Cavendish wins second stage; Cancellara keeps lead
Wearing Oakley Jawbone, Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) sped to victory on Sunday in stage 2 of the 2009 Tour de France, a 187km race from the principality of Monaco to Brignoles.
“We were the only sprint team to ride for the majority of the stage and finished off in spectacular fashion,” said Cavendish, who donned the green sprinter’s jersey for his efforts. “When you win the stage and you can wear the green jersey, you know it’s a very nice finish to the day. It’s beautiful to wear the green jersey.”
Oakley’s Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the overall lead. He won the opening time trial a day earlier to take the yellow jersey.
The tricky, 116-mile course began in the principality of Monaco on Sunday and ended in Brignoles, France. The stage featured four minor climbs in the sun-baked hills of Provence along the Mediterranean. The layout favored sprinters and breakaway specialists.