Photography by BrakeThrough Media, Jered & Ashley Gruber, Cor Vos
There were several winners and losers on Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France, but none more so than world champion Peter Sagan, who took his first Tour stage win since 2013, and with it, the yellow jersey of race leader for the first time in his career.
The day’s “first loser” would be Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep), who punched his handlebar across the line as her finished second. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rounded out the podium in third.
The day’s biggest losers, however, were GC contenders Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing), who both lost significant time on the general classification. Contador suffered on the final uphill drag to the line after crashing early in the stage; his second crash in as many days at the Tour. Contador lost 48 seconds on the stage, but the day’s biggest loser was Porte, who punctured inside the final five kilometres. The Tasmanian lost 1:45 on the stage.
Read the full stage 2 race report, highlight video and results here.