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P-N St. 2: Bouhanni Crashes Out in Yellow; Kittel Takes Stage

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Overnight leader Nacer Bouhanni of FDJ left the race after a pileup and a broken tooth, while Argos Shimano's Marcel Kittel won the stage sprint in Cérilly.

Kittel, the German sprinter, timed his jump to perfection -- namely, very, very late -- coming up the right hand barriers in the last 75 meters on a long, straight, slightly uphill finish. Elia Viviani of Cannondale could only watch helplessly as Kittel won by a length, though after picking up time bonuses out on the course and on the finish Viviani moved into the overall lead.

The story of the day was a block headwind which took the fight out of the peloton, leaving a large group spread across the long-straight secondary highways of southern France for most of the stage. Breaks were attempted on occasion until about 40km to go, from which point it was destined to end in a sprint.

Bouhanni was the day's other top story, as the maillot jaune crashed out of the race in an ugly pileup that saw him land face-first on the tarmac. He was dazed and apparently lost a tooth, but no further injuries are suspected for the FDJ sprinter and winner of stage 1. Results:

  1. Marcel Kittel, Argos-Shimano
  2. Elia Viviani, Cannondale, s.t.
  3. Leigh Howard, Orica-GreenEdge, s.t.
  4. Borut Bozic, Astana, s.t.
  5. Samuel Dumoulin, AG2R, s.t.
GC:
  1. Viviani
  2. Sylvain Chavanel, OPQS, at 0.07
  3. Damien Gaudin, Europcar, at 0.08
Points
  1. Viviani, 55 points
  2. Bozic, 43
  3. Chavanel, 38
Young Rider
  1. Viviani
  2. Wilco Kelderman, Blanco, at 0.10
  3. Geoffrey Soupe, FDJ, s.t.
KOM
  1. Bert Lindeman, VAC, 4 points
  2. Yannick Talabardon, 2