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Lampre sprinter Daniele Bennati has been taken to hospital with a suspected hip injury following a crash that left dozens of riders sprawled over the tarmac in the second stage of the Tour de France.

Wet roads played their part over the final few fraught kilometres as one rider fell in the centre of the pack, bringing down others either side of him, including Bennati.

"He is to have a scan on his hip this evening," medical staff announced.

The crash left a group of 20-30 riders on their own to fight for the stage win, with the rest blocked by the mass of bodies and bicycles across the road.

Bennati is currently Lampre's leader in the sprints. Should he be unable to continue the race, his role would be passed on to Danilo Napolitano, who won stage nine of this year's Giro d'Italia.


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Stephen Roche said Gert Steegmans' victory in stage two of the Tour de France justified his decision to join Quick Step.

Steegmans, who last year piloted Predictor-Lotto's Robbie McEwen to two victories in the world's greatest cycle race, pipped compatriot Tom Boonen to the line in Monday's second stage after leading out the sprint for his team leader.

1987 champion Roche said: "Team-mates can become leaders like when Sean Kelly was the leadout man and one day he looked under his arm, waiting for Freddy Maertens to come past and he never came past, Sean won the stage and became a full-time sprinter.

"You see Steegmans looked right across to the right hand side of the road and he sees that Boonen is coming through and then holds his head down.

"It's for Boonen to come through not for Steegmans to put the breaks on. Boonen just didn't have the legs to come past.

"When Steegmans came into the team from McEwen's Lotto team. everybody was saying it was a bad move as he had a future as a sprinter.

"They were saying what was the point of him leaving a team where there is a sprinter as equally good as McEwen - but a lot younger - to be his leadout runner.

"But he has helped Boonen a lot this year and it's great to see him coming out and winning a stage.

"The Belgian press is like the British one and they will always try to put their own against their own so rather than making the most of Steegmans' victory and Boonen taking the green jersey, they will be saying will it create tension in the Quickstep team."

A mass pile-up had caused havoc within the final two kilometres of the rain-plagued 168.5km stage and the Irishman said the fact that the weather had eased had lulled the riders into relaxing.

"There were difficult conditions all the way in and the riders were nervous and tense when the rain came down and it was very slippy," he commented.

"But when the crash happened there was no corners, no wet, the rider just hit a wheel in front of him and at some 45mph, there is very little room.

"With the helicopter hovering above you can't hear the brakes or the riders saying stop so all of sudden you run into each other.

"You've got a 700m straight line to the finish and it's not wet anymore so the riders sit back and relax a bit.

"It was the first time I've ever seen riders sitting down, watching the finish on the big screen."


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I hope that helps!

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IN THE JERSEYS:

Yellow - Fabian Cancellara (CSC)
Green - Tom Boonen (Quickstep)
Polka Dot - David Millar (Saunier Duval)
White - Vladimir Gusev (Discovery)

FAVOURITE WATCH:

2nd - Andreas Kloden (Astana)
10th - Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) @ 17 seconds to Kloden
18th - Alberto Contador (Discovery) @ 22"
19th - Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) @ 22"
20th - Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) @ 23"
30th - Levi Leipheimer (Discovery) @ 27"
31st - Denis Menchov (Rabobank) @ 27"
34th - Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Épargne) @ 29"
92nd - Carlos Sastre (CSC) @ 43"
95th - Frank Schleck (CSC) @ 44"

THE BRITS:

3rd - David Millar (Saunier Duval) @ 21" on GC
5th - Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) @ 23"
45th - Geraint Thomas (Barloworld) @ 47"
91st - Charly Wegelius (Liquigas) @ 56"
185th - Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) @ 3:37" (S1 + 2:45)


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what does the white jersey signify...???



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King of the mountains - polka dot
Young Rider - White Jersey

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Today's stage sees the Tour head back from Belgium into France, and according to tour competition director Jean-Francois Pescheux "gives the escape artists their first realistic chance of breaking away and staying clear."


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The Quickstep team will be determined to ensure that doesn't happen though. They took a stage win yesterday through Gert Steegmans, though are desperate to see their leader Tom Boonen win his first Tour stage since 2005.


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Once again there will be no repeat of the glorious summertime weather the riders enjoyed in the South of England at the weekend. Today's forecast is for temperatures of 15 degrees and showers.

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The bad news ahead of today's stage is that Discovery Channel's Tomas Vaitkus has been forced to abandon with a fractured thumb sustained in the massive crash at the end of yesterday's stage.


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Daniele Bennati, who had his hips X-rayed following the same incident, has been passed fit to start, along with Predictor-Lotto's Fred Rodriguez and Leif Hoste. George Hincapie has a sore knee, though he too is fine to continue.


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The peloton are now on the move toward the rolling start in Waregem. Thor Hushovd is sporting a heavily bandaged wrist.

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A quick reminder of the situation with the jerseys. Fabian Cancellara is still our race leader in the yellow jersey. Tom Boonen's second-place finish in yesterday's stage gave him the green jersey, one point ahead of arch-rival Robbie McEwen. Vladimir Gusev wears the white jersey as he heads the young rider's classification, while Britain's David Millar is in the unfamiliar position of being the holder of the King of the Mountain's jersey.


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There's just one climb on today's agenda: the côte de Blérancourt, a Cat. 4 ascent (4.6% for 1 kilometre).


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The start is given on stage three of the Tour de France!
236kms to go.... but I have a meeting in 15 mins....

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There are three intermediate sprints today: At Tournai (Km 33.5), Fontaine-au-Bois (Km 104.5) and Achery (Km 167.5).


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8kms gone already, no major incident & no breakaway.

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11kms, no change.

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In french..

Tournai, means tournament
Fontaine au bois, means fountain in the woods
and
Achery means Archery

duck

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These boys myst be setting quite a pace!

Either that or my info is wrong again?




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