Team Columbia-HTC's Mark Cavendish adds another stage win to his career total of 5 at stage 2 of this year's Tour de France. A group of 4 riders enjoyed a breakway leading into the final kilometers, only to be caught when Cavendish's team moved to the front of the peloton to aid Team Saxo Bank in the chase. Saxo Banks Fabian Cancellara remains in the Maillot Jaune.

Stage 2 Results
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 4:30:02
2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
3 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
5 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
6 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
7 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

General classification after stage 2
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank - 4:49:34
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana - 0:00:18
3 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 0:00:19
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:00:22
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto - 0:00:23
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0:00:30
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - 0:00:32
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC - 0:00:33
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas - 0:00:37
10 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana - 0:00:40

Full results here..

Jersey Standings:
Fabian Cancellara
Mark Cavendish
Jussi Veikkanen
Roman Kreuziger

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"Cavendish can do no wrong for number five, Cancellara stays in yellow

Untouchable. His head down, leadout complete and the line in sight, Mark Cavendish took his first stage of this year's Tour de France - his fifth in total - with a totally dominant performance from Columbia-HTC's sprinter in Brignoles.

The team's effort had started over 50km earlier, and with Bernhard Eisel, Bert Grabsch and Mark Renshaw pulling more than their weight at the front of the peloton to catch the leaders and set up their fast man, Cavendish simply had to turn on the afterburners and smoke the competition." Read more at

"Unstoppable Cavendish claims Tour stage win

(CNN) -- Mark Cavendish underlined his position as the fastest man in cycling by sprinting away from his rivals to comfortably take the 187km second stage of the Tour de France from Monaco to Brignoles.

The Briton, who rides for the Columbia team, won four stages in last year's race -- and he continued that form into the first flat stage this year by showing devastating pace to cross the line first in a dangerous sprint marred by an accident in the final kilometer which saw Spanish rider Koldo Fernandez take a nasty tumble.

Cavendish finished in a time of four hours, 30 minutes and two seconds, ahead of American Tyler Farrar of the Garmin team, with Frenchman Romain Feillu coming home third." Read more at CNN International...

"Cavendish wins Tour de France second stage
By Justin Davis

BRIGNOLES, France (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish took his stage victory tally on the Tour de France to five and pulled on the sprinters' green jersey after winning the 187km second stage from Monaco to here Sunday.

Fabian Cancellara of Saxo Bank retained the race leader's yellow jersey with an 18sec lead on Spanish race favourite Alberto Contador of Spain ahead of another potential bunch sprint finish on Monday.

The 24-year-old Cavendish won an impressive four stages at last year's edition and has since added a number of big victories to his growing list, including the Milan-San Remo one-day classic in March.

And he got this year's Tour campaign off to a perfect start after his Columbia team had played a leading role in chasing down an ultimately futile four-man breakaway." Read more from the AFP...

"Cavendish wins Tour's 2nd stage; Armstrong in pack

BRIGNOLES, France (AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish has won the second stage of the Tour de France, with seven-time champion Lance Armstrong finishing safely in the trailing pack.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the overall lead. He won the opening time trial a day earlier to take the yellow jersey.

The tricky, 116-mile course began in the principality of Monaco on Sunday and ended in Brignoles, France. The stage featured four minor climbs in the sun-baked hills of Provence along the Mediterranean. The layout favored sprinters and breakaway specialists." Read more from the AP....