Fabian Cancellara retained the leaders yellow jersey after stage one of the Tour de France on Sunday a day after winning the opening prologue.
But the 198 kilometre trek from Liège to Seraing in Belgium was won by Slovakia’s Peter Sagan who narrowly avoided a mass pile up with 20 kilometre to go when a fan saw the need to stand in the road to take photos.
The day’s action was also animated by a breakaway group which enjoyed freedom for most of the stage, but with 1.5 kilometres to go and with the escapees caught Sagan joined forces with Cancellara and Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen and made a dash for the line.
Sagan then powered out in front for his first Tour de France win ahead of Cancellara and Boassen Hagen.
There were no changes in the top five of the General classification.
Cancellara easily retained his seven second lead over Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, a serious title contender, to keep the leaders yellow jersey while French time-trial champion Sylvain Chavanel held on to third place overall, tied on the same time with Wiggins.