Tour de France
Stage 2: Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin - Stage Details

After crashing in yesterday’s finale, ORICA-BikeExchange’s Michael Matthews bounced back strongly on stage two of the Tour de France today, sprinting to fifth place in a fast and furious race to the line.

Paris-Roubaix champion Mathew Hayman put in a huge shift to keep Matthews and Simon Gerrans well positioned for the finale with 2016 Tour of Romandie stage winner Michael Albasini also in close attendance.

Matthews came home in fifth place with Sagan now moving into the race lead and the yellow jersey. Gerrans crossed the line just outside the top ten in 11th with Adam Yates close behind in 13th.

Sport director Matt White was content with the efforts with the team on what he acknowledged was a hard stage.

It was a tough finale today,” said White. “The stage was reminiscent of a classics race and the uphill sprint was made up of an eclectic mix of the world's best climbers and classics riders.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Peter Sagan (SVK) - Tinkoff Team 4:20:51
2 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
3 Alejandro Valverde (SPA) - Movistar Team ST
4 Daniel Martin (IRL) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
5 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
6 Wilco Kelderman (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo ST
7 Tony Gallopin (FRA) - Lotto Soudal ST
8 Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) - BMC Racing Team ST
9 Bauke Mollema (NED) - Trek-Segafredo ST
10 Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
5 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
11 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
13 Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange ST
78 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:01:39
94 Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:02:52
116 Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:03:51
117 Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:03:51
168 Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:06:51
182 Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange 0:08:15