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The slick and narrow roads on the decent of the Cote de Stockeu split the peloton and could have been a disastrous for one of the favorites, Andy Schleck. The main peloton was split into two sections with Andy, riding teammate Matti Breschel's bike, approx. one km behind.
In a show of sportsmanship the lead section with yellow jersey holder, Fabian Cancellera, held off pursuit of race leader Sylvain Chavanel giving Andy the opportunity to join the main peloton. In the end, there was no sprints to the finish. The main peloton, containing all of the Tour favorites crossed the line 3min and 56sec after Chavanel.
Stage 3 prediction: Sprinters are now getting edgy. Don't look for any breakaway to succeed. A few hills and only one Cat 4 climb early, finishing with 120 km flat, look for all the sprinters to be there at the end. Thor Hushovd is a bit upset after today and will put that anger to use on stage 3. Tyler Farrar is banged up as is Mark Cavendish. Robbie McEwen is also looking much better. Another classic battle between Thor and Robbie in stage 3.
Results - Stage 2
|General Classification (Yellow Jersey)|
|Point Standings (Green Jersey)|