Belgium’s Bakelants Wins Stage Two of Tour de France, Takes Lead

Belgian rider Jan Bakelants of the RadioShack-Leopard Trek team won the second stage of the Tour de France and took over the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

It was a first Tour win for Bakelants, at the end of a 97-mile course between Bastia and Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. He was in a breakaway from the main pack and withstood the challenge of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan and Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski to win the stage by a second, and lead the race by the same margin. The stage included four medium-grade climbs.

Yesterday’s opening 132-mile stage, between Porto Vecchio and Bastia, was won by Marcel Kittel of Germany.

It ended amid chaos with crashes near the end and an incident when the bus of the Orica-GreenEdge team became lodged under the banner at the finish line. Race organizers initially moved the finish line back three kilometers before restoring it to its original place after the bus was removed.

Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome, second in the Tour last year, is the bookmakers’ favorite to win for Team Sky in the 100th edition of the race. The 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins, also of Sky, is absent because of injury.

The 21-stage race ends July 21 on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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