World Champion Mark Cavendish showed the critics he hadn't lost any of his sprinting speed at the finish of stage two of the Tour de France. Despite a text book perfect lead-out from Kiwi Greg Henderson from the team of Cavendish's nemesis Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) the Manxman used his ability to the utmost and shot off the Germans wheel with 50 metres remaining to take the win by a wheel. Today’s stage marked the 21st victory for the SKY rider in the Tour.
The stage was marked largely by the breakaway of three riders Anthony Roux (FDJ-Big Mat), Christophe Kern (Europcar) and Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) that set off soon after the start and lasted until the sprinters teams started to whip up the pace with 30km remaining.
The big casualty of the day was the non start of World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin who crashed early yesterday and was diagnosed after the stage with a broken scaphoid.