Mark Cavendish wins 2nd stage of Tour de France | Cycling
Mark Cavendish led a tight sprint to the finish Monday to win the second stage of the Tour de France.
TOURNAI, Belgium — Mark Cavendish led a tight sprint to the finish Monday to win the second stage of the Tour de France, while Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after the mostly flat ride across Belgium.
Sky Procycling rider Cavendish of Britain covered 128.9 miles from Vise to Tournai in 4 hours, 56 minutes, 59 seconds.
Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was 10th in the stage; the Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda rider is 145th overall.
Swiss rider Cancellara, who competes for the RadioShack-Nissan team, has a seven-second lead over Sky Procycling's Bradley Wiggins of Britain.
Tejay van Garderen, who was born in Tacoma and rides for BMC Racing, is in fourth place, 10 seconds behind Cancellara.
Farrar and van Garderen are both on the U.S. Olympic team.
Cavendish collected his 21st Tour stage victory. He has been left largely to fend for himself this year because the Sky team is focusing on helping Wiggins become Britain's first Tour de France champion.