Tour de France

TOURNAI, Belgium – A brief look at Monday’s second stage of the 99th Tour de France:

Stage: A 207.5-kilometer flat stage in Belgium featuring no major difficulty from Vise to Tournai.

Winner: Mark Cavendish of Britain, after winning by half a wheel the first bunch sprint of this year’s race ahead of Andre Greipel of Germany and Australian Matt Goss.

Yellow Jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. The Swiss rider leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by 7 seconds in the overall standings. Defending Tour champion Cadel Evans of Australia is eighth, 17 seconds off the pace.

Stat of the Day: 21. The number of Tour stage wins claimed by Cavendish.

Quote of the Day: “I always said I want to make history. Normally that means winning a lot of sprints but there’s not many better ways to make history than be part of a team winning the Tour de France with a British rider.” Cavendish

Today’s stage: The race finally arrives in France with a 197-kilometer trek from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer. The route goes through the Monts du Boulonnais and features five climbs in the last 35 kilometers.

Associated Press