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Summary

  1. Slovakia's Peter Sagan wins to take overall lead
  2. Mark Cavendish loses yellow jersey on a day not suited to his skills
  3. Defending champion Chris Froome fifth overall
  4. Two-time winner Alberto Contador loses time on Froome
  5. Stage 2: 183km from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-En-Cotentin

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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Au revoir

Today's race report is starting to take shape so time for me to say goodbye.

It looked for a while like Jasper Stuyven was going to pull off an incredible victory but then who can doubt Peter Sagan? Stunning from the Slovakian.

Thanks for all your tweets today. See you tomorrow from 12:00 BST for live text commentary of stage three and radio commentary from 15:00 BST.

It's a flat stage and we could see a bit of history if Mark Cavendish can win again to equal Bernard Hinault's haul of 28 stage wins to go joint second on the all-time list. You wouldn't want to miss that now. Would you?

What does stage 3 hold?

So, where does the race go from here? Due south from Granville to Angers is the answer. Team Sky's Geraint Thomas in his BBC Sport stage-by-stage guide suggests it will be a similar stage to Saturday's opener and his team will be trying to keep Chris Froome safe.

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Sagan also leads points classification

Peter Sagan tries on his first yellow jersey and he may well be keeping it for a few days because the next few days are slightly flatter.

He also takes the lead in the green jersey points classification. He has won that award for four consecutive years and it will take a brave man to bet against him making it five in Paris.

Sagan holds eight seconds lead

Peter Sagan, who finished third yesterday, picks up 10 bonus seconds for winning the stage and now leads Julian Alaphilippe by eight seconds.

Alejandro Valverde is a couple of seconds further back in third while Chris Froome will be happy in fifth at 14 seconds.

Nairo Quintana, his main rival for the overall win, is level with Froome. But Contador and Richie Porte lost out.

Porte finished around 100 seconds adrift and that could well be his race run already. Contador lost 48 seconds.

The top 5

1. Peter Sagan 2. Julian Alaphilippe 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Dan Martin 5. Michael Matthews  

Surprised Sagan in yellow

"I'm very surprised I won because I was thinking there were still two guys out front and then I finished and I find out I won and I'm very happy.

On winning the yellow jersey, he added: "It's the first time in my career. It's unbelieveable. I'm already wearing a nice jersey (referring to his world champion rainbow bands) so yellow is very nice for me."

Froome gains time on Contador

Defending champion Chris Froome came over the finish line in 10th but more importantly he was around 15 seconds clear of Alberto Contador.

Alejandro Valverde was third for Movistar.

Sagan's fifth stage

Alaphilippe banged his handlebars in frustration as he crossed the line a bike length behind Sagan.

It's a fifth Tour de France stage win for Sagan and one that earns him his first yellow jersey.

Sagan digs deep

World champion Peter Sagan had no chance to celebrate as he crossed the line. That was a brutal finish and he did not have it all his own way. French rider Julian Alaphillipe did manage to get past him in the closing 200m but Sagan found a bit more to retake the lead in the final 50m.

Sagan wins stage two

Peter Sagan wins stage two.

Sagan hits the front

We are into the final 500m. Stuyven is digging deep but he's been caught. Who has the legs for this? Peter Sagan is there. Alaphilippe and Rodriguez are all there. Sagan hits the front. Can anyone come round him?

Incorrect time check!

The time check was incorrect! Stuyven is about to be swallowed up!

Stuyven staying clear

Jasper Stuyven is fighting hard. So is Mark Cavendish but he is dropping backwards as the climbers come to the fore.

Chris Froome in the centre of the road. Nice and safe. 

Tinkoff are taking up the pace but Stuyven is still one minute clear with 1.5km to go. A little flat section to come and then one final uphill drag to the finish.

On the final climb

Jasper Stuyven is onto the category three climb that leads up to the run-in to today's finish. He holds a lead of 60 seconds with 2.5km remaining. And here come all the favourites.

Alejandro Valverde, Julian Alaphilippe and Dan Martin are all up there. Where is the world champion's jersey and Peter Sagan?

Problems for Porte

BMC Racing's Richie Porte is in trouble. He is getting a backwheel change. What a time to get a puncture. The Australian is looking distraught because he is having to get a wheel from a neutral car because all the team cars have been pulled out because riders are getting dropped.

Porte had ambitions of winning this year's race. His chances have taken a massive dent right there.

Stuyven chancing his arm

If Stuyven can hold on, he will take the yellow jersey. He's pushing hard. Almost too hard. He overcooks a left-hander and but manages to make it round before hitting the barriers.

The Trek rider is chancing his arm, has a wobble as he hits a painted section of road. 5km remaining, most of it uphill and 90 seconds clear.

Stuyven makes a break

The three out front are starting to labour as they hit a gentle incline. All three look like they are pedalling through mud. They are on an unclassified climb.

Trek rider Jasper Stuyven is not giving up this lightly. He takes off and nobody follows. He has an 8km time trial in front of him. The peloton is two minutes behind but the gap is plummeting.

Team Sky take the pace on

Rob Hayles on BBC commentary says he's on the fence as to whether the break will stay clear. They have just 10km to hang on and their lead is two minutes, 22 seconds.

Nobody expected this finish. The peloton is strung right out, indicating the pace is high. Team Sky have taken on the front. Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard putting in big turns. Geraint Thomas is up at fourth wheel.

Chris Froome also right up there. A stage win is not in their eyes today but picking up a few seconds on their rivals is. Where are Movistar and Nairo Quintana?

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BMC Racing take up the chase

The red-and-black clad BMC Racing train has switched to the right side of the road. Team Sky are trying to go round the outside, led by Ian Stannard. But BMC shut the door.

Just 13km remaining and the lead is two minutes, 40 seconds. Paul Voss, Vegard Breen and Jasper Stuyven are clinging on. Mouths agape, gulping in the sea air as the rain tumbles down.

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Is Thomas back?

Geraint Thomas is Team Sky's back-up plan should anything happen to Chris Froome. They can ill-afford for him to lose any time today. Hang on, I think I just saw his distinctive white-rimmed sunglasses at the back of the Sky train.

If he is, how much has he got left for the finish?

The lead is still three minutes with 16km remaining. It all depends on this final climb. It's only two kilometres long but it's got a nasty 14% drag for a short section.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

You cannot afford to take your foot off the gas, and the GC contenders need to stay in contention today because before you know it you could lose a minute. That's why it favours Chris Froome of all the GC riders today, because he's up at the head of the peloton.

Will the break hang on?

The three in the break are riding gingerly through a village. Nobody wants to take a spill this late on in the race. A few sharp lefts and rights are helping them because they can negotiate tight bends quicker than a bunch of 180 riders.

There is a bit of panic in the peloton. The lead is three minutes with 20km remaining. 

Will this break hold on? And where is Geraint Thomas?

Three left in the break

Our leading quartet is down to a trio. Italy's Cesare Benedetti has dropped away as the riders go under the 25km to go banner. The rain has also started to fall again.

Back in the peloton and BMC Racing have taken up position down the left of the road. Tinkoff and Astana are down the middle. Team Sky are gathering on the right.

Atmosphere at the finish

If viewing via mobile, click the link to see & hear roving reporter OJ Borg from the finish line as we wait for today's denouement.

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Puncture for Thomas

Puncture for Geraint Thomas. The Welshman is back at his Team Sky car getting a new front wheel. "It's not an ideal time because the pace is stepping up," says Rob Hayles on commentary.

Most of his team-mates are up near the front of the peloton so he's got a bit of work to do to get back in. He's using the team cars following the race to get back in. He is 30 seconds back and this is not going to be easy because the pace has gone up again. 

The Tinkoff team putting the hurt on. They are riding for world champion Peter Sagan today.

Lead under four minutes

The lead is tumbling so we'll give a final namecheck to Paul Voss and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon 18), Vegard Breen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).  

Our quartet have done their respective teams proud but they will soon be caught. 30km remaining and the lead is under four minutes.

One IAM Cycling rider is pulling the peloton along, with half a dozen Direct Energie guys behind him. IAM's man for today is Leigh Howard.

Peloton ups the pace - finally

The pace is on. Rather than being spread out across the road, there is more of an arrowhead being formed. Direct Energie have taken over the pacing duties from Dimension Data and knocked another 40 seconds off the lead.

The advantage is down to four minutes with 35km remaining.

'The climb to the finish is a bit of a brute'

We've probably got just under an hour's racing left today. So, in case you missed it earlier, BBC Radio 5 live's OJ Borg has been out on his bike, in the rain, to look at the finishing climb. "It starts off fairly easy and then it kicks right up and I can almost guarantee that is where all the sprinters will go," he said.

The whole climb is only a couple of kilometres but that "kick right up" is a 200m section with a gradient of 14%. The road then flattens out a bit before a shorter uphill drag to the finish line.

If you're viewing via mobile, click on the link below to watch the rest of his thoughts.

You can, of course, listen to live commentary on this very website. Click the link at the top of the page.

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'Real test for Contador'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

When you get into the last 40km, it's up and down, twisty and turn-y, and Contador with his sore shoulder, it starts to grate. If you have an injury like that, it really ups the pressure.

Could it be a day for Voeckler?

We are into the final 40km and the lead is bang on five minutes. Paul Voss, with the King of the Mountains polka dots on his back, leads the quartet out front up another incline. Hugely rolling terrain at the moment.

There are several teams fighting to get on the nose of the peloton. BMC Racing, IAM Cycling, Astana, Movistar, Direct Energie are all up there.

Direct Energie is an interesting one. They have this year's Tour de Yorkshire winner Tommy Voeckler in their ranks. The gurning French veteran will love this finish but will he have the legs to match his younger rivals?

Alaphilippe staying back

Julian Alaphilippe, the Etixx - Quick-Step rider touted as a potential winner today is towards the back of the peloton as the riders take a left on a roundabout. It catches a fair few riders out who are bunny-hopping over bits of road furniture.

Michael Morkov, the Katusha rider who clipped a barrier to trigger the big crash in the sprint finish yesterday, is dropping out of the back of the peloton on an incline. He's riding alongside Ireland's Sam Bennett. He too was caught in the crash yesterday and his wounds look to be weeping through his jersey as he too drifts away.

Today's stage might have suited the Bora-Argon 18 rider but just finishing will be a bonus.

Carkey-gate

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

It looked touch-and-go whether our team in France would be able to bring you coverage today when they lost their car keys...

There were cat fights, tears, punches thrown, then just when we thought we were going to have to throw a brick through the car window, lo and behold another UK channel revealed they had walked off with our keys last night - accidentally on purpose...

Movement in the peloton

Finally we have some animation in the peloton. The lead starts to drop - 20 seconds disappear inside a kilometre. 

Movistar are moving up, making sure Nairo Quintana is nice and safe with perhaps one eye on Alejandro Valverde for the stage win.

BMC Racing are also moving up. Greg van Avermaet is their big rider for today. Just 45km to go and the lead is 5'23".

'Classic Cav'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

I'm sure he'd rather be wearing a yellow jersey rather than the yellow rain jacket, but Mark looks absolutely classic.

Mark Cavendish
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Gap holding firm at six minutes

Out on the road, the gap is back up to nearly six minutes with a little over 50km remaining. Team Dimension Data continuing to make all the running in the peloton. 

Is this getting close for the breakaway to succeed? On a flat run-in the rule of thumb is that it takes 10km to bring back each minute. The hilly terrain to come means that can be extended a bit but if nobody helps Dimension Data soon then our quartet out front might start getting excited.

Expect crashes in the closing stages

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

"The final 10-11km is extremely twisty and turny and wet and that is where accidents are going to happen. There are going to be riders looking for the stage win while the General Classification riders will also want to be up there, keeping out of trouble and their teams will be vigilant."