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Cycling: Nibali in yellow after Tour de France second stage win

Italian Vincenzo Nibali took over the race leader's yellow jersey after winning the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom: Italian Vincenzo Nibali took over the race leader's yellow jersey after winning the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

The Astana team leader broke clear of a select group in the final 2km and held off a disorganised chase to win the lumpy 201km stage from York to Sheffield in northern England.

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet was second with Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in third.

Nibali finished two seconds ahead of the field to lead by that amount in the overall standings from Peter Sagan, the pre-race favourite for the stage win, and Van Avermaet in third.

Reigning champion Chris Froome moved up to fifth, also just two seconds down.

It was a thrilling finish to an exciting stage that featured nine categorised climbs which eventually made the difference.

The 4.7km long second category Holme Moss climb was the first to split the field 57.5km from the finish.

After that the leaders rolled at breakneck speed and following the next four third and fourth category climbs, there were around 15 riders left to fight out the victory.

Overall contenders Alberto Contador and Chris Froome both tried their luck on the short, steep, final Jenkins Road climb before Nibali used his descending skills to gain a gap on the field.

World champion Rui Costa and Froome gave chase but neither committed fully, each looking to the other to take the lead, and Nibali had just enough to hold on.

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