Mark Cavendish of Team Sky beat out a last-second bunch sprint to capture Stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France. German Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol came in second and Australian Matthew Goss of Orica Greenedge came in third. Take a look at the exciting finish in the Tour de France Stage 2 video highlights below.
Tour de France Stage 2 Video Highlights via the Guardian:
Despite a remarkable career, Cavendish is no longer a top dog with a full cast of supporting riders around him. On Team Sky, that distinction goes to Bradley Wiggins, a favorite to ride into the Champs Elysee with the yellow jersey on his back.
“I was alone in the last 5km,” said Cavendish. “We’re here for the yellow jersey and I knew it would be hectic here. Normally I would have had a big team in the past. But I’m kind of a bonus rider and I had to be plucky today.”
Cavendish’s new role clearly hasn’t changed his ability on a bike, however. After the race Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford hailed his rider’s ability as a sprinter. He said: “Psychologically that was a big stage for all the sprint teams. He (Cavendish) has proved there why he is the number one in the world and why he has been the number one for a long time.”
His triumph this morning, the 21st Tour de France stage win in his career, moved him up to 6th in most Tour stage wins of all time behind Eddy Merckx (34), Bernard Hinault (28), Andre Leducq (25), Lance Armstrong (22), Andre Darrigade (22).
Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara from RadioShack-Nissan remains in the yellow jersey with Bradley Wiggins in second place overall. Morkov maintained the polka dot jersey.
Tomorrow’s Stage 3 race is 197km from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer and features a number of awkward climbs, including 5 at the end of the race, which is sure to bring changes in the overall classification.