Greipel wins 2nd stage of Tour de France; Nibali loses time

Jul 5, 2015 2:25 PM by Ross Field

NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) - German rider Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched second stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Sunday, while defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Tour contender Nairo Quintana lost valuable time after dropping behind the front group.

As the riders approached the finish, Briton Mark Cavendish attacked first but Greipel timed his riposte perfectly to overtake him near the line.

Cavendish was caught by Peter Sagan and Swiss veteran Fabian Cancellara, who took the race leader's yellow jersey from overnight leader Rohan Dennis.

The course, which took the riders along the Dutch coastline toward the heart of the Zeeland Delta, proved treacherous as heavy winds and driving rain caused splits throughout the field.

The decisive moment came with about one hour to go, when Nibali was left behind.

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