Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) attacked with under 2km remaining and a lack of organisation in the chase group saw Nibali maintain his lead all the way to the line, winning the stage by two seconds ahead of the chase group.

Tour de France Stage 2 in Photos

by CyclingTips

The second stage of the Tour de France held in Yorkshire proved to be another spectacular finish in which the GC contenders laid down their cards. In a day that was billed as a mini Liege-Bastogne-Liege with favourites such as Peter Sagan or Simon Gerrans expected to take the win, it was Vincenzo Nibali who made a brave attack with just under two kilometres remaining to hold off the bunch for a thrilling win.

It was estimated that 2 million people lined the roads on the opening stage and while these figures are often wildly optimistic, after seeing it with my own two eyes it’s certainly believable. Yorkshire has gotten behind the Tour de France in a way I’ve never seen before and with the announcement of plans for the ‘Tour of Yorkshire‘ beginning in 2015, this new race will certainly be welcomed by locals.

Check out the full stage report and results from stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France here.

Enjoy these spectacular photos from stage 2.

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