Tour de France: Gert Steegmans wins stage 2
Monday, July 9, 2007
"What an explosion of emotion it was after the finish," Steegmans said. "It was really important for the team. You could feel this enormous pressure because we're a Belgian team." Boonen thought that the picture of the photo finish in Ghent was "the most beautiful picture of the year."
There was a large crash with less than 3 km to the finish. A cyclist from the team Milram hit the wheel of Tom Boonen and fell, dragging everyone behind him into his fall. Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara was involved in the crash, but maintained the overall lead. The overall consequences were limited: Tomas Vaitkus broke his thumb, Fred Rodriguez sustained several rib fractures.
After 18 km in the race, Marcel Sieberg (Milram), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) and Cédric Herve (Agritubel) escaped and took the lead and soon rode five minutes before the peleton, but 3 km before the finish the trio was caught again.
The first ten to arrive in Ghent were:
- Gert Steegmans (in 3h48’22’’)
- Tom Boonen
- Filippo Pozzato
- Robert Hunter
- Romain Feillu
- Robbie McEwen
- Erik Zabel
- Heinrich Haussler
- Oscar Freire
- Sébastien Chavanel
The overall ranking after the second stage is:
|This is a complete or partial translation of the article "Tour de France cycliste 2007 : 2e étape", from the French language Wikinews, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.|
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