(Reuters) - Briton Mark Cavendish snatched his 21st Tour de France stage win when he prevailed in a bunch sprint at the end of a 207.5-kilometres ride from Vise on Monday.
The Team Sky rider, who was on his own in the finale, beat German Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Belisol team to victory in the race's second stage.
Australian Matthew Goss came home third for the Orica-GreenEdge team.
World champion Cavendish stayed in Greipel's wheel in the home straight and went past his former team mate with about 50 metres to go.
Swiss Fabian Cancellara of the RadioShack-Nissan team retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.
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Stage 2 Results
1. Mark Cavendish - Sky Procycling - 4:56:59
2. André Greipel - Lotto Belisol Team
3. Matthew Harley Goss - Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
4. Tom Veelers - Argos-Shimano
5. Alessandro Petacchi - Lampre - ISD
6. Peter Sagan - Liquigas-Cannondale
7. Yauheni Hutarovich - FDJ-Big Mat
8. Juan José Haedo - Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
9. Mark Renshaw - Rabobank Cycling Team
10. Tyler Farrar - Garmin - Sharp
General classification after Stage 2
1. Fabian Cancellara - RadioShack-Nissan - 10:02:31
2. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling - 0:00:07
3. Sylvain Chavanel - Omega Pharma-Quickstep
4. Tejay Van Garderen - BMC Racing Team - 0:00:10
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Sky Procycling - 0:00:11
6. Denis Menchov - Katusha Team - 0:00:13
7. Philippe Gilbert - BMC Racing Team
8. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:00:17
9. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:00:18
10. Ryder Hesjedal - Garmin - Sharp
Full results here..
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"Cavendish goes train-hopping to bag 21st Tour stage
By Justin Davis (AFP)
TOURNAI, Belgium - Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed his 21st victory on the Tour de France and his first as world champion Monday after beating German sprint rival Andre Greipel to win the race's second stage.
Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, of RadioShack, retained the race leader's yellow jersey with his 7sec lead on Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Sky) intact after the 207 km ride from Vise to Tournai in Belgium.
Cavendish, the race's defending green jersey champion for the points competition, has come into the race with, as usual, plenty of motivation to add to his record tally.
But because Sky's big aim is to secure the yellow jersey for Wiggins' in Paris, he has no train of sprinters to help lead him into the flat finishes where support can often be decisive." Read more from AFP...
"Newcomer Sagan makes immediate mark with first Tour de France win
(CNN) -- Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed the 21st Tour de France stage win of his remarkable career with an opportunist victory Monday in Tournai.
The 207km second stage from Vise was always expected to end in a bunch sprint and Cavendish hit the front in the final meter to pip German Andre Greipel on the line.
Swiss Fabian Cancellara stayed in the race leader's yellow jersey after finishing safely in the pack.
With his Team Sky teammates concentrating on delivering Bradley Wiggins to overall victory in the three-week race, Cavendish was, in his words, "completely alone" in the final kilometer rather than having his usual lead-out train." Read more from CNN International...
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