1 Jul 2013

Belgian wins stage two of Tour de France

6:02 am on 1 July 2013

Belgium's Jan Bakelants of the Radioshack Leopard team won the second stage of the Tour de France to take the overall race leader's yellow jersey by a margin of one second.

The 27-year-old, making his debut in the race, broke away from the pack and resisted a fightback from the leading members of the peloton to win the 156km ride across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio.

Bakelants edged out Slovakia's Peter Sagan and Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski to replace Germany's Marcel Kittel in yellow.

He now tops the overall standings by a margin of one second from a mass pack of riders, including Australia's former Tour winner Cadel Evans and this year's favourite Chris Froome.