Marcel Kittel in the green Sprint Jersey on Stage 2 of the Tour. Note the graze on his knee from a fall he took on the slick roads earlier that day. Photo by Sirotti
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Gallery: Le Tour de France Stage 1 & 2

Already the Tour de France has proven why it is the most anticipated cycling race of all time. With crashes that involved big GC contenders like Alberto Contador and murkey conditions for Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff, many were lucky to remain unscathed through the first two stages. 

Mark Cavendish took the Stage 1 win and wore the yellow on Stage 2 for the first time in his career on his 27th separate stage win. Cavendish outsprinted rivals like Kittel, Andre Greipel, Peter Sagan and Kristoff in a head to head battle to the line that was marred by a crash in the peloton as they reached the finish. 

World Champion Peter Sagan made it across the line in convincing fashion on Stage 2, ripping the win out from underneath Etixx-Quickstep rider Julian Alaphilippe. 

Contador went down again on Stage 2 whilst Australian GC contender Richie Porte from BMC lost almost two minutes on the leaders as he punctured within a final few kilometers of the line.

Take a look at the gallery for some great images courtesy of Sirotti. 

Peter Sagan in yellow after his Stage 2 victory. Photo by Sirotti
Peter Sagan in yellow after his Stage 2 victory. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish savours every moment of his yellow jersey win. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish savours every moment of his yellow jersey win. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish takes the stage win ahead of his rivals Kittel, Sagan, Kristoff and Greipel. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish takes the stage win ahead of his rivals Kittel, Sagan, Kristoff and Greipel. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish opens up his sprint on Stage 1 of the Tour de France. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish opens up his sprint on Stage 1 of the Tour de France. Photo by Sirotti
Peter Sagan takes the Stage 2 win convincingly in front of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. Photo by Sirotti
Peter Sagan takes the Stage 2 win convincingly in front of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish in yellow on Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Photo by Sirotti
Mark Cavendish in yellow on Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Photo by Sirotti
Fabian Cancellara on his custom Trek Madone during Stage 2 of the Tour. Photo by Sirotti
Fabian Cancellara on his custom Trek Madone during Stage 2 of the Tour. Photo by Sirotti
Jasper Stuyven leads the Mountain Classification after Stage 2. Photo by Sirotti
Jasper Stuyven leads the Mountain Classification after Stage 2. Photo by Sirotti
Andre Greipel on Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Photo by Sirotti
Andre Greipel on Stage 2 of the Tour de France. Photo by Sirotti
Marcel Kittel in the green Sprint Jersey on Stage 2 of the Tour. Note the graze on his knee from a fall he took on the slick roads earlier that day. Photo by Sirotti
Marcel Kittel in the green Sprint Jersey on Stage 2 of the Tour. Note the graze on his knee from a fall he took on the slick roads earlier that day. Photo by Sirotti

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Marcel Kittel in the green Sprint Jersey on Stage 2 of the Tour. Note the graze on his knee from a fall he took on the slick roads earlier that day. Photo by Sirotti

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