Stage 2 of the 2007 Tour de France from Dunkirk to Ghent was marked by a spectacular pileup in the final stretch. The big crash knocked down nearly two dozen riders and created a blockade that held most of the peloton back as Belgian Gert Steegmans of Quick Step-Innergetic pulled ahead to win the stage in his home country.
Although CSC Fabian Cancellara fell in the crash, he retains the yellow jersey ahead of Andreas Kloden (Astana), David Millar (Saunier Duval - Prodir) and Discovery Team's George Hincapie. Cancellara cross the finish line holding his arm in obvious pain.
The top finishers of Stage 2 are:
1. Gert Steegmans / Quick Step-Innergetic / BelgiumThe Stage 2 Link Roundup with links to video, photos and news. See also
2. Tom Boonen / Quick Step-Innergetic / Belgium
3. Filippo Pozzato / Liquigas / Italy
4. Robert Hunter / Barloworld / South Africa
5. Romain Feillu / Agritubel / France
6. Robbie McEwen / Predictor-Lotto / Australia
7. Erik Zabel / Team Milram / Germany
8. Heinrich Haussler / Gerolsteiner / Germany
9. Oscar Freire / Rabobank / Spain
- Velonews: Steegmans takes Stage 2 as crash fractures peloton.
- Stage 2 le Tour photos on Flickr by Kirses.
- TdFBlog: Steegmans leads self out for win.
- Cosmo @ PodiumCafe has an interesting observation about David Millar: "David Millar accomplished a fairly rare Tour de France feat - he has now worn each of the race's four leaders' jerseys. He wore yellow after his prologue win in 2000, spent several days in white in 2002, got green as a consolation prize after his chain fell off in 2003, and then picked up the spots today," (with today being yesterday).