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(Reuters) - Thor Hushovd swapped his world champion's jersey for the Tour de France yellow thanks to his Garmin-Cervelo team mates who won the 23-km second stage of the race, a time trial, on Sunday.

The American team covered the windswept course in 24 minutes 48 seconds, at an average speed of 55.6 kph, beating another American outfit, BMC, by four seconds, while British Team Sky were third in the same time.



Stage 2 Results
1. Team Garmin - Cervelo - 0:24:48
2. BMC Racing Team - 0:00:04
3. Sky Procycling
4. Team Leopard-Trek
5. HTC - Highroad - 0:00:05
6. Team Radioshack - 0:00:10
7. Rabobank Cycling Team - 0:00:12
8. Saxo Bank Sungard - 0:00:28
9. Pro Team Astana - 0:00:32
10. Omega Pharma - Lotto - 0:00:39
11. FDJ - 0:00:46
12. Team Europcar - 0:00:50
13. AG2R La Mondiale - 0:00:53
14. Quick Step Cycling Team - 0:00:56
15. Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:00:57
16. Saur-Sojasun - 0:01:02
17. Lampre - Isd - 0:01:04
18. Katusha Team
19. Movistar Team - 0:01:09
20. Vacansoleil-Dcm - 0:01:15
21. Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne - 0:01:20
22. Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:01:22


General classification after Stage 2
1. Thor Hushovd Team Garmin-Cervelo - 5:06:25
2. David Millar Team Garmin-Cervelo
3. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:00:01
4. Geraint Thomas Sky Procycling - 0:00:04
5. Linus Gerdemann Leopard Trek
6. Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek
7. Fabian Cancellara Leopard Trek
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen Sky Procycling
9. Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team
10. Andy Schleck Leopard Trek


Full results here..


Jersey Standings:
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Thor Hushovd
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Phillippe Gilbert
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Phillippe Gilbert
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Geraint Thomas

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"Hushovd in yellow jersey after Garmin win team time-trial

(CNN) -- World champion Thor Hushovd is the new leader of the Tour de France after his Garmin-Cervelo team won Sunday's second stage team time-trial.

The 33-year-old Norwegian, a winner of eight Tour stages, as well as twice taking the green points jersey for best sprinter, leads British teammate David Millar in the overall classification after the pair helped Garmin win the 23km stage around Les Essarts in a time of 24 minutes, 48 seconds.

BMC Racing, Team Sky and Team Leopard finished second, third and fourth respectively, just four seconds behind Garmin, with HTC-Highroad another second behind in fifth place." Read more from CNN...

"Hushovd gets Tour lead as team win second stage

Thor Hushovd swapped his world champion's jersey for the Tour de France yellow thanks to his Garmin-Cervelo team mates who won the 23-km second stage of the race, a time trial, on Sunday.

The American team covered the windswept course in 24 minutes 48 seconds, at an average speed of 55.6 kph, beating another American outfit, BMC, by four seconds, while British Team Sky were third in the same time.

"The world champion jersey and the yellow jersey are the best two jerseys in cycling and to wear them the same year is just incredible," Hushovd said. "Thanks to the team for the win, thanks to the team for the jersey."

The Norwegian took the Tour reins thanks to his third place in Saturday's first stage, pushing out team mate David Millar, who now lies second overall in the same time." Read more from the Yahoo Sport...

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