kristoff, who finished second, is in green and Danny Van Poppel, who was third yesterday and under 25, is in white. Juan Jose Lobato of Spain is in the polka dot King of the Mountains shirt, having picked up the solitary point on offer on stage one. And yes, that is Cavendish in the background.

    (l-r) Alexander Kristoff, Juan Jose Lobato and Marcel Kittel
    Simon Brotherton, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    On Twitter: Heading for the finish. It's in the dip in the middle. Great ride to work.

    Simon Brotherton heading to Ajaccio

    Simon will provide live commentary of the closing stages to today's race from 15:30 BST on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra and you can listen via the radio or online.

  72. 1404: 

    Today's route is taking the riders over the spine of Corsica from Bastia in the north, to capital Ajaccio in the south-west. BBC Sport commentator Simon Brotherton is in Ajaccio and preparing to bring you live commentary of the final hour or so of today's stage.

    While I was trying work my way round a ridiculously poorly signposted diversion set up to accommodate the Great Manchester Cycle this morning, Simon had a more leisurely journey...

  73. 1359: 

    The riders have completed a little over one-third of today's race and are heading into the final 100km. Boom, Veilleux, Kadri and Perez Moreno are working well together in the breakaway and holding a lead of around 2'15" as they go up the first serious climb of the day, although it is uncategorised.

  74. 1355: 

    Can you see Cavendish and the other sprinters staying in touch up the climbs? Or will they be dropped and have to try and catch up on the descents? Text me your thoughts on 81111, or tweet #bbctdf

  75. 1352:  
    Polkadot Jersey, Classification

    Here's how today's hills pan out. The first is the category three Col de Bellagranajo, which is 6.6km long with a 4.6% gradient.

    That is followed by the category three Col de la Serra (5.2km at 6.9%) which kicks into the category two Col de Vizzavona, which at 1,163m, is the highest point of today's stage. The Vizzavona climb is only 4.6km in length but the average gradient is 6.5%.

    The final category three hill is the Cote du Salario, which is only one kilometre long but is steep at 8.9%.

  76. 1347: 

    It is another beautifully sunny day on the Mediterranean Island of Corsica and here's a brief pre-stage interview with Cavendish and he's just rubbished my thoughts that today is not a day for the sprinters. "There's a long run-in and I'm hoping for a bunch sprint but will see what the other teams think," he said. There is a 50km downhill run to the finish from the top of the category two climb - but then there's a category three hill 12km from the finish.

  77. 1342:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    Sagan is, of course, the defending green jersey champion, while Cavendish, the 2011 points winner, is aiming to become the first man since Djamolodine Abdoujaparov in 1992 to win the points jersey in both the Giro d'Italia and Tour in the same year.

  78. 1340: 

    Sagan's Cannondale boss Stefano Zanatta revealed: "Peter had quite a good night. Yes he's got some contusions but he slept OK and he's going to go today. Let's hope we have a calmer stage today. It is much tougher than yesterday but I think if he's recovered OK from the injuries he should go reasonably OK."

  79. 1338: 

    But as Cavendish, Greipel and race leader Kittel head back into the peloton, Sagan is expected to stay in the mix. The Slovakian is one of the few riders who can contest both sprints and hilly stages and if he didn't hurt himself too much in yesterday's crash...

  80. 1335: 

    Still very early days in the green points jersey competition and the sprinters will probably take it a little easy now, considering the road is starting to go uphill for the next 50 or 60km or so with two category three and one category two climb - if you're new to cycling, the climbs are categorised to show you how tough they are in terms of length and steepness. Hors categorie are the hardest, going down from one to four.

  81. 1332:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    Result of individual sprint:

    1. Boom (Belkin) 20pts

    2. Veilleux (Europcar) 17pts

    3. Kadri (AG2R) 15pts

    4. Perez Moreno (Euskaltel) 13pts

    5. Greipel (Lotto Belisol) 11pts - at 2'40"

    6. Sagan (Cannondale) 10pts

    7. Van Poppel (Vaconsoleil) 9pts

    8. Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 8pts

    9. Goss (Orica GreenEdge) 7pts

    10. Kristoff (Katusha) 6pts

    11. Steegmans (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 5pts

    12. Veelers (Argos-Shimano) 4pts

    13. Bouhanni (FDJ) 3pts

    14. Kittel (Argos-Shimano) 2pts

    15. Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 1pt

  82. 1326:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    Greipel is first over the line from the peloton, so he collects 11 points. Cavendish looked like he was behind Sagan, official confirmation to follow...

  83. 1325: 

    When I type Boom wins the intermediate sprint...strictly speaking he was allowed to win it, uncontested and the Dutchman is up to second in the points jersey competition, on 40 points behind race leader Kittel. Here come the sprinters...

  84. 1323:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    Lars Boom wins the intermediate sprint.

  85. 1320:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    There are 20 points on offer to the first rider over the intermediate sprint line and the other three riders in the breakaway will take the 17, 15, and 13 points on offer for the top four. Then expect a big sprint in the peloton with the likes of Manxman Cavendish, Slovakian Sagan and German Greipel battling for the 11 points on offer for fifth place.

  86. 1317:  
    Green Jersey, Classification

    Out on the road and the quartet out front have established a lead of two minutes 50 seconds as they move within 5km of today's intermediate sprint. Simon, the rider trying to join the escapees was unable to get across and is back in the peloton. Green jersey points coming up.

  87. 1312: 

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas is riding at the very back of the peloton. The Welshman was the 193rd rider to cross the finish line yesterday and was among the pedalling wounded - to continue in the race you have to cross the finish line on a bike. I guess he'll be allowed to take it very easy today and fingers crossed that he can get through the stage.


    Dan Smith, via text on 81111: Could be a stage for Sylvain Chavanel today. Teams with GC contenders will be focussing on defensive matters.

  89. 1307: 

    At the end of yesterday's stage, this is what Martin looked like as he was shipped off to hospital with concussion and a contusion (or bruise if you like) on his left lung. There was also tissue damage on his hip, left knee, shoulder and back. They are made of hard stuff these cyclists though and the German is back on his bike for stage two after doctors cleared him to start.

    Tony Martin
  90. 1305: 

    Mark Cavendish may not have gone down but he was delayed and could not contest the finish, while his rival for the green points jersey Peter Sagan, ended up with cuts and bruises after going down.

    Cavendish's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mate Tony Martin, the world time trial champion, looked to have come off worst though.

  91. 1302: 

    The Orica GreenEdge bus driver said nobody was injured at the finish but a big crash a few kilometres from the finish certainly took a few riders out. Britain's Geraint Thomas was taken for an X-ray after injuring his pelvis while one of the race favourites Alberto Contador also ate some tarmac.

  92. 1258: 

    Poor bloke - it was his first day on the job. Anybody had a worse first day at work? Text me on 81111 or tweet #bbctdf

  93. 1257: 

    On the subject of the bus, Eurosport managed to catch up the driver and although I didn't catch his name, this is what he had to say about almost curtailing the opening stage:

    "I don't know whether I'm famous or infamous. I'm feeling terrible but it's all over and there was nobody injured in the finish. This was my first day driving the bus so, it's not a good start but I hope they have faith in me. I tried to sleep but I had a lot on my mind and I hope today will go OK.

    "The team were kind and sympathetic and I'm grateful for all the nice things they said and what else can I say but I'm sorry."

    Graham Jones, Radio 5 live sports extra co-commentator

    On Twitter: Slightly narrower gantry for today's finish, interested to see if buses come through at all today!

    The finish line in Ajaccio
  95. 1252: 

    Four riders have been allowed to go clear. Belkin's Lars Boom, who went clear on stage one, is in there again and he is joined by Europcar's David Veilleux, Biel Kadri of AG2R and Ruben Perez Moreno of Euskaltel. Julien Simon of the Sojasun team is trying to bridge the gap. The peloton is happy and the escapees are a couple of minutes up the road.


    Graham Fulcher, via text on 81111: Want some British interest today. The most likely scenario has to be Sagan winning a bunch sprint from a much reduced bunch without most sprinters. The yellow jersey will then go to whoever in that group has the lowest aggregate placing across both stages. Who finished very high up on Saturday, can climb and mix it up in sprints - a certain David Millar.

  97. 1242: 

    Hmmm...if there was a go slow protest, it lasted for all of about two seconds because a Belkin rider immediately raced off the front of the peloton and he was quickly joined by seven or eight other riders but the peloton is not happy with the make-up of the breakaway and have reeled them straight back in.

  98. 1240: 

    Stage two of the 2013 Tour de France is under way.

  99. 1239: 

    There is a rumour going round that the riders will stage a small protest to register their displeasure at yesterday's finish when race director Christophe Prudhomme waves the depart flag in a few moments. Let's see...

  100. 1237: 

    Let me know your pick for today's stage win and your thoughts on yesterday's crazy scenes - have you ever seen anything as ridiculous in a major sporting even before? Tweet me #bbctdf or text on 81111 - please put cycling and your name on all texts, otherwise I cannot use them. Right, let's get racing.

  101. 1236: 

    Amid Saturday's carnage, Britain's David Millar sneaked into fourth spot - could he get in a breakaway and go chasing the yellow jersey today? Prior to the race, many pundits suggested that Peter Sagan may like the profile of stage two as he chases points for the green jersey race but will he be fit enough after crashing on stage one? Or what about Belgium's world road race champion Philippe Gilbert who excels on these hilly but not quite mountainous stages.


    Le Tour de France official Twitter: Stage 2 - Bastia / Ajaccio - 156km: the pack will cross the highest point of Corsica, a puncher stage!

    Stage two
  103. 1234: 

    Much, much more on yesterday's stage end as today's progresses. But with the riders currently rolling through Bastia in the neutral zone and racing starting at 1240 BST, let's take a look at stage two.

    It's a lumpy stage with four categorised climbs that should rule out the pure sprinters so Kittel's stay in the race leader's yellow jersey is expected to be short.

  104. 1232: 

    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of stage two of the 2013 Tour de France. I guess it wouldn't be Le Tour without a few mishaps along the way but that end was farcical. For a start, not all the riders knew of the change. Race winner Marcel Kittel said he had "no idea" that the race, at one point, was due to finish at the 3km to go banner.

  105. 1230: 

    The usual mix of crashes, contusions and concussions marked a chaotic opening stage at the 100th Tour de France. But have you ever seen a bus get stuck under the finish line and the confusion that followed?

    Bus stuck at finish line

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