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Tour de France: Sagan wins second stage, takes over yellow jersey

The Slovak has finished the 182.5km leg in just over four hours, and is now in the overall lead of the Tour. Germany’s Marcrel Kittel suffered a puncture, but is still fourth in the overall standings.

Three-time World Champion Peter Sagan was the winner of the second stage of the Tour de France, finishing the flat 182.5km leg in four hours and six minutes.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider took the stage after a reduced sprint finish, beating Italian Sonny Colbrelli and France's Arnaud Demare, who finished second and third respectively. This was the Slovak's ninth Tour stage win.

"It's a good start, I'm really back,” said Sagan after the race. "It's a perfect day. I was a bit scared because Sonny was coming back strong.”

The World Champion has managed to avoid a high-speed crash involving previous yellow jersey wearer, Colombia's Fernando Gaviria, and a host of other riders.

Germany's Marcel Kittel, that previously won 14 Tour stages, could not make it back to the front of the peloton after suffering from a puncture just eight kilometers from the finish line.

The next stage will be a 35km-long team time trial, and will take place tomorrow in Cholet.

ftm/mds (Reuters, AFP, AP)

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