Originally written on Triple Crankset  |  Last updated 10/22/14

Stage 2 of the Tour de France, which was a flat stage, came down to teams battling it out at the front for position in the final kilometers. A three rider breakaway, which attacked at 22km, had as much as eight minutes on the field, but was caught with more than enough time for teams to set up their leadout trains. Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team led the chase until the break was caught, and then left the battling for the sprint up to other teams.

Mark Cavendish (Sky ProCycling) sat on Andre Greipel's (Lotto-Belisol) wheel until the final meters, and beat Greipel in a head to head sprint to the finish. Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) was 3rd.

Tony Martin, who crashed yesterday and fractured the scaphoid of his left hand, stayed out of trouble by riding comfortably in the peloton, and not taking any risks. Jerome Pineau, who was hit by a spectator in his shoulder yesterday, worked for the team leader Sylvain Chavanel. Chavanel remains 3rd in the GC, 7 seconds back from leader Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan).

"The day for me was so and so," Pineau said. "I suffered a bit beacuse of my shoulder. It wasn't easy to relaunch the bike. Fortunately the road was OK, and I had enough power in the legs to stay in good position, and out of trouble. Today I had the reassurance that my shoulder is getting better.
In the final, I managed to stay in the front to help out Chavanel. Chava is in good condition, and it would have been stupid to lose time today. tomorrow it will be another day. I will try to do my best to give a hand to the team in an important stage."

"My feeling was not too bad, even if it was painful sometimes," Martin said. "The problem was when the road gets really bad and bumpy, there was small hits on the hand. It was a bit hard for me to control the bike, to brake and to have a stable position. So, today I survived, but I am concerned about tomorrow. I will also try to change a little bit the setup of my bike to find a more comfortable position for my hand."

Photo: OPQS/Tim de Waele

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report has McCoy headed to Bills, Rosenhaus says no deal

Murray would reportedly give Cowboys hometown discount

Report: Giants ‘considering a run’ at Ndamukong Suh

Darnell Dockett reportedly visiting 49ers on Tuesday

David West on Brian Shaw being fired: ‘That’s bulls–t'


Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Yankees fire employee over Curt Schilling's daughter tweets

Ravens settle grievance, pay Ray Rice $1.6 million

A-Rod goes 0-2 against Yankees pitching machine 'Iron Mike'

Redick: Flip Saunders told me to ‘shut the f— up’ three times

Trent Cole has ‘no respect’ for Eagles after release from team

Ronda Rousey lands free ticket to Pacquiao-Mayweather bout

Report: Celtics to pursue Love, Monroe and Gasol this summer

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

Mets to host families of slain NYPD officers at spring training

Teams that should be on NCAA Tourney upset alert

SpongeBob SquarePants: The newest NASCAR race sponsor

Winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline

Andrew Luck shaved beard, left mustache

Museum to give away DeLorean if Cubs win World Series

Jameis Winston looking to trademark 'Famous Jameis'

Maple Leafs burned on Twitter by frustrated fan

Cycling News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.