SHEFFIELD, England —
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali outfoxed other Tour de France pretension contenders to win a hilly second theatre by Yorkshire panorama on Sunday, wresting a altogether competition leader’s yellow jersey.
The Astana organisation personality forked a finger skyward as he detonate out of a breakaway garland during a finish of a 201-kilometer (125-mile) float over 9 rolling ascents and by a heath of northern England. Belgium’s Greg outpost Avermaet was second and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland was third, any dual seconds behind.
Over a final 6 kilometers, several of a pre-race favorites to win a three-week competition played a cat-and-mouse game, fast exchanging care of a breakaway bunch. But Nibali, a 29-year-old supplement who has won both a Italian Giro and Spanish Vuelta, timed his conflict ideally — ripping forward with reduction than 2 kilometers to go and holding off surging chasers.
“It was a fanciful day for me, we led a good action,” pronounced Nibali, who collected his initial Tour theatre win and initial yellow jersey. “It was difficult. There was a lot of headwind … we had a fitness to conflict during a right moment.”
Marcel Kittel of Germany, a absolute competitor who mostly struggles on climbs, trailed scarcely 20 mins behind and mislaid a yellow jersey that he had prisoner by winning Stage 1.
Nibali was adult front with a garland including fortifying Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain and Spanish two-time personality Alberto Contador — any of whom detonate to a front of a evading garland nearby a end. Others in a organisation enclosed 25-year-old American riders Andrew Talansky and Tejay outpost Garderen.
“It was a unequivocally tough day though a home throng support was great,” pronounced Froome, a Team Sky leader. “I’m tired, though we wish everyone’s sleepy after a day like today.”
Tinkoff-Saxo Bank personality Contador said: “Today was a day when we unequivocally indispensable to be clever … There are thousands and thousands of people. It’s good though it’s also dangerous.”
Overall, Nibali leads 20 other riders by dual seconds: Slovakia’s Peter Sagan is second, outpost Avermaet is third, while Froome is fifth and Contador trails in eighth.
Massive crowds lined a track from York to Sheffield. One of a British stars in a race, Mark Cavendish, forsaken out before a theatre after pain from a distant right shoulder postulated in a pile-up Saturday.
While Yorkshire doesn’t have ascents on a standard with a Alps or Pyrenees in France, riders faced 9 low- to mid-grade climbs. The hardest was a 4.7-kilometer Holme Moss pass, and a steepest was also a shortest: The 800-meter Jenkin Road pass, with an normal slope of 10.8 percent — only 5 kilometers from a finish line.
England is hosting a initial 3 stages of a three-week competition before it enters France.
New roads for cycling’s biggest competition also meant new audiences, some of whom are so fervent and fervent for a “selfie” with a container that they don’t comprehend a hazards of removing too tighten to a riders as they go by. There are simply too many people for barriers that competition organizers make in swarming spots, creation a march some-more fraudulent for a riders.
Kittel and Giant-Shimano teammate Koen De Kort of a Netherlands were among those who crashed during a day. Team sporting executive Christian Guiberteau pronounced a German scurry star was unharmed, nutritious “just a small pile-up since there are so many people on a roadside.”
Simon Gerrans, who crashed with Cavendish in Saturday’s stage, also spilled — as did outpost Garderen and Joachim Rodriguez, a third-place finisher in a 2013 Tour. All recovered to finish a stage.
French supplement Thomas Voeckler pronounced overenthusiastic crowds had combined to a challenges, including conference a squeaks of rivals’ brakes. “People unequivocally need to stay on a side of a highway with their strollers and children,” Voeckler said.
On a up-and-down, lifelike course, a 197-rider peloton scaled a narrow, cobblestone mountain in Haworth, where a Bronte sisters — a famous 19th-century novelists — lived when their father was theologian in a town.
Monday’s theatre should be a distant reduction exhausting ride: Riders cover 155 kilometers (96 miles) from university city Cambridge to London, where a container will finish on a Mall not distant from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.