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Stage 2, by the numbers

Stage 2, Auray to Saint-Brieuc, 164.5km

By Andrew Hood

Stage 2, Auray to Saint-Brieuc, 164.5km

Speed 43.7 kmh (27.2 mph)

Weather Mostly cloudy skies, strong southwest, westerly winds, gusts up to 60kph, intermittent showers, highs in mid-70s.

Stage winner Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) made up for the absence of an opening prologue thanks to a great lead-out from Mark Crenshaw. The Thunder God held off the fast-charging Columbia duo of Kim Kirchen and Gerald Ciolek to claim his sixth Tour victory in six Tour starts.

Race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) finished 12th to retain the maillot jaune after his teammates worked hard to chase down a dangerous four-man attack. Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis) was the virtual leader, but thanks to some help from the sprinter teams, the Frenchman was neutralized with 1.5km to go. Fabian Cancellara (CSC) tried a surprise attack with 1km to go. Kirchen slotted in second at one second back.

Green jersey With second in the stage, Kirchen takes over the green jersey from Valverde, 54-49 ahead of the Spaniard, with Hushovd third at 46 points.

King of the Mountains The attacking Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) gobbled up points on all four of the day’s climb to break his overnight tie with Bjorn Schroder (Milram). Voeckler now leads Chavanel, 19-11.

Best Young Rider Ciolek won the day’s honors with Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott), second overall in this year’s Giro, retaining the white jersey six seconds ahead of Andy Schleck (CSC), second in last year’s Giro.

Best team Caisse d’Epargne retained it’s seven-second lead, with Team Columbia slotting into second, Team CSC-Saxo Bank third and Garmin-Chipotle fourth, also seven seconds adrift.

Most aggressive rider Chavanel won the day’s prize, with the eight-man panel writing “Sensing the end of the adventure, the Frenchman then unleashed a final attack with 3km to go, which allowed him to extend the thrill of his attack and continue to believe. Under the red kite, the finally surrendered his fight.”

Lanterne Rouge Mauricio Soler (Barloworld) in 179th at 1022. The Colombian condor had his wings clipped in a stage one crash that left him battered and bruised. Riding with bandages wrapping his tender wrists, Soler was dropped by the peloton with about 25km to go. He was able to hang on to finish the stage, but his overall GC hopes are done.

Top American George Hincapie (Columbia) was 23rd while Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Chipotle) finished in the main pack to slot into 21st overall at seven seconds back.

The peloton No abandons – 179 riders remain.

Medical report
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Bertogliati (Saunider Duval-Scott), crash at 136km, cuts to hip and right elbow, requiring stitches
? Haussler (Gerolsteiner), Dean (Garmin-Chipotle) and Bonnet (Credit Agricole), all crashed at 163km without serious injury
? Soler (Barloworld), X-rays taken Saturday evening did not reveal any broken bones.

Jury report
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Modification of the results of stage 1, Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) and Romain Feillu (Agritubel) were awarded the time of 4h3625 and not 4h3659. Both suffered mechanicals in the final 3km of Saturday’s stage
? The following riders either crashed or suffered mechanicals in final 3km of Sunday’s stage and were awarded the same time as the winner Lovkvist (Columbia), Cunego (Lampre), Bonnet (Credit Agricole), Carrara (QuickStep), Haussler (Gerolsteiner), Gilbert (FDJeux) and Dean (Garmin-Chipotle)
? Sport director Fernandez Matxin (Saunier Duval) fined 120 euros for not respecting instructions of commissaires

Monday’s Forecast Chance of afternoon showers, highs in the 70s, 25kph southwesterly winds.
Compiled by Andrew Hood

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