Photo gallery: 2017 Tour de France, Stage 2

by Neal Rogers


Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) took victory on Stage 2 of the Tour de France in Liège, Belgium. The German sprinter was quickest to the line, besting Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in a hectic bunch gallop.

The peloton departed Düsseldorf, Germany for a 203km trek south to Liège, Belgium. On paper it looked to be a sprinter’s stage, primarily flat, and like the stage 1 time trial on Saturday, the peloton was met with heavy rain throughout the day.

The four riders had their work cut out, pushing headwinds and heavy rain for the entirety of their journey. The peloton was slow to react, and by kilometer 15, the gap was over three minutes.

With a kilometer remaining, Phinney and Offrendo were swept up, and it was anyone’s race.

Kittel’s leadout was far from perfect, and he was forced to come from far back to blast past Démare and Greipel for the win. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) retained yellow after the stage, with Kittel taking the green as points classification leader.