La Roche-Sur-Yon, July 8 (TASR) – Reigning world champion Peter Sagan from Slovakia won the second stage of the 105th Tour de France following a sprint in the final section on Sunday and donned the overall leader’s yellow jersey, apart from taking the lead in the green-jersey points classification competition.
Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) surpassed Italian Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) by a mere half wheel. French Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) came third.
The world champion profited from a mass crash that also involved winner of stage one Colombian Fernando Gaviria and another favourite Michael Matthews some two kilometres before the finish.
The 28-year old Slovak cyclist on Sunday notched up a sixth stage victory this year and 107th overall. He was also in yellow in three stages at Tour de France two years ago.
“I’ll be wearing the yellow jersey probably for only one day, but I’m happy for that. I have a lot of friends from Zilina here today, my father is here as well. It’s a beautiful victory, which I dedicate to my son Marlon,” said Sagan.
The Slovak cyclist has a six-second lead ahead of Gaviria and is another four seconds ahead of Colbrelli in the general classification. In the green-jersey classification, Sagan is also on top, 26 points in front of the Colombian.
A 35-kilometre-long team time trial is scheduled at TdF for Monday.