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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