Tour De France 2012: Cavendish Wins Stage Two


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Mark Cavendish won the second leg of the Tour de France, according to AP, which is mostly a flat race across Belgium. The 27 year old received little help from his team. Sky team are concentrating on helping Wiggins become England's first Tour de France Winner.

The overall standings didn't change, and Fabian Cancellera keeps the leader's yellow jersey going into stage three.

This is Cavendish's 21st stage victory in cycling. The 129 mile stage is mostly flat, and the style of cycling required makes Cavendish a favorite for the London games.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Cavendish says that his main objective is the Tour de France, despite being a heavy favorite to win the road race in the London Olympics. "It (the Tour) is the most beautiful race of the year for me," he said. "Here, it's the Tour de France ... I can't say the Olympics are more important."

The stage two win follows news Slovak Peter Sagan's stage one win, yesterday. The 22 year old is the youngest stage winner since Lance Armstrong in 1993.


[lead image source: SI - Christophe Ena/AP]