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Summary

  1. Marcel Kittel wins sprint finish in Liege, Belgium
  2. Defending champion Chris Froome crashes in wet
  3. Team Sky rider completes stage after changing bike
  4. Geraint Thomas retains race lead
  5. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (online only)

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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  1. On to stage three

    So what does Monday's stage three have in store? Read Rob Hayles's stage-by-stage guide to find out why he thinks "a puncheur" will win the day. It promises to be another unpredictable day with an uphill finish threatening to shake up the standings. Will Geraint Thomas keep hold of the yellow jersey?

    I'll be back from 11:00 BST with the start and Simon Brotherton and Rob will be on Radio 5 live Sports Extra from 14:30.

    Remember to look out for the BeSpoke podcast which will be live on this page and the 5 live Facebook page from 18:15 BST. Or pick up the podcast a little later in the evening.

    The stage report is taking shape.

    Thanks for all your input today. Let's go again tomorrow.

  2. Cav happy and honest

    Mark Cavendish was his usual honest self in talking reporters through the sprint finish, although it's the first time I've ever heard him be satisfied with fourth place in a sprint.

    "I was on the ideal wheel in the end but when Kittel went I was sprinting in his wheel and there was no way I could go past him.

    "It's as I expected, I'm happy with that. Six weeks training and fourth on a stage of the Tour. The team were excellent. You always want to win but fourth on a Tour stage is a lot better than I expected.

    "I didn't feel like I had power in my legs. I got where I was by jumping on other wheels to get up."

  3. Thomas stays in yellow

    Race leader Geraint Thomas is not quite as excited as he was yesterday but here's what he had to say on today's events: "We were all in a decent position, but a few guys came past us pretty quickly and slid and we all just went down. We got up pretty quickly though. Anything can happen and I wouldn't take anything for granted. Tomorrow is another day and we will be doing all we can for Froome."

    Geraint Thomas
  4. The top 10 after stage two

    1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) 4hrs 53mins10secs

    2. Stefan Kueng (Swi/BMC Racing) +5secs

    3. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step) +6secs

    4. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr/Team Sky) +7secs

    5. Matteo Trentin (Ita/Quick-Step) +10secs

    6. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +12secs

    7. Jos van Emden (Ned/LottoNL) +15secs

    8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) Same time

    9. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data) +16secs

    10. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Sunweb) Same time

  5. Froome fine

    Defending champion Chris Froome says he is fine after crashing during today's stage.

    He told ITV4: "No injury. I just lost a bit of skin on my backside. That's the nature of the race, in slippery conditions and at those speeds you can't avoid it. I'm so happy to get to the finish without losing any time to my rivals."

  6. The top five on stage two

    1. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Quick-Step Floors) 4hrs 37mins 06secs

    2. Arnaud Demare (Fra/FDJ) same time

    3. Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto-Soudal)

    4. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data)

    5. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/Team Lotto NL-Jumbo)

    Marcel Kittel winning stage two
    Image caption: Kittel sprints for the win as a team-mate celebrates early - with Cavendish on the left claiming fourth
  7. Thomas retains yellow

    Geraint Thomas celebrates the yellow jersey

    Official confirmation that Geraint Thomas stays in yellow as the race leader.

  8. A word from the winner

    Marcel Kittel celebrates

    Here's Germany's Marcel Kittel: "I'm super happy I got this victory. It was an incredible start in Germany and it would be wrong to say I had no expectation or pressure. I wanted this win and it was a big goal to start in Germany and win the stage."

  9. Encouraging for Cav

    Marcel Kittel celebrates

    Rob Hayles on BBC Radio 5 live says Cavendish probably won't be happy with that finish because he didn't win, but he should be given his preparation for the race.

    Also, Hayles points out that Cav doesn't normally win stages early on in the race, so the fact he was up there was encouraging.

  10. Two Brits in the top 10

    Ben Swift finished seventh so that's two Brits in the top 10 today. A good effort all round.

    Chris Froome has finished safely and is arriving back at the team bus. No word on whether Geraint Thomas has retained the yellow jersey yet...

    Chris Froome arrives at team bus after stage two
    Image caption: Froome arriving at his team bus at the end of stage two
  11. Incredible

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

    Marcel Kittel celebrates

    "Absolutely incredible. You didn't see Marcel Kittel in the last 100 meters and Mark Cavendish appeared from nowhere. It was a great sprint and superb effort."

  12. Kittel from Demare

    Marcel Kittel is crying. A 10th stage win at the Tour de France has reduced the German to tears.

    It looks like he won from Arnaud Demare, with Andre Greipel in third - although official confirmation to come.

    Mark Cavendish was involved but finished fourth. Rob Hayles on commentary says Cav should be well pleased with his effort.

  13. Kittel wins stage two

    Marcel Kittel celebrates

    Marcel Kittel takes stage two.

  14. Final kilo

    And now we are under the Flamme Rough. 1km to go. The big boys are out to play. Lotto Soudal leading the way. Heads are down, legs are pumping. Mark Renshaw is looking for Cav.

    Sagan is up there and leading this out...

  15. Leaders caught

    The catch comes with 1.1km to go.

  16. Final 2km

    This is going down to the wire. Taylor Phinney and Yoann Offredo are not looking backwards. If they did, they would see a pulsating mass of 150+ riders bearing down on them.

    Suddenly the peloton begins to look around at each other, everybody looking for the best spot on the road.

  17. 3km remain

    The Quick-Step Floors team are pushing hard on the front. Anything other than a stage win for their man Marcel Kittel today will be viewed as a failure, or so that's what Mark Cavendish said earlier today.

    Talking of Cav. There he is. About 15 off the front. Perfect positioning.

    Lead is 20 seconds.

  18. Final 5km

    Taylor Phinney and Yoann Offredo are making their Tour de France debuts. Can they hang on? They are still 30 seconds clear inside the final 5km

  19. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I feel sure that the breakaway riders will get brought back into the peloton still, but it could be in the final few 100 meters."