Peter Sagan bounced back from a third place finish in the Tour de France opener on Saturday to win Sunday’s second stage and take over the leader’s yellow jersey.
The 182 kilometre ride from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-Octeville in North west France was similar to day one in more ways than one.
Just after 60 kilometres in Double Tour champion Alberto Contador once again hit the deck and lost a chunk of time to the other overall favourites for this edition.
Although Tinkoff suffered yet another scare with Contador, who was quick to get back in the saddle, the team would be celebrating the stage victory at the end of the day.
Belgian Jasper Stuyven thought he had done enough to seal the win after dropping his breakaway companions eight kilometre out but the sprinters had other ideas.
Slokvia’s World champion Sagan timed his effort to perfection to beat France’s Julian Alaphilippe and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.