2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 2 Photo Gallery

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Italian superstar Vincenzo Nibali wasted no time in staking a claim on the 2014 Tour de France, jumping away for a two second win over Greg Van Avermaet, Michael Kwiatkowski, Peter Sagan and the rest of his rivals on Stage 2. The 2013 Giro d’Italia winner pulled on the yellow leader’s jersey in Sheffield after a surprisingly hilly early stage. See stage 2 results here.

STAGE 2 PHOTOS

Tour Cathedral

Given the huge crowds who’ve turned out for the Tour, cycling looks to be on the verge of becoming religion in the UK. Photo by Graham Watson


Voigtkadots

Trek’s Jens Voigt added a day in the climber’s polka dots to his Tour de France achievements. The affable German has also worn yellow. Photo by Graham Watson


Yellow Kittel

Marcel Kittel looked resplendent in the yellow leaders jersey. It would be short lived, however, as he finished 20 minutes back on Stage 2. Photo by Graham Watson


Smiles for miles

Giant-Shimano with Marcel Kittel in the yellow jersey were all smiles as they led out Stage 2 today. Photo by Graham Watson


Sky love

With Mark Cavendish out of the race due to yesterday’s crash, all eyes are on Team Sky to deliver the goods for the UK in this year’s Tour. Photo by Graham Watson


Climbing farm

For the second time in as many days, the Tour drew massive crowds to the hilly UK countryside. Photo by Graham Watson


Aero is...interesting?

Garmin-Sharp’s Tom-Jelte Slagter looks a little extraterrestrial in his aero helmet during Stage 2. Photo by Graham Watson


Lid wars

Both Giro (on Daniel Oss of BMC) and Bell (on the Team Belkin rider) launched new aero helmets just in time for the Tour. No word on how Oss’ extensive locks effect aero efficiency. Photo by Graham Watson


Andy waits

Trek’s Andy Schleck is keeping things close in the early stages. We’ll see what cards he has to play later in the race. Photo by Graham Watson


Marcus Tucked

BMC’s Marcus Berghardt drove one of the early breaks that included feisty Frenchman Thomas Voeckler. Photo by Graham Watson


Tire swap

BMC has been busy with mechanicals early in the Tour. Here Marcus Berghardt remounts after a puncture. Photo by Graham Watson


Nibali roars

Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali is the first GC contender to fire a shot over the bow. Question is, how long can he stay in yellow? Photo by Graham Watson

STAGE 2 PHOTO GALLERY

2014 Tour de France: Graham Watson Stage 2 Photo Gallery Gallery
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Aero is...interesting?

Garmin-Sharp's Tom-Jelte Slagter looks a little extraterrestrial in his aero helmet during Stage 2. Photo by Graham Watson
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Andy waits

Trek's Andy Schleck is keeping things close in the early stages. We'll see what cards he has to play later in the race. Photo by Graham Watson
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Climbing farm

For the second time in as many days, the Tour drew massive crowds to the hilly UK countryside. Photo by Graham Watson
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Lid wars

Both Giro (on Daniel Oss of BMC) and Bell (on the Team Belkin rider) launched new aero helmets just in time for the Tour. No word on how Oss' extensive locks effect aero efficiency. Photo by Graham Watson
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Marcus tucked

BMC's Marcus Berghardt drove one of the early breaks that included fiesty Frenchman Thomas Voeckler. Photo by Graham Watson
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Nibali wiggily

A cheeky Vincenzo Nibali punched out to the win and a two second gap over his rivals in Stage 2. Photo by Graham Watson
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Sky love

With Mark Cavendish out of the race due to yesterday's crash, all eyes are on Team Sky to deliver the goods for the UK in this year's Tour. Photo by Graham Watson
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Smiles for miles

Giant-Shimano with Marcel Kittel in the yellow jersey were all smiles as they led out Stage 2 today. Photo by Graham Watson
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Tire swap

BMC has been busy with mechanicals early in the Tour. HereMarcus Berghardt gets a push after a puncture. Photo by Graham Watson
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Tour cathedral

Given the huge crowds who've turned out for the Tour, cycling looks to be on the verge of a religion in the UK. Photo by Graham Watson
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Voigtkadots

Trek's Jens Voigt added a day in the climber's polka dots to his Tour de France achievements. The German has also worn yellow. Photo by Graham Watson
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Yellow Kittel

Marcel Kittel looked resplendent in the yellow leaders jersey. It would be short lived, however as he finished Stage 2 20 minutes back. Photo by Graham Watson
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Nibali roars

Astana's Vincenzo Nibali is the first GC contender to fire a shot over the bow. Question is, how long can he stay in yellow? Photo by Graham Watson
About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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